NEW CASTLE (July 7, 2021) – The Division for the Visually Impaired’s Vocational Rehabilitation Services hosted “Blind and Socially Savvy,” a weeklong, overnight transition event from June 28 through July 2, 2021, at Delaware State University.
Eleven transition students from the Division for the Visually Impaired (DVI) participated in the event centered around building workplace readiness skills. Those skills included networking, using social media to make connections with employers, holding professional conversations, how to navigate formal meetings and conferences, and cane positions for community/social functions.
- Dining Diagnostics – Blind & Socially Savvy Essentials, Connecting & Communicating Respect
- Basic Networking with Stranger – Blind & Socially Savvy Networker
- Informal Networking Over a Meal
- Out in the Community – Blind & Socially Savvy Community Leader
- Individual Wardrobe Consultations and Sizing – Blind & Socially Savvy Professional Image
- Informational Interview over Lunch – Blind & Socially Savvy Job Seeker
- Graduation, Formal Business Dining, and Presentation of Certificates
“The event was a tremendous success,” said Jamie Towns, Deputy Director for DVI, one of 11 divisions in the Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS). “The students who participated learned valuable skills that will prepare them for the workplace.”
Participants Matthew Love and Rhyne Taylor both highlighted the dining lessons they learned and the value they found in the experience.
“I learned about formal dining and how we can use it anywhere in the community,” Love said.
The “Blind and Socially Savvy” program is delivered through the International School of Protocol in Towson, Md. The school is a leader in providing etiquette training and consultation to enhance interpersonal skills and personal effectiveness in business and social relationships.
The Division for the Visually Impaired provides educational, vocational, and technical support to empower and foster independence for Delawareans with visual impairments. To learn more, visit DVI’s website: https://www.dhss.delaware.gov/dhss/dvi/