The Latest News from the NRTC
NRTC Presents at MAER Conference
Many NRTC research and support staff participated in the Mississippi Association for Education & Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired (MAER) Virtual Conference on October 8-10. This year's theme was "Beyond Vision Loss: Partnerships for Successful Transition Toward Autonomy."
October 16, 2020
Fall 2020 - Quarterly Connections: News from the NRTC
The NRTC is in the final stages of the creation of our employment-focused app to promote independence and a successful transition process for youth (ages 4 to 24) with B/LV and deaf-blindness (DB). The app, 4to24, will provide suggested activities and a checklist to track progress on completion of these activities that are meant to help prepare youth for employment.
October 1, 2020
The NRTC Awarded Second Major National Grant
The NRTC is proud to announce our receipt of another competitive national grant. This grant, Independent Living Services for Older Individuals Who Are Blind Training and Technical Assistance, is sponsored by the Rehabilitation Services Administration under the U.S. Department of Education. This 5-year grant, which provides approximately $3 million in funding, begins October 1, 2020.
October 1, 2020
OIB-TAC Hosted Virtual Technical Assistance Conference
The Older Individuals who are Blind Technical Assistance Center (OIB-TAC) hosted our second annual OIB Program Manager’s Technical Assistance Conference on August 31 – September 4.
September 17, 2020
NRTC Director Honored with 2020 John H. McAulay Award
This award, from the Association for Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired, was established to "honor professionals who have contributed outstanding efforts and achievements leading to the placement of people with visual impairments in productive employment."
September 9, 2020
The NRTC Awarded Major National Grant
The National Research & Training Center on Blindness & Low Vision (NRTC) has a 39-year history of conducting research and advancing knowledge about the employment of people who are blind or low vision.
August 10, 2020
OIB-TAC Prepares to Host Virtual Conference
The Older Individuals who are Blind Technical Assistance Center (OIB-TAC) is preparing for their second annual OIB Program Manager’s Technical Assistance Conference. This year, it will be held virtually August 31 – September 4 on the OIB-TAC Community of Practice with the theme “Connect.”
July 21, 2020
4to24 Deaf-Blind App Ready for Field Test
The NRTC's employment-focused "4to24" app for parents of youth with deaf-blindness (DB) is in its final stages of development. This version of the app is designed specifically for parents or caretakers of children and youth between the ages of 4 to 24 years old who are deaf-blind, or have combined visual and hearing impairment, and additional disabilities.
June 24, 2020
OIB-TAC Hosted Live Forum on Remote Training
The Older Individuals Who are Blind – Technical Assistance Center (OIB-TAC) regularly hosts live forums to allow professionals to converse with designated experts on a specific topic through comments posted on our Community of Practice.
March 23, 2020
NRTC's New Learning Management System
A key component of the NRTC mission is to enhance the employment and independent living outcomes of individuals who are blind or visually impaired. One way we do this is to provide free training to professionals in the form of our online short courses.
March 5, 2020
NRTC Presents at CEC 2020 Convention & Expo
NRTC Director Michele McDonnall and researcher Jennifer Cmar attended the Council for Exceptional Children 2020 Convention in Portland, Oregon. This conference for students, professionals, and researchers provided the opportunity to learn about trends and emerging practices in the field of special education.
February 12, 2020
Welcome Simon Marcy
The NRTC is pleased to welcome Simon Marcy as our Web Designer. In this position, Simon will assist with our online courses and the maintenance of our three websites.
January 17, 2020
Welcome Catherine Hultman
The NRTC is excited to welcome Catherine Hultman as the Project Manager for the OIB-TAC grant. She will also provide project management assistance for the NRTC’s Vision Specialist Graduate Certificate Program grant.
January 6, 2020
Farrow Receives Award from AVRT
Kendra Farrow, research and training associate, attended the Association of Vision Rehabilitation Therapist (AVRT) Conference in Jacksonville, Florida, in December. As a vision rehabilitation therapist, Farrow felt it was important to attend to “learn about successful strategies and the current challenges in the field.”
December 11, 2019
Reflections on NCSAB and VSA Conferences
Sylvia Perez, OIB-TAC Project Director, attended both the National Council of the State Agencies for the Blind (NCSAB) and Vision Serve Alliance (VSA) Conference. Perez felt that both conferences were focused on “ensuring that people of all ages who are visually impaired can reach their maximum potential.”
November 8, 2019