Arkansas Regional Braille Challenge

February 16, 2023

Arkansas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired, Little Rock, Arkansas

The Arkansas Regional Braille Challenge will be held at the Arkansas School for the Blind’s campus Thursday, February 16. We are so excited and welcome students, grades 1-12 to participate.

Braille Challenge Registration

We will also be hosting a “Parent Symposium” on this day, full of parent workshops and information. Registration for the symposium is open now!

Parent Symposium Registration

Contact: Lori Cole | lori.cole@asb.k12.ar.us | 501-351-0413


Arkansas Regional Cane Quest

Cane Quest by Braille Institute

Cane Quest by Braille Institute
April 13, 2023

Cane Quest is a challenging orientation and mobility contest developed by Braille Institute of America, Inc. Cane Quest seeks to motivate students to practice their skills while serving as an age-appropriate benchmark for expectations and an opportunity to educate the sighted public about the independence abilities of blind youth and adults.

Who:  Cane-users in 3rd-12th grades

Where:  Arkansas School for the Blind & Visually Impaired,
2600 W. Markham, Little Rock, AR 72205

Why:  Promote the independence of cane users across the state.

For more information contact the Arkansas Regional Coordinator, Whitney Musick at ESVI.


Jump Start Summer Internship Program

June
Program of the Division of Services for the Blind
located on the ASBVI campus, Little Rock

Jump Start is a three-week summer program that the Division of Services for the Blind and the Arkansas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired collaboratively sponsor. The program is for blind and visually impaired high school students 16 years old or older.  The purpose of the program is to expose the students to the world of work and help them with transitioning from high school to employment/adulthood. We place the students in part-time jobs in the morning and expose them to fun and educational activities in the afternoon. This could range from taking classes on resume building and workplace readiness, self-advocating or gaining skills in cooking and cleaning. We provide transportation to and from their work sites and we even provide them with a salary.

Contact Latasha Mays at DSB for more information.


World Services for the Blind Youth Programs

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Summer Programs
World Services for the Blind, Little Rock

From life skills and vocational exploration to college and employment prep, our youth programs are tailored to the needs of the youngest members of our community.

Prep, Assistance, and Supportive Services (PASS) Program for Transitional Aged Youth

Our Pass program prepares transitional-aged youth for college and the workplace. Spanning 6 weeks of the summer, students in our transitional-aged youth program will begin preparing for college or choose to explore careers that do not require a 4-year degree. Students choosing to prepare for college will take a real college course. Students who choose to explore other vocational paths will develop a solid understanding of career options available to them. No matter the choice, all students will receive training in the following fundamental areas, assistive technology, orientation and mobility, activities of daily living, and financial literacy.

The Pass program provides a multitude of instruction in self-advocacy, job exploration, post-secondary exploration, work-place readiness, and work-based learning experiences.

Focus: The five Pre-Employment Transition Services (Pre-ETS) focus areas include:

  • Job Exploration Counseling to support a discovery process using customized tools that help students discover their skills, abilities, and interests
  • Post-secondary Exploration to provide counseling on opportunities for enrollment in local community college / post-secondary education programs
  • Instruction in Self-Advocacy to assist students in gaining the knowledge and skills to effectively communicate, convey, negotiate, or assert their own interests and/or desires
  • Work-Place Readiness Training to develop social skills and independent living
  • Work-based Learning Experiences to provide work opportunities and experiences outside of the traditional school setting

The two tracks are as follows:

COLLEGE TRACK

Students on track to college will enroll in a 3-credit college course at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, attend multiple college tours, visit with and learn about disability services and accommodations available to blind or visually impaired college students, purchase books, learn how to navigate FAFSA and other options for financial aid, and continue preparing for the ACT if necessary.

VOCATIONAL TRACK

Students on track to a vocational school or immediately seeking employment will explore multiple career pathways, including tours of vocational schools in the area and hands-on exploration of our programs through our fundamentals courses, assistive technology instructor, Credit counselor, information technology specialist, customer service representative,  massage therapist, medical biller, and administrative assistant. Students will also take classes in math, language arts, social studies, financial literacy, and workplace readiness. These areas will aid students in making informed decisions about their career path, better preparing them for the workforce.

APPLICATIONS

The deadline for applications and submission of all paperwork is May 15th. Students will arrive the last week of June to begin their coursework.

College Courses will begin the first week of July at UALR in Little Rock.

For more information, please visit us at our Contact page