Living with Vision Loss

We work with students 14 and older who are legally blind (or have a condition that will lead to blindness) to help ensure a successful transition from high school to college or the workforce. A central focus of VR Counseling services includes:

  • Job exploration counseling
  • Work-based learning experiences, which may include in-school or after school opportunities or experience outside the traditional school setting (including internships), that is provided in an integrated environment to the maximum extent possible
  • Counseling on opportunities for enrollment in comprehensive transition or postsecondary educational programs at institutions of higher education
  • Workplace readiness training to develop social skills and independent living
  • Instruction in self-advocacy, which may include peer mentoring
Part of our Youth/Transition Services includes the Summer Work Experience Program (SWEP)- a 5-6 week specialized, ‘hands-on’, residential (dorm living) summer training program for Oregon teens age 16-20 who are legally blind. SWEP participants get the chance to complete a paid summer work experience, develop essential workplace skills, build self confidence and prepare for future employment opportunities.

To learn more about SWEP or refer a student, please click the link below:

SWEP Information & Resources


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