Career Expo: Assisting People with Disabilities for 22 Years to Find and Keep Employment – Meet Employment Specialist Walter Waranka


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Show Summary:

State Services for the Blind hosted a Career Expo for high school and college students who are blind, low vision, or DeafBlind.

The event took place on Saturday, April 27.

Throughout the Expo students had the opportunity to:

  • Connect with adults with a vision loss from a variety of professions and careers.
  • Hear from college representatives about what college is like.
  • Learn why diversity matters from an employer’s point of view.
  • Share and learn about assistive technology
  • Sign up for individual informational and/or mock interviews.

In this interview, Jeff Thompson caught up with Walter Waranka:

Walter Waranka

Employment Specialist

Lifetrack Resources

Earlier in his career, Walter founded the nonprofit agency CHANCE (Challenged People Having Abilities Needing Competitive Employment), which educates disabled people in job seeking skills and potential employers about the advantages of hiring disabled people. He has been an Employment Specialist at Lifetrack Resources for 22 years, assisting people with disabilities and recipients of welfare to find and keep employment.

“Lifetrack: Together, we expand educational horizons and open doors to meaningful career opportunities.”

You can find out more about Lifetrack on the web.


If you would like to know more about Transition Services from State Services for the Blind, contact Transition Coordinator Sheila Koenig by email or contact her via phone at 651-539-2361. To find your State Services in your State you can go to and search the directory for your agency.

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