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Finding a job being legally blind

I am 17 and have no clue where to start looking for a side job, something small. Who do I go to, what kinds of jobs, and what should I say? No resturant work...I was thinking about a dollar store, but what would I do there. I would like to answer phones but not sure where to go to do that. Thanx


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Also, if you could give us the state in which you live, we could help you with finding the vocational rehabilitation agency to obtain services related to employment.
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You may also be eligible for services through the Senior Community Employment Services Program. Here is the web address to find out about programs in your area: http://www.doleta.gov/seniors/html_docs/AboutSCSEP... and a telephone number: 1-877-872-5627


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Okay, I will try my best from the information you presented. I am not going to tell you this will be easy, but the road to employment is never easy and you are battling a few things 1) misconceptions about age and the work place and 2) misconceptions about visual impairment. You can do this!

Are you brailling things for agencies? I wasn't sure what you meant or if that is what you meant. I am hoping you didn't send letters in braille to agencies. I don't think that is what you meant.

What is your vision like?

Do you already volunteer with organizations?

Are you looking for part-time work or full-time?

Are you active in community organizations?

Have you defined the skills and abilities you bring to the job? Plus, what types of jobs or tasks you can do?

Have you mined your personal contacts? I would suggest having an event for the closest friends and contacts, specifically ones who are working or who have a lot of other contacts. Have them out to an event at your place or host somewhere else. Libraries have meeting rooms that you can rent and often for free. I would do some place that would allow you to have some refreshments. I would prepare a little speech or presentation to do informally with guests. If you feel up to it, do it infront of the group, but it can be done even more appropriately on a one on one basis or small groups. You could break this type of event up into multiple sessions and invite different people to different sessions. You will have to work the room and interact. Dress professionally. This is a networking event. This could be done through an organization that you participate in such as a church. Often churches and community groups have a cross section of people that will offer a diverse audience. I would explain that I am looking for part time or full time employment. Make sure you sell the tasks that you can perform well. Be prepared that you might have to interview for any opportunity. Truly this is a large interview and great practice for your interpersonal skills.

It would be okay to ask for assistance from friends to make this happen, like with set up and such. But, you should be the one organizing it and such. This also demostrates your skills. This is just an idea to think about. Networking parties are a great way to make contacts and find out about opportunities.

If you are looking for part-time and hourly work, then going business to business prepared with your resume and dressed professionally is a great idea. It is okay to have someone with you to scout out lay outs and such for O & M purposes.

It is hard to give you advice without knowing much about you, but I have tried my best.

I also would suggest checking AFB CareerConnect and Senior Site at www.afb.org. There are a lot of great resources available. There is a free online job seeker's course called the "Job Seeker's Toolkit" with in AFB CareerConnect, and you register for CareerConnect for free. Register as a user and get started today!

Sincerely,
Joe S.
AFB Staff


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Hi I am 57 and I can't find a job in a moderately populated city. SSI was cut off by Social Security so don't know how to survive now. Need advice. Anybody? I have been Brailling all agencies in the area called, and no jobs available. How fun! Any suggestions welcomed.


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Also, check out AFB CareerConnect. CareerConnect has some great articles and resources. Check out the Success Stories. Register as a user and contact the mentors who are visually impaired and work in many fields. Search for the field of your interest and ask for advice.

I wish you a great night as well!

Sincerely,
Joe S.


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Have you explored moving to a more urban area?

Are you a client of vocational rehabilitation?

Have you looked into any housing programs based on your income in a more urban area or an area with better transportation.

Sometimes we have to step outside the box and take a risk. I don't know if this something you have explored or be willing to do. I am not saying that you haven't tried this, but if transportation is your biggest barrier, then this seems like an appropriate solution.

I am not saying that this process would be easy, but would help to eliminate the transportation issue. All persons make sacrafices to work whether it is length of commute, moving, cost, hours, or so on. In tough economic times, we must become more flexible, competitive, creative, eager, efficient, and assertive.

I have moved long distances and lived with very little when starting jobs, just for the opportunity to work in area where I could travel to work, the store, and more.

Again, I am not sure what other responsibilities or ties that you have.

What type of vocation are you looking for?

What type of training do you have?

I am just trying to help. It is hard to help without more information. But, these are some things to consider if that is the only barrier to employment.

I wish you the best of luck!

Sincerely,
Joe S.
AFB Staff


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Hi, I am 21 this is my first post here first visit to the site. i am legally blind but i see some.. fairly well compared to others i have known that had eye issues.

I have not been able to keep a job for more then a couple weeks mostly due to transportation.. live in a small town in MN just bairely scraping a living, i am reasonably intelligent, but life is hell, i think i need to live in a much larger area somewhere with public tras[ort for sure. i dont know how or have any idea hwo i with my resources would go about it though. i pretty much live in isolation no contact with my family exept 1 of my uncles and he is on his deathbed.

I guess in short i am stuch in a bad spot and i see no way out. any advice would be useful.


Re:Finding a job being legally blind



Hi, I am 21 this is my first post here first visit to the site. i am legally blind but i see some.. fairly well compared to others i have known that had eye issues.

I have not been able to keep a job for more then a couple weeks mostly due to transportation.. live in a small town in MN just bairely scraping a living, i am reasonably intelligent, but life is hell, i think i need to live in a much larger area somewhere with public tras[ort for sure. i dont know how or have any idea hwo i with my resources would go about it though. i pretty much live in isolation no contact with my family exept 1 of my uncles and he is on his deathbed.

I guess in short i am stuch in a bad spot and i see no way out. any advice would be useful.


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Hi, I have been unemployed for the last seven years. I did not waste all of that time doing nothing. I wnt to school and I am close to being finished. I never wanted to quit my job. I was a customer service rep in a call center. I dont't necessarily want to do the same thing. But I do want to do somethingl where I am productive and successful.
I have visual aide equipment and my home PC is set up for my visual needs. I just need a job! My typing skills are great and I know ten key. I have great people skills; in person and on the phone. Can someone send me some leads please.

Thank you,
El.Dale


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Being legally blind is tough. However keep a positive view of your options. The first step is to learn typing skills. It can come in handy for some jobs such as medical transcribing. This job can be done from the comfort of your home.


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Hi I am 15 and wondering about employment also.

Most jobs that my friends have are working in retail stores, grocery stores or restaurants. Which are what the usual high school jobs are.

These would most likely not work for me since I wouldn't be able to see the monitor on the cash register or expiration dates on licenses.

I live in a semi small town (50,000 people) and I am having a lot of difficulty finding a job where I won't feel uncomfortable with my vision.

Best of luck!

Jana


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Hi!
There are quite a few ways to go about this. But there are things to consider before I can make suggestions. Are you in or near a big city? Are you in the U.S. If you are in a big city, there may be an agency for the blind that may have a job seeking program for teens like yourself. They may have professionals skilled in the area of job seeking skills for the blind and V. I. For you may need special accommodations to do your job. These programs teach you how to go about finding a job and the techniques neccessary to land that job, such as interview technique.
Some companies are reluctant to hire our population. They only see us as not being productive at all. but with the help of these job seeking programs, they introduce and match employer with employee. That would be a place to start. I volunteered at such a program in my area. The students did internships in the summer for two weeks and got a lot of knowledge and experience with these summer jobs.
If you are s high partial and feel you can swing swing job seeking on your own, then do your best, but be honest and recognize your limits. Choose something that you would like to do as a career. Do you want to work in retain? or something clerical, then experience is the key. Just know if you choose clerical, be aware these days, offices are mostly computerized. Being computer savey is a must. Know your adaptive technology, so you can sell your skills to your interviewer.
If you have a V I teacher at school ask them where to turn. Or maybe a commision for the blind in you area.
Good luck.

Elphie


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