Training Activities

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 rehabilitation counseling graduate students.

Training and Technical 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.

Successful Placement of the Older Blind Consumer: The objective of the course is to teach counselors how to help older persons with visual impairments achieve their employment goals.

Online Short Courses

The following continuing education courses can be found here.

More will be available in the coming months.

  • Adjustment to Blindness (1.5 CRC Credits)
  • Anatomy & Physiology of the Eye (1 CRC Credits)
  • Children’s Common Eye Conditions (1.5 CRC Credits)
  • Common Adult Eye Conditions (3.5 CRC Credits)
  • How to Read an Eye Report (1 CRC Credits)
  • Introduction to Blindness and Low Vision (1 CRC Credits)
  • Employer Knowledge and Attitudes (1 CRC Credits)
  • Low Down on Low Vision (1.5 CRC Credits)
  • SSDI Outcome Predictors (1.5 CRC Credits)
  • Understanding and Overcoming Transportation Barriers (1 CRC Credits)
  • Working with Employers (1 CRC Credits)
  • Working with Businesses (1 CRC Credits)
  • Technology Accessibility (1 CRC Credits)
  • Accessing Textbooks and Reading Materials(1 CRC Credits)
  • Introduction to the Older Individuals who are Blind Program (1 CRC Credits)
  • Employment Mentoring for College Students with Vision Impairments (1 CRC Credits)
  • The Basics of Brain Injury and Vison Loss (1.75 CRC Credits)
  • Overview of Assistive Technology for BVI (1 CRC Credits)

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, Independent Living for Seniors with Vision Loss, Seniors with Dual Sensory Loss, Deafblindness, Traumatic Brain Injury, and Transition. Contact B. J. LeJeune, Training Coordinator, at bjlejeune@colled.msstate.edu or 662-325-2694.

2015 Training Workshops and Activities

LeJeune, B. J., Farrow, Kendra, Eskew, Cindi (October 2015). The ABC's of Blindness, Low Vision, and Braille: Annual Teacher's Workshop. T.K. Martin Center, Mississippi State, MS.

2014 Training Workshops and Activities

LeJeune, B. J. & Farrow, Kendra (October 2014). The ABBC's of Education for Students who are Blind or Visually Impaired: Assessment, Braille, Books, and Computers. T.K. Martin Center, Mississippi State, MS.

AER International Conference (July 30-August 3, 2014). NRTC researchers Jamie O'Mally, Adele Crudden, B.J. LeJeune, Michele McDonnall, Anne Steverson, Jacquelyn Bybee, Brenda Cavenaugh, and Kendra Farrow gave a total of eleven presentations at this esteemed conference in San Antonio, TX.

LeJeune, B. J. & Farrow, Kendra (May 2014). Adjustment, Acceptance, Job Readiness, and Transition Workshop. A pre-conference workshop offered to rehabilitation counselors working with consumers who are blind or visually impaired. West Virginia Blind Services, Roanoke, WV.

LeJeune, B. J., Hollingsworth, Toni, Hollingsworth, Claudia & Esco-Collins, Kim (May 2014). Teaching Students with Vision Impairments – School Responsibilities. Mississippi School for the Blind, Jackson, MS.

NRTC State of the Science Conference (April 2014) The conference was held in Bethesda, MA in conjunction with the Spring NCSAB Conference. More information, including audio copies of presentations, is available on the NRTC website at http://www.blind.msstate.edu/training/state-of-the-science.

Supalo, Cary, Cuicchi, Paul, O’Mally, Jamie, Steverson, Anne, Farrow, Kendra, LeJeune, B. J., Frazier, Donny, Green, David & Capella, Julie (March 2014). Transition and STEM Careers Workshop. Co-Sponsored by the NRTC at Mississippi State University and the Mississippi Chapter of the Association for the Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired. Mississippi State, MS.

2013 Training Workshops and Activities

LeJeune, B.J. (NRTC), Klemm, Trudy (Vision Services, Inc.), Esco-Collins, Kim (Mississippi Instructional Resource Center), Nugent, Cindy (Mississippi Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped), Robertson, Casey (Blind Independence), Bedsaul, Doug (NRTC) (September 2013). An Introduction to Working with Students who are Blind or Visually Impaired. T.K. Martin Center, Mississippi State, MS.

LeJeune, B.J. (NRTC) (May 2013). Overview of Eye Conditions, T.K. Martin Center, Mississippi State, MS.

LeJeune, B.J. (NRTC), Madsen, Charles (Freedom Scientific), Jones, Ryan (Freedom Scientific) (May 2013). Help! There is a Visually Impaired Student in my Class this Fall! T.K. Martin Center, Mississippi State, MS.

LeJeune, B.J. (NRTC), Hollingsworth, Toni (MS Deafblind Program), Esco-Collins, Kim (Mississippi Instructional Resource Center), Hollingsworth, Claudia (Mississippi School for the Blind) (March 2013). Teaching Students with Vision Impairments – School Responsibilities. Mississippi School for the Blind, Jackson, MS.

LeJeune, B.J. (NRTC), Frazier, Donny (MDRS), White, Micah (MSU) (March 2013). Transition Issues for Students with Vision Impairments Considering College. T.K. Martin center, Mississippi State, MS.