The mission of the Professional Development and Research Institute on Blindness is to prepare highly qualified professionals to educate and rehabilitate individuals who are blind or visually impaired, and to conduct research that broadens and deepens our understanding about blindness and the best methods for increasing independence for individuals who are blind or visually impaired.
Founded in 1996 with the help of an experimental/innovative grant from the U.S. Department of Education, the Institute on Blindness was established to create the first non-discriminatory program in equipping people interested in teaching cane travel and braille to blind students using Structured Discovery Cane Travel (SDCT)™ methods and principles. Using this methodology, we have proven over the last two decades, that it is the non-visual techniques that keep blind people safe while learning to travel…not the instructor's visual acuity. All PDRIB programs are based fundamentally on the premise that structured discovery methods, positive attitudes about blindness, and high expectations for performance are the keys for helping children and adults who are blind or visually impaired to become independent, productive members of society.Nanette Nanette Lepore Ester Women s Ester Nanette Mule Lepore Plum 0d87ee1
The Institute on Blindness provides outstanding professional preparation for individuals entering the field of working with blind children or adults, and our graduates have been eagerly sought after by employers from all across the United States in both public and private sectors.
We are committed to providing leadership in creating programs and conducting research that empowers blind individuals not only to live independently, but also to participate fully in society. We take pride in maintaining high academic standards. The Master's degree programs at Louisiana Tech University are non-discriminatory and designed to exceed the standards and competencies of traditional university training programs.
The Institute on Blindness has worked in partnership with the Louisiana Center for the Blind, one of the leading adult orientation and adjustment training centers in the United States, to develop rigorous and high quality graduate degree programsProfessional Development
The Professional Development and Research Institute on Blindness offers three Graduate degree programs, each of which is designed to provide high quality education and support for students.
The Masters of Arts in Counseling and Guidance / Orientation and Mobility program remains the only university-based degree program that prepares individuals to teach cane travel skills to children and adults who are blind or visually impaired using Structured Discovery Cane Travel (SDCT)™ methods and principles. Core to this program, all students undergo a minimum of 400 hours of immersion in blindness, where all students (blind and sighted) wear blindfolds eight hours per day learning nonvisual skills for accomplishing travel skills safely and efficiently.
The Master of Arts in Counseling and Guidance / Rehabilitation Teaching for the Blind program was founded in 2014 and is designed to teach a broad range of skills, including cane travel, braille, activities of daily living, and access technology to children and adults. Similarly, students matriculating through the RTB program begin their training through immersion in foundational nonvisual skills based on Structured Discovery methods and principles.
The Master of Arts in Teaching / Teaching Blind Students program prepares teachers of children who are blind or visually impaired the skills necessary to educate children with visual impairments in the regular and specialized classroom settings. Foundational to this program, all students must demonstrate mastery in reading and writing the Unified English Braille code before student teaching. Teachers gain a deep understanding about the impact of attitudes and expectations on education, and are given broad exposure to Access Technology, and the Expanded Core Curriculum.
Regardless of which degree track is right for you, all individuals seeking to become students at Louisiana Tech should be familiar with information related to applying to the University.Research
The Professional Development and Research Institute on Blindness at Louisiana Tech University also provides information to the broader community about blindness, dispelling misconceptions, and promoting training and education about the potential of individuals who are blind or visually impaired.
The Critical Concerns in Blindness book series provides in-depth discourse into specific strategies for training young children and adults in ways that capitalize on their strengths and promotes the capacity, rather than deficiencies of individuals living with vision loss. From mobility concepts for teaching very young children the importance of movement, helping parents to get the best educational experience for their children, to the methods and principals that underlie high quality rehabilitation training for adults and seniors.
Our Research Reports serve as a centralized location highlighting some of the contemporary research being done in the area of training and education for individuals who are blind or visually impaired, and provides links to download these reports directly. The latest employment and rehabilitation statistics on the lived experiences of adults who are blind or visually impaired, Research on reliability and validity of reading media assessments necessary for educating children with a visual impairment, and research on the role of attitudes, expectations, and mentoring on the lives of children and adults who are blind or visually impaired are a few of the reports you will find here.
In an effort to impact the field more broadly, we work to provide continuing education opportunities to professionals nationwide in the areas of Structured Discovery, teaching, and braille literacy. We also work closely with the National Blindness Professional Certification Board to ensure high-quality certification standards for professionals who wish to teach Orientation and Mobility, Rehabilitation Teaching, or Braille literacy.L-RUN Unisex Wading Shoes Sports Quick-Dry Aqua Socks Slip-On Strip Black , Bates Men s Cobra Hot Weather Side Zip Military and Tactical Boot Black Blankey Unisex Quick Drying Water Shoes Slippers Garden Clog for Women Men Beachwear Sandals Water Sport Pink , Twisted X Men s Lite Weight Work Boot Square Toe - Mlcw003 Brown Pebble/Brown Pebble , fereshte Couple Unisex Mens Womens Breathable Mesh Antiskid Lightweight Beach Quick-Dry Water Shoes Purple , Bedoro Men Women Water Shoes Quick-Dry Lightweight Barefoot Slip-on Aqua For Swim Yoga Walking Beach Boating V001-black Reebok Work Women s Zigkick RB330 EH Athletic Safety Shoe Black/Pink Durango Men s DB510 Boot Oiled Black Dansko Women s Pro Xp Mule Shoe Silver Ornate Patent , 50 Shades Of Black Dance Shoes Collection I, Comfort Evening Dress Wedding Pumps: Women Ballroom Dance Shoes For Latin, Tango, Salsa, Swing, Theater Art by Party Party (2.5" & 3" Heels) , Ladies Women Ballroom Dance Shoes Very Fine EKSA1700 SERA 2.5" Heel with Heel Protectors Ariat Women s Hybrid Rancher Work Boot, Barnwood, 11 B US Barnwood , Easy Soft Women s Clogs (Wide) Black Under Armour Women s Micro G Limitless 2 White (101)/White Liliana Chrissy-7 Women Pointed Pointy Toe Slip On Slide Flats Mule Black , Eileen Fisher Women s Loft Over The Knee Boot Black New Balance Women s 77V2 Cross-Trainer-Shoes Silver Mink/White , Top Moda Women s COCO 1 Knee High Riding Boot brown pu alpine swiss Women s Pierina Ballet Flats Navy Indigo Rd. Women s Fayen Fashion Boot Silver Skechers Performance Men s Go Golf Elite 2 Golf Shoe White/Gray/Blue Coach Womens rae Fabric Closed Toe Espadrille Flats Black CAPE ROBBIN Belted Ballet Flat - Punk Rock Flats - Lace Up Flats - Removable Ankle Wrap Flats - HK59 Nude Leatherette New Balance Men s Mc996le3 Energy Lim , New Balance Men s Crt300rs Tan , Wilson Men s KAOS Composite Tennis Shoe Black/White/Pearl Blue Vans Old Skool Unisex Adults Low-Top Trainers (Primary Checkered) Black / White Vans Unisex Old Skool Classic Skate Shoes Faded Rose True White , Vans Ward Hi Women US 8.5 Black Skate Shoe - Dvs Footwear Mens Men s Revival Split Skate Shoe Black/White Leather ,
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