Creating Interfaces, Creating Experiences (YouTube video): TEDx Talk (2013) by Chelsea Cook, a physics major at Virginia tech. She enjoys astronomy, reading, and creative writing. Her ultimate goal is to become an astronaut who writes poetry in space. In her talk Chelsea questions how we handle problems, and how we can solve them, by taking another perspective. Great inspiration for science teachers, 3D modelers, and other students with vision impairments who want to study science. … “What might I discover, that others will miss, because they don’t know how or the right places to look?”…
Employment website: Categories of jobs undertaken by people who are blind or have low vision, with real life examples and role models, for career choice inspiration. By European Blind Union.
Employment Assistance Fund:
Ongoing grant from JobAccess for All States and Territories in Australia. Purpose: To improve access to employment, work opportunities and work productivity for people with disability. The fund encourages and supports the employment of eligible people with disability by providing financial assistance to purchase a range of work-related services and modifications. Subject to meeting eligibility and application requirements, and funds being available. Apply online. Freecall: 1800 464 800.
Paths to Transition:
Interactive website with a focus on preparing young people with vision impairment, including those with multiple disabilities or deaf blindness, for adult life. The site offers guidelines, activities, and resources for teachers, families, rehab counsellors and others.
What it’s like to be a blind software engineer at Amazon:
Interview by Lydia Dishman with Michael Forzano, who for the past six years has been working as a software engineer for Amazon in the USA. He explains the job interview, and his use of assistive technology, and some valuable contributions to services that he has made over time.