The Central Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired (CABVI) can help pave the way to rewarding employment opportunities. Meaningful employment is more than just a source of income – it’s a source of pride. In addition to opportunities within CABVI, we offer a variety of employment programs to address specific vocational needs in the community for people who are blind or visually impaired.
Placement services for the visually impaired
The Employment Specialists at CABVI evaluate the interests and capabilities of people who are blind providing them with the resources necessary to successfully pursue their employment goals. Services include assistance with:
- Job readiness
- Job searching
- Resume writing
- Interview preparedness
- Employer contacts and education
- Work place adaptations
- On-the-job training.
Our services do not stop when consumers start working. We continue to provide support to both the consumer and employer throughout employment.
Vocational Skills Training
CABVI’s Vocational Skills Training Program concentrates on the growing customer service industry, with other career fields considered, depending on the interest of the individual. Before training begins the prospective trainee completes a skills assessment in the areas of typing, note taking, reading, spelling and logical sequencing, after which a training plan is developed to address each participant’s individual needs.
Trainees receive additional assessments and training in such “soft skills” areas like communication in the workplace, interactions with co-workers and supervisors, and responding to customers. Participants conclude their training with work experience in customer service at CABVI.
Work Experience Training
High school students entering the world of work, individuals who have exited the workplace for an extended period, or individuals who are changing careers, are eligible for our Work Experience Training.
Work Experience Training provides individuals an opportunity to explore a vocational area before making a long-term commitment to employment. They perform the duties of a job they are interested in and develop a better understanding of workplace expectations. Employment specialists evaluate work-related behaviors as individuals experience the full physical, cultural and psychological aspects of a work setting. Work experiences are time-limited.
Pre-Vocational Skills for Young Adults
Developed for young adults ages 14-21, the pre-vocational program assesses youth to determine their knowledge of (and skill levels in) vocations, job seeking, and job-related social behaviors. The assessment determines areas in which knowledge and skills are lacking and a training program is developed to address deficits. Parental and family support is a component of this program as skill acquisition is not successful in isolation.
Pre-Vocational Training Center (PVTC)
CABVI provides services in the Pre-Vocational Training Center (PVTC) to individuals with developmental disabilities and visual impairments, addressing the individual’s vocational interests. We assist individuals who are interested in joining the world of work but whose skills are such that they may not expect to obtain competitive employment within the next year.
The PVTC can also provide a long-term placement, offering paid employment while developing skills in areas of vocational, social, and personal functioning.
- Training to follow directions
- Adapting to work routines
- Development of good work attitudes and habits
- Attention to task
- Social skills and communication.
Interested in applying for employment?
Please fax back the completed applications to: (315) 797-2244
CABVI is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer and welcomes all qualified applicants. Qualified applicants will receive fair and impartial consideration without regard to race, sex, color, religion, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, genetic data or any other legally protected status.