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In partnership with one of the world's top-rated training centers for the blind, the Institute on Blindness is training award-winning teachers of the visually-impaired. With a degree from Louisiana Tech University, employers will know that you are a fluent, passionate braille reader and experienced, empowering instructor.

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There is a high demand in this country for qualified professionals who work with the blind as cane travel instructors, braille teachers, school administrators, and government officials. This shortage has existed since the 1970s, and is only projected to grow for years to come. Explore what a career in the field of blindness looks like.
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Many researchers believe that blind people are inherently less capable than sighted people. However, there is too much evidence showing that blind people can be just as happy, intelligent, and productive as others in society. Through intervention and comparative studies, our research topics seek to understand what methods, technology, and programs put blind people on a path toward full independence. Discover our latest research reports.

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Recent Blog Posts

Navigating Immersion Training: Are Sleepshades Blinding Me?

Joanne Gabias wearing sleep shades and using a Perkins Braille WriterFrom an early age, I’ve said there are two things I would never do: go into psychology or become a teacher. However, I am now getting my master’s in psychology and I’m going to be a teacher! Before I can […]

Posted on 7 October 2014 | 9:09 am

Beyond the Classroom with Field-Based Experience

Too many teacher-prep programs in the field of blindness, especially the fully online degrees, focus too heavily upon textbooks. In many cases, we know that students don’t shake the hand of a blind person until their internships or student teaching […]

Posted on 24 September 2014 | 12:20 pm

I’m Not Pulling This Second-Grader out of Class Anymore

Allonah, a second grader, reading braille in her regular ed classroomThis summer at the AER International Conference, our team from Louisiana Tech University showed teachers of blind students how to move a first-grade student through the braille code in one year. The student with whom I developed this technique last […]

Posted on 12 September 2014 | 7:41 pm

Camera and Computer Serve as ‘Transformer’ for Low Vision Students

Lady sitting in front of computer with a vertical, split-screen and Transformer camera over documentMy students who have low vision are not too fond of the massive, heavy schoolbooks they have to carry from class to class. The large print books are, well, so large that they are awkward for most desks and little […]

Posted on 2 September 2014 | 2:11 pm

Are You Teaching Braille, Literacy or Both?

Join us on Sunday, Aug. 3 from 9:45 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. in the Republic B ballroom of the Grand Hyatt San Antonio. We’ll be presenting about how a blind or low-vision student can learn the braille code in one […]

Posted on 31 July 2014 | 4:50 am

Unique Certification Organization Recognized with $20,000 Award

2014 Jacob Bolotin Award pictured with the booklet announcing the winners and accomplishmentsThe nation’s only non-discriminatory, certifying organization of blindness professionals was honored earlier this month with a $20,000 award. Named for Dr. Jacob Bolotin, a blind doctor from Chicago who practiced medicine in the early 20th century, the award exists to encourage the […]

Posted on 29 July 2014 | 5:30 am

New Braille Certification in the New Year

As you’ve likely heard, next Jan. 4 will mark the transition day for the U.S. from Literary Braille to Unified English Braille. As such, we’ve begun preparing the certification exam that will replace the National Certification in Literary Braille (NCLB). […]

Posted on 24 July 2014 | 2:45 am

Help Blind People Combat the Tendency to Rock Back and Forth

For years, teachers of blind students have been talking about teaching strategies for students who sway, spin, or rock back and forth in their chairs. In just a few months, we’ll be able to say that there’s an app for […]

Posted on 16 July 2014 | 1:32 pm

Stop! Don’t Look at that Tactile Map, Yet – Part 1

I recently heard a teacher say this to a blind student: “Turn right, I mean left, I mean…stop!” Too many of the students who are blind or have low vision that I observe (fortunately not many in my school district) […]

Posted on 15 July 2014 | 10:15 am

13th Annual Rehabilitation and O&M Conference

Sponsored by the National Rehabilitation Association, the National Blindness Professional Certification Board, and us—the Institute on Blindness at Louisiana Tech University—professionals in the field of educating blind students and adults from around the country will gather to discuss the latest […]

Posted on 27 June 2014 | 2:08 pm

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