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 Funded by the United States Department of Education, National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR).

2018 Vision Specialist Class in Residence

VSP: Image of an eye and lashes above the text and faded type and braille behind the text.

Eleven students will be arriving in Starkville this weekend to begin an intensive, three-week residency component of the 2018 Vision Specialist in Vocational Rehabilitation academic certificate program. The graduate program starts in early January and consists of a 26-week distance education component, 100 practicum hours, and this three-week on-campus residency. Participants gain knowledge and expertise to better serve individuals with blindness or visual impairment.

This year’s cohort hails from Arkansas, Georgia, Maryland, Missouri, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and West Virginia and includes the following professionals: Catherine Ballard, Jodie Gilkerson, Carolyn Jackson, Karma Marshall, Amber Neal, Anne Penington, Shayla Reynolds, Tina Shores, Shandra Spear, Carol Van Rhein, and Olivia Zivney.

Funded through a grant from the Rehabilitation Services Administration, the certificate program began in 1998 to provide vocational rehabilitation counselors and graduate students specialized training in a wide range of subjects, including an emphasis on employment and independent living, to more effectively assist consumers with vision loss in adjusting to vision impairment and preparing for and obtaining employment.

Applications are accepted for this annual program from June 1st through October 1st. A limited number of RSA stipends cover the entire cost for the program, including the residency. Those interested in attending the program can find more information available on our website, by emailing BJ LeJeune, or by calling 662-325-2001.