This employment program is helping DC residents with visual impairments

WORKFORCE | According to 2016 research, District residents over 16 years old with disabilities earned an average of about two-thirds less than their non-disabled counterparts. The Columbia Lighthouse for the Blind is trying to disrupt this by hosting an employment program for area high school students with visual impairments. (WAMU, 8/16)

This summer, Friedrich joined seven other Washington-area high school students with visual impairments in an employment program run by Columbia Lighthouse for the Blind (CLB). For three weeks, the students live in Catholic University dorms, work in internships and learn independent living skills. The program’s organizers want to create a path of independence for young people who don’t get many chances to prove their capabilities.

“The goal of the program is for the teens to leave with more confidence, greater self-advocacy skills, more training, and to have a keener sense of what they want to do after high school, what they want to achieve in their career path and what skills they need to make that happen,” said CLB’s Jocelyn Hunter.

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HEALTH CARE | The administration has approved Maryland’s waiver to create a reinsurance program designed to curb the cost of individual health care insurance premiums. (WaPo, 8/22)

ENVIRONMENT | Maryland will enforce its new limits on the toxic wastewater that coal plants can discharge into the Potomac and Patuxent Rivers. (WAMU, 8/22)

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