Vision Specialist Certificate Program
Vision Specialist in Vocational Rehabilitation: (funded by the Rehabilitation Services Administration) providing a 12 semester-hour graduate certificate in blindness and low vision rehabilitation for rehabilitation counselors and other vision rehabilitation professionals. Applications received June 1- October 1 annually.
Training and Technical Assistance Center for Older Individuals who are Blind Programs
The National Research and Training Center on Blindness and Low Vision (NRTC), at Mississippi State University, has been awarded the Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA) Training and Technical Assistance (T & TA) Center Grant for older individuals who are blind that was established under the 2014 Workforce Innovation and Opportunities Act (WIOA). The T & TA Center Project provides support to state agencies that provide services to older individuals who are blind and receive funding under the Independent Living for Older Individuals who are Blind (OIB) program. Such T & TA is designed to improve the administration, operation, and performance of the OIB program. This goal will be accomplished by providing the T & TA necessary to improve program and consumer outcomes and to enhance service providers' knowledge and professionalism so they can achieve excellence and accountability in the financial and programmatic operation of the OIB program. The project will provide T & TA in the areas of best practice, community outreach, budget management, and data collection and management. Partnering with the NRTC in this grant are the American Foundation for the Blind (AFB), Helen Keller National Center for Deaf-Blind Youths and Adults (HKNC), and VisionServe Alliance. Click here for more information about the new Training and Technical Assistance projects.
Online Independent Study Courses
National Online Training Curriculum for Randolph-Sheppard (R-S) Business Enterprise Program (BEP) Staff: Designed to help orient new BEP staff members to the Randolph-Sheppard Program, this course is composed of 14 individual modules, each covering an important aspect of the R-S program. An overall certificate of completion may be requested when a student successfully completes and passes all module quizzes with a score of 80% or better. There is no fee associated with taking and completing individual modules or the entire course.
Online Short Courses
We offer many courses designed for professionals who are working in or with the field of rehabilitation of persons who are blind or visually impaired, although anyone is welcome to take them. We have almost 50 free courses from introductory courses like “Basics of Blindness and Low Vision” to “Employer Attitudes toward Persons who are Blind or Visually Impaired.
There is no fee for CRCC, ACVREP, or NPCB credits. For more information and to access our courses, visit https://www.ntac.blind.msstate.edu/courses/
State and Regional Training Programs
Programs can be designed and tailored to fit the needs of individual professional development programs. Popular topics include (but are not limited to) Medical Aspects of Vision Loss, Adjustment to Vision Loss, Ethics, Low Vision, Transition-Age Youth, Independent Living for Seniors with Vision Loss, Seniors with Dual Sensory Loss, Deaf-Blindness, Traumatic Brain Injury, and/or Diabetes. To talk with our training staff, contact email@example.com or 662-325-2001.
Workshops and Training Activities
Perez, S., & Moffitt, C. (2020, April). Inquiring Minds: Should I Hire a Person that is Blind [Webinar]. College of Business. Mississippi State, MS.
Cmar, J. L., Moffitt, C., & Steverson, A. (2020, March 11-12). Putting Your Best Foot Forward Trainer Workshop [Webinar]. National Research and Training Center on Blindness and Low Vision.
Farrow, K., & Moffitt, C. (2020, January). Introduction to Blindness and Low Vision. School Psychology Colloquia, Mississippi State, MS.
Steverson, A., Kershaw-Patilla, S., Druesdow, B., & Moffitt, C. (2019, September). Improving Business Development Skills Training for Bosma Enterprises, Indianapolis, IN.
Damm, E. (2019, August). Social Media and Document Accessibility. Mississippi State University Libraries. Mississippi State, MS.
Crudden, A. (2019, March). Successful aging with a visual disability. Social Work Baccalaureate Program, Director's Meeting, Jacksonville, FL.
Damm, E. (2019). Document Accessibility. Mississippi State University Libraries. Mississippi State, MS.
Farrow, K. (2019, January). All about braille. The Claiborne at Adelaide Senior Living and Care, Starkville, MS.
Jeffords, N. (2018, November). Overview of the National Research and Training Center on Blindness and Low Vision: Projects, products, training, and technical assistance. National Council of State Agencies for the Blind Fall Conference, Long Beach, CA.
Jeffords, N. (2018, October). Team building and blindness sensitivity training. Pennsylvania Association for the Blind Annual Conference, State College, PA.
Jeffords, N. (2018, September). Overview of vocational rehabilitation. Arizona Statewide Rehabilitation Council, New Member Orientation, Phoenix, AZ.
Farrow, K., Tomlin, B., & McMahon, J. (2018, August). Workshop: Tools for success for the OIB program. State 9.
Jeffords, N. (2018, July). Counselor 101. Arizona Rehabilitation Services Administration, Phoenix, AZ.
LeJeune, B.J. & Tomlin, B. (2018, April). OIB-TAC matrix profile of states and territories. OIB Program Mangers’ Meeting, American Foundation for the Blind Leadership Conference. Oakland, CA.
Farrow, K., McMahon, J., Tomlin, T., & Perez, S. (2018, March). Tools for success for the OIB program. Workshop. Topics included understanding the big picture, telling the client’s story, developing SMART goals, and developing a mission statement. State 7.
McDonnall, M., LeJeune, B.J., Steverson, A., Kershaw-Patilla, S., & Auer, A. (2018, February). Workshop: Improving Business Development Skills: Training for Vocational Rehabilitation Counselors. State 3.
McDonnall, M., Steverson, A., Kershaw-Patilla, S., & Auer, A. (2018, February). Workshop: Improving Business Development Skills: Training for Vocational Rehabilitation Counselors. State 4.
Farrow, K. & McMahon, J. (2017, October). Workshop: Tools for success for the OIB program, Topics included elements of documentation, art of assessment, working with older adults, community outreach, and the low down on the 7-OB. State 5.
Crudden, A., Steverson, A., & McDonnall, M. (2017, October). Job retention and WIOA changes: Results from a survey of NCSAB members. National Council of State Agencies for the Blind annual conference. Greenville, SC.
Crudden, A., Sui, Z., & Steverson, A. (2017, September). Job retention among persons who are blind or have low vision. Rehabilitation Association of Mississippi training conference. Natchez, MS.
LeJeune, B.J. (2017, September). Workshop: Ethics, Serving Consumers with Secondary Disabilities, and Employment-Oriented VRT Instruction. Virginia Department for Individuals who are Blind or Visually Impaired, Statewide Staff Meeting, Richmond, VA.
Crudden, A., LeJeune, B.J., & Farrow, K. (2017, July). Person-centered strategies for aging with vision loss. Envision conference. Glendale, AZ.
LeJeune, B.J. (2017, June). Updates and resources for serving older individuals who are blind. Mississippi State-Wide OIB Training Workshop for New Employees. Jackson MS.
LeJeune, B.J. (2017, June). Adjustment and acceptance of blindness and low vision. Mississippi State-Wide VR Training Workshop. Jackson.
McDonnall, M., Auer, A, LeJeune, B.J. & Steverson, A. (2017, May). Workshop: Improving business development skills: Training for vocational rehabilitation counselors. State 2.
McDonnall, M., Auer, A, LeJeune, B.J. & Steverson, A. (2017, May). Workshop: Improving business development skills: Training for vocational rehabilitation counselors. State 1
McDonnall, M., Auer, A., Jeppson, D., Kershaw, S., LeJeune, B.J. & Steverson, A. (2017, May). Workshop: Improving Business Development Skills: Training for Vocational Rehabilitation Counselors. Vision Specialist Program. Starkville, MS.
Richert, M. & LeJeune, B. J. (2017, May). A National Conversation of Aging and Vision Loss. Pennsylvania OIB Online In-service.
Farrow, K. R & LeJeune, B.J. (2017, April). Best Practice in the OIB Program Task Force. NCSAB Spring Conference, Bethesda, MD.
Richert, M., Rogers, P., LeJeune, B. J., & Sheffield, R. (2017, March). Advancing Policy Priorities: Continuing Our National Conversation on Aging and Vision Loss (Part 2). American Foundation for the Blind Leadership Conference, Washington, DC.
Richert, M., LeJeune, B.J., et al. (2017, March). Recalculating Our Route: Updating Our GPS to Navigate the Future of Services and Opportunities for People with Vision loss. American Foundation for the Blind Leadership Conference, Washington, DC.