Continuing Education

We offer a wide assortment of courses and training to promote active learning for professionals and to advance understanding of blindness and low vision. Topics include introductory courses, employment for people who are blind or have low vision, professional ethics, anatomy, health conditions, and community outreach. Our courses are free of charge, and most offer continuing education credit.

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Course Offerings

Introduction Courses

  1. Adjustment and Acceptance of Blindness and Low Vision
  2. An Overview of Anatomy and Physiology of the Eye
  3. Basics of Blindness and Low Vision
  4. How to Read an Eye Report
  5. Introduction to Blindness and Low Vision

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.

  1. Career Advancement and Job Retention: Information Concerning Persons with Vision Loss
  2. Employer Attitudes toward Persons who are Blind or Visually Impaired
  3. Employment Mentoring for College Students with Visual Impairment
  4. Employment Outcomes of SSDI Beneficiaries
  5. Understanding and Overcoming Transportation Barriers
  6. Vocational Rehabilitation Service Models for Consumers who are Deaf-Blind
  7. Working with Employers: Why it is Important and What Successful Agencies Do

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.

Working with Older Individuals who are Blind

These 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. For a list of other courses related to working with older individuals who are blind, visit the OIB-TAC Community of Practice website.

  1. Adaptive Skills & Techniques for Older Persons with Visual Impairment
  2. Basics in Evaluation of Programs for Older Individuals who are Blind
  3. Basics of Blindness and Low Vision
  4. Best Practices in the Administration of the OIB Program
  5. Cardiovascular Disease and Aging
  6. Case Documentation for Professionals Working with Individuals who are Visually Impaired
  7. Community Outreach: An Overview
  8. Community Outreach: Creating Targeted and Accessible Presentations
  9. Cultural Diversity and Competence
  10. Diabetes & Visual Impairment
  11. Identifying Mental Health Impairments in Seniors
  12. Introduction to Best Practices for Older Individuals who are Blind Programs
  13. Introduction to the Older Individuals who are Blind (OIB) Program
  14. Pulmonary Conditions Affecting Older Persons
  15. Strategies for Teaching Older Adults with Vision Loss
  16. The Role of the Family of an Older Individual with Vision Loss
  17. Understanding Data Collection and the 7-OB Report for OIB Programs
  18. Vision and Hearing Loss

Special Topics

These courses provide basic information on special topics for rehabilitation professionals.

  1. Accessing Textbooks and Reading Material
  2. Assistive Technology for Individuals who are Blind or Visually Impaired in the Workplace
  3. Ethics 1: Ethics for Professionals Working with People who are Blind or Visually Impaired
  4. Ethics 2: Ethics for Professionals Working with People who are Blind or Visually Impaired
  5. Neuropsychological Evaluation of Individuals with Visual Impairment or Blindness
  6. Overview of Assistive Technology for Individuals who are Blind or Visually Impaired
  7. The Basics of Brain Injury and Vision Loss
  8. The Low Down on Low Vision
  9. 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.

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

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.