Parent · transition to adulthood · Uncategorized

College Prep Pep Rally for Blind/VI Youth and Parents — November 8 Grand Rapids

Here’s an event for parents and students who are planning for college application, including middle and high students. RAH! RAH! RAH!

The National Federation of the Blind of Michigan is presenting the College Prep Pep Rally.
When: November 8, 2019
Time: 1:00pm-4:00pm
Where: Crowne Plaza Grand Rapids Airport, 5700 28th Street SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49546
Phone: (616) 957-1770

The Prep Pep Rally will be a part of our National Federation of the Blind of Michigan 50th annual state convention. If you haven’t already registered, go to .

Whether you would like to “Hail to the Victors” or “Crash Right Through that Line of Blue” or become a Bronco, Eagle or a Chip, you will need to get accepted to your college or university of choice. If you are wondering what this process is like or how to compose that ever-important essay or wonder about your test scores, we have just the right Pep Rally for you!

We have arranged a power-packed list of world-class people who are uniquely able to provide you information about succeeding in college and the career of your choice.


Buna Dahal

A motivating and rousing presentation from worldwide motivational speaker and accessibility consultant Buna Dahal. Buna is an entrepreneur who works with multi-national corporations, rehabilitation agencies and blind consumers.

James Gashel

Jim’s Federation work has led to significant changes in virtually every law directly affecting blind Americans: the Social Security Act, the Rehabilitation Act, the Randolph-Sheppard Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Copyright Act, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, and the Help America Vote Act. In addition to championing these causes, Jim has won the love and respect of the thousands of blind men and women across America who have directly benefited from his informed and effective personal advocacy.

Michael Hudson

Michael Hudson serves as Director of the Michigan State University Resource Center for Persons with Disabilities (RCPD). Michael is passionate about MSU’s status as a global leader in higher education and maximizing opportunity for persons with disabilities. His intensive focus on ability, skill development, and organizational efficiency aids his quest for excellence despite his own blindness.

Members of the NFB of Michigan and the Bureau of services for Blind Persons will be on hand to help with details of accessing services. You won’t find a more powerful and informed opportunity to learn the strategies and steps to the future.

You’ll remember this event as a TOUCHDOWN! in your drive for the end zone and a victory to get into college and find that dream career.

employment · transition to adulthood · Uncategorized

Paths to Employment Webinar

Check out another great webinar from the PACER Center…and while you’re at it, how about forwarding this to someone else?

Paths to Employment: Exploring the Options

Date: Thursday, June 21, 2018
Time: 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
A panel of representatives from Minnesota’s Special Education, Career and Technical Education, Vocational Rehabilitation, and WorkForce Center systems will share information to help youth with disabilities get started on a career path, ways the programs work together, and how youth can access these services. Information will primarily address options available to in-school youth, but some information about programs for out-of-school youth will also be presented.
Live:Web Streaming Availible
girls meetings · transition to adulthood · Uncategorized

Meeting Thursday 3/1 in Mason

We’ll be meeting for the Girls’ Social Group on March 1 and 15, and then every first and third Thursday through May. We meet at 1981 Eden Road in Mason. We meet from 6:30 to 8. Put a comment below if you want to ask questions.

Is there someone you’d think might like to know about our social opportunities for girls and young women with autism or other social issues? Send them the link to this webpage, and encourage them to join our list. Helpful resources only go as far as our mailing list members!

Next time: What we’re finding out about housing, summer opportunities for blind youth, and other useful thoughts about transition to adulthood.

girls meetings · transition to adulthood

Younger girls, too — Meeting in 2018

Our girls’ group has become a fairly steady little group, but it is mostly girls who are out of high school. Sometimes we meet someone with a younger daughter or friend, and maybe they don’t want to bring a 12 year old to our group with older young ladies.

In February, we’ll start a monthly group for girls ages 12 to 17. Of course this is flexible, since girls develop at different rates. Generally, older girls are talking about living, learning, and playing in settings away from family. Younger girls are still very much thinking of themselves within family and school building contexts.

Older girls will enjoy goal-setting for adult life, while younger girls would rather talk about getting through high school. Which girl is your daughter, granddaughter, or friend? Watch this space for announcements of meetings in 2018.

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