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. The central focus of vocational rehabilitation (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

Click here for more information about our Youth/Transition Services.

Want to refer a student to our school to workforce transition services?

 OCB Initial Student Referral Form.docx

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. 

Our SWEP 2021 application is now open, please see the documents below and apply before February 5, 202​0.

Please direct any questions to
Want to learn more about SWEP? Check out our web page:
SWEP Information & Resources
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