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AERBVI-Association for Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired
Accrediated Online Colleges/Regional Accrediation A comprehensive and informative resource that ranks each university in America by size, degrees offered, tuition costs, admission rates, graduation rates, and retention rates.
American Council of the Blind
American Foundation for the Blind
American Printing House for the Blind, Inc.(APH)
Blind Children’s Resource Center
College Consensus – Navigating College with Visual Impairments
College Guide for Students with Visual Impairments
Council Of Schools for the Blind (COSB) Home Page
CTEVH California Transcribers & Educators of the Visually Handicapped.
Division on Visual Impairment of the Council for Exceptional Children
Family Connect
Helen Keller National Center for Deaf-Blind Youth and Adult
International Council for Education of People with Visual Impairment
National Braille Association
National Federation of the Blind (Washington)
National Federation of the Blind
Pacific Foundation for Blind Children
Provincial Resource Centre for the Visually Impaired (PRCVI) Supporting School Districts and Group I or II independent schools in British Columbia by providing alternate formats. In addition PRCVI provides professional development and consultation support to BC vision teachers and other school personnel working with students with visual impairments.
Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Blindness and Low Vision Site at Mississippi State University
State of Washington Home Page
The Special Education Exchange
Washington State Business Leadership Network
Washington Council of the Blind
Washington State Services for the Blind (DSB)
Washington Sensory Disabilities Services
Washington Talking Book & Braille Library
WebAble TV is an Internet TV Channel on the TV Worldwide Network ( ) dedicated to providing accessible live and on-demand interactive coverage of the issues, activities and events important to the community of people with disabilities.

Teacher Training Programs

Northern Illinois University
Department of Educational Psychology, Counseling and Special Education
Northern Illinois University
DeKalb, IL 60115
Training Programs Offered: O&M, RT, TVI
Degrees Offered: Certification, B.S., M.S.Ed
Contact Persons: Gaylen Kapperman, Coordinator (O&M, RT, TVI); Jodi Sticken (TVI, O&M); Connie Cretens (RT); Toni Heinze (TVI)
Email: Gaylen Kapperman;
Jodi Sticken
Toni Heinze
Telephone: (815) 753-8459 (Gen. info), 815-753-8453 (Gen. info.), (815) 753-8456 (TVI, O&M), (815)753-8455 (RT)
Fax: (815) 753-8594

Portland State University
Department of Special Education
P.O. Box 751
Portland, Oregon 97207
Training Programs Offered: O&M, VI
Degree’s Offered: Master’s
Contact persons: Holly Lawson
Telephone: (503) 725-5495
Fax: (503) 725-5599

California State University, Los Angeles
Department of Special Education
5151 State University Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90032
Training Programs Offered: O&M, VI
Degree’s Offered: Master’s
Contact persons: Dr. Diane Fazzi (O&M), Dr. Jaime Dote-Kwan (VI)
Telephone: (213) 343-4411
Fax: (213) 343-4318

Hunter College
Department of Special Education
New York City, NY
Training Programs Offered: O&M, VI
Degree’s Offered: Master’s
Program: Blind and Visually Impaired: NYS Teacher Certification - Advanced Certificate - Hunter College - Acalog ACMS™ (

Michigan State University
341 Erickson Hall
Department of Counseling, Educational Psychology, and Special Education
College of Education
East Lansing, Michigan 48824-1034
Training Programs Offered: VI, DEAF-BLIND, O&M (elementary and secondary education)
Degrees Offered: VI certificate (Michigan), Deaf-Blind endorsement, O&M (AER certification,, VI bachelor and master degree programs, Doctoral special education program
Contact Persons: Tom T. Hwang; Lou Alonso; & Susan Bruce
Telephone: (517) 355-1838 (-35 OR -37)
Fax: (517) 353-6393

North Carolina Central University
Visual Impairment Training Program
1801 Fayetteville
Durham, NC 27707
Training Programs Offered: VI, O&M
Degrees Offered: Certification, M.Ed.
Contact Persons: Dr. Brad R. Walker, Director; Dr. Laura Bozeman (O&M)
Telephone: (919) 560-5179; (919) 715-4257
Fax: (919) 560-5279

San Francisco State University
Department of Special Education
1600 Holloway Ave.
San Francisco, CA 94132
Training Programs Offered: O&M, VI
Degrees Offered: Master of Arts in Special Education, Ph.D./Ed.D. in Special Education, California Teaching Specialists Credential in VI, California Clinical Rehabilitative Services Credential in O&M
Contact Persons: Dr. Sandra Rosen (O&M), Amanda Lueck (VI)
Telephone: (415) 338-1245 (O&M), (415) 338-1080 (VI)
Fax: (415) 338-0566

Stephen F. Austin State University
Department of Counseling and Special Educational Programs
Box 13019
Nacogdoches, TX 75961
Training Program Offered: O&M
Degrees Offered: AER Cerfitication*, B.S. in Rehabilitation
Contact Persons: Bill Bryan, Bob Bryant, or Anna Bradfield
Phone: (409) 468-1036
Fax: (409) 468-1342*It is also possible for students with a bachelor’s degree to come to SFA and just add the needed courses for certification. A certified teacher of the visually impaired could add the O&M certification with about 18 hours of prescribed courses others would need to take about 33 hours.

Texas Tech University
Department of Special Education
Box 4560
Texas Tech University
Lubbock, TX 79409
Training Programs Offered: O&M, VI
Degrees Offered: AER Certification, M.Ed., Ed.D., Ph.D.
Contact Person: Nora Griffin-Shirley, Ph.D.
Telephone: (806)742-2184
Fax: (806) 742-1331

The University of Arizona
Southwestern Orientation and Mobility Preparation Program (SWOMPP)
University of Arizona
Department of Special Education and Rehabilitation
Education Building
Tucson, AZ 85721
Training Programs Offered: O&M and VI
Degrees Offered: Certification, Master’s, Ed. Specialist, Doctoral
Contact Persons: Pam Almon or Jane Erin
Telephone: Dr. Almon: (520) 621-3887; Dr. Erin: (520) 621-0945
Fax: (520) 621-3821

University of Arkansas at Little Rock
Department of Rehabilitation
2801 S. University Ave
Little Rock, AR 72204
Training Programs Offered: O&M, RT, VI
Degrees Offered: AER Certification, state Certification (VI), Masters of Arts degree (O&M, RT), Masters of Education degree (VI)
Contact Persons: Dr. William H. Jacobson (O&M), Dr. Patricia Smith (RT)
Other Faculty: Judy Matsuoka (RT)
Telephone: (501) 569-3169
Fax: (501) 569-8694

University of Massachusetts at Boston
Graduate College of Education
University of Massachusetts Boston
100 Morrissey Blvd.
Boston, Massachusetts 02125-3393
Training Programs Offered: O&M, RT
Degrees Offered: AER Certification, M.Ed.
Contact Persons: Bob McCulley, M.Ed.
Telephone: (617) 287-7623
Fax: (617) 287-7664

University of Pittsburgh
Department of Instruction and Learning
Vision Studies Program
4H32 Forbes Quadrangle
University of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, PA 15260
Training Programs Offered: O&M, Vision Education
Degrees Offered: AER Certification, M.Ed., Ed.D., Ph.D.
Contact person: George J. Zimmerman, Ph.D.
Telephone Number: (412) 624-7247
Fax Number: (412) 648-7081

Western Michigan University
Department of Blind Rehabilitation
Western Michigan University
Sangren Hall
Kalamazoo, Michigan 49008
Training Programs Offered: Standard Orientation and Mobility Program, Orientation and Mobility for the Elderly (Gerontology Certificate), Standard Rehabilitation Teaching Program, Rehabilitation Counseling/Rehabilitation Teaching (Dual Masters), Orientation and Mobility/Rehabilitation Teaching (Dual Masters), Orientation and Mobility with Specialization in Low Vision, Rehabilitation Teaching with Specialization in Low Vision
Degrees Offered: Certification, M.Ed.
Contact Persons: Marv Weessies (O&M), Sue Ponchillia (RT), Bill Wiener (Rehab Counseling)
Telephone: (616) 387-3455
Fax: (616) 387-3567

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