Career Counseling for Students with Visual Impairments

Instructor: Clio Stearns

Clio has taught education courses at the college level and has a Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction.

As a teacher who works with students who have visual impairments, you are probably interested in helping them develop career readiness skills. This lesson discusses career counseling for students with visual impairments.

Students with Visual Impairments and Career Counseling

Jo has been working with students who have visual impairments, or disabilities that impact their sight and capacity for processing visual materials, at the high school level for many years.

Jo understands that her job has multiple facets. She has to help her students grow academically, but she also helps them develop functional skills, or skills for coping socially and independently in life.

Lately, Jo has also been thinking about how important it is to prepare her students for jobs and careers. Jo's students might have many future goals, and their visual impairments do not have to get in the way of achieving these goals.

Jo starts learning more about career counseling for students with visual impairments.

Areas of Focus

Jo starts thinking about what areas she will want to focus on in order to help her students with their career planning and development. She knows that all of these areas are considered part of vocational counseling, or getting students ready to succeed in the world of jobs and careers.

Some of the areas Jo knows that students with visual impairments require specialized support on include:

Job Awareness

Jo's students might not know much about the different jobs and career paths available to them. Jo supports her students' developing awareness by taking them on field trips to different job sites and having guest speakers come talk to the class about their jobs.

Job Skills

Students with visual impairments might have to learn some special skills related to getting and keeping a job. For instance, Jo teaches her students explicitly how to use assistive technology to develop a resume that sighted people can read. She also teaches them about organizational skills, professional dress, and skills specific to the career paths they find most interesting.

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