Training Formats

Training is provided through a graduate academic certificate program, in-person workshops, online courses, and other online and in-person training activities. Staff often present at international, national, and state conferences, and in webinars sponsored by other organizations. Continuing education credits (CRC, ACVREP, and NBPCB) are available for all of the training we provide. For a full list of training activities, follow the link in the menu on the left. See a sample list of available NRTC training topics.

Technical Assistance

Technical assistance is offered to businesses and potential employers, service providers, and persons with vision loss and their families. Much of our TA comes through our website, including the National Technical Assistance Center, and individual assistance offered through email, phone calls, and personal visits.

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State of the Science

The National Research and Training Center on Blindness and Low Vision presented a State of the Science (SOS) Conference on Employment for Individuals with Blindness and Other Visual Impairments at the 2019 American Foundation for the Blind Leadership Conference on February 28 and March 1, 2019. 

Conference Overview

Training Activities

Our courses and programs offered as well as past workshops and training activities.

Our Training Activities

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Vision Specialist Program

This program provides specialized training for Vocational Rehabilitation Counselors from around the country. The Vision Specialist in Vocational Rehabilitation program consists of four graduate courses designed to train vocational rehabilitation counselors to become more effective in their work with consumers who are blind or visually impaired.

What is Vision Specialist

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National Technical Assistance Center

Whether you are interested in employing someone who is blind or visually impaired, provide services to individuals who are blind or visually impaired, or have a visual impairment yourself, this site will serve as your headquarters for resources and technical assistance.


Business Enterprise Program

In 1936, the Randolph-Sheppard Act (20 U.S.C. Section 107 et seq.) established the Randolph-Sheppard Vending Facility Program, more commonly known as Business Enterprise Program (BEP). The BEP provides persons who are legally blind with remunerative employment and self-support through the operation of vending facilities on federal and other properties.

About the Business Enterprise Program Facility Manager Resources

Stay In Touch

The main office of the NRTC on Blindness and Low Vision is in the Industrial Education Building on the Campus of Mississippi State University, just outside of Starkville, Mississippi.