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Paul V. Sherlock Center on Disabilities, 600 Mount Pleasant Avenue, Rhode Island College, Providence, RI 02908, 401-456-8072

EnVision Work

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EnVision is a pilot initiative of the Paul V. Sherlock Center on Disabilities in partnership with RIDHS/ORS-Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired. The purpose of EnVision Work is to increase employment of individuals with visual impairment. Participants will increase their understanding of proven employment strategies, increase their knowledge of resources, and develop an expanded network on individuals to help meet their goals.

The initiative will:
  • Engage youth and young adults (age 16 - 24) and families through person centered employment planning sessions.
  • Identify employment challenges and barriers and develop strategies to overcome them.
  • Develop an employment plan addressing short term and future opportunities.
  • Offer an online curriculum enhanced by face to face forums to explore interests, careers and develop employment awareness while networking with a group of peers with similar goals.
  • Enhance career development through supported community based work exploration and experiences.
This is anticipated to be a 2 year experience. The second year will include extended internships and/or paid employment reinforced through the online curriculum and family forums. Participants will receive a Certificate of Completion along with an employment plan and a personal portfolio reflecting the work completed.
Funding for this pilot is provided by the RI Foundation.

  • Have a strong desire to obtain employment.
  • Be between the age of 16 and 24 at the start of the program (May 10, 2012)
  • Be eligible for or have received a high school diploma or equivalent.
  • Have a documented Visual Impairment
  • Have the ability to complete assignments with minimal support
  • Be willing to participate in:
    • On-line learning modules and discussions
    • Person Centered Employment planning (with Family participation)
    • Community based vocational exploration
    • Employment assignments and experiences
    • Pre and Post Outcome Evaluation Survey


The Sherlock Center is currently taking applications for the EnVision Work 2012.
Click here to apply online.
Click here to download and print the application. 137 kb (PDF) pdf logo image
Click here to download a Text Only version of the form. 8 kb (txt)
  • Applications are due by April 10, 2012.
  • A limited number of applicants will be admitted. Not all applicants who complete the application and meet the criteria for admission will be accepted.
  • Applicants will be notified of their acceptance by Tuesday, May 1, 2012.


For questions or more information, contact:
Kate Ray, Teacher of Students with Vision Impairment
Email: kray@ric.edu.

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