Program Manager, CareerConnect
Areas of Expertise:
- Vocational Rehabilitation
- Postsecondary Preparation
- Orientation & Mobility
Joe Strechay joined AFB in February 2009 as project associate for CareerConnect, an AFB website that offers free resources and tools for students and job seekers with vision loss, as well as the professionals who work with them, their families, and potential employers. In July 2012, Strechay became the CareerConnect program manager. With a team, he has developed the AFB eLearning course, "Working with Job Seekers who are Blind or Visually Impaired" and the "Job Seeker's Toolkit," a free employment process course within CareerConnect. He lectures and consults on a wide range of issues related to employment, transition, and postsecondary preparation for teens and adults who are blind or visually impaired.
Strechay has worked in a wide variety of settings in the visual disabilities related field, including adult vocational rehabilitation centers, schools, community rehabilitation providers, and vocational rehabilitation agencies. Prior to joining AFB, Strechay worked for the State of Florida's Department of Education in the Division of Blind Services' State Office as the program consultant in transition. He has been an orientation & mobility instructor, itinerant rehabilitation teacher, educational coordinator of a postsecondary preparation program, job seeking skills teacher, adjustment to vision loss group leader, teacher of the visually impaired (student teaching), content consultant, curriculum development, and teacher's assistant in physical education and adaptive physical education at a school for emotional and behavioral special education. He also has worked for the State of New Jersey's Commission for the Blind. Strechay has also advised state vocational rehabilitation agencies and non-profits on strategies, policies, programs, and curriculum development specific to employment, transition, and postsecondary preparation.
Strechay's undergraduate work was done at East Carolina University in Communications and English. His graduate work was done at Florida State University in Special Education: Visual Disabilities in Teaching Children Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired and Orientation & Mobility with a specialty in Transition from School to Work.