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Transition to Work – Free Train the Trainer Workshop for Blindness Professionals

“Putting Your Best Foot Forward” is a recently introduced school to work intensive transition curriculum for visually impaired youth with barriers to employment. Writing in the Visual Impairment and Deaf Blind Education Quarterly, Jennifer Cmar and Michelle McDonnell from the NRTC at Mississippi State note that engaging youth in job finding for work experiences is a greater predictor of job success than work experiences that occur through the intervention of schools or other providers. NRTC created its five-module, 40-hour program to match six critical components of effective job search interventions. The NRTC has developed a free, online interactive Train the Trainer Workshop for direct service professionals to be offered in June and September. Trainers work in tandem, so at least two people from each organization must sign on. Those who complete the training receive a certificate of completion, up to 8 ACVREP continuing education credits, and complete downloadable course materials. Registration begins the first week of June, so sign on to the waitlist.