Helen Keller Services for the Blind’s Employment Services have specialists that help clients identify job opportunities, pursue training, and ultimately find jobs.
We begin by working with clients one-on-one to review possible careers and to assess and develop job-readiness skills such as interviewing and job searching.
Academic Remediation and Vocational Training
When needed, we provide clients with academic tutoring and job training to help prepare them for the workplace.
Assistive Technology Instruction
We train clients in the latest adaptive software that allows individuals who are blind or visually impaired to work with computers using speech and/or Braille output. Clients who have some residual vision are taught to use programs that will enlarge text on the computer screen.
Work Experience Internships
Our employment specialists help clients find appropriate internships, and help employers to develop jobs for people with visual impairments. Through our programs and training, we are able to provider employers with motivated, trained, and qualified applicants. We help employers by analyzing prospective jobs, informing employers about tax credits, providing ongoing support, and offering an intern for three months at no cost.
Our services also include recommending accommodations and modifications in the workplace, and working with both employers and employees to provide any needed follow-up support. Our clients have gone on to become administrative assistants, customer service representatives, information technology specialists, lawyers, educators, social service workers, nursing assistants, home health aides, clerical workers, food service workers, stock clerks, and more.