Enhancing Employment Outcomes for Persons with Blindness or Low Vision
These courses share information about employment-related research and the implications for professionals who work with people who are blind or have low vision.
- Advice for VR Professionals: Evidence for Effective Meetings with Employers
- Career Advancement and Job Retention: Information Concerning Persons with Vision Loss
- Employer Attitudes: VR Professionals' Perspectives and Recommendations
- Employment Mentoring for College Students with Visual Impairment
- Employment Outcomes of SSDI Beneficiaries
- Exploring Self-Employment Beyond the Business Enterprise Program
- Job Search Skills Training for Transition-Age Youth
- Understanding and Overcoming Transportation Barriers
- Vocational Rehabilitation Service Models for Consumers who are Deaf-Blind
- Working with Employers: Why it is Important and What Successful Agencies Do
- Partnering with Families to Support Employment Outcomes
Improving Business Development Skills: A Training for Rehabilitation Professionals
Most VR counselors work with businesses, but many are uncomfortable with this part of their job. This multimodule course addresses counselors’ knowledge and skills related to engaging with employers to help them learn how to be successful at it.
Blindness & Low Vision Certificate Program for Business Development Professionals
This program was developed in response to requests from VR agencies and is a compilation of five existing NRTC courses that provide foundational information for business development professionals who do not have experience working with individuals with blindness and low vision. A certificate of completion is provided.
Working with Adults who are Blind
The following courses were developed by the NRTC’s Older Individuals who are Blind Technical Assistance and Training Center (OIB-TAC), which provides training and technical assistance to professionals who serve older individuals who are blind or have low vision.
Some of these courses are appropriate for professionals serving adults of any age, such as:
- Adaptive Blind and Low Vision Skills for Everyday Living
- Basics in Program Evaluation
- Basics of Blindness and Low Vision
- Braille: What it is, and Why it is Important
- Beyond Acuity: Addressing Functional Aspects of Lack of Depth Perception and Visual Field Deficits
- Case Management Documentation
- Cultural Diversity and Competence
- Diabetes & Visual Impairment
- Identifying Mental Health Impairments in Adults
- Orientation and Mobility for Those Who Have Multiple Health Impairments
- Strategies for Teaching Older Adults with Vision Loss
- Teaching Braille to Adults
- Teaching iPhone for Low Vision: Where Do I Start?
- VoiceOver on the iPhone: Where Do I Start?
- Vision and Hearing Loss
Other courses are specific to older adults or the OIB program:
- An Overview of Independent Living Services for Older Individuals Who are Blind
- Best Practices in the Administration of the OIB Program
- Cardiovascular Disease and Aging
- Community Outreach: An Overview
- Community Outreach: Creating Targeted and Accessible Presentations
- Fall Prevention: Interventions for Older Individuals who are Visually Impaired
- How Social Determinants of Health Relate to Vision and Aging
- Introduction to Best Practices for Older Individuals who are Blind Programs
- Mobility Impairments: Implications for Service Providers
- Pulmonary Conditions Affecting Older Persons
- Social Isolation, Aging, and Vision Loss
- Understanding Data Collection and the 7-OB Report for OIB Programs
- Understanding People Living with Dementia and Vision Loss
- Vision Loss and the Role of the Family
For a list of other courses related to working with older individuals who are blind, visit the OIB-TAC Community of Practice website.
These courses provide basic information on special topics for rehabilitation professionals.
- Accessing Textbooks and Reading Material
- Assistive Technology for Individuals who are Blind or Visually Impaired in the Workplace
- Care for Occupational Therapy Patients with Low Vision: A Model for Building Successful Partnerships
- Cultural Diversity and Humility
- Ethics 1: Ethics for Professionals Working with People who are Blind or Visually Impaired
- Ethics 2: Ethics for Professionals Working with People who are Blind or Visually Impaired
- Facilitating Family Support
- Gearing Up for Transit: Options and Advocacy Skills for People who are Blind or have Low Vision
- Intake & Assessment: Setting the Stage for Success
- Neuropsychological Evaluation of Individuals with Visual Impairment or Blindness
- Overview of Assistive Technology for Individuals who are Blind or Visually Impaired
- Practical Information for Social Workers New to Interacting with Older Adults Experiencing Vision Impairments or Blindness
- Strategies for Mentoring Interns: Developing Qualified Professionals for the Future
- The Basics of Brain Injury and Vision Loss
- The Low Down on Low Vision
- The Process of Teaching Art
- Understanding Social Security Work Incentives: It's Easier Than You Think
Common Eye Conditions
These courses are taught by a nonphysician and offer a basic overview of eye conditions from a rehabilitation professional. Questions concerning specific individuals should be directed to a qualified personal eye care physician.
Randolph-Sheppard Staff Training
This course is designed to orient new staff to the Randolph-Sheppard Business Enterprise Program; anyone, including blind entrepreneurs and VR staff, are welcome to take this course. Note: No continuing education credits are offered for this course.