Dear VR Agency Director:
I am writing to re-introduce you to a unique, hands-on program that will allow you to invest your pre-employment transition services (Pre-ETS) resources for qualified blind and low-vision consumers during the summer of 2023. In conjunction with our 2023 National Convention, the National Federation of the Blind (NFB) has created a robust one-week curriculum that will expose your qualified consumers to almost all the required Pre-ETS services made available under the amended Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), as amended in 2014.
By week’s end, your students will have learned about self-advocacy and the vocational rehabilitation program; participated in an array of employment exploration opportunities; worked with blind mentors who can demonstrate the value of nonvisual blindness skills that will facilitate self-sufficiency as an independent blind person; produced several invaluable take-away documents, which will help to guide your students along their path of vocational discernment; and so much more. Blending the schedule of the NFB National Convention with customized seminars that examine in further detail some of the matters discussed during the plenary sessions, division meetings, and the like, our super-charged agenda will be just the right amount of information to inspire and ignite the hidden ambitions of these students to want to avail themselves of other similar Pre-ETS programs available in your state and throughout the country, all calculated to readying these individuals to pursue their vocational objectives in either post-secondary study or other trade or state or federal apprenticeship programs and opportunities that will see them receiving a credential leading immediately to work.
Please review the attached program announcement and, if you are interested, reach out to me for further information. The National Federation of the Blind is keen to partner with vocational rehabilitation programs across the country that wish to see blind and low-vision consumers of VR excel and flourish in the careers of their choice, be these traditional or otherwise. Our capacity to serve this year’s cohort is limited to twenty-five participants, so please prioritize your inquiries about Career Quest. In addition to being prepared to take your questions, I’ll be calling VR agency directors who I know will be invested in pairing their Pre-ETS-qualified blind or low-vision students with such an innovative initiative.
Should you have questions, please reach out to me; my contact details are below in my signature block.
With kind regards,
Daniel B. Frye, JD.
Director of Employment and Professional Development Programs
200 East Wells Street, Baltimore, MD 21230
410-659-9314, extension 2393 | [email protected]
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