More than 7.5 million Americans -- or 2.4% of the American population-- are blind or have low vision, and the numbers are expected to increase rapidly by 2050, as the population ages. 

 

While early independence is key to breaking the link between poverty and low-vision, the possibility is heavily reliant on three factors: (i) academic competence, (ii) early work experience, and (iii) affordable housing options. Statistically, students with acute vision problems are more likely to have a lower level of academic achievement. Thus, not only are they less prepared for college, they lack self-confidence in their abilities and have fewer workplace skills -- particularly in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) fields. 

 

While the use of assistive technology can advance the skill-attainment and career-readiness, the unemployment rate for people with visual impairments is stubbornly high.

 

Organizations focused on transition solutions that support and promote independence of visually impaired populations in California are encouraged to apply for a grant. 


LOI Guidelines

Creative Steps

By: Aurelia Foundation

Through the Creative Step program, clients whose developmental disabilities and/or physical impairments do not preclude employment are provided with the opportunities and supports to attain their goals.

Disability Employment Services

By: Disability Community Resource Center

DCRC empowers people with disabilities to succeed in the workplace through our Employment Services Program which is offered in both English and Spanish, through a partnership with the Department of Rehabilitation (DOR).