Welcome to the National Technical Assistance Center on Blindness and Visual Impairment (NTAC-BVI). This section of the website is designed to provide information and resources for individuals who are blind and visually impaired and their families and friends. We will add information to this portion of the website and invite you give us feedback on what you would like to see. You may provide suggestions by sending an email to NRTC@colled.msstate.edu.

Profiles of Workers who are Blind or Visually Impaired

The NRTC is highlighting a growing list of persons who are working in successful careers. These short profiles are designed to encourage employers with the capabilities and talents that can be found among persons who are blind or visually impaired. Click here to meet these successful workers in a variety of careers. If you have someone you would like to nominate to be added to our list, please contact the NRTC staff at 662-325-2001 or by email at nrtc@colled.msstate.edu.

Career Advantage: Online Employment Preparation Program

Are you making the transition from high school, college, or other training program into the workforce? Or are you an adult seeking to find or change employment? If so, this self-guided program was designed for you! Career Advantage for V.I.P.s: An Employment Preparation Primer for Individuals who are Blind or Visually Impaired offers eight instructional modules which you can explore at your own pace. For access to the Career Advantage for V.I.P.s program, please complete the survey at www.surveymonkey.com. If you have any questions about the program, please contact the NRTC staff at 662-325-2001 or by email at nrtc@colled.msstate.edu.

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.

Transition Activity Calendar

This Transition Activity Calendar designed by The National Research and Training Center on Blindness and Low Vision (NRTC) at Mississippi State University lists tasks which students who are blind or visually impaired need to complete as early as middle school in order to be ready to attend college. From taking the right high school courses, to learning to use the most appropriate assistive technology, to career exploration and finding the colleges best suited to the selected course of study, to what the student is looking for in campus life, the demands of good preparation start early and continue through 12th grade and the summer before the first Fall semester of college.

Participate in Our Research

The NRTC has launched an online participant registry and we invite all who are interested to visit this link to sign up: tiny.cc/participant-registry. This registry will help us with recruitment for current and future research, and will be used to inform individuals about projects at the NRTC that may be of specific interest. Individuals who complete the registry will be asked to submit demographic information that researchers at the NRTC can use to determine eligibility for particular projects.