Blanca Mariscal has always had an interest in fashion and computers, but she doubted it was possible to make those interests into a career because of her visual impairment. Blanca was referred to the Center for a 16-day vocational evaluation, where she worked with Samantha Dean, one of our vocation evaluators. Together, Blanca and Samantha identified several jobs that would be a good fit for her, including merchandising and computer coding. With the support of a smartphone app – Color ID Free – which Samantha helped her to download, Blanca was able to “see” colors of fabrics and textiles in order to pair outfits together in the Center’s interview clothing closet and at Designer Resale Shop. She’s passionate about fashion and now, with the confidence that her disability is not an impossible obstacle, Blanca may pursue part-time employment in this field. Blanca has also decided to pursue a career in computer coding and the Center helped Blanca with computer programs – such as ZoomText – that make using a computer easier for people with visual impairments. With help from Center staff, she is identifying resources to enroll in school to study to be a coder.
We wish Blanca the best of luck!