Our goal is to improve employment outcomes
Our goal is to improve employment outcomes for individuals with blindness or low vision. This website houses free resources and helpful information for three audiences:
- Businesses interested in employing someone who is blind or has low vision
- Service providers who work with people who are blind or have low vision
- Individuals who are blind or have low vision and their families and friends
If you have a question about employment for individuals who are blind or have low vision that you don’t see answered here, please contact us. We will be happy to help!
Gearing Up for Transit: Options and Advocacy Skills for People who are Blind or have Low Vision
People who are blind or have low vision (B/LV) routinely cite the inability to use public transit as the main reason they remain unemployed, under-employed, and, sometimes, trapped at home. Yet, some people who are B/LV are riding subways, streetcars, buses, and trains. Why is this, and what can be done to increase ridership? The goal of this course is to provide information that blindness professionals and advocates can use to help people who are B/LV increase their confidence as transportation consumers as well as their ability to advocate on behalf of themselves on a day-to-day basis and on behalf of more systemic change when it is needed.
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Teaching iPhone for Low Vision: Where Do I Start?
This course will introduce important instructional considerations for helping an older person with low vision to use their iPhone. Learn what features are more likely to help your client see content on their phone and how to customize the view. Discover helpful features that are easy to demonstrate and helpful to your client. Gain confidence assessing your client and develop strategies to motivate them to use the phone to achieve their goals for independence with everyday tasks.
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Strategies for Mentoring Interns: Developing Qualified Professionals for the Future
The vision rehabilitation field is experiencing a shortage of qualified professionals. This course was created to assist those tasked with overseeing the important final training step for a new Vision Impairment Rehabilitation Specialist. This course will guide you through an organizational and self-assessment to determine if you are ready and able to host an intern. It will be a guide for on-boarding and transitioning interns to independent instruction, provide strategies for giving instructional feedback, and a discussion of typical challenges for mentors and their solutions.
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The main office of the NRTC on Blindness and Low Vision is in the Industrial Education Building on the Campus of Mississippi State University, just outside of Starkville, Mississippi.