PRE-Employment Transition Services (Pre-ETS) (Ages 14 to 22)
Spring Break: March 25 to March 29 2019
Summer Camp: June 10 to August 9 2019
Being a teenager can be difficult at times, but being a teenager with a visual impairment presents a whole new set of challenges. The Pre-Employment Transition Services is a year-round program that provides individuals 14-22 the opportunity to develop skills to enter the work force or post-secondary education. Students learn important life skills like home and personal management, assistive technology, job readiness, orientation and mobility, social skills and community integration. They are able to use the kitchen, prepare their own meals using safe techniques, and learn how they can label and organize their own home so they can access things without limitations. Students keep up to date resumes, participate in job interviews and are able to participate in on-the job training. The goal is to help these children reach their full potential, for some of the students improving Braille Literacy is an important component of their curriculum. In 2017, 43 teenagers were served in our Pre-Employment Transition Services program.
The Pre-Employment Transition Services Program is year-round. During the school year, the program meets every Saturday and on Miami-Dade County Public Schools Teacher Work Days. In addition to the training listed above, students attend a number of field trips throughout the community, participate in interesting seminars and workshops, and receive training in the latest technology, such as iPads.
During the summer, the program offers a nine week summer program from June 11th to August 10th, 2018. Every Thursday students attend field trips that promote community engagement. If you would like more information or are interested in joining, please contact Betty Chavarria, Manager of Transition and Education Services at 786-362-7523 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Miami Lighthouse Pre-ETS/Transition Students Receive OrCam Assistive Devices
Three of our Pre-ETS/Transition students, Emily, Diandre, and Marnel received an OrCam, a portable, wearable, light-weight smart camera for blind and visually impaired persons. It reads aloud printed or digital text, and identifies faces, products, and paper money all in real time. The students received the OrCams a result of a team effort between the Miami Dolphins, Israel Consulate in Miami, and OrCam.
Representatives from the three organizations visited the Miami Lighthouse to distribute the device, demonstrate its capabilities and train the students on how to use it. Diandre stated, "I have an interest in the law and helping people out. I want to be a lawyer. I think this OrCam is really going to help me achieve that goal." Emily said, "The OrCam has been a great change in my life and [will positively impact] my future." According to Marnel, "The OrCam has allowed me to be more productive in life. Not only has it allowed me to be more efficient in my work, I now have the opportunity to compete in a fast-paced work environment where the size of the print does not dictate the quality and value of my work."