About Career Development

Students at the Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind (FSDB) are entitled to the opportunities, experiences, accommodations, and support necessary to prepare them to either continue their education at colleges, universities, technical colleges and vocational programs, or to begin meaningful careers.

Career Development program staff members at FSDB provide a phased program that begins at the preschool level and continues through high school graduation. Beginning with children as early as 18 months of age, career education is integrated into academic and boarding curricula.

Throughout the time students are enrolled at FSDB, they have many opportunities for career awareness, career exploration, and career preparation. The links on the left side of this page outline each of the phases in the career development process.

At FSDB, there are no stereotypes of what students who are deaf/hard of hearing or blind/visually impaired can achieve. We help students learn to understand, appreciate and develop their skills and abilities. We also encourage, support, guide, and provide practice opportunities in order to help each student reach his or her highest potential.

The focus of our Career Development program is on what individual students aspire to become and accomplish. We ensure that students are the center of the career development process, which enables them to develop and fine-tune their goals for the future as valued and contributing members of our society.

Every year, the Career Development program offers a variety of events and opportunities for students of all ages, such as:

Fall SemesterFSDB blind student in fireman's helmet talking with city fireman

  • Kids Town Comes Alive!
  • Pathways to Your Future
  • Facilities Trade & Apprenticeship Show
  • Freshman Seminars
  • Job Shadowing
  • Senior Day

Spring Semester

  • Career Cluster Showcase
  • Career and Technical Education Expo
  • Job Shadowing
  • Freshman Seminars
  • Interviews with the Experts
  • Professional Etiquette Social
  • Student Workforce Awards
  • Outstanding Employer Awards Reception

Browse through the left navigation menu topics to learn more about the various ways career development is incorporated into the school curriculum, including extracurricular activities.

For more information, contact:

Andrea W. Armstrong
Director, Career Development