From assisting aging Arkansans experiencing vision loss to helping students find careers through Workforce Development, our additional services allow us to help even more members of the blind community.
Arkansas Older Blind Program
Any adult who is 55 or older and is losing their sight needs a professional to help with the life changes they’re experiencing. The comprehensive training and counseling of the Arkansas Older Blind Program creates a strong foundation for healthy independent living. Drawing from the array of services at World Services for the Blind, an in-home training schedule for each person’s needs is designed to achieve a well-rounded and healthy personal adjustment to visual disability. Training is provided by qualified, professional rehabilitation teachers, orientation and mobility instructors, and service program directors and coordinators.
An evaluation of each individual is the first step of the program, and includes a functional skills assessment in all areas of services. The team will review the results and customize an in-home training program that meets the total needs of each individual. Modifications and changes are made daily when needed, and accommodations for health problems and multiple disabilities can be made as well. To learn more about the Arkansas Older Blind Program, contact Misty Schopp at email@example.com.
NEW: From helplines and transportation to senior centers, hospitals and other assistance programs, the OIB Resource Guide offers a county-by-county roundup of services available for Arkansas seniors. DOWNLOAD (Word doc.)
College Prep, Assistance & Supportive Services (PASS) Program
The College Prep, Assistance & Supportive Services (PASS) Program was designed to allow college students or college prep students to enroll in a college curriculum while receiving assistance through a blind and visually impaired program that will assist the student to reach a higher level of success. The PASS Program will give the client the support and guidance needed to reach their highest academic potential. This program covers a broad range of individuals in this transition period, which can be at any age in life. It may be the gap period after high school, making career choices while pursuing their education or a change (decrease) in a person’s vision before or while in college which may require additional assistance or continued support. This program was designed using an approach that will equip visually impaired students with the tools necessary to succeed educationally, personally and professionally while giving them the experience of being enrolled in a college course(s). Click here to download the College PASS Program handout.
WSB offers opportunities for internships, on-the-job training, or work experience training to allow an individual who is blind or visually impaired to acquire the knowledge and skills required for the performance of a specific job. These work opportunities, when properly planned and monitored, can serve as a valuable service to people who are blind and visually impaired to acquire job skills. These opportunities may be unpaid, paid or client will receive an agreed upon stipend, depending on the rules of your state agency and your individual plan of employment. Opportunities are available for graduates of WSB vocational programs, clients trying to build job experience/work history, or professionals needing to learn additional skills in one of our many career tracks. For more information contact Eric Yarberry, Director of Education and Training at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The More Opportunities through Vocational Evaluation (MOVE)
The More Opportunities through Vocational Evaluation (MOVE) program was established to allow people to come to WSB for 60 days to receive comprehensive vocational evaluation and counseling, as well as the blindness skills necessary for an individual to realize that they are still capable of living the life they desire. The MOVE program will cover all aspects of our comprehensive life skills training, which includes:
• Orientation & Mobility
• Techniques of Daily Living
• Assistive Technology Training
• Adjustment to Blindness Counseling
• Vocational Assessment & Counseling
To learn more about the MOVE program, click here to download the complete program handout.
World Services For the Blind now offers several of its vocational courses right from the comfort of where ever you are in your life. Via an online learning management system called Canvas by Instructure, we are now able to offer tailored flexible courses just like on campus learning currently provides.
Flexibility in the 21st century is critical in today’s fast pace professional work force environment. Flexible also means personable. With Zoom Video conferencing fully integrated into Canvas, we offer face-to-face video chat with an instructor; or students can gather ‘round a virtual classroom table for an intriguing lecture as a group. Instructor not in the office? No problem! Schedule a meeting with your other online students to collaborate on class assignments and projects before that all important due date.
One can still participate in the ever-changing lifestyle of today’s society. Whether you have a job and need to partake in classes after normal business hours, are in school/college and want to further your education in an online and adaptable space personalized to your individual needs, or just want to show off some newly found skills, you can do it all with World Services For The Blind who provides a leading helping hand to achieve your professional career goals. Visit our Career Training Programs page to learn about which programs are currently available online.
Single Parent Opportunity for Knowledge & Empowerment
The Single Parent Opportunity for Knowledge & Empowerment (SPOKE) program is designed to offer an opportunity for successful employment to single parents with visual impairments and blindness with significant barriers to employment. These barriers may be educational, job training, lack of childcare, work readiness skills or soft skills, appropriate clothing, interviewing skills, transportation, communication, and a lack of employment direction or choices. This program is designed to assist the client with career, educational, and training goals. It will empower the client with the same tools and opportunity to be competitive when searching for employment as others without such barriers.
Workforce Development Services are offered at WSB to provide individuals with visual impairments with the tools needed to enhance and sustain their employability. Through our prevocational and vocational training programs, we provide the education and skills training to jobseekers that employers are looking to hire long term. By producing qualified workers, it helps the individual become more marketable and benefits the employer by reducing their cost of on-the-job training and improving turnover rates for their company. WSB’s focus is to provide services of employment assistance for jobseekers with visual impairments which will assist them in getting competitive integrated employment. Through job preparation and job coaching, certain tools and resources will be provided for the client to be successful in their job search, such as assistance in locating local job fairs, employment workshops, and/or participation in online or virtual job fairs.
In the first 30 days, an extensive assessment is completed in order for WSB to meet the client’s needs where they are. An extensive Interpretive Career Report will be provided to the client and their Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor on the assessment of their career interests, career training potentials, job satisfaction indicators, career exploration and career recommendations completed with the assistance of our qualified workforce staff and a Certified Vision Rehabilitation Therapist. Each client’s program will be individualized based on their needs and level of employability. During the skills evaluation period, students will work on a career readiness program tailored to their personal needs in areas such as, their academic skills in areas they may need improvement, assistive technology and computer literacy, daily living skills, and orientation and mobility skills training. Each individual will learn how to complete a resume or update their current resume, interviewing skills, “dress for success” skills, participate in mock interviews, learn soft skills, independent living skills and essential workplace skills. This will assist in the client’s preparation and future choices of a Pre-Vocational or Vocational program, or their area of interest for employment.