On Tuesday, June 06, 2017, VRS began holding its first annual Transition Academy. The purpose of the Transition Academy is to teach the participants various skills that they can apply both in their daily lives and in the workplace. Not limited to any age group or region, the Transition Academy teaches students from all over the Metro Atlanta area. From middle school and high school, to college and beyond, anyone with a visual impairment is welcome.
To begin, the participants gave a short introduction which told the other students their names and passions. Then they explored their own personal learning styles by taking a test that links personality traits with colors; these colors, in turn, correspond to a learning style. Afterwards, the participants divided into groups tasked with learning and performing various tasks that are important, both in the workplace and in daily life.
In the kitchen Rafa, Gabriel, and Xavier were tasked with preparing lunch for the class; a teacher gave the boys instructions, while Gabby and Karly wrote down food orders from the other participants and delivered them to the kitchen. Meanwhile, Gus and William were taught how to clean using their sense of touch and the reliable grid pattern. Next, they went outside to wash the windows with vinegar. After a demonstration to Cheyla and Maggie how to fold t-shirts, which is a skill that -in addition to being vital in the workplace- can be applied while doing laundry or organizing clothes at home. The folding team will also get to use their skills by volunteering at the Must Ministries shop in the coming weeks.
Finally, the reporters (Heidi, Jason, and Skylar), and authors of the Academy’s Blog, kept track of the class by taking notes and participating in the different activities. Then they selected Augustu “Gus” Pacleb as the student of the week, and Jason interviewed him. Gus attends Forsyth Central High School and, just like Heidi, he found out that his learning styles correspond to both the blue (harmonious) and green (logical) learning styles. Overall, Gus thought that his scores were accurate and he hopes that this new insight into his personality will allow him to find a job that suits his learning style, while also enabling him to work well with his future colleagues.