AVRE offers a variety of employment options for individuals who have a vision disability. We understand the importance of choice and quality regarding employment and economic independence. Our options are designed to offer the widest range of training, employment, and career development based on your skills and goals.
Michelle Murray, our Employment and Career Specialist, is continuing AVRE's long-standing policy of working hard to place individuals who are blind or visually impaired into employment opportunities, such as community businesses, summer work, internships, our on-site manufacturing plant, or our switchboard operation through the Veterans Administration. With as much as 70% of the blind population not working, AVRE's goal is to create job opportunities for people who are blind or visually impaired who want to work.
AVRE placement services help individuals prepare for and search for employment. Assistance and guidance is available in resumè writing, interviewing techniques and strategies, computer skills and assessments, job search networking, employer consultation, and social and communication skills. While the individual is ultimately responsible, AVRE can help you get there!
AVRE operates a full-scale manufacturing business, producing high quality paper products, including manila file folders, copy paper, and pressboard file folders. There is also a contract packaging department for assembly and light manufacturing projects. Over 90% of the manufacturing staff are blind or visually impaired, but it is a fully integrated, competitive work environment offering unbeatable wages and benefits packages.
AVRE currently holds contracts with the Veterans Administration for switchboard operations at three VA hospital campuses - two in the mid-Hudson region and one in the Bronx. Our employees are responsible for processing all incoming calls, monitoring hospital alarm systems and dispatching the appropriate response teams. The switchboard centers are equipped with some of the most advanced adaptive technology available. More than 95% of the switchboard operators are blind or visually impaired.
AVRE works with young people with a vision disability in obtaining summer work or jobs that are part of a school to work transition program. The goal is to obtain the broadest experience possible to prepare for an independent and successful working life.