Meaningful, rewarding careers in the field of blindness begin here.
If you're passionate about teaching adults or children, we welcome you.
Our award-winning students are…
- Fluent in braille and serious about teaching it to other blind and visually-impaired people
- Steadfast about teaching blind people to be independent, contributing members of society
- Persistent in changing the public's misperceptions of blindness every day
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.
Our accredited, graduate degrees are practical for teachers at any level
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.
Our cutting-edge, objective research goes where others do not
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.
Recent Blog Posts
Teachers, The Professional Development and Research Institute on Blindness at Louisiana Tech University invites you to participate in a study to evaluate the services and to understand the educational experiences of blind and/or visually impaired youth in grades K through 12. Your feedback will improve future policies and practices that prepare teachers in the future.... Read more »
The post Help Prepare Future Teachers by Taking this Short Survey appeared first on Blog on Blindness.
Posted on 5 March 2014 | 7:33 pm
Across the country, February is Black History Month, and—for the students in Louisiana Tech University’s hybrid course on braille and assistive technology, it’s also the month of their in-person practicum. “We walked in, and we all said, ‘I feel like I know you, but this is the first time that I get to be with... Read more »
The post Learning Assistive Technology is “Like Sitting Down with a Violin” appeared first on Blog on Blindness.
Posted on 25 February 2014 | 3:59 am
One month ago, we reported that the accessibility of field tests associated with the Common Core State Standards was in question. Today, we received the following press release from the National Federation of the Blind: New Milford, New Jersey (February 24, 2014): The National Federation of the Blind (NFB) today applauded a settlement agreement reached... Read more »
The post Settlement Makes PARCC’s K-12 Assessments Accessible to Blind Students appeared first on Blog on Blindness.
Posted on 24 February 2014 | 11:36 am
The word “accessibility” is one that’s tossed around frequently in higher education, yet few people understand how to implement the concept. At last week’s Faculty Technology Showcase, Dr. Edward Bell—who directs the Institute on Blindness at Louisiana Tech—explained the most common methods and technologies employed at the university level by students who are blind or... Read more »
The post Defining “Accessibility” for Louisiana Tech Faculty appeared first on Blog on Blindness.
Posted on 22 February 2014 | 9:38 am
As a means of better understanding how various formats impact leisure reading among youth who are blind or have low vision, we’re looking for parents and teachers to help us find students to take part in a new research study. As a result of this study, we will gain a much richer and robust understanding... Read more »
The post Leisure reading characteristics and behaviors of blind/low-vision youth appeared first on Blog on Blindness.
Posted on 7 February 2014 | 3:43 am
Senior leadership from the Department of Education and Rehabilitation Services Administration spoke about a “Dear Colleagues” letter that they circulated to state departments of education last summer. Citing research from the Institute on Blindness at Louisiana Tech University, the letter reinforced the Department’s position (based upon Congressional intent) that braille is to be the default... Read more »
The post Increasing Access to Education and Vocational Rehabilitation appeared first on Blog on Blindness.
Posted on 31 January 2014 | 1:52 pm
Forty-five states, plus the District of Columbia, have adopted the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), and along with the standards come new assessments. The Partnership for Assessment of College and Career Readiness (PARCC) will field test its CCSS-derived assessments with over one million students during the spring of 2014. The majority of these tests will... Read more »
Posted on 24 January 2014 | 2:59 am
After 27 years of teaching, you’re bound to have some pretty interesting stories. We asked Jerry Whittle, who retired last year from the Louisiana Center for the Blind to share some of his favorites. One of the most remarkable braille reading demonstrations that I ever witnessed was when one of my students read more than... Read more »
Posted on 23 January 2014 | 1:58 pm
At T-Base Communications, we are leaders in tactile graphics at some of the largest educational institutions in the world, spanning across Canada and the U.S. We are very fortunate to have the Chair of the BANA (Braille Authority of North America) Tactile Graphics Technical Committee, Aquinas Pather, who is also a braille and tactile graphics... Read more »
The post The World of Tactile Graphics: Tips and Best Practices for Teachers and Instructors appeared first on Blog on Blindness.
Posted on 15 January 2014 | 5:00 am
In our ongoing effort to make professional development and master’s degree programs available to as many future teachers of blind students as possible, the Institute on Blindness at Louisiana Tech is offering both an Assistive Technology and Braille II course available online. The class schedule is designed to work for somebody who is already busy... Read more »
The post Online Program Teaches Braille to Future Teachers of the Blind appeared first on Blog on Blindness.
Posted on 13 January 2014 | 8:55 am