Young Adult Programs
The Iowa Department for the Blind offers a variety of programs geared toward young adults who are blind or visually impaired and are making the transition from school to work.
The Iowa Department for the Blind (IDB) begins working with blind and visually impaired youth as they prepare to graduate high school and transition into a career field.
At age 14, a youth becomes eligible for services by registering with a Transition Counselor in our Vocational Rehabilitation program. The youth and his or her parents work with the counselor to set academic and career goals and put a plan in motion to meet those goals. This often includes gaining work experience before graduating from high school and adopting good study habits to prepare for college, as well as learning self-advocacy and independence skills that help lead to success.
During the senior year in high school, the youth is transfered to a traditional Vocational Rehabilitation counselor to continue services and meeting goals.
Youth in the IDB Transition Program can participate in a variety of weekend and summer programs. Through a variety of fun and interactive activities, participants discover the value of learning problem-solving and non-visual techniques and learn a more positive way to view themselves and their vision loss. As a result, these young people develop the independence they need to take charge of their own lives.
Ready - Set - GO! Post Secondary Prep Conference
July 31, 2013 - August 3, 2013
Details for Ready - Set - GO! Conference
More about our programs - multimedia links
- Toying with Technology - summer camp at Iowa State University
- John's first day of college
- About the Transition Program
To learn about additional resources for transition age youth, choose the other transition programs & resources link.