Employment Training and Support
Own Your Work Site.
The Carroll Center is committed to helping those with vision loss achieve the independence that having a job affords you. We understand the challenges a blind or visually impaired person faces when trying to find a job. Unemployment is one of the most profound issues facing individuals who are blind. We offer a variety of services to achieve the goal of employment. Whether you have a long work history or have never worked before, our staff can help you develop the adaptive skills needed to present yourself to employers and find satisfying work options. On-the-job internships are available in a wide variety of industries and businesses and provide the opportunity to develop skills and confidence while job searching.
“The Carroll Center has an amazing ability to fit a square blind person into the round peg of life with such dignity that it felt like that’s how it should be.”
Vision Use in Employment (VUE)
Vision Use in Employment (VUE), is a job retention program designed to assist clients who are having difficulties on the job as a result of deteriorating vision or changes in job responsibilities. Changes in one’s vision can result in frustration, a loss of confidence, and a reduction in work performance. New work tasks or access to changing technologies can be difficult for a person with vision problems.
- Understanding functional implications of vision impairment
- Work-site tasks, tools, and modifications
- Exploring vision enhancement devices
- Video magnification reading systems
- Computer technology
To schedule an assessment, call Maureen Foley at The Carroll Center, (617) 969-6200, extension 225.
Job Market Preparation Program
This eight-week program provides the opportunity for adults to explore work experiences since losing their vision. On-the-job internships enable them to explore vocational interests and aptitudes. Job coaches work closely with clients as well as partnering businesses. Typically, students work three to four days a week at job sites to build confidence and capabilities. This is unpaid experience.
Screen Reader User Tester Training Program
During the six-week Screen Reader User Tester Training Program, you’ll learn and grow your ability to professionally explore, test, and report findings regarding the accessibility of websites, mobile applications, and PDF documents. Builds upon skills to deepen your knowledge of devices, web browsers, applications, and strategies, focusing on using it to assess digital accessibility based upon the WCAG standards and requirements.
The Carroll Center offers GED preparation for young adults during our 5-month Vocational & College Transition Program. Individuals will be prepared to take either the High School Equivalency Test (HiSET) or the General Educational Development (GED) tests. Individuals who do not have a high school diploma can receive intensive instruction during this program to prepare them to take the tests.
For more information about GED preparation as part of our programs, please contact admissions at (617) 969-6200, extension 216 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
The Carroll Society Awards
The Carroll Society Awards recognize blind and visually impaired employees who have made significant contributions to their companies by their outstanding ability and job performance. Individuals are chosen because, despite vision loss, they are exemplary employees and contribute to the overall culture of both their business and community.
Who do you know who deserves to be nominated this year? If you know of a blind or visually impaired person who demonstrates the highest degree of excellence as an employee or is successfully self-employed, we invite you to nominate him/her to be recognized through the Carroll Society Awards.
Please use the following guidelines when considering a nomination.
Note: Employees of The Carroll Center for the Blind or the Massachusetts Commission for the Blind are not eligible for nomination.