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OIB-TAC Launches Website with Live Event

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The OIB-TAC: Older Individuals who are Blind Technical Assistance Center Community of Practice (CoP) website launches Tuesday, April 25. OIB-TAC team members will be LIVE on the website at from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. CST to help you get started and answer any questions.

This website will facilitate training, technical assistance, interagency collaboration, and electronic discussion among OIB service providers, including subcontracting certified rehabilitation practicioners (CRPs) and related agencies. All CoP activities will promote communication, quality service delivery, program administration, linking resources, and professional support.

The interactive learning community provides subject matter expertise; a toolbox of useful assessments and curricula, as well as up-to-date information on best practices and models of service delivery; and opportunities to mentor or be mentored by leaders in the field. The forum provides access to valuable resources and peer advice, as well as the opportunity to share personal successes.

OIB-TAC training and technical assistance activities are designed to work with state OIB programs to improve administration, operation, and performance of OIB programs. Funding is provided by the Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA) under the Department of Education (Grant No. H177Z150003) and includes project partners from the American Foundation for the Blind, VisionServe Alliance, Helen Keller National Center for Deaf-Blind Youths & Adults, and Hadley Institute.

Questions regarding the OIB-TAC website may be directed to the Community of Practice Manager, Doug Bedsaul, at or (662) 325-8243. For other questions regarding the OIB-TAC grant, contact Project Director BJ LeJeune at or call (662) 325-2001.