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Interactive Learning for Future Teachers

Image of Kendra Farrow teaching a class.

Kendra Farrow, NRTC Research and Training Associate, was recently invited to the T.K. Martin Center to share information, tips, and personal experiences regarding blindness and low vision to a group of undergraduate students enrolled in the Assistive Technology in Special Education course within the College of Education at Mississippi State University.
Teacher education students learned about braille, tools, software, and the vast spectrum of assistive technology devices available that may be integrated into expanded core curriculum and daily living to enhance educational and future employment outcomes of students with blindness or low vision. In addition to discussing causes, factors, and stereotypes of blindness and visual impairments, the class took part in two interactive experiences. During the series of activities, some students were blindfolded to simulate blindness. Participants gained valuable awareness and perspective of possible barriers and adaptive requirements in providing an inclusive learning environment for all individuals.
The NRTC is dedicated to enhancing employment and independent living outcomes for individuals who are blind or visually impaired through research, training, education, and dissemination. As these College of Education students prepare to serve as education professionals, the NRTC is proud to enhance their knowledge about working with students who are blind or visually impaired by providing training based on extensive research and practice in the field of blindness.