[nobe-l] Looking for recommendations for schools with strong TVI programs

Miso Kwak misokwak12 at gmail.com
Wed Jan 2 23:48:45 UTC 2019

Georgie, I am not at all well acquainted with the tvi program in Boston by which I presume you are referring to the program at the UMASS Boston.
That being said, I highly recommend that you contact the school and speak to the program director yourself, before ruling out this program.
I had similar worries about a different TVI program that was local to where I live. After years of pondering and procrastinating, I finally made an appointment with the program director and met with her to share my concerns and seek advice for my career in general. 
Hearing from the program director herself that she genuinely values blind people working as TVI was helpful.
Although I ended up not attending this particular program - in fact, I ended up not pursuing any TVI certification or master's at all - this program director and I have been able to form a professional relationship after this meeting, and I am so grateful to consider this person my ally.

So I think it would be worth while learning about the program in Boston before completely dismissing the possibility of attending
there just based on what you have been told by others. 

Sent from my iPhone

> On Jan 2, 2019, at 3:01 PM, Georgie S. via NOBE-L <nobe-l at nfbnet.org> wrote:
> Hi all,
> I’m looking into returning to school to become a TVI. I’m aware that there a number of programs across the country, and I’m not limiting my search to online programs. I currently live in Boston and am looking to move. I am limited by not holding a teaching certification however; I’d need a program that provided the general certification as well, not just the TVI specialization. Unfortunately, I’ve heard less than positive things about the program here in Boston. From what I’ve heard, there tends to be a focus on vision and not much awareness of blind people being TVIs. It sounds less than ideal for a blind person like myself.
> Does anyone have any recommendations for programs that are open and accommodating to blind TVIs? Any advice would be hugely appreciated. 
> Best,
> Georgie
> Sent from my iPhone
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