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Welcome to the National Technical Assistance Center on Blindness and Visual Impairment (NTAC-BVI). We want you to enjoy this web site as an interactive opportunity to learn, exchange ideas and share successes.


Preparing for a Video Interview

The use of videoconferencing software for job interviews has become increasingly common, and it’s important to prepare for both in-person and video interviews. These short videos, designed for transition-age youth who are blind or have low vision, can guide discussions about how to prepare for video interviews and how that process differs from preparing for in-person interviews.

The first video shows an example of an unprepared applicant during an interview conducted via videoconferencing software. The applicant is completely unprepared for the interview and exhibits many “don’ts” of video interviews, in a comical and entertaining example of “what not to do.”

The second video shows the same applicant, who is well-prepared for the interview this time.

These videos are part of Putting Your Best Foot Forward, a job search skills training program for youth with visual impairments.

PUTTING YOUR BEST FOOT FOWARD



Practice Guide: Recommendations for VR Professionals Regarding a First Meeting with an Employer

This practice guide summarizes the findings of a research study about the impact of a first meeting with an employer and provides recommendations for VR professionals based on these findings.


Combined Traumatic Brain Injury and Visual Impairment: Recommendations for Service Provision

These information sheets offer recommendations for providing services to individuals with a combined traumatic brain injury (TBI) and visual impairment based on the results of a research study. They also include a list of training options about TBI. The fact sheet was developed for vocational rehabilitation (VR) professionals who work directly with consumers, and the policy brief was developed for VR administrators.


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.

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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.
  • 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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