Continuing Education Courses
These courses are designed for professionals who are working in or with the field of rehabilitation of persons who are blind or visually impaired, although anyone is welcome to take them. Most are set up with a PowerPoint slide and lecture which can be viewed together, as a video file, or separately, as a PowerPoint and audio file. There is also a transcript of each audio file.
In order to receive continuing education (CE) credit from the Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification (CRCC), Academy for Certification of Vision Rehabilitation & Education Professionals (ACVREP), National Blindness Professional Certification Board (NBPCB), or Continuing Education Units, the student must complete a full course, pass the quiz with a score of at least 80%, and complete a course evaluation. Quizzes may be retaken until the passing score is earned. There is no fee for CRCC, ACVREP, or NBPCB credits. For more information on CEU credits, including costs and bundling, contact Angela Shelton at firstname.lastname@example.org. When a quiz is successfully completed, you will be able to download a certificate of completion that may also serve as proof for CE credits. For those who do not want continuing education credit, there is no need to take the quiz.
A list of other training opportunities available through the NRTC is available here.
Improving Business Development Skills: A Training for Rehabilitation Professionals
The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act emphasizes the importance of working with and providing services to businesses. Most vocational rehabilitation (VR) counselors are expected to work with businesses as part of their jobs, yet many counselors are not comfortable with this activity and do very little business development. Many counselors have told us that not only are they uncomfortable with business development, they also do not have the knowledge or skills needed to be successful at business development. This course was created to address these problems and improve counselors’ knowledge and skills related to engaging with employers. Business development is more of an art than a science, but some specific methods can be used to provide structure to this activity and help people learn how to be successful at it.
The course consists of 26 modules broken into five major sections, plus a resources section. You may complete only the modules you are interested in, but continuing education credits (CRC) are available based on the completion of an entire section, rather than by module. Up to 17.25 CRC credits are available if you complete the entire course (including 11 credits for passing quizzes and 6.25 for enrichment activities).
This course is only available for CRC credit. To access this training, visit our course page.
Enhancing Employment Outcomes for Persons with Blindness or Low Vision
These courses share information about employment-related research results and discuss the implications of the research findings for professionals who work with people who are blind or have low vision. To access these courses, visit our course page. Each course lists the amount of CRC, ACVREP, and/or NBPCB credit available.
- Career Advancement and Job Retention: Information Concerning Persons with Vision Loss
- Employer Attitudes toward Persons who are Blind or Visually Impaired
- Employment Mentoring for College Students with Visual Impairment
- Employment Outcomes of SSDI Beneficiaries
- Understanding and Overcoming Transportation Barriers
- Working with Employers: Why it is Important and What Successful Agencies Do
These introductory courses provide basic information for rehabilitation professionals. For those wanting to take more courses on medical aspects of blindness and vision loss, it is highly recommended that you start with the Anatomy & Physiology of the Eye so that you can have the basics of how the eye operates and applicable terminology. The amount of CRCC, ACVREP, or NBPCB credit available is listed on the page for each course.
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Working with Older Individuals who are Blind
These courses were developed by the Older Individuals who are Blind Technical Assistance and Training Center (OIB-TAC) located at the National Research & Training Center on Blindness and Low Vision (NRTC) at Mississippi State University. The OIB-TAC provides training and technical assistance to designated state agencies and others serving older individuals who are blind or visually impaired. The OIB-TAC is funded by the Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA) and receives project support from American Foundation for the Blind, Helen Keller National Center for Deaf-Blind Youth and Adults, Hadley Institute of the Blind and Visually Impaired, and VisionServe Alliance. For a list of other courses that may be useful to staff working with older individuals who are blind, look on our Community of Practice website. The amount of CRCC, ACVREP, or NBPCB credit available is listed on the page for each course.
These courses provide basic information on specialized topics for rehabilitation professionals. To access these courses, visit our course page. Each course lists the amount of CRC, ACVREP, and/or NBPCB credit available.
- 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
- Overview of Assistive Technology for Individuals who are Blind or Visually Impaired
- The Basics of Brain Injury and Vision Loss
- The Low Down on Low Vision
- Understanding Social Security Work Incentives: It's Easier Than You Think
Common Eye Conditions
It is highly recommended that you start with the introductory course on Anatomy & Physiology of the Eye before continuing with these units. These units are taught by a non-physician and are meant as a basic overview of the eye conditions from a rehabilitation professional's point of view. Questions concerning specific individuals should be directed to a qualified personal eye care physician. The Adult Eye Conditions course (3.5 CE credits) includes a discussion of macular degeneration, cataracts, diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma, retinitis pigmentosa, and other conditions. The Children's Eye Conditions course (1.5 CE credits) discusses retinopathy of prematurity, cortical visual impairment, and other conditions.