Hand In Hand:

Understanding Deafblindness for Education Teams of Students Who Are Deafblind

This course, totaling seven days throughout the academic year, provides instruction on the theory and practice for the education of students with deafblindness.


Session III: April 4-5, 2019


8:30 am – 4:00 pm



Nixa, MO


    Megan Burgess, Deafblind Project coordinator
     Missouri Deafblind Technical Assistance Project
     Missouri School for the Blind
     3815 Magnolia Avenue
     St. Louis, MO 63110
     (314) 633-1587 or megan.burgess@msb.dese.mo.gov


VIISA Course II: Serving Preschoolers with Vision Impairment in Center-Based Settings

Applications are now being accepted for the course Serving Preschoolers with Vision Impairment in Center-Based Settings. Please note application deadline of 10/5/2018.

The purpose of this course is for participants to gain and develop skills in understanding the unique needs of preschoolers who are blind or visually impaired in the center-based setting. The focus will be on working with these children in the preschool setting as well as in collaboration with the family and other members of the service delivery team. Transitioning from the preschool to the elementary school setting will also be addressed. The students will gain knowledge and skills in observation, assessment, the IEP process, intervention techniques, use of appropriate methods, curricula and materials in teaching skills in all developmental domains, developing the use of all senses, meeting the child's needs in the group setting, socialization, school readiness, early literacy and orientation and mobility.


  • March 20-22, 2019


Chesterfield, MO

Contact Jane at 314-633-1582 or via email.

Unified English Braille Code

To find more information on Unified English Braille Code, please visit http://www.brailleauthority.org/ueb.html


Coursework Leading to Certification as Teacher of the Visually Impaired: The Envision Program

To learn more about the Visually Impaired Program, please visit the website at:

Training and Certification (undergraduate and graduate)

Training for a Rewarding Career

Generous Student Financial Assistance

Northern Illinois University (DeKalb, Illinois) offers a nationally regarded program at the graduate level for individuals who wish to join a rewarding career in teaching children who are blind or visually impaired as a teacher of students with visual impairments, orientation and mobility instructor, or assistive technology specialist for children with visual impairments. In addition to numerous job opportunities, good pay, and excellent job security, individuals who choose this career path experience a sense of fulfillment not commonly found in other careers. These teachers play a significant role in the lives of children who are visually impaired and their families.

Generous student financial assistance is available. We will pay all in-state or out-of-state tuition, all fees, health insurance, and a stipend of $5,520 per calendar year for qualified individuals who wish to come to Northern Illinois University to enroll in the Visual Disabilities Graduate Program focusing on special education for children who are blind or visually impaired with an additional emphasis in assistive technology.

For more information, go to the following YouTube link:


Also, go to the following website to read about the program: www.vision.niu.edu

Interested individuals can contact the Project Director, Stacy Kelly (skelly@niu.edu), 815-753-4103

  • Boston College (deafblindness)
  • California State University, Los Angeles (VI, O&M)
  • Dominican College (VI)
  • Eastern Michigan University (VI)
  • Florida State University (VI, O&M)
  • Hunter College of the City University of New York (deafblindness, VI, O&M)
  • Illinois State University (VI)
  • Missouri State University (VI)
  • North Carolina Central University (VI, O&M)
  • Northern Illinois University (VI, O&M)
  • Ohio State University (VI)
  • Peabody College for Teachers at Vanderbilt University (VI)
  • Portland State University (VI)
  • San Diego State University (deafblindness)
  • San Francisco State University (deafblindness, VI, O&M)
  • South Carolina State University (O&M)
  • Stephen F. Austin State University (VI, O&M)
  • Texas Tech University (deafblindness, VI, O&M)
  • University of Alabama at Birmingham (VI)
  • University of Arizona (deafblindness, VI)
  • University of Arkansas at Little Rock (O&M)
  • University of Massachusetts at Boston (VI)
  • University of Nebraska, Lincoln (VI)
  • University of Northern Colorado (VI)
  • University of Northern Iowa (VI)
  • University of Pittsburgh (VI, O&M)
  • University of South Carolina Upstate (VI)
  • Western Michigan University (VI, O&M)