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Job Listings on NFB-NEWSLINE®are powered by a nationwide career resource offering over 100,000 jobs.  Subscribers can enter multiple search profiles including category, full/part-time, and distance from their home zip code, desired salary, and level of education. Subscribers have the ability to email listings to their inbox, and to share listings with their rehabilitation counselor via email as well.   NFB-NEWSLINE® is currently researching providers to expand the job listings to include additional job sources. Currently job listings are obtained from CareerBuilder and USAJobs.


Andre says, “NFB-NEWSLINE® is really a tremendous help to my job search. I have been able to look for work quickly and contact the employers right away to see if they have my application. Using NFB-NEWSLINE®, I know for sure I am doing more to find employment and I can show others how I use the features.”

Virgil says, “I like the job listings. I really want to be able to look for jobs like other people and being able to do it with NFB-NEWSLINE® makes it easy.”

Carol says, “With our new Blindness and Visual Impairment Service Unit, I was looking for an outlet to keep consumers involved in the community and specifically their job search. NFB-NEWSLINE® is an amazing resource.”


The state of NJ Department of Labor and Workforce Development has a search engine called OnRamp that links job seekers with current employment opportunities.

The OnRamp tool is an interactive system that permits job-seekers to regularly update their resume and job searches. The system allows customers to create a profile for employers to review, and it allows them to create multiple job searches – customizing each one by geography, salary, industry or keywords that will attract prospective employers.

Job seekers can register for OnRamp at: http://careerconnections.nj.gov

NJ Civil Service Open Competitive Job Opportunities

There are currently 73 open competitive employment opportunities listed on the NJ State Civil Service Commission web site. An Open Competitive Job Announcement is an invitation for the public to compete for existing and future job vacancies in a State, County or Municipal government job title. To better understand the process of obtaining careers for New Jersey’s Public Service please visit the Job Application Process.

Many of these job opportunities require candidates to take a test but, many of the current listings are “non-classified” or “non-competitive” which means no test is required and you only need to follow the directions on the announcement to apply. The list also includes part-time employment opportunities, for example, Fiscal Assistant, with a work schedule of 2 days per week and a pay rate of up to $16.50 per hour.

Special note for high school and college students: The state is currently accepting applications for summer seasonal employment in a variety of positions all over the state. The job announcements are posted.

The list is updated on a daily basis so job seekers should be encouraged to check the list at least once a week. Link to the list: http://info.csc.state.nj.us/Vats/JobView.aspx

Customer Care and Technical Support: If you have any difficulty with accessing this information or submitting your application online, customer care and technical support are available during regular business hours, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. EST, Monday – Friday, excluding holidays and emergency closings. Please Email: OAS.support@csc.state.nj.us or call (609) 292-4144. Please note that application support requests received outside regular business hours on the closing date will not change the application filing deadline so PLEASE FILE EARLY.

New Opportunities for Careers in Rehabilitation of the Blind Scholarships are now available!

Professional Development and Research Institute on Blindness
Louisiana Tech University

Structured Discovery Cane Travel (SDCT) and Structured Discovery Rehabilitation have been demonstrated to be among the most innovative and effective forms of rehabilitation training for individuals who are blind or visually impaired. Louisiana Tech University has operated its Orientation and Mobility program on this model successfully for 18 years, with upwards of 90% successful employment and employer satisfaction rates.

Louisiana Tech is excited to announce that along with its O&M program, it has expanded its training and is launching a brand new concentration in Rehabilitation Teaching for the Blind.

Scholarships are now available for qualified individuals seeking one of the following degree paths:

  • Master of Arts in Industrial/Organizational Psychology with Concentration in Orientation and Mobility.
  • Master of Arts in Counseling and Guidance with Concentration in Rehabilitation Teaching for the Blind
  • Orientation and Mobility Graduate Certification

Why me?

  • The field of educating and rehabilitating children and adults who are blind is deeply rewarding and life-changing.
  • The job market is wide open; currently, we receive four times the number of employer requests than we have graduates to provide.
  • Training occurs on campus in Ruston, Louisiana, and can be completed in as little as one year.
  • No prior background or experience in blindness is necessary—we’ll teach you everything you need to know.
  • Scholarships are provided on a competitive basis to qualified persons and can cover costs for attending the university.
  • Scholarship also support travel to conferences, trainings, and field-based experiences at Structured Discovery training programs.

Who can Apply?

Individuals must already possess a Bachelor’s (B.A.) degree from an accredited university, have a grade point average of 2.5 and obtain a minimum of 287 (Verbal and Quantitative) on the Graduate Records Examination (GRE). Individuals must also be willing to attend courses on campus in Ruston, Louisiana on a full-time basis.

What’s the Catch?

  • Payback through service is required. Agreement to receive scholarship funding requires commitment for you to work in the field of rehabilitation for two years for each year of scholarship support you obtain.
  • Scholarships cover at least tuition and fees but may cover living and travel costs as well.
  • You have to move to Ruston, work hard, study harder, and have the heart to be an O&M or Rehabilitation Teacher of blind persons.

Where do I get started?

NFB Jobs Listserv on NFBNet.org

Are you a blind person seeking employment? Are you an employer seeking competent blind employees? The NFB Employment Committee has the answer!

Want to be on the most active Jobs Website for the Blind, with approximately 2.2 million messages each year?  Try the National Federation of the Blind (NFB) Jobs for the Blind listserv.  It’s easy to sign up, there is no charge, and you don’t have to be a member of the NFB.  Here are the benefits:


  • Your job postings will go to 500+ blind jobseekers who change constantly as people who get jobs drop off and new ones come on.
  • You’ll be able to network with knowledgeable blind people on the NFB Employment Committee and on the list, and get advice on how to recruit and accommodate blind employees.
  • You’ll reach individuals in the rehabilitation system, but also those who’ve been in the job market for years and are looking for a career change.
  • You’ll learn about and be able to participate in our two national Job Fairs, one in Orlando, Florida in July (300+ blind jobseekers) and one in Washington, D.C.  in late January/early February (100+ blind jobseekers).

Job Seekers:

  • You’ll be able to find jobs with employers who actually want to hire blind people.
  • You can network with and get career advice from members of the NFB Employment Committee and experienced blind job seekers.
  • Committee members can help you with your resume and with job seeking skills.
  • Technology or reasonable accommodation problems?  We can help you get the advice you need.
  • We constantly seek new employers, including those in Fortune 500 companies.
  • You’ll be able to attend the two Job Fairs listed above, plus the Job Seeker Seminars we host in Orlando, Florida, and in other states.

To Sign Up:


Pearson Announces Expansion of Mentorship Program for Students and Young Professionals with Disabilities

a variety of career fields

HOBOKEN, NJ (PRWEB) August 03, 2017

Pearson, in collaboration with the National Federation of the Blind, today announced that it is expanding a mentorship program to help college students and young professionals with disabilities explore career opportunities in a variety of fields. This expansion follows a successful pilot program, with eighteen mentees being paired up with mentors in Pearson’s legal department. In addition to discussions and advice from their mentor, mentees were given access to Pearson’s MyCareerPlanning Lab, offered informational interviews with leaders in their desired career field, and given resume and interview advice from human resources professionals.

The second cohort of mentees will be able to participate in a special webinar with networking expert and author of A Lawyer’s Guide to Networking, Susan Sneider. Mentees will also receive a complimentary copy of her book, published by the American Bar Association, and produced for the first time ever in an accessible format.

“It has been an honor to participate in the pilot of Pearson’s mentoring program. It couldn’t have come at a better time in my life,” said Sylvia Modesitt, a twenty-four year old graduate of William Jewell College in Liberty, Missouri. “My mentor’s knowledge and insight really gave me a leg up as I entered the professional world myself, and she has always been more than willing to advise me on topics big or small. This program is an incredible resource for individuals with disabilities–especially those who are interested in learning from successful role models”

“I am so excited to see how this unique mentoring program has given young, aspiring professionals with disabilities the guidance and encouragement they need to launch new careers and imagine new horizons,” said Bjarne Tellmann, general counsel and chief legal officer at Pearson. “The program has also enlightened our Pearson Legal mentors, providing them with a newfound sense of optimism about the incredible resources that professionals who are blind or disabled bring to the workplace. As we kick off our second round, we are looking forward to expanding the program include to an ever more diverse group of participants with disabilities.”

“For over seventy-five years, the National Federation of the Blind has fostered mentoring relationships in order to raise the expectations of the blind and help them live the lives they want, so this partnership with Pearson is a natural fit for us. We are delighted with the success of the pilot program and commend Pearson for its continued commitment to this important work,” said Mark Riccobono, President of the National Federation of the Blind. “We look forward to our continued work together to get more blind people on the road to leadership positions in the world’s major corporations.”

The mentorship program emphasizes a belief in capabilities, not disabilities. Mentors support mentees in identifying and removing barriers that are often self-set in order to allow them to pursue a career that will be rewarding and reflect their interest and skills – not their disability. Applications for the second round of the mentorship program are now being accepted. Please e-mail Elizabeth Delfs at elizabeth.delfs@pearsoned.com for more information. The program is available to college students and young aspiring professionals with a range of disabilities.


About Pearson

Pearson is the world’s learning company, with expertise in educational courseware and assessment, and a range of teaching and learning services powered by technology. Our mission is to help people make progress through access to better learning. We believe that learning opens up opportunities, creating fulfilling careers and better lives.

About the National Federation of the Blind

The National Federation of the Blind knows that blindness is not the characteristic that defines you or your future. Every day we raise the expectations of blind people, because low expectations create obstacles between blind people and our dreams. You can live the life you want; blindness is not what holds you back.

For the original version on PRWeb visit: http://www.prweb.com/releases/2017/08/prweb14571884.htm.

NJCBVI Home Instructor/Rehabilitation Teacher Staff Shortage

The New Jersey Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired are experiencing, and anticipate additional, retirements, resignations, and requests for extended medical leave from staff in the Home Instructor/Rehabilitation Teacher position. These simultaneous developments have resulted in significant shortages of Home Instructors/Rehabilitation Teachers to respond to statewide consumer demand for services.

IN an effort to mitigate the service implications stemming from this staff shortage, CBVI is actively recruiting for qualified people to fill multiple Home Instructor/Rehabilitation Teacher positions, on both a short-term and permanent basis. If you are aware of interested and qualified candidates who possess strong nonvisual blindness skills, and who possess the capacity to model and teach these skills, I urge you to have them contact our Manager of Human Resources, referencing this notice, and ask to be considered for one of these opportunities. Our Human Resources Manager is Hugo Ruiz; he may be reached at (973) 648-2412; Hugo.Ruiz@dhs.state.nj.us. I ask that all candidates interested in either potential short-term or fulltime positions submit, along with their inquiry, a cover letter and resume, detailing their professional experience. Please consider sharing with others.

Daniel Frye, Executive Director
New Jersey Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired
973 648 2324

NJ Transit Job Opportunities

NJ TRANSIT is New Jersey’s public transportation corporation. Its mission is to provide safe, reliable, convenient and cost-effective transit service with a skilled team of employees, dedicated to our customers’ needs and committed to excellence. Covering a service area of 5,325 square miles, NJ TRANSIT is the nation’s third largest provider of bus, rail and light rail transit, linking major points in New Jersey, New York and Philadelphia.

Created by the Public Transportation Act of 1979, NJ TRANSIT was established to “acquire, operate and contract for transportation service in the public interest.”

As the vehicle that connects New Jerseyans with employment, education, health care and recreational opportunities in and around the Garden State, NJ TRANSIT is vital to the state’s economic and social well-being, as well as its quality of life.

NJ TRANSIT has earned its place among America’s Best Workplaces for Commuters. This program recognizes employers that meet or exceed a “National Standard of Excellence” in commuter benefits and alternatives to driving for their employees. As a public transportation provider, NJ TRANSIT provides and promotes alternatives to driving throughout New Jersey. Our “corporate culture” has been to locate our headquarters adjacent to New Jersey’s busiest transit hub and purposefully limit parking provided for headquarters employees. We encourage our employees to use our own transit “product” and experience it themselves from a customer perspective.

View current job opportunities

Please use the below link to access a NJ TRANSIT STANDARD application. TYPE your personal information, then PRINT your application and mail it to the address listed on the top of the application or fax it to 201-649-1938. Please be advised that NJ TRANSIT conducts full background checks prior to hire.

NJT Employment Application

Please do NOT use the above application for a Bus Operator, Locomotive Engineer, or Police Officer position. Click on “View Current Job Opportunities” for Locomotive Engineer and Bus Operator applications. NJ Transit Police Department is not actively recruiting Police Officers at this time.

NJ TRANSIT is an Equal Opportunity Employer

It is the policy of NJ TRANSIT to promote equal opportunity by providing service and employment through practices that ensure the full realization of equal opportunity without regard to race, color, religion, sex, pregnancy, affectional or sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, atypical hereditary cellular or blood trait, national origin, age, ancestry, creed, marital status, familial status, domestic partnership status, civil unions, veteran (including liability for service in the armed forces), disability or genetic status, including refusal to submit to a genetic test or to make available the results of a genetic test.
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Best Places to Work for Disability Inclusion have been announced by the United States Business Leaders Network

On August 23rd,2017, the United States Business Leaders Network (USBLN) unveil the 2017 “Best Places to Work for Disability Inclusion”. Along with that, USBLN have released a comprehensive 2017 Disability Equality Index Report, analyzing the efforts of various companies over the past 3 years towards including people with disabilities. To view the listing, please visit www.usbln.org/2017-dei-best-places-work-disability-inclusion. To learn more about the USBLN, please visit www.usbln.org.

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Contact Information

Joseph Ruffalo, President
254 Spruce Street
Bloomfield, NJ 07003
Phone: 973-743-0075
Email: nfbnj1@verizon.net

Coming Soon

NFBNJ 41st State Convention

November 9-12, 2017
Holiday Inn Hotel
151 Route 72 East
Manahawkin, NJ 08050
Access Link accessible

2018 NFB Washington Seminar

January 29 to February 1, 2018
Holiday Inn Capitol
550 C Street, SW
Washington, DC 20024

PayPal Donations

Please make a donation to the National Federation of the Blind general account, our general scholarship account, the Joe/Rose Ruffalo Memorial Scholarship account, or the Braille Enrichment for Literacy and Learning (BELL) Academy. Please indicate which account you wish the donation to go into when making your contribution. You do not need to have a PayPal account to donate, simply use the information from your debit/credit card if you don't have PayPal. All donations are tax deductible. To make a donation to NFBNJ via PayPal, please visit our PayPal Donations page.

White Cane Awareness Day: teach the world about what the white cane means to blind people

White canes help blind people live the lives we want. The white cane does more than tell the sighted that we’re blind; it is a tool for freedom and self-determination because it allows blind people to come and go on our own. Since we can travel safely and independently, we can contribute in the workplace, in our communities, and in society. Celebrate White Cane Awareness Day on October 15 by giving the gift of independence. To learn more, please visit www.nfb.org/white-cane-awareness-day. If you wish to make a donation during White Cane Day, please visit www.nfb.org/donate2017.

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