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Employment, Development, Guidance, and Engagement

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The Arc, Ocean County Chapter is excited to announce a new opportunity, in partnership with the NJ Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired (CBVI), to support 120 blind and vision impaired student enrollees in a program called EDGE.

EDGE (Employment, Development, Guidance, and Engagement) will support both high school and college students in the transitioning into independent living and career development, by offering both classroom instruction and community-based, career-focused employment experiences.

With former EDGE enrollees now on staff and in mentor roles, we are able to bring a unique, first-hand perspective that will give enrollees an “edge” in moving towards independence and career development.

This year-round program consists of two parts: EDGE 1.0 and EDGE 2.0. Both have a double layer of support, via blind and vision impaired staffers and mentors, who will collaborate with enrollees to plan for success and assist in reaching it.

EDGE 1.0 (High School Program)

Involves Saturday Workshop Series Events & Applied Learning Activity Events teaching skills necessary for transitioning from parent supervision to assumption of adult responsibilities.

Topics covered include but are not limited to:

  • Self-discovery
  • Interpersonal Relationship Development
  • Preparing for college entrance, apprenticeship or training opportunities
  • Finding competitive employment, stipend work, or work exploration experiences
  • Financial Literacy
  • Independent Travel
  • Technology Engagement Skills

EDGE 2.0 (College Program)

Involves online classes and boots-on-the-ground Career-Focused College Advisors to assist undergrads to assimilate into college life, both on and off campus, in a career-focused way.

Topics covered include but are not limited to:

  • Getting the most out of the Disability Services Office
  • Establishing faculty relationships that enhance learning and result in letters of recommendation
  • Utilizing information and assistive technology
  • Developing interpersonal relationships on and off campus
  • Creating opportunities for competitive employment, stipend work, or work exploration experiences related to a major field of study

Please call Roula Mashal, EDGE Director, at 848-329-1931 for more information, or ask your CBVI Transition Coordinator or College Counselor to refer you.