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Orientation Packet for New Vocational Rehabilitation Professionals Working with Individuals who are Blind or Visually Impaired

This orientation packet for vocational rehabilitation (VR) professionals will familiarize you with the blindness field and NRTC products and online courses. Along with providing an intensive list of resources, the guide presents misperceptions about blindness and appropriate blindness etiquette. While geared towards new VR professionals working with blind and visually impaired consumers, the guide's content will be useful to all people new to the field and VR professionals who occasionally work with this population.

Available in two formats:
Orientation Packet - Word
Orientation Packet - PDF

Collaborating With Occupational Therapists to Improve Services for Seniors

The number of American adults with vision loss is expected to double over the next 30 years. Read more about why and how collaborating with occupational therapy (OT) service providers may help improve services provided by state Older Individuals who are Blind (OIB) programs.

Understanding Employer Knowledge and Attitudes

Have you ever wondered what prospective employers think about hiring blind workers? New research from the NRTC sheds light onto employers' knowledge and attitudes.

Working with Employers to Improve Employment Outcomes

This evidence-based practice guide for vocational rehabilitation agencies and staff presents research results and recommendations for agencies and counselors when dealing with employers.

Continuing Education Opportunities

We have a number of on-line courses available for both CEUs and CRC credit. We continue to add courses, so check back to see what might be available to help meet your professional development needs! A full list of online short courses appears under the Continuing Education tab of this website. Other training opportunities include:

  • Vision Specialist in Vocational Rehabilitation (funded by the Rehabilitation Services Administration). This program provides a 12 semester-hour graduate certificate in blindness and low vision rehabilitation for rehabilitation counselors and rehabilitation counseling graduate students. (LeJeune)
  • National Online Training Curriculum for Randolph-Sheppard (R-S) Business Enterprise Program (BEP) Staff. Designed to help orient new BEP staff members to the Randolph-Sheppard Program, anyone, including blind entrepreneurs and vocational rehabilitation staff, is welcome to take all or part of the course. The course is composed of 14 individual modules, each covering an important aspect of the R-S program. An overall certificate of completion may be requested when a student successfully completes and passes all module quizzes with a score of 80% or better. There is no fee associated with taking and completing individual modules or the entire course. (Bedsaul)

Career Advantage for V.I.P.s (Visually Impaired Persons)

This online employment preparation program for adults of all ages includes 8 self-paced modules of instructional materials and activities to guide job seekers, taking them step-by-step from exploration of interests and abilities, through the application and interview processes, to the optimal goal of employment. Information about how to access Career Advantage can be found at www.blind.msstate.edu/advantage.

On the Job

Michael Kitchens, with Chapter President Stewart Prost and wife Deborah, at the 2017 NFB Virginia convention

A childhood love of drawing opened the door to a lifelong career for Michael Kitchens. As an engineering computer-aided design (CAD) technician in the Chesapeake Virginia Department of Public Works, he spends his days working on engineering projects for the city.

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