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.