The road to employment isn’t always easy, especially when you’re just starting your job hunt. It’s often filled with pitfalls, stumbling blocks, and detours—but it doesn’t have to be. We’ve put together a list of resources to help the blind and visually impaired—from job searching tips to networking opportunities, online and distance learning, local chapter resources, and more.
APH CareerConnect® offers helpful employment-related services, including resources for job seekers and employers.
The American Council of the Blind (ACB) provides a range of job opportunities as well as networking and employment-related information for individuals who are blind and have low vision.
The National Federation of the Blind (NFB) is the nation’s largest employment resource for the blind and visually impaired with chapters located throughout the country. NFB advocates for blind employment rights, provides business solutions to employers, and connects employers with qualified working individuals.
The Business Leaders Program at National Industries for the Blind prepares the blind for careers in business. Designed to promote and foster business leadership, this program not only provides educational and employment opportunities, it also encourages professional development and leadership in the workplace.
The Hadley School for the Blind provides online and distance education for free. Helpful in job searching and pre-employment prep, Hadley’s Professional Studies Program includes courses in braille, access technology, independent living, and more.
Hire Disability Solutions exists to promote the inclusion of people with disabilities. Not only does HireDS provide job leads, it also offers workplace solutions for employers and job seekers.
The Job Accommodation Network was created by the US Department of Labor. It’s a free service that offers consulting aimed at increasing the employability of people with disabilities.