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Prevocational Training

The prevocational curriculum is designed to provide program participants with fundamental knowledge of conventional photography and techniques of how to use a camera including taking photographs, processing black and white film in the darkroom and mounting the finished photographs for exhibitions.

The digital photography curriculum is designed to provide program participants with the fundamental knowledge and techniques of how to use a digital camera and digital photography software.


Supported Employment

Supported employment program services are designed to place participants in competitive employment opportunities at or above the minimum wage.  The New Vision Photography Program will provide on going individualized support to each program participant based on his/her needs as identified in the intake assessment.

Professionally trained staff will assist program participants with exploring employment opportunities in the photography industry as well as other vocational interest.

All participants will be able to develop job related skills to pursue career goals.



 * To increase students' knowledge of photography.

 * To enhance students' hands-on photography skills.

 * To improve students' prospects for supported employment.

 * To facilitate students' community inclusion.



Entrepreneurship Program

The New Vision Photography Program is designed to provide persons with developmental disabilities with the necessary training to find employment in a One-Hour Mini Lab photography business.  Participants will gain self-esteem and self-sufficiency while becoming certified mini-lab operators.

Program participants will be persons from the District of Columbia Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities Administration Medicaid Waiver Program.

Additionally, the main emphasis of the program to introduce local employers to a newly created pool of employees trained to operate One-Hour Mini Labs.  CVS, Giant Food, K-Mart and Wal-Mart are a few of the many businesses always looking for qualified employees to operate One-Hour Mini Labs.


Transportation Services are provided to enable program participants to gain access to the program, including prevocational training and supported employment services.  All transportation services shall be the choice of the program participants and provided in accordance with each program participant's Individual Support Plan.


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