Pre-Vocational Training (Ages 10-14)

Overview

Group of students pose for a picture with their instructors in front of a wall with several picture frames.It’s never too early to encourage your child to think about how his or her dreams and interests could translate into a career. Helen Keller Services for the Blind is here to help visually impaired young people to lay the groundwork for fulfilling careers through prevocational training.

During this five-day program, students learn about different career possibilities—and they learn about themselves. They’ll identify their particular skills, abilities and interests; find out how to communicate their value, needs and preferences to others; and discover ways to overcome vision-related challenges in the workplace.

Working closely with our placement specialists--who have unique experience helping people with visual impairments to compete and succeed in the job market and on the job--students gain invaluable insights about what’s out there for them and what they can do to start preparing themselves to go after their dream jobs.

At HKSB, students have the opportunity to:

  • Explore career options.
  • Take field trips to work sites.
  • Define their goals and create a plan to achieve them.
  • Interact with—and learn from—people who know firsthand the challenges they face.
  • Find out how to get the resources they need in school and beyond.
  • Try out the latest in assistive technology.
  • Learn how to write a resume and a cover letter.
  • Build their interviewing skills.

Admissions

The Pre-Vocational Training Program is open to New York City and Long Island residents who are between the ages of 10 and 14, and are legally blind. Services are free if your child meets the eligibility requirements and participates in a NYS Commission for the Blind rehabilitation program. Certain optical aids and adaptive equipment are provided based on economic need.

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