Enhance employment and independent living outcomes for individuals who are blind or visually impaired through research, training, education, and dissemination.
Outcomes from NRTC research projects have provided information used by professionals ranging from direct-service practitioners to administrators of state agencies and federal programs. Publications of research findings have contributed significantly to the literature of the field, and center personnel disseminate this information at national, regional, and state conferences on a regular basis.
Training is also a key focus for the NRTC. We offer graduate certificate training for Vision Specialists, for agencies providing services under the Older Individuals who are Blind program, and educational outreach to school districts in North Mississippi. The NRTC contracts with individual states to provide on-site training for VR personnel, and state VR agency program evaluations and needs assessments.
For a brief history of the research and training conducted at the NRTC during its first 30 years (1981-2010), please follow the link below.
The NRTC is primarily funded by the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR). Our current NIDILRR funding is for a Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Employment for Individuals with Blindness or Other Visual Impairments. Research funding has also been provided by the Rehabilitation Services Administration, the Institute of Education Sciences, the Office of Special Education Programs, and the National Institutes of Health.