The Vanward Team is committed to the proposition that everyone has value regardless of their Race, Color, Gender, or disability. It is the mission of this organization to provide a set of services designed to enhance the lives of individuals categorized as disabled by assisting them in procuring long-term employment.

Job Readiness and Pre-Employment Services

Job Readiness Services consists of a set of activities directed towards preparing the candidate for pursuing employment in the private sector. These activities are customized for the individual candidate and include a detailed in-take and assessment of the candidate, guidance/training on Self-assessment, Professional branding, Social Media navigation, and interviewing strategy.

Job Placement and Staffing Services

Vanward takes a traditional staffing approach to job placement. This approach requires in equal measure of developing a trusted advisor relationship with the employer while advocating for the candidate. Such an approach requires an acute understanding of the candidate’s technical and soft skills, as well as an understanding of the Employer’s business and the scope of the candidate’s role.

Self-Employment Coaching and Mentoring Services

Vanward offers counseling for those interested in pursuing the entrepreneurial route to independence. Starting a business or offering services as a consultant requires a level of commitment and the development of skills different from those seeking traditional employment.

Lean In! – A Pre-employment and Transition Program

Lean In! is a Job Readiness and Work-based learning program directed at Blind and Low-Vision (B/LV) individuals between the ages of 16 and 26 with the intent to assist them in achieving independence through long-term employment. Lean In! is an integrated service which includes Job Readiness activities during the school year followed by Paid Internships over the Summer. The program is developed, facilitated, and managed by B/LV mentors in a group environment to encourage trust and provide real exemplars.