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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.

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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.

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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:

  1. Adaptive Blind and Low Vision Skills for Everyday Living
  2. Basics in Program Evaluation
  3. Basics of Blindness and Low Vision
  4. Braille: What it is, and Why it is Important
  5. Beyond Acuity: Addressing Functional Aspects of Lack of Depth Perception and Visual Field Deficits
  6. Case Management Documentation
  7. Cultural Diversity and Competence
  8. Diabetes & Visual Impairment
  9. Identifying Mental Health Impairments in Adults
  10. Orientation and Mobility for Those Who Have Multiple Health Impairments
  11. Strategies for Teaching Older Adults with Vision Loss
  12. Teaching Braille to Adults
  13. Teaching iPhone for Low Vision: Where Do I Start?
  14. VoiceOver on the iPhone: Where Do I Start?
  15. Vision and Hearing Loss

Other courses are specific to older adults or the OIB program: 

  1. An Overview of Independent Living Services for Older Individuals Who are Blind
  2. Best Practices in the Administration of the OIB Program
  3. Cardiovascular Disease and Aging
  4. Community Outreach: An Overview
  5. Community Outreach: Creating Targeted and Accessible Presentations
  6. Fall Prevention: Interventions for Older Individuals who are Visually Impaired
  7. How Social Determinants of Health Relate to Vision and Aging
  8. Introduction to Best Practices for Older Individuals who are Blind Programs
  9. Mobility Impairments: Implications for Service Providers
  10. Pulmonary Conditions Affecting Older Persons
  11. Social Isolation, Aging, and Vision Loss
  12. Understanding Data Collection and the 7-OB Report for OIB Programs
  13. Understanding People Living with Dementia and Vision Loss
  14. 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.

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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.

  1. Common Adult Eye Conditions
  2. Common Children's Eye Conditions

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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.

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