Connections to the BC Curriculum – Core Competencies
The BC Curriculum emphasizes Personal and Social as a core competency with the goal that all students understand themselves, develop a positive self-identity and self-worth, and understand their roles and responsibilities within society.
The Positive Personal & Cultural Identity Competency Profile identifies three facets related to self-awareness:
- Relationships and cultural contexts
- Personal values and choices
- Personal strengths and abilities
The Positive Awareness & Responsibility Competency Profile identifies three facets related to self-awareness:
Career and Vocational Skills - Students with Visual Impairments
For students with visual impairments, learning about the possibilities of life as an adult is important. The general expectation in our society is that adults work to earn an income to support themselves and to contribute to society. For many of us, our self-worth is grounded in what we do as it gives us a sense of purpose.
While sighted students observe people in their communities at work, students with visual impairments might miss this information if their attention is not drawn to it. According to Statistics Canada’s 2006 survey (2007), 49.2% of individuals with visual impairments were unemployed or not in the labour force. Within the same time period, the unemployment rate for the general population was 6.6% (2009).
To prepare students with visual impairments for a career, they need to have an opportunity to explore opportunities and develop skills. A career and vocational education model developed by Karen Wolffe (2014) includes for school-aged children.
- Career awareness
- Career exploration
- Career preparation
- Career placement
Examples of Career and Vocational Skills
- Developing positive work habits
- Time management and being punctual
- Following instructions and asking for clarification or support
- Interacting and communicating effectively with others
Resources to Support Instruction
PRCVI Library Catalogue
Campbell, J. (2002). Careers. Toronto, Ont.: Pearson Education Canada.
Misener, J., Butler, S., Misener, J., & Culverwell, R. (2000). Horizons 2000: Career studies. Toronto, ON: McGraw-Hill Ryerson.
Wolffe, K. E. (1999). Skills for success: A career education handbook for children and adolescents with visual impairments. New York: AFB Press. [Professional Text]
Life of a Blind Girl Blog (2019, November 3). Ten tips on employing a person with a visual impairment. Retrieved from https://lifeofablindgirl.com/2019/11/03/10-tips-on-employing-a-person-with-a-vision-impairment/
APH Career Connect (2019). CareerConnect for Job Seekers Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired. Retrieved from https://aphcareerconnect.org/info/living-with-vision-loss/for-job-seekers/12
BC's New Curriculum. (n.d.). Career Education. Retrieved August 20, 2019, from https://curriculum.gov.bc.ca/curriculum/career-education/core/introduction
Employability Skills (2019) Conference Board of Canada’s Employability Skills. Retrieved from https://www.conferenceboard.ca/edu/employability-skills.aspx?AspxAutoDetectCookieSupport=1
Transition Resource Guide for BC Students
- PRCVI has assembled a transition resource guide to assist teachers of students with visual impairments in framing the conversation with students and their families around key issues related to post-secondary transition.
Wolffe, K. (2010). BC Vision Teachers' Conference – Skills for Success with Dr. Karen Wolffe. Retrieved from https://www.setbc.org/2010/11/bc-vision-teachers-conference-inspiring-success-with-dr-karen-wolffe-2010/#1478728936877-b65b7908-a6461692-2dfa
NEADS (2019). High School Transition Portal. Retrieved from https://www.neads.ca/en/norc/movingon/
- The NEADS website contains many important resources for Canadian students transitioning into the workforce or to post-secondary education. Check out their page devoted to preparing for K-12 graduation.
Kamei-Hannan, C., Brostek Lee, D., & Presley, I. (2017). Assistive Technology. In Foundations of Education (3rd ed., Vol. 2, pp. 611–653). New York, NY: AFB Press, American Foundation for the Blind.