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By Linda Johnson, Transition Consultant, Division for Blind Services

Abstract: This article provides hints for youth looking for summer employment.

Key Words: blindness, visual impairment, disability, summer employment, Texas Workforce Commission, DARS Division for Blind Services, Transition services

 

You say you’re at least sixteen? You’d like some work experience? And you’d especially like a little money in your pocket?

That first summer job can cause some tummy jitters, but this first trek into the world of work is also exciting. Here are some resources and ideas to help you along the way.

First of all, contact your DBS Transition Counselor who will have much more information, local resources and contacts to help you on your journey. The DBS Transition Program assists young people who are blind or visually impaired to make an effective transition from secondary school to adult life and the world of work, and to make informed decisions about their future goals.

Consumers and their families are provided with opportunities for career exploration; opportunities to gain work experience while in high school; training in skills needed to achieve their goals; feedback about the consumer’s current academic, vocational, and independent living skills; and adaptive tools to achieve their goals.

Next, find your local Texas Workforce Center, , and register with the Youth Employment Specialist. The Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) is the state government agency charged with overseeing and providing workforce development services to employers and job seekers of Texas. For job seekers, TWC offers career development information, job search resources, and training programs. Services are provided on a regional level by 2 local workforce boards. This network gives customers access to local workforce solutions and statewide services in a single lo-cation—Texas Workforce Centers. Many local workforce boards develop programs specifically to provide summer employment opportunities for youth. Primary services of the Texas Workforce Commission and our network partners are funded by federal tax revenue and are generally free to all Texans.

To find out more about youth services available with Texas Workforce, go to: . And for lots of resources and information about employment and youth with disabilities, go to National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth: .

I wish you a very profitable and productive summer!