Blind Industries helps visually impaired teens become independent

Finding a job if you're unemployed is hard enough, but imagine if you had a disability such as being blind, that struggle would be compounded. In Salisbury, a program is trying to help teens who face that exact barrier so they can have successful careers.

By relying on sound and touch, a group of visually impaired teens at Blind Industries in Salisbury are taking one step closer to independence.

"We want to find non-visual ways of doing things that people need to do in their everyday life," says Amy Crouse, the Program Manager.

Blind Industries has introduced a new program to their Eastern Shore branch called the Gaining Leadership , Independence, Direction and Experience (GLIDE)  workshop, which looks to teach teens independent living skills using technology to break down barriers.

"The biggest difficulty I have is trying to figure out how much things cost, like if I'm at a restaurant, because theirs menus are small, so it's smaller print," says 17 year old Corey Jarmon.

The GLIDE workshop also helps teens find new techniques  hat transitions them into employment.

"Generally people with disabilities are underemployed,  so part of it is be able to teach them resources and skills so that when someone is going in for an interview and the person is thinking how can I hire this blind person?," says Crouse.

During the workshop instructors teach students skills such as identifying dollar bills and navigating through a computer and ipad.

"I've learned how to type without using the screen, because the screen is completely black," says Jarmon.

Instructors say having these skills will help them show employers that they are job ready, but also help them carry out a successful life.

For more information on Blind Industries click here.

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