Group photo of STEP students all wearing yellow STEP T-shirts.
As you know, all Indiana schools are closed until May 1, 2020. As ISBVI teachers and staff are busy staying connected to students and their families, we thought we would take this opportunity to stay in touch with our supporters by showcasing an amazing ISBVI program that the foundation invests in each year because of your collective support.
While National Disability Employment Awareness Month falls in October, employment inclusion at ISBVI is practiced and modeled in the school and the community throughout the year. One example of this is through STEP (Student, Training & Employment Program), a partnership program between ISBVI and Bosma Enterprises. The program helps high school students who are blind or visually impaired between the ages of 16-22 explore various career paths, learn essential job skills, and develop an employment portfolio over a span of four weeks during the summer months each year. Youth are assigned a job coach and work at various STEP community partnership employment sites during daytime hours, but stay at ISBVI each week, only leaving to go back home on the weekends.
The video below focuses on STEP and how the program benefits youth with visual impairments. However, I believe as you watch this video you will come to understand that it's not only STEP participants who benefit from inclusion in the workplace. This video features audio description and offers closed captioning so individuals of all abilities can enjoy its content fully.