Visually impaired PB teen graduates from job program

Anthony Coleman of Pine Bluff has finished Jump Start, a three-week career development program for high school students who are blind or severely visually impaired.

He was among 21 students from across the state who were accepted into the program, which ran from June 9 to June 28.

Students learned skills to prepare them for life after high school. The Department of Human Services Division of Services for the Blind placed students in part-time jobs in the mornings and had educational and recreational activities in the afternoons and evenings.

Arkansas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired has partnered with DSB to put on the program, sharing resources and opening up dorms. Participants stay on the ASBVI campus during the week and return home on the weekends.

Coleman worked at the Arkansas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired’s Instructional Resource Center, which distributes Braille and large-print books to public schools. His employer was well pleased with his work and requested he be placed there again this year.

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