Founded in 1981
The National Research and Training Center on Blindness and Low Vision (NRTC) is the nation’s only federally funded center focused on employment outcomes for people who are blind or have low vision. The NRTC produces field-leading research and provides training to professionals ranging from direct-service practitioners to administrators of state agencies and federal programs.
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 (click here to learn more about our current research projects). The NRTC has also received research funding from the Institute of Education Sciences, the Office of Special Education Programs, and the National Institutes of Health, and currently receives funding for training and technical assistance activities for the Older Individuals who are Blind program through the Rehabilitation Services Administration.
- Research produced by NRTC staff over decades of study has contributed significantly to the field of employment for people who are blind or have low vision. Over 60 peer-reviewed publications have been produced by staff since 2011. (Click here for NRTC publications available for download.)
- Training is a key focus for the NRTC. We offer graduate certificate training for counselors and vision rehabilitation therapists who work with individuals with blindness or low vision through the Vision Specialist Program, training for agencies providing services under the Older Individuals who are Blind program, and online continuing education courses. (Learn more about our training activities here.)
- Technical assistance is provided to individual states through onsite training for vocational rehabilitation personnel, as well as program evaluations and needs assessments for state vocational rehabilitation agencies. (Click here to learn more about our technical assistance activities.)