Webinar: Preparing for College: Programs for youth with vision impairment or intellectual disabilities


  • Date:
    Wednesday: April 11, 2012
  • Time:
    1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. (Eastern)
    12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. (Central)
  • Duration:
    2.0 hours


  • Scott Truax
    Program Manager: FamilyConnect and CareerConnect, American Foundation for the Blind
  • Joe Strechay
    Project Associate: CareerConnect, American Foundation for the Blind



This session will offer guidance on strategies and resources for diploma-bound students with disabilities, including youth with vision impairment and youth with intellectual disabilities. Among the strategies and resources to be discussed are a college survival guide utilized by Florida Division of Blind Services, as well as college prep considerations and approaches for youth with intellectual disabilities.

The VI College Survival Guide discussion suggests core areas that need to be addressed with persons who are blind or visually impaired and preparing for college. It provides guidance that will allow an easier transition to a stressful time in any person's life. The “Survival Guide” was created from experience working with a college preparation program in the State of Florida provided by the Florida Division of Blind Services, based on observation of specific deficits among students during and after the program and the presenter’s own experience as a visually impaired student at two universities. Noticing these deficits helped the presenter design a college preparation course for students with visual impairments that was utilized during the University Experience for Visually Impaired Students at Florida State University.



  • Specific activities and examples to the areas covered in the college survival guide
  • Realistic career goals
  • AFB CareerConnect and Job Seeker's Toolkit

Materials & Resources

Recording of Webinar


NOTE: This is the rough unedited version of the transcript

PowerPoint Presentation

Supplementary Materials & Resources