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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

Guide Dog Users: Be a Two-Car Household

Domonique Lawless, NOMC, NCLB is a graduate of the Institute on Blindness at Louisiana Tech University. These remarks are excerpted from a presentation she recently made to the Tennessee Association of Guide Dog Users. I am often asked the question: “Which is better, a cane or a guide dog?” My answer is: I am a... Read more »

Posted on 8 April 2014 | 6:57 am


Win Prizes for Reading 3 Braille Books

The National Organization of Professionals In Blindness Education (PIBE) is hosting a braille reading contest. If you read three books (or more) by May 31 and complete a reading log, you could win $25. Details can be found below, or on the contest’s Facebook page. Through its philosophy and programs, the National Federation of the... Read more »

Posted on 3 April 2014 | 4:45 am


The “Re-Invention” of Braille Card Games

By now, you’ve likely heard about the Kickstarter campaign that will support the creation of braille card games. Many people, though, seem confused about how the games will actually work and why there’s a need for this product. People have long been adding braille to a stack of playing cards at home. When games are... Read more »

Posted on 1 April 2014 | 10:38 am


A Blinding Accident, Braille and a Ph.D.

T-Base Communications—a Canadian producer of accessible materials and member of the Braille Authority of North America—asked me to write a piece about why braille is important to me. Here’s just an excerpt, and you can read the full post on their blog: I grew up as a poor, uneducated and hopeless child with little literacy... Read more »

Posted on 25 March 2014 | 2:01 pm


The Role of Paraprofessionals

One of our current students, Treva Olivero, is working as a paraprofessional alongside a teacher of blind students in a public school. We recently discussed her position and experiences in the hopes that you may be better equipped to work with paras in your school. Corbb O’Connor: What is the role of a para? Treva... Read more »

Posted on 19 March 2014 | 12:48 pm


Canadian Copyright Law Limits Books for Low-Vision Students

Last week, I was privileged to attend the 2014 INSIGHT Conference in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada as a guest. This annual conference brings together teachers, parents, and service providers who work (or live) with students who are blind or have low vision to discuss strategies to improve educational opportunities. While there, I was surprised to learn... Read more »

Posted on 18 March 2014 | 11:45 am


Help Prepare Future Teachers by Taking this Short Survey

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 »

Posted on 5 March 2014 | 7:33 pm


Learning Assistive Technology is “Like Sitting Down with a Violin”

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 »

Posted on 25 February 2014 | 3:59 am


Settlement Makes PARCC’s K-12 Assessments Accessible to Blind Students

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 »

Posted on 24 February 2014 | 11:36 am


Defining “Accessibility” for Louisiana Tech Faculty

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 »

Posted on 22 February 2014 | 9:38 am


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