One of the key components of self-determination for people with vision impairments is the ability to talk about their disability-related needs. In order to request assistance and advocate for themselves, students must first understand what disabilities they have and how they affect them.
This activity encourages individuals to learn about and describe their vision impairments and any additional disabilities. This is not only helpful in building self-advocacy and self-determination skills, but also in building skills that will be useful in a job search. Students who are able to discuss their disabilities and how they have learned to navigate particular challenges can help to allay employers’ concerns and will demonstrate to potential employers that they are confident and capable candidates for the job.