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Resources for Professionals

Orientation Packet for New Vocational Rehabilitation Professionals Working with Individuals who are Blind or Visually Impaired

This orientation packet for vocational rehabilitation (VR) professionals will familiarize you with the blindness field and NRTC products and online courses. Along with providing an intensive list of resources, the guide presents misperceptions about blindness and appropriate blindness etiquette. While geared towards new VR professionals working with blind and visually impaired consumers, the guide's content will be useful to all people new to the field and VR professionals who occasionally work with this population.

Orientation Packet

Orientation Packet

Last Updated 11/10/2020

You Can Work with Blindness or Low Vision

This trifold brochure (available in English and Spanish) provides information for persons with newly acquired vision loss about the services available to support them in efforts to maintain or get a job. The brochure may be distributed to venues such as local medical offices. The associated guide provides more specific information, introducing persons new to vision loss to services, resources, and tools associated with employment. We invite you to use these materials to recruit potential program participants who are at risk of unemployment due to recent vision loss.

Trifold Brochure - English

Trifold Brochure - Spanish

You Can Work Guide

Last Updated 10/9/2020

Practice Guide: Recommendations for VR Professionals Regarding a First Meeting with an Employer

This practice guide summarizes the findings of a research study about the impact of a first meeting with an employer and provides recommendations for VR professionals based on these findings.

Practice Guide

Last Updated 1/29/2020

Combined Traumatic Brain Injury and Visual Impairment: Recommendations for Service Provision

These information sheets offer recommendations for providing services to individuals with a combined traumatic brain injury (TBI) and visual impairment based on the results of a research study. They also include a list of training options about TBI. The fact sheet was developed for vocational rehabilitation (VR) professionals who work directly with consumers, and the policy brief was developed for VR administrators.

Last Updated 10/29/2019

SSDI Beneficiaries who are Blind or Visually Impaired

A recent five-year research project consisting of three separate studies focused on analyses of FY 2011 national RSA-911 data. Study results give us more specific information than ever before about what factors influence the achievement of competitive employment for consumers who are also SSDI beneficiaries at application. This evidence-based practice guide presents key research findings from these studies and recommendations for agencies and counselors derived from these findings.

SSDI Evidence Based Practice Guide

SSDI Evidence Based Practice Guide

Last Updated 5/30/2017

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For more information and resources, please visit our NTAC-BLV Resources page.