A Great Opportunity: Vision Specialist in Vocational Rehabilitation Certificate

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The Mississippi State University (MSU) National Research and Training Center on Blindness and Low Vision (NRTC) recently received a five-year renewal of their federally-funded graduate certificate program for Vision Specialists in Vocational Rehabilitation.

The 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. These increased professional skills enable graduates to help consumers with vision loss learn independent living skills and assist them in becoming employed.

Vision Specialists in Vocational Rehabilitation help people who are blind or visually impaired by providing and coordinating a wide range of specialized rehabilitation counseling and case management services to enhance employability. Since 2002, students in the MSU Vision Specialist Program have come from 25 states. A limited number of stipends are available for students enrolled in the program.

The application deadline for the 2012 Vision Specialist program is October 1, 2011. For more information, you can visit the Vision Specialist website or contact MSU-NRTC training coordinator BJ LeJeune by email at bjlejeune@colled.msstate.edu or by phone at 662-325-2694.