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Apply Now for the Vision Specialist Program

The NRTC hosts the 2017 Vision Specialist class.

Through funding from the Rehabilitation Services Administration, the NRTC offers a graduate certificate program for rehabilitation counselors. The Vision Specialist in Vocational Rehabilitation Certificate Program started in 1998 and provides an opportunity for practicing Rehabilitation Counselors to develop professional skills to more effectively assist consumers with vision loss in adjusting to vision impairment and preparing for and obtaining employment.

Participants complete four graduate courses designed to expand their knowledge about providing and coordinating a wide range of specialized rehabilitation counseling and case management services for consumers who are blind or visually impaired. The intensive graduate program starts in early January and consists of a 26-week distance education component, 100 practicum hours, and a 3-week on-campus residency. Rehabilitation staff from 30 states have completed the program.

Applications are accepted from June 1st through October 1st. A limited number of RSA stipends cover the entire cost for the program, including the 3-week residency. Those interested in attending the program can find more information through the Vision Specialist website at, or by contacting BJ LeJeune at 662-325-2694 or

Pictured: The NRTC hosts the 2017 Vision Specialist class. Participants include Miracle Adkins (Georgia), Mary Bobst (Montana), Blair Cowan (Alabama), Isaac Crisp (Virginia), Jenna Finley and Rocky (New Jersey), Courtney Gipson (Mississippi), Christopher Johnson (Colorado), Sharday Christine Lawrence (Michigan), Tierrah McLean (New Jersey), Jason Napier (West Virginia), and Angela Thomas (Alabama).