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Due to the fact I was an “adult” when I lost my sight, I’ve never been real familiar with the programs designed to assist blind children/teens. I’ve done a bit of work with the Missouri School for the Blind, but that’s about the extent of it.

That is, until last week…

My buddy, Kevin Hollinger, is an orientation and mobility specialist for a school district in the St. Louis area. He was the head honcho for a program this summer called STEP (Student Transitional Educational Program.) Designed for teens between 14 and 19 who are blind or visually impaired, STEP gives participants a three week campus experience. The participants learn a ton of adaptive daily living skills, but also get help with interviews, resumes, social skills and networking.

I was really proud to be their featured speaker on Thursday, April 25. Special thanks to Kevin and Angie York for being such great hosts, and to all the participants for taking a proactive stance for your future and your education. If there’s anything I can do to help y’all in the future, just drop me an E mail. Good luck in your future pursuits!

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