[Nfbnet-members-list] Louisiana Tech Requiting Orientation and Mobility Students

David Andrews dandrews at visi.com
Thu Nov 1 23:31:28 UTC 2012

Dear Prospective Student:

This letter is to introduce an exciting 
opportunity for qualified blind and sighted 
individuals through the Professional Development 
and Research Institute on Blindness at Louisiana 
Tech University. The Institute on Blindness was 
established in 1999 by the Louisiana Center for 
the Blind, one of our nation’s premier facilities 
assisting consumers in adjusting to sight 
loss.  Later in 2001, The Institute became a part 
of Louisiana Tech University.  Our purpose is to 
provide outstanding professional preparation for 
individuals entering the field of working with 
blind children or adults.  We are also committed 
to providing leadership in creating programs and 
conducting research that empower blind 
individuals not only to live independently, but 
also to participate fully in society.

Our progressive graduate programs are unique 
because we combine the best of university 
education and agency training to produce the most 
qualified teachers of blind children and 
Orientation & Mobility instructors.  The Master’s 
degree programs at the Institute on Blindness are 
non-discriminatory and designed with standards 
and competencies which exceed those of 
traditional university training programs.  Our 
graduates have been sought after by eager 
employers from all across the United States in both public and private sectors.

At Louisiana Tech’s Institute on Blindness, we 
take pride in maintaining high academic standards 
coupled with a variety of meaningful off-site 
instruction, and immersion training at the 
Louisiana Center for the Blind.  As a participant 
in one of our programs, you will receive more 
than just a degree--you will gain very practical 
and personal knowledge about blindness.

Applications are currently being accepted for all 
our graduate programs­ a Master of Arts in 
Teaching Blind Students; a Master of Education in 
Teaching Blind Students; and a Master of Arts 
degree in Industrial/Organizational Psychology 
with a Concentration in Orientation and Mobility 
(O&M).  For further information about the 
Institute, or any of our academic programs, 
please refer to our website at 
<http://www.pdrib.com/>www.pdrib.com , call 318-257-4554, or email us at:

Teachers of Blind Students (TBS)
Ruby Ryles, Ph.D.
<mailto:rryles at latech.edu>rryles at latech.edu

Orientation and Mobility (O&M) program
Edward Bell, Ph.D., CRC, NOMC
<mailto:ebell at latech.edu>ebell at latech.edu

Our graduates make a positive difference in the 
field of blindness as well as in the lives of 
blind people.  We invite you to join the 
team.  Currently we have limited financial 
assistance for a limited number of individuals 
seeking a graduate degree through either of our 
programs.  For more information call us at (318) 257-4554.

We look forward to the opportunity to welcome you 
to Louisiana Tech University and the Institute on Blindness.


Edward Bell, Director
Professional Development and Research
Institute on Blindness

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