The National Alliance of Blind Students currently has affiliates in four states, but we hope someday to have them in every state and territory of the United States. If there is not yet a "The word "mentor" comes from The Odyssey, by Homer. In this classic Greek epic, Telemachus, the son of Odysseus, receives teaching, coaching, and counseling from an older, more experienced person named Mentor. This defines the traditional view of mentoring as many think of it today: that is, an older person providing knowledge and advice on a one-to-one basis to a younger or less experienced person, the mentee" (from The Uncommon Individual).

In the words of John C. Crosby, founding Executive Director of The Uncommon Individual Foundation, ""Mentoring is a brain to pick, an ear to listen, and a push in the right direction."

Following this thought, the National Alliance of Blind Students and the American Foundation for the Blind's CareerConnect® have created a one-of-a-kind opportunity for students who are serious about their future success. Together, NABS and AFB have combined their distinctive assets of blind or visually impaired students who may be looking for ways to successfully maneuver through obstacles particular to them, and individuals experienced in the world of school and work. NABS and AFB have made the commitment to give students with vision loss the leading edge in developing their futures by providing unique, quality career education materials, tips and resources, and mentoring relationships which will assist students in navigating their educational goals and career choices.

The AFB CareerConnect® program is available to all blind and visually impaired persons in school, currently working or seeking employment in a chosen field. Individuals of all ages and in all disciplines are encouraged to register for free. To register as a CareerConnect User, please click here. Familiarize yourself with the website found at and use all of the resources including the "Find a Mentor" link to search for a visually impaired professional in the field of your choice. Using our accessible web interface makes it easy! We invite you to make glorious opportunities by taking advantage of the articles, tips, materials, and mentors who may be currently working in the same career you are exploring. They are willing to work with you to help you reach your goals and full potential. Your mentor could be waiting for you across the street or maybe on the opposite coast. Either way, they may have the answers you've been looking for!

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