Kylee Jungbauer is a rehabilitation counselor at state services for the blind. Her concentration is transition age students. We talked to Kylie about what services they provide for students. Transitioning from high school to college and to the workplace.
State services for the blind has a Transition Unit that facilitates a path for students, providing guidance and opportunities for success.
From assessments to training, the transition Team offers as much or as little help as needed while promoting self advocacy and independence along the way.
Kylee talks about the importance of Summer Programs and how the Transition Team provides opportunities with employment, career exploration and access to training on the tools that will help bring about a successful transition.
Check out below for a list of Summer opportunities and programs.
Check out your State Services by searching the Services Directory on the AFB.org web site.
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State Services for the Blind of Minnesota
We offer tools and training for employment and for helping seniors remain independent and active. As Minnesota’s accessible reading source we also transcribe books and other materials into alternative formats, including audio and braille. We assist Minnesotans who are blind, DeafBlind, losing vision, or who have another disability that makes it difficult to read print.
I hope you find what you need here. We’ve also created a Tips for Using Our New Website page.
If you’d like to apply for services, learn more, or have more questions, just give us a call. You’ll find contact information for all of our offices on our contact page, or you can call our main office at 651-539-2300.
2018 Summer Opportunities for Teens
Learning skills related to blindness, low vision, and DeafBlindness
The programs listed below are of varying lengths during the summer. They offer training in independent living and job readiness skills. The program descriptions that follow are taken from each organization’s website. If you’d like to pursue any of these opportunities, please speak with your SSB counselor:
(Blindness: Learning in New Dimensions) offers an 8-week Post-secondary, Readiness, Empowerment Program (PREP) designed to prepare students for academic, employment, and social success. The PREP curriculum is designed to empower blind youth with the alternative techniques of blindness they will need to be successful in the college and the career fields they choose, and to give them the confidence and belief in themselves they need to find and keep a job. Additionally there are three one-week summer programs focusing on independent living, post-secondary success, and navigating the world of work.
Career Ventures, Inc
. offers resources in: Job Seeking Skills training, Volunteer opportunities, Paid-work experiences, Job Shadows, Internships (on a case by case basis), Job Placement, and Job Coaching. Contact Wendy DeVore at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Courage Kenny SHARE Program
is a resource that provides people of all ages and abilities the opportunity to achieve physical and emotional fitness – and just have some fun. SHARE is a service of Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute, part of Allina Health, but our list of services includes those offered by other organizations. It’s a one-stop shop for activity listings and registration details in Minnesota and western Wisconsin.
Duluth Center for Vision Loss
offers summer camps designed to sharpen skills needed for success, including Workforce Readiness, College Readiness, Self-advocacy, Mobility, Technology, Independent living, and much more. Students will learn core workforce readiness and adjustment to blindness skills. They will also be given the opportunity to socialize with peers from across the state and to participate in a wide array of recreational activities. The Lighthouse Transition Program is built on the understanding that “now is the time” that youth need to be developing certain core skills that are essential for their future
Helen Keller National Center
offers programs to students who are DeafBlind which enable each person who is deaf-blind to live and work in his or her community of choice. HKNC offers individualized evaluation and training which will assist students in achieving their own definition of success. The emphasis for the student in the program is to participate in learning opportunities which will lead to successful employment and a full, enriched and independent life in the community. The philosophy of the Center is one of self-determination for all.
Minnesota State Academy for the Blind
(MSAB) offers Summer School programming for elementary, Middle school and high school age students. Elementary School programs focus on elementary level academics as well as individual goals identified in student IEP’s. Middle and High school students will participate in activities encompassing the three areas of transition (postsecondary, employment, and independent living).
National Federation of the Blind offers of variety of local and national opportunities. The NFB BELL Academy is designed to provide intensive Braille instruction to blind and low-vision children during the summer months. EQ is a week-long learning opportunity that gets blind students excited about STEM by offering hands-on learning experiences. Visit www.nfb.org and www.nfbmn.org for more information.
Stone Arch Employment Solutions, Inc.
Email Cori Giles at email@example.com for information.
Summer Transition Program (STP) provides experiences to address the specific transition needs of students who are Blind, Visually impaired or DeafBlind.
STP complements each student’s core curriculum at their local school by providing individualized opportunities in the three transition areas identified in their Individualized Education Program (IEP). These unique transition activities, as part of the Expanded Core Curriculum, give each student the opportunity to increase independence in their school, home, community and work environments. Dates for 2018 are June 13-25.
Email Julie Kochevar at firstname.lastname@example.org for information.
Take Full Advantage of Transition Services: Enhancing Opportunities for Success – Meet Kylee Jungbauer (Transcript Provided)
Kylee: State Services for the Blind can be included in on that plan but then we will also have an employment plan for the students as well.
Jeff: Kylee Jungbauer, Rehabilitation Counselor for Transition Age Students.
Kylee: We like to keep our students busy during the summer, that’s what I tell all of my students so yep, if you’re working with us we expect that you’re working your plan and obtain that job goal.
Jeff: Voices from the success stories of transition age students.
Student 1: State Services for the Blind played a role in helping me figure out, for one thing what I wanted to do after high school, and then where I wanted to go to college, and then also they assisted me with helping me find a job.
Student 2: Training in stuff relating to technology and all your use of computers and phones, what’s the best way that works for you.
Student 3: So I was very lucky to have an IEP team that was familiar with working with a blind student.
Jeff: Learn about the transition unit at State Services for the Blind.
Kylee: I think another way a parent can be involved is just to have that expectation of their student that they will work, and have that expectation that okay yes, they need to learn how to cook, how to do their own laundry, how to clean because the parents aren’t gonna be around forever right.
Jeff: Kylee is part of a team at State Services for the Blind in their transition unit.
Be sure to contact your State Services and find out what their transition team can do for you, and for more podcasts with the blindness perspective, check us out on the web at www.blindabilities.com, on Twitter at Blind Abilities, and download the free Blind Abilities app from the app store, that’s two words, Blind Abilities.
Kylee: But I think more importantly, is taking a step back and saying, okay, do you have the skills to actually go to college, do you have you know, the advocacy skills, do you have the technology skills, do you have the technology that you actually need?
Jeff: Kylee Jungbauer.
Jeff: Is that right?
Kylee: Yep, yep.
Jeff: Welcome to Blind Abilities, I’m Jeff Thompson.
Transitioning from high school to college to the workplace, it’s a journey that most of us have taken, or some of us are looking forward to, and we’ll be talking to Kylee Jungbauer.
She’s a transition counselor at State Services for the Blind.
Kylee is going to talk about the services that you can receive to enhance your opportunities whether in college or gaining employment in the workplace.
She’s going to talk about the transition unit at State Services which will help you navigate your transition journey and make available all the resources, training, and skills, and confidence that you’ll need for the journey.
Kylee welcome to Blind Abilities how are you doing?
Kylee: I’m great, how are you?
Jeff: I’m doing good thank you. I really appreciate you taking the time to come down to the studios to share with us what you do for clients of State Services for the Blind.
Kylee: Yes of course.
Jeff: So Kylee, what is the transition unit at State Services for the Blind?
Kylee: We work with youth about 14 to all the way up to 24, so college students as well, and we help them move through their transition from high school to either college or high school to just starting off with their first couple of jobs, we look at what their job goal is, or if they don’t have a job goal, bringing them to that, with looking at different interest, inventories, or getting different work experiences so they can try different jobs and see what they really like.
Jeff: When you say 14 to 24, so 14 you’re talking about students who are in high school?
Kylee: Correct yep, so when they’re in high school we work with in conjunction with their schools and their TBVI’s to supplement what they’re already getting or maybe give suggestions, expose them to some different technology, and things that maybe they aren’t getting in their school.
Some schools provide a lot of adjustment to blindness training, and some schools do little, so we like to supplement especially during the summer when they’re out of school.
Jeff: And why is that?
Kylee: Just to get them prepared for life, like I said transitioning out of education, you know high school, a lot of the services are provided for them, they aren’t really having to advocate hopefully too hard for those services versus when they’re an adult, they’re kind of on their own and they have to learn how to do those things and advocate either in college or in their first jobs.
Jeff: And what kind of options are there for the summer?
Kylee: We have a lot of summer programming that some of it we provide, a lot of it the various vendors provides anywhere from more social to adjustment to blindness training, where, you know learning Braille, learning orientation mobility skills, a lot of Technology in Duluth, since it’s so far away they have some online courses where you can work with them remotely I guess from anywhere in within Minnesota, so there’s a lot of different options.
Jeff: When you were talking about the TVI’s teachers for the visually impaired, you’re talking about the district teachers?
Kylee: I don’t know if they’re considered district teachers or not but the district’s hire them, yeah the schools provide that service.
Jeff: And that’s where they start their individual educational plan.
Kylee: Yep yep, the TBVI’s, they’re included in it, the students will also have a case manager that kind of runs the whole thing and makes sure that the goals that are written on the education plan are being obtained or maintained or changed as needed, and State Services for the Blind can be included in on that plan but then we will also have an employment plan for the students as well with their job goal, or if there isn’t a job goal then we, we just put something generic while we’re exploring different careers.
Jeff: So they actually have a simultaneous education plan segueing into a employment plan?
Kylee: Correct yep, they’ll have an education plan and an employment plan at the same time up until graduation of course, and then it will just be an employment plan with State Services for the Blind, and that will bring them through either their first job or college.
Jeff: Well that’s a good segue.
Jeff: How does State Services or the transition work with the districts or the Department of Education in Minnesota?
Kylee: We like to be invited to all of the IEP meetings so please invite us, that doesn’t always happen, just because sometimes they get thrown together really last minute and as long as the parent and the student can make it they kind of just go on with it but, it’s good for us to be there so we can see what the school is providing and maybe advocate for more, maybe make suggestions, or see where we can supplement in during this school year, you know sometimes students have time on weekends or after school, or especially during the summer time when they’re on break.
We like to keep our students busy during the summer that’s what I tell all of my students, so yep if you’re working with us we expect that you’re working your plan and obtain that job goal throughout the school year and then especially during the summer when you’re on break and you have that extra time,
Jeff: Are there internship programs available to transition-age students in the summer?
Kylee: Yes definitely we can work with a vendor but we also have our work opportunity navigator, Tou Yang, and he works with a lot of the students that I’m working with to get them internships, paid summer jobs, if they’re interested in working during the school year that’s great too, or doing Job Shadows so they can check out different jobs.
Some students have this career goal, they know they want to do it but they haven’t really talked to somebody who’s in the work field actually doing that job, and they may find that oh it looks like it’s a lot more data entry and paperwork versus client contact and so maybe they don’t want to do that, or maybe they want to be a photographer but they don’t want to have to figure out their own taxes or anything like that, so they’ll look into working for a company versus going out on their own.
So different things that they just don’t know because they haven’t had that experience.
Jeff: Experience that will help them formulate their career goals.
Kylee: Right exactly, yep so each career goal on our end has to be looked at, explored, and we have to determine if it’s feasible, so if we have a student who wants to be a dolphin trainer for instance but doesn’t want to leave Minnesota, that’s probably not going to be something that SSB will support just because once they graduate you know, they won’t be able to find a job here in Minnesota, so yep.
Jeff: Maybe moose training or something but not dolphin training.
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Jeff: So if someone wants to explore a career, is there a resource here to help them do that?
Kylee: Yep work with Tou, and also we’ve got a couple different websites that we can either send to our students or sit with them and work one-on-one with them to do some exploration that way, and hopefully the student are getting that in their school as well, hopefully.
Jeff: So Tou, you say he’s the employment navigator, he actually contacts companies, works with companies to know what they want and educate them on what to expect probably, and then brings people in for opportunities?
Kylee: Yep, yep he has a background in working and doing job placement for other companies in the past so he has those employer connections which is great as well, but yep he brings students out to look at people out doing the actual job that they may be interested in so they can see the intricacies of it and still interested in that after learning the ins and outs or if maybe it’s not for them and they want to explore other options.
Jeff: So Kylee, how do parents get involved, do you have contact with parents of transition students?
Kylee: Definitely, parents can be as involved as they want to be of course if their student is a minor, they have to be there for any signing of documentation, but after that they can be as involved as they want to be, kind of feel that out with both the student and the parents.
Sometimes I just meet with my students one-on-one during the school day or whatever is convenient for them, but sometimes the parents want to be there, sometimes I can send an email to the parents after a meeting just giving them a recap.
If I’m sending internship opportunities or things that need to be filled out with the student and maybe the student isn’t the most responsive, I’ll just CC the parents on the email just to make sure that everybody saw that it needs to be sent back.
But I think another way that parents can be involved is just to have that expectation of their student that they will work, and have that expectation that, okay yes they need to learn how to cook, how to do their own laundry, how to clean, because the parents aren’t gonna be around forever right, and they also hopefully won’t be following their student to college, so if they need those skills just like any other person.
But on the flip side of that, we understand that for a college student, or college bound student it is normal for them not to have those skills.
I think college bound students kind of figure out how to do their own laundry once they show up and they dye a white shirt red for the first time and then they’re like, okay maybe I need to figure this out, so that’s totally normal but I think yeah, for parents to have that expectation that their students work and most people I know had to have a summer job so they could pay for their gas, pay for their the clothes that they want, or the new phone, or you know what have you, so yeah just having that expectation that their student will go on in transition just like any other visual person, so yeah.
Jeff: You brought up a good point about you know, the parents are probably their first advocate that they have coming along in life, and there’s comes a point in that transition process where a student has to start considering taking over that advocacy, advocating for themselves, like when they don’t get a book on time that they can’t always depend on their TBI or disability services, they get to a point where they start to have take responsibility for laundry like you said, all that stuff.
Kylee: Yep yep, we have a whole Student Handbook that we go through and it has expectations of you know all the documentation that we need before semester starts, but I think more importantly is taking a step back and saying, okay do you have the skills to actually go to college, do you have you know the advocacy skills, do you have the technology skills, do you have the technology that you actually need, the knowledge of the different apps, you know to get your books online, right now it’s Jesse that’s working with all of our students, but getting our transition tech involved and they come in for a tech assessment to see what they have right now and what they’ll need with both technology and technology training.
So I have a student right now we’re getting her tech package in but also we’re planning for the training that she’ll need in preparation for going off to college because surprisingly, her typing skills aren’t that great, so that’s something she knows she really needs to work on because all of those papers that she’s gonna be writing, she’s gonna need those skills, yeah super exciting, skills that you’ll need right.
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Jeff: I’ve seen reports where like colleges said that people are coming in and they’re not prepared, and I’ve also seen where people come in but they end up being like a week or two behind because they’re just trying to use this new technology that they don’t understand yet and you have to be able to hit the ground running when you enter college.
Kylee: Right yes, I talk a lot about that you know, college is high school times ten, you know you don’t have a whole week to learn about one chapter in a book, and then have a test on it maybe a week later, it’s like five chapters in one week, so you have, yeah right exactly, you have to be able to hit the ground running.
So making sure that they’re connected with the disability services at their college and they know the ins and outs of how they ask for accommodations, if they need extra time with test taking, anything like that, knowing how to get all that stuff before they go into college.
I talked to my students about how some teachers are fabulous with accommodations and some just don’t want to deal with it, or they haven’t really had to deal with it in the past, so having those advocacy skills are huge.
Jeff: Yeah I always suggested when I went in, I learned right away that, send in an email to each teacher, each professor, six weeks in advance if you get that opportunity, to start setting up that communications, and get that underway, rather than trying to set something, because everyone’s busy that first week.
Kylee: Definitely yeah.
I know when I went off to college for the first time, I was terrified to talk to any of my professors, but you don’t have that you know option when you need accommodations, you just have to go for it, and feel you know, be comfortable, or maybe you don’t have to be comfortable with it, but you have to be able to at least do it, so yeah having those skills is huge.
Jeff: Yeah and it does get more comfortable, and as long as you do get comfortable with it, it just puts it back, you just move forward from there.
Kylee: Right exactly.
Jeff: What words of advice for someone who is transitioning from high school to college to the workplace?
Kylee: I would say make sure that you have all of your technology training down, your orientation and mobility, make sure that you’re comfortable with that.
I think a lot of students are comfortable in their school settings, so some that have some vision may not even use their cane, but I think it’s important when you’re out in public especially when you’re learning new locations to have those orientation mobility skills down, because yeah you will need them.
Advocacy skills as well because you need to be able to talk to your employer and let them know what you need and feel comfortable with that, yeah it’s very important.
Jeff: Yeah because most colleges aren’t that one building school.
Kylee: Exactly yep, and a lot of the students that I work with we offer orientation mobility skills, multiple semesters so they can learn their new path, you know each time.
After a student’s been on campus for a couple of years they pretty much know the layout but, I have no problem each semester bringing in orientation mobility, you, just right away so they feel comfortable with where they’re going.
Jeff: Well that’s great, Kylee how does someone get in contact with State Services for the Blind for the first time?
Kylee: The best way to do it is to contact, if you’re in the metro to contact our St. Paul office, and they will get you connected with Meredith Larsen, and Meredith does all of our orientation and intakes, and orientation is provided twice a month at different times, so you can come in, learn about all of our services and decide if this is the right program for you.
If so then she’ll meet with you one-on-one and do an intake and have you sign an application at that point and that kind of, your signing saying yes I’m dedicated to this program, and then from there you’ll start working with a counselor.
If your you’re in the metro it’ll be either me or Ashlyn, and if you’re in Greater Minnesota there’s different counselors out in those areas that also work with our transition youth.
Jeff: That’s perfect, well Kylee, once again thank you so much for taking the time out of your day to come down to the studios here and sharing with us, believe me it’s been a wealth of information, so thank you very much.
Kylee: Yep, thank you.
Jeff: It was a real pleasure talking to Kylee and be sure to check out the show notes where you can find out how to contact State Services for the Blind, and you can find the summer programs that are listed, and some job opportunities you could have for helping out at the summer programs, and to contact State Services in your state be sure to check out AFB.org where they have resources where you can find the services offered in your state.
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Once again, thanks for listening, we hope you enjoyed, and until next time, bye-bye.
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