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VIA understands the importance of a job for an individual’s independence and sense of worth. Whether you are entering or re-entering the workforce we offer programs that will develop your skills to meet your career goals. Working with you to make your goal a reality is the mission of the workforce development team. Partnering with employers who seek skilled, dedicated employees makes the difference in the community we share.

YOUR PATHWAY TOWARDS EMPLOYMENT

VIA’s Workforce Development staff is composed of Vocational Evaluators, Career Counselors, Certified Professional Resume Writers and Employment Specialists who work to better prepare individuals with vision loss for employment. All of our employment-related services are approved and supported by the New York State Commission for the Blind (NYSCB) and prior authorization is required. Contact your rehab counselor or VIA for more information.

In addition to training for employment, VIA is also an employer. VIA offers a range of employment opportunities for people who are blind or visually impaired. Come work with us!

For more information on employment services and pre- employment opportunities for young adults. 

JOB RETENTION

Did you know the cost to hire a new employee is, on average, over $4,000 and it usually takes over 42 days to fill the position?  In conjunction with the New York State Commission for the Blind (NYSCB), VIA will provide the necessary tools, training and supports to help you retain  your current position.

  • Job Retention Involves
    • Specific training to meet the needs of your workplace
    • Adaptive equipment
    • Assistive technology
    • Training & information for employers and staff to achieve cultural competence

If you or someone you know is experiencing difficulty in their current job due to vision loss, call us today

CAREER EXPLORATION AND SKILLS DEVELOPMENT

VIA is here to help and support you in preparing for permanent, competitive employment in a career that best suits your interests and abilities.  Whether you’re a high school student who’s exploring options for  your future or you’ve been out of the workforce for a period of time: our programs and services will help prepare you  in obtaining AND retaining that dream job.

A DVE is a tool used to assist in determining your vocational goal.  It may include a series of testing and/or community-based situational assessments to evaluate interests and abilities related to work.

Typically offered as a group, the Work Readiness program introduces and reinforces skills and strategies necessary to obtain and retain competitive, integrated employment. 

Some topics include:

  • Identifying & overcoming barriers to employment
  • Understanding appropriate communications at work
  • Understanding employer expectation
  • Self-advocacy
  • How personal issues can affect employment
  • Interviewing skills
  • Understanding career centers and services available
  • Developing a basic resume

This short-term training program offers the opportunity to develop work skills and soft skills in a real-life employment setting.  This training is beneficial if you have little or no work history, a significant chronological gap in employment or are looking for a career change.

Some topics include:

  • Understanding & executing job tasks and requirements
  • Understanding & demonstrating the soft skills for successful employment- such as punctuality, professional communication and attire
  • Organizational skills
  • Resume building and other professional documents
  • Self-advocacy in the workplace

JOB PLACEMENT SERVICES

Your career goals are clear, you know exactly what you want to do, have the skills  and now you may need a little help getting there.  VIA’s Placement team are experienced and knowledgeable in the methods and techniques of job development, job seeking and client placement.  We stay on top of the local labor market trends and employment opportunities ion both the private and public sectors. Our staff is experienced in:

Creating your plan for permanent, competitive employment Instructing and coaching your interview responses and performance advising on self-advocacy regarding accessibility and reasonable accommodations.

TIPS FOR THE WORKPLACE

Are you or someone you know experiencing performance issues in the workplace as a result of vision loss? Below are several low-tech/low-cost solutions that may be helpful:

Lighting: Use task lighting to direct light in low-lit areas.  Decrease lighting to help reduce glare.  Use blinds or shades to control natural lighting coming in from the windows.  If possible, install dimmers for optimal control of artificial light.

Magnification: Using the Accessibility settings in your computer to make print and/or images larger.  Use of a hand or stand magnifier to assist with seeing small print and/or items.  Enlarge font sizes on electronic documents prior to printing.

Contrast: Use of contrast in order to increase visibility.  Reverse the contrast on your PC, tablet or smartphone.  Use different color writing pads to help reduce glare. Yellow or purple pads work best!  Use dark ink pens or markers.

Note taking: Use a digital recorder or note-taking application to make and retrieve important information.

Organization: Keep your work-space organized and clutter-free.  Create a system and stick with it! 

For more information on employment services or employment opportunities offered at VIA please contact us at:

  716-882-1025

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