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Vision Impaired Job Training Program

Guest Author - Dean Ingalls

The Lionís World services for the blind Organization through the years has developed an excellent training program for the vision impaired. The organization provides a vision impaired job training program that offers a blind individual the opportunity to learn the skills needed for an exciting and rewarding career.

The Lionís World services for the Blind organization is located in Little Rock, Arkansas. The campus of the organization includes a residential and educational facility. The campus facilities provides all the essentials that a vision impaired individual needs for the completion of the training program.

The organization trains visually impaired students for a variety of jobs working with computers/technology and specific positions for the Internal revenue service (IRS). Admission to the program begins with a 30-day examination process. During the evaluation process the professionally trained instructors complete an overall exam of the potential student. The examination testís the skill level of the student in areas such as; communicational abilities, travel skills, reading comprehension and technology/computer literacy. A student is expected to complete specific requirements before becoming eligible for enrollment into one of the courses.

Internal Revenue Service Courses:

1. Contact Collection representative course prepares a student to become a collection tax examiner. The student learns tax law and IRS regulations/procedures for tax collections. The course takes four months to complete.

2. Service Center Collection Representative Course trains an individual to become a qualified tax-examining technician. The course takes two to three months to complete.

3. Taxpayer Service Representative course prepares a student to assist a taxpayer with the completion of filing his/her taxes by answering questions about tax law, IRS procedures and forms. The course takes five months to complete.

A student must meet the following expectations for eligibility into the Internal revenue service courses:

1. Student must be a US Citizen.

2. Student must pass a background, tax and finger print check.

3. Student must have a print reading speed of one hundred words a minute with seventy five percent proficiency with ZoomText or Braille reading speed of sixty words a minute and proficiency with JAWS.

4. Student must possess a GED and pass computer literacy exam. Entry level at GS-5 must have four years of college experience or related work experience.

5. Student must obtain ninety percent accuracy on a math exam using a calculator.

6. Student must have good independent living and travel skills.

7. Student must have a twelfth-grade spelling level.

8. Student must have a keyboarding speed of thirty words per minute.

9. student must have good customer service skills and work well with people under pressure.

10. Student must meet all Federal hiring guidelines.

**Qualifications may vary with each course. This is a general list of expectations.


Computer/Technology Courses:

1. Desktop Support technician qualifies a student for an entry level position as a Information technology technician. The course takes five months to complete.

2. Assistive Technology Instructor (ATI) course prepares the student to teach assistive technology in a rehabilitation program, to become a vendor/salesperson for a technology business or a technology consultant in a corporation. The course takes nine months to complete.

3. Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) prepares student to become certified in the Microsoft suite of products. The course takes seven months to complete.

4. Programming course is designed to help individuals with a computer science degree to improve skills and help advance job possibilities. Course takes ten months to complete.

5. Microsoft Server Administrator(MSA) prepares the student to work as a computer systems problem-solver for a company with a computer network. Course takes five to six months (seven with an internship) to complete.

A student must meet the following expectations for eligibility into the Computer/Technology Courses:


1. Student should have a Braille reading speed of thirty words per minute if primary reader and ten if non-Braille user.

2. Student must obtain a Wonderlic score of 20.

3. Student must possess a strong logical reasoning ability and emotional maturity.

4. Student should possess the ability to work in a high-tech environment.

5. Student must have the ability to adapt to constant change.

6. Student must have advanced computer/technology knowledge and experience for entrance to the technology centered courses.

**This list is a general list of expectations and may vary with each course. The items are not duplicated if the item is listed in the IRS list above.


**The Lionís World service for the blind vocational catalogue is located at:
www.lwsb.org/index.php/general-overview/vocational-catalog
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