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

NTAC-BVI
Mississippi State University

Welcome!

Welcome to the National Technical Assistance Center on Blindness and Visual Impairment (NTAC-BVI). We want you to enjoy this web site as an interactive opportunity to learn, exchange ideas and share successes.


Collaborating With Occupational Therapists to Improve Services for Seniors

The number of American adults with vision loss is expected to double over the next 30 years. Read more about why and how collaborating with occupational therapy (OT) service providers may help improve services provided by state Older Individuals who are Blind (OIB) programs.


Understanding Employer Knowledge and Attitudes

Have you ever wondered what prospective employers think about hiring blind workers? New research from the NRTC sheds light onto employers' knowledge and attitudes.


Working with Employers to Improve Employment Outcomes

This evidence-based practice guide for vocational rehabilitation agencies and staff presents research results and recommendations for agencies and counselors when dealing with employers.



Continuing Education Opportunities

We have a number of on-line courses available for both CEUs and CRC credit. We continue to add courses, so check back to see what might be available to help meet your professional development needs! A full list of online short courses appears under the Continuing Education tab of this website. Other training opportunities include:

  • Vision Specialist in Vocational Rehabilitation (funded by the Rehabilitation Services Administration). This program provides a 12 semester-hour graduate certificate in blindness and low vision rehabilitation for rehabilitation counselors and rehabilitation counseling graduate students. (LeJeune)
  • National Online Training Curriculum for Randolph-Sheppard (R-S) Business Enterprise Program (BEP) Staff. Designed to help orient new BEP staff members to the Randolph-Sheppard Program, anyone, including blind entrepreneurs and vocational rehabilitation staff, is welcome to take all or part of the course. The course is composed of 14 individual modules, each covering an important aspect of the R-S program. An overall certificate of completion may be requested when a student successfully completes and passes all module quizzes with a score of 80% or better. There is no fee associated with taking and completing individual modules or the entire course. (Bedsaul)
  • Successful Placement of the Older Blind Consumer. The objective of the course is to teach counselors how to help older persons with visual impairments achieve their employment goals. CRC and CEU credits are available to those who successfully complete the course. (Bedsaul)

Career Advantage for V.I.P.s (Visually Impaired Persons)

This online employment preparation program for adults of all ages includes 8 self-paced modules of instructional materials and activities to guide job seekers, taking them step-by-step from exploration of interests and abilities, through the application and interview processes, to the optimal goal of employment. Information about how to access Career Advantage can be found at www.blind.msstate.edu/advantage.


On the Job

John Erickson in his office

John Erickson is a registered investment advisor in Chicago. John is legally blind since a teenager as a result of damage to his optic nerve. While attending high school, he learned Braille and to travel independently using a long white cane. He attended Notre Dame University where he earned a B.S. in Finance, and went on to earn an MBA from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University. He started his career in the Trust Department of the First National Bank of Chicago, at the Municipal Bond Desk. As his skills developed his career progressed, moving to analyst, to trader, to managing bond funds.

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NRTC

Funded by:
Funded by the United States Department of Education, National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR) Grant #H133B10022.
GRANT 90RT5040-01-00