The National Research and Training Center on Blindness and Low Vision (NRTC) at Mississippi State University is recruiting persons with blindness or low vision (age 21+), who are working or who are interested in working, to be part of a five-year study about access technology (AT) use, particularly in the workplace. Some questions to which the Center seeks answers are:

  • What access technology do you most commonly use?
  • How do you decide whether to use a specific access technology?
  • What are your technology challenges?
  • What tools do you need that aren’t currently available?

The study has, at least potentially, long-term future benefits to the participants in the research and to the blind and low-vision community as a whole. These benefits include:

  • Being able to help identify gaps in access technology—what is needed but not available, which NRTC technology company partners such as Microsoft, Google, OrCam, Vispero, and Aira are interested in!
  • Contributing to constructive recommendations for Access Technology users, Visual Reality professionals, Access Technology specialists, and employers.
  • Access to survey results.
  • A small gift card after completing each survey.

Interested veterans with vision loss can complete a pre-screening survey online by (CLICKING HERE) or by calling 662-325-2001 to schedule a telephone screening. Please contact Michele McDonnall ( or Emily Damm ( with questions.