Training Activities

We conduct a wide variety of training activities centered around our mission of improving employment and independent living outcomes for people who are blind or have low vision. 

Cantrice and Anne training presentation

Vision Specialist Certificate Program

The Vision Specialist in Vocational Rehabilitation program provides a graduate certificate in blindness and low vision rehabilitation for rehabilitation counselors and other vision rehabilitation professionals. Applications are received annually, from June 1st - October 1st.


Older Individuals who are Blind Technical Assistance Center

The NRTC is home to the Older Individuals who are Blind Technical Assistance Center (OIB-TAC). The OIB-TAC supports state agencies that provide services to older individuals who are blind or have low vision by helping these agencies improve program and consumer outcomes and by enhancing service providers' knowledge and professionalism. Click here for more information about the new Training and Technical Assistance projects.

OIB-TAC group photo of program managers

Online Short Courses

The NRTC offers a wide selection of free online courses for rehabilitation professionals. Topics vary, from introductory courses like “Basics of Blindness and Low Vision” to more  in-depth topics like “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 www.ntac.blind.msstate.edu/courses/


Business Enterprise Program Training

The National Online Training Curriculum for Randolph-Sheppard (R-S) Business Enterprise Program (BEP) Staff course is designed to help orient new BEP staff members to the Randolph-Sheppard Program, this course is composed of 16 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.


State and Regional Training Programs

NRTC staff can design training sessions to fit the needs of individual programs or organizations. Popular topics include:

  • Medical Aspects of Vision Loss
  • Adjustment to Vision Loss
  • Ethic
  • Low Vision
  • Transition-Age Youth
  • Independent Living for Seniors with Vision Loss
  • Seniors with Dual Sensory Loss
  • Deaf-Blindness
  • Traumatic Brain Injury.

Click here for more training topic ideas. To talk with our training staff, contact nrtc@colled.msstate.edu or 662-325-2001.


Workshops and Training Activities

2020

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.

2019

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.

2018

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.

2017

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.