Welcome to Our Webinars and Podcasts: Employment Insights with the NRTC

Helping you Navigate Rehabilitation and Transition to Careers

The NRTC on Blindness and Low Vision is committed to enhancing employment outcomes for people with vision loss. Whether you are navigating the vocational rehabilitation process, just beginning to consider careers, or seeking to gain or maintain employment, our webinars and podcasts are designed to help you along your journey. Our training staff will provide interactive and informative webinars and stimulating podcasts that will include knowledgeable guests.

Check this page for announcements about upcoming webinars, postings of recordings of past webinars, and releases of new podcasts.


Upcoming Webinar

When: Wednesday, November 30 at 1:00 CST.

Title: Linking Up with LinkedIn to Increase Employment Opportunities

With 830 million subscribers, LinkedIn has been a valuable tool for building one’s professional network and increasing employment options. This tool can be especially helpful for people with vision loss who can benefit from additional opportunities to showcase their strengths and skills. During this webinar, the NRTC will partner with NSITE to discuss how people with vision loss can increase employment opportunities by linking up with LinkedIn.

Register here! 


Employment Insights Podcasts

Episode 1:

For people who are blind or have low vision, finding and maintaining employment is often a challenge. On this episode, we are joined by guest Joe Roan, who talks with our host, Sylvia Stinson-Perez, about his employment journey. Joe shares the challenges he faced in his first years of employment and tips he learned as he grew in his career.

Listen to Episode 1

Episode 2:

In this episode of Employment Insights, we are joined by guest, Stephen Podley, and our host, Sylvia Stinson-Perez. Stephen shares his employment failures and how that directed him towards a successful career.

Listen to Episode 2

Episode 3: 

In this episode, Judy Matthews joins us to talk about how her work experience and the skills she has learned led her to the career she has today.  

Listen to Episode 3

Episode 4:

In this episode, we hear from business development manager and mentor, Quan Leysath. Quan not only shares insight into his employment journey, but he also shares how mentoring and developing strong blindness skills have helped towards his success in the workplace. 

Listen to Episode 4

Episode 5: 

Jessica Loomer joins our host, Sylvia Stinson-Perez, to talk about her employment journey. Jessica shares her journey of starting over in her career, tips on how she discloses her vision impairment, and how mentors have helped her along the way. 

Listen to Episode 5


Archived Webinars

Title: Who Needs to Know?: When and How to Disclose Vision Impairment

Job seekers and employees with vision loss need to consider if and when to disclose their disability to their employer. What is the best time or way to go about disclosing? How can individuals prepare themselves for disclosure? Is it necessary to disclose? During this session, the benefits and implications of the disclosure will be explored. Panelists with different levels of vision loss will share their disclosure strategies and experiences.

Advice for Disclosing Your Vision Impairment 

Title: Navigating the VR System: Services are Better When We Work Together

For people with blindness or low vision who are receiving VR services or are considering applying, it is important to understand how the process works. In this webinar, the role of the rehabilitation team was discussed with a primary focus on the consumer and rehabilitation counselor relationship. This webinar included a panel of past VR consumers who are gainfully employed and practicing VR counselors.