School is back in session and Yahya Abdikadir, a transition age student from Minnesota, took time out from his busy schedule to sit down with Jeff Thompson and talk about his choices and experience preparing for his studies and planning his career. Yahya attended the Summer Transition Program (STP) where he learned about Soft Skills and met other Blind and Visually Impaired students from around the state. Yahya was hired by a local middle school to work on accessibility and found out about the job opportunity from State Services for the Blind. From his Teacher for the BVI and his working with SSB, Yahya is prepared and ready to take on the University of Minnesota with an interest in programing and computer science.
Yahya also volunteers for Apple, Microsoft and Google as an Accessibility Specialist focusing on software accessibility with the beta programs. A Beta is a pre-release of applications for testing purposes and Beta testers give the developers feedback prior to the big release.
Yahya also plays Blind Hockey for the Minnesota Wild Blind Hockey Team and loves the opportunity the sport has given him to learn about skating and the game of hockey.
Join Yahya and Jeff as they talk about the programs and opportunities that led to his education and career choices.
Contact Your State Services
If you reside in Minnesota, and you would like to know more about Transition Services from State Services contact Transition Coordinator Sheila Koenig by email or contact her via phone at 651-539-2361.
To find your State Services in your State you can go to www.AFB.org and search the directory for your agency.
Check out the Blind Abilities Communityon Facebook, the Blind Abilities Page, the Career Resources for the Blind and Visually Impairedand the Assistive Technology Community for the Blind and Visually Impaired.