Vocational Rehabilitation

Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) resources typically cover a broad range of disabilities. It can be difficult to pinpoint information that is most useful for job seekers who are blind or visually impaired. Begin your research here, with some of the leading consumer and affinity organizations serving the blindness community. Job seekers who are deafblind, or who have multiple disabilities, including visual impairment, will find additional resources in the subheading For Individuals who are Deafblind or Who Have Multiple Disabilities.
 
American Council of the Blind (ACB)
Bookmark this page for job listings, many of which ask for experience within the blindness community, or services to people with disabilities.
 
Job Accommodation Network (JAN) - Department of Labor
JAN has the answers to your questions about ADA regulations, workplace accommodations, advocacy and accessibility. JAN is a service of the Office of Disability Employment Policy, in the U.S. Department of Labor
 
United States Equal Opportunities Commission
Information about obtaining, using, and disclosing medical information; concerns about safety; harassment; how to file a charge of employment discrimination.
 
American Foundation for the Blind (ACB)
This is an employment information resource developed by the American Foundation for the Blind for job seekers who are blind or visually impaired. It includes sections on exploring careers, making connections, finding a job, succeeding at work, and personal stories.
 
Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB)
Useful for residents of the U.K.,RNIB presents information on finding a job, keeping a job, preparing for employment, and starting a business of one's own.
 
VisionAware
Programs may be closer than you think. In addition to state-supported agencies, local training centers and business programs often sponsor rehabilitation programs. Your local Lions organization can also help you research the best program for your needs.
 
Mississippi State University (MSU-NRTC)
The mission of the National Research and Training Center on Blindness and Low Vision is the "enhance employment and independent living outcomes for individuals who are blind or visually impaired through research, training, education, and dissemination." Information on registering to participate in the Center research. Most materials are aimed at professionals.
 
National Federation of the Blind (NFB)
This page is full of interesting resources, and includes discussion groups and local organizations. Connecting with blind people in your area can be a great motivator and lead to valuable contacts.
 
VisionAware
This section of the Vision Aware site includes the following topics: talking to your employer, knowing your rights, training resources, and workplace technology.
 
Safety Tips for Ranching and Farming with Vision Impairments
The goal of Wyoming AgrAbility is to inform, educate, and assist ranchers, farmers, and farm workers with disabilities and their families so that they can continue doing what they love—ranching and farming. This fact sheet has adaptations that will also be useful for gardeners and home handypersons with visual impairments.