EDUCATION & WORKFORCE TRAINING
VIA understands the importance of a job for an individual’s independence and sense of worth. At VIA , we believe there is a job for everyone and we offer programs that will develop skills to meet your career goals. Working closely with clients to make this goal a reality is the mission of the workforce development staff at VIA. Partnering with employers who seek skilled, dedicated employees makes the difference in the community we share.
What is Early Intervention?
Early Intervention comprises a team of therapists and special education professionals. The early intervention team works with parents and caregivers to develop a family centered program to enable a young child to benefit from therapeutic intervention and foster abilities and potential during early developmental years. A teacher trained in working with the visually impaired should be involved. Early Intervention services are available to children from birth up until their third birthday and are funded by the county in which the child resides. If you think your child may be experiencing any level of visual impairment, speak with your pediatrician or have your child seen by a Pediatric Ophthalmologist.
Services for pre-school & school-aged children
VIA provides Vision Services for over 20 school districts and agencies in WNY. Our school and community based instructional staff responsibilities include providing direct service from NYS certified Teachers of the Visually Impaired and Orientation & Mobility instructors who instruct in safe and independent travel skills. Inquire at your district’s Special Education Department or Pupil Services department for more information on how your child can get evaluated for services.
Here are some signs that your child may have a visual impairment:
- Sitting too close to the TV or holding a book too close
- Tilting their head
- Covering an eye
- Frequently rubbing their eyes
- Short attention span for the child’s age
- Turning of an eye in or out
- Sensitivity to light
- Difficulty with eye-hand-body coordination when playing ball or bike riding
- Avoiding coloring activities, puzzles and other detailed activities
Vision Services are designed to maximize your child’s potential both academically and with their life skills. VIA has been providing services for children and their families for nearly 40 years. If you suspect that your child may be having trouble seeing, talk with your child’s doctor or call us today.
If you’re visually impaired and looking for assistance in preparing for the high school equivalency test (TASC), VIA can help. We’ll conduct a standardized baseline assessment to evaluate your current academic level in math, history, science and grammar and reading comprehension. We’ll work with you and your rehabilitation counselor to develop a plan and schedule for individualized instruction in the areas needed. Instructional materials are provided in your preferred media including large print, braille or electronic. Our staff will work with the testing site to ensure that you have the reasonable accommodations necessary for testing.
VOCATIONAL TRAINING PROGRAMS
Are you looking for a new path towards employment? Maybe you’ve been out of the workforce for quite some time or looking to sharpen your skills.
For over 20 years VIA has been providing vocational training programs in demand fields including: customer service, hospitality, communications, software applications/ accessibility and most recently we introduced a new food prep handler program.
All of our program curricula have been approved by the Office of Children and Family Services, NYS Commission for the Blind.
The Workforce Development team at VIA, recognized early on that “distance learning” or online learning was an important option for many of our participants seeking flexible training hours to accommodate family responsibilities, transportation issues or increase upward mobility skills while working. We were early practitioners of online learning with a fully accessible platform for our participants who are blind and visually impaired, no matter what form of Assistive Tech (AT) software is used.
The same quality programs that we offer in-house are also offered online by our qualified instructors to give you individualized instruction in a virtual classroom with robust curriculums, peer to peer interaction and structured yet flexible learning options.
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