Employment Development Guidance and Engagement (EDGE)
Developmental Therapy Program (DTP)
The Developmental Therapy Program (DTP) is a program designed to train and certify individuals interested in working in an area caring for children. This program is designed to train individuals who are blind or visually impaired to gain competitive employment in a great work environment. It allows them to gain independence, education and certifications that will make them more marketable for employment.
These students will be given an extensive career assessment using a comprehensive and interpretative report with their career training potentials. The report will utilize and expand on the individual’s abilities and interests that will make the work environment complementary to their abilities. The assessment will be proctored and interpreted by a Certified Vocational Rehabilitation Therapist and reviewed with the student extensively to understand their career training potentials. These scales will help the student in planning their career and making informed career choices. A copy of the interpretative assessment will be provided to the student and their state Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor.
Developmental Therapy Assistant (DTA)
Comprehensive Career Inventory
Adult Education Training
Certification Courses on Campus
Room & Board
Comprehensive Childcare Orientation Training (CCOT): 10 CR Hours
Standard of Childhood Development & Early Learning (SCDEL): 18 CR Hours
Comprehensive Childcare Database Management System (CCDMS)
State Childcare Computer Program
High School Diploma or GED
Transitional Age Education and Employment Opportunity
Transitional Age Education and Employment Opportunity is designed to provide enhanced educational training and address the identifying deficits for individuals with blindness and visual impairments who have graduated or are no longer in high school, transitioning into the workforce. An extensive comprehensive career inventory will be assessed with each client to provide career training potentials and areas of strengths and weaknesses based on the inventory’s results. Supported assistance will be provided to these individuals based on their educational or prevocational needs, whether in college or training towards gainful employment. The program is structured as such to meet the client at their level of training and progress towards completion of an employment goal that is applicable to them. The opportunity will be provided for the client to gain independence in their living environment and community, and enhanced educational and employment skills essential for the workplace that is required for successful employment.
Comprehensive Career Inventory
Essential Workplace Skills
Work Experience Opportunities (Includes transportation and learning to access transportation independently.)
Enhanced Educational Training
Assistive Technology Training
Transitional-Age Youth Summer Programs
Student Transition Youth Learning Experience (STYLE)
The Student Transition Youth Learning Experience Program (STYLE) was designed for the Pre-ETS population using a holistic approach to equip visually impaired youth, with the tools necessary to succeed both personally and professionally. Transition is helping these students with visual impairments think about their life after high school and identify long-term goals beginning their high school year. These experiences will ensure that students gain the skills and connections they need to achieve these goals and the provision of services to local school districts to assist in the transition process. Our goal is to support students and youth with disabilities (blindness) to transition from school to college and/or competitive integrated employment while collaboratively working in this transitional process with our partners, Division of Services for the Blind, Arkansas School for the Blind, the Arkansas public school districts and expansion of services to other states. This program will include many facets of planning for the children’s future throughout the summer and school year. This planning process is inclusive to everyone involved, including the student’s family, each step of the way. Planning for a student’s future is an investment in the child's well-being, as well as, our community.
During the summer, students come to WSB for an immersive higher-ed experience during our STYLE and College Prep programs. After a two-week skills evaluation, students will work on academic skills development, assistive technology and computer literacy, soft skills, daily living skills, and orientation and mobility training. The students will also engage in extracurricular activities with their peers that entail some form of learning from social skills to independent living skills.
The STYLE Program helps students improve academically, provide Accuplacer or ACT prep, college readiness, career awareness, participate in mock interviews, learn soft skills, independent living and essential work place skills. Participants will be able to work and earn financially with different employers in their area of interest during the program. Students participating in the summer program will also receive personal laptops at completion of the program.
Eligibility: Ages 14 to graduation or completion of high school
Focus: The five Pre-Employment Transition Services (Pre-ETS) focus areas include:
Job Exploration Counseling to support a discovery process using customized tools that help students discover their skills, abilities and interests
Post-secondary Exploration to provide counseling on opportunities for enrollment in local community college / post-secondary education programs
Instruction in Self-Advocacy to assist students in gaining the knowledge and skills to effectively communicate, convey, negotiate, or assert their own interests and/or desires
Work-Place Readiness Training to develop social skills and independent living
Work-based Learning Experiences to provide work opportunities and experiences outside of the traditional school setting
Summer Transition Employment Plus (STEP)
According to the National Research and Training Center on Blindness and Low Vision, three key elements must be present in order to move a transitional-age youth toward success in employment: Early work experience, academic achievement and social/internal skills. The STEP program will provide the opportunity to “learn and earn” while developing autonomy, exploring vocational interests while working in a competitive, integrated work environment. Students will also have opportunities to work with mentors who are blind in order to gain real life experience and the challenges faced by professionals with visual impairments. Additionally, students will learn problem solving skills, time management, financial literacy and budgeting.
College Prep Summer Program
Students will enroll in a three-credit course at UA Little Rock, located across from the WSB campus and will also participate and collaborate with the STYLE summer program. During the summer, students come to WSB for an immersive higher-ed experience. After a two-week skills evaluation, students will work on academic skills development, assistive technology and computer literacy, soft skills, daily living skills, and orientation and mobility training. The students will also engage in extracurricular activities with their peers that entail some form of learning from social skills to independent living skills.
The College Prep Summer Program was designed for the Pre-ETS population using an approach that will equip visually impaired youth, with the tools necessary to succeed both personally, and professionally while giving them the experience of matriculating in a college course. Transition is helping these students with visual impairments think about their life after high school and identify long-term goals beginning their high school year and thereafter. These experiences will ensure that students gain the skills and connections they need to achieve these goals. With our goal in mind to support students and youth with disabilities (blindness) to transition from school to college and/or competitive integrated employment we will see a greater outcome of success for these youth. The Program helps students improve academically, make them college ready, career awareness, participate in mock interviews while learning soft skills, independent living skills and essential work place skills. Students participating in the summer program will also receive personal laptops to keep at completion of the program.