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State Services for the Blind Partnership Project

PACER Center partnered with State Services for the Blind (SSB) of Minnesota to improve outcomes for students who are blind, visually impaired, or DeafBlind as they transition from high school to postsecondary education or employment. As part of this partnership, PACER provided parent trainings, professional in-services, and developed new resources for families and youth.

Self-Advocacy and Secondary Transition

As a young adult who is blind, visually impaired, or DeafBlind, you will hear words or phrases during the transition to postsecondary education and employment that may be new or confusing. Click the links in the story below to read a simple description of each of the terms that will be important to understand as you advocate for yourself in school, on the job and in the community.

Learn More about Self-Advocacy Terms and Descriptions

Additional resources

For more information, explore PACER’s Middle & High School Transition Planning Learning Center.

The Transition to Postsecondary Education

Discover how students and families can prepare now for a successful transition to postsecondary education in this 3-part video series.

The Transition to Employment

Getting a first job and working towards a career is an exciting time of life for youth and their parents. When the young person is blind, visually impaired, or DeafBlind, there will likely be challenges to overcome as well. Follow the tips in this guide to provide the support your son or daughter needs to launch into the world of work.

Learn More about the Transition to Employment

Additional resources

For more information, explore PACER’s Employment Learning Center.

Disability Laws and Rights: What Youth with Vision Loss Need to Know

As youth with vision loss transition out of high school, it is important for families to know about the laws protecting individuals with disabilities from discrimination in postsecondary education, employment, and the community.

Learn the basics of important federal laws and the rights and services they can provide to individuals who are blind, visually impaired or DeafBlind.

Learn More about Disability Laws and Rights

Additional resources

For more information, explore PACER’s Laws & Rights Learning Center.

Mental Health, Anxiety and Vision Loss

Anxiety is the most common mental health challenge experienced by youth. For students with vision loss who face communication barriers, managing a school setting can be even more stressful. Research suggests that adolescents with visual impairments experience anxiety at a significantly higher rate than their sighted peers.

Learn More about Mental Health, Anxiety and Vision Loss

Additional resources

For more information, explore PACER’s Children’s Mental Health and Emotional or Behavioral Disorders Project and PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center.

Assistive Technology

For more information and resources, explore PACER’s Simon Technology Center.

Voices of Experience Videos

Meet Rachel Magario, an assistive technology specialist and a person who is blind. In this series of videos, Rachel shares her story, including the impact of assistive technology, parental support, and maintaining a positive outlook for the future.

More information about transition for youth with all disabilities can be found on PACER’s National Parent Center on Transition and Employment website.