What is School-Work?
It is a part of the vocational rehabilitation
program that focuses on students ages 14 and above while they are still in
high school. ICBVI VR counselors work with the school district, parents and
the student to develop a coordinated transition plan.
What is a transition plan?
A transition plan looks at the current academic progress of the student,
interests, vocational goals and the needs of the student to either enter
into some post secondary training as required based on their work goal or
direct employment upon completion of high school. At ICBVI we like to
work closely with the students, parents and the school to identify and
address needs as early possible when appropriate to create the most
opportunities for a successful transition.
ICBVI has two specific programs designed specifically for transitioning
SWEP- Summer Work Experience Program:
This program is a 6 to 8 week work experience in Boise. The students
live in supervised dorms and work in competitive jobs during the week.
Support on the job is available to students. Students also benefit
from the program through other activities arranged during the evenings and
The feedback from students and parents alike has been:
Wow, that is a great program!
Work skills development, confidence and self-esteem are typically big
outcomes from the SWEP Program. Talk to your local ICBVI VR Counselor
to learn more or visit us on Facebook to view our video on ICBVI's
College Days is a new summer program for ICBVI that focuses on students who
plan to attend some type of post secondary schooling. It focuses on
the unique issues that a blind or visually impaired transition student may
encounter when preparing to attend a trade school, two year college or
Some areas that are addressed:
How to access the disability resource center
at the school you’re attending
Orientation and Mobility on campuses
Taking advantage of your assistive technology for the college environment
Accessing your books in a timely manner
Tips from other successful past and present blind or visually impaired
Successful note taking.