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OIB-TAC address

A new, interactive learning community is available to older blind (OIB) service providers, administrators, and related agency professionals. The OIB-TAC: Older Individuals who are Blind Technical Assistance Center Community of Practice (CoP) website, available at, is designed to put a wealth of information and resources only a click away.

Signing up is easy – select a user name and provide your email address, name, and state. You will then select a password, and your registration is complete. Once you create your new account, log in using your user name and password.

Explore the many features of the OIB-TAC Community of Practice:
My Account: This user dashboard is the landing page for your account, where you may view your recent post and comment activities.
Forum: The forum allows users to interact with others by reading, posting, and commenting on topics shared. This is a valuable resource for sharing and reviewing information, questions, and peer advice.
Toolbox: The toolbox includes a variety of tools to use in the OIB field, including assessment instruments, intake worksheets, curriculum templates, referral forms, and other service resources.
Resources: Find up-to-date resources, including online information, printable materials, and books and publications specific to the OIB field.

Other OIB-TAC resources available include continuing education courses from a variety of project partners, federal and state policy information, creative solutions for your problems or challenge, and best practices. As some resources are currently under development, regular updates continue to be made to the OIB-TAC Community of Practice.

The OIB-TAC Community of Practice puts knowledge at your fingertips and provides an opportunity to collaborate with others in the field to help improve the administration, operation, and performance of state OIB programs.

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