National Technical Assistance Center on Blindness and Visual Impairment (NTAC-BVI)

Mississippi State University

Continuing Education Courses

These courses are designed for professionals who are working in or with the field of rehabilitation of persons who are blind or visually impaired, although anyone is welcome to take them. Most are set up with a PowerPoint slide and lecture which can be viewed together, as a video file, or separately, as a PowerPoint and audio file. There is also a transcript of each audio file.

In order to receive continuing education credit, either Certified Rehabilitation Counselor or Continuing Education Units, the student must complete a full course, pass the quiz with a score of at least 80%, and complete a course evaluation. Quizzes may be retaken until the passing score is earned. There is no fee for CRC credit. For more information on CEU credits, including costs and bundling, contact Angela Shelton at When a quiz is successfully completed, a CRC Certificate will be sent, which also serves as a certificate of completion. For those who do not want continuing education credit, there is no need to take the quizzes. Contact Doug Bedsaul at or 662-325-8243 for more information on these courses.

A list of other training opportunities available through the NRTC is available here.

Enhancing Employment Outcomes for Persons with Visual Disabilities

There are 6 major research projects funded under the 2010-2015 NIDILRR RRTC grant addressing these topics: transportation, mentoring, VR-employer interactions, the Randolph-Sheppard program, accessible office equipment, and employment outcomes for persons receiving SSDI. In this section, researchers will be sharing results and discussing implications of their research findings. Please check back often. CRC and NBPCB credits are offered.

Employer Attitudes Employer Attitudes

by Michele Capella McDonnall


SSDI Outcome Predictors SSDI Outcome Predictors

by J. Martin Giesen & Brenda S. Cavenaugh

Working with Employers: Why it is Important and What Successful VR Agencies Do Working with Employers

by Michele McDonnall


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Introduction Courses

These introductory courses provide basic information for rehabilitation professionals. For those wanting to take more courses on medical aspects of blindness and vision loss, it is highly recommended that you start with the Anatomy & Physiology of the Eye so that you can have the basics of how the eye operates and applicable terminology. The amount of CRC or NBPCB credit available is listed on the page for each course.

Introduction to Blindness and Low Vision Introduction to Blindness

by BJ LeJeune

Length: 42:56

Anatomy & Physiology of the Eye Anatomy of the Eye

by BJ LeJeune

Length: 33:07

How to Read an Eye Report How to Read an Eye Report

by BJ LeJeune, Garry Griswold

Length: 54:14

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Special Topics

These courses provide basic information on specialized topics for rehabilitation professionals. The amount of CRC or NBPCB credit available is listed on the page for each course.

Common Eye Conditions

It is highly recommended that you start with the Introductory Course on Anatomy & Physiology of the Eye before continuing with these units. These units are taught by a non-physician and are meant as a basic overview of the eye conditions from a rehabilitation professional's point of view. Questions concerning specific individuals should be directed to a qualified personal eye care physician. The Adult Eye Conditions course (3.5 CRC credits) includes a discussion of macular degeneration, cataracts, diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma, retinitis pigmentosa, and other conditions. The Children's Eye Conditions course (1.5 CRC credits) discusses retinopathy of prematurity, cortical visual impairment, and other conditions.

Randolph-Sheppard Staff Training

The National Online Training Curriculum for Randolph-Sheppard (R-S) Business Enterprise Program (BEP) Staff is designed to help orient new BEP staff members to the Randolph-Sheppard Program, although anyone, including blind entrepreneurs and vocational rehabilitation staff, are welcome to use the curriculum. The curriculum is composed of 14 individual modules, each covering an important aspect of the R-S program. Each module contains a PDF and an accompanying PowerPoint presentation that presents the same information in a different format. After completing each module, there is a quiz that will test the student’s mastery of the subject. The student must pass the quiz with a score of 80% in order to generate and print a certificate verifying successful completion of the module. Students are allowed to retake the quiz until that score is reached. An overall certificate of completion may be requested when a student successfully completes and passes all 14 module quizzes. There is no fee associated with taking and completing individual modules or the entire curriculum. Contact Doug Bedsaul at or 662-325-8243 for more information on this curriculum.

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Mississippi State, MS 39762


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Funded by the United States Department of Education, National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR) Grant #H133B10022.
Grant 90RT5011-01-00