About Us

The Older Individuals who are Blind Technical Assistance Center is a development of the National Research & Training Center on Blindness and Low Vision (NRTC) at Mississippi State University, focused on agencies serving older individuals who are blind (OIB). This grant (#H177Z150003) is funded by the Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA) under the U.S. Department of Education. To accomplish the goals of the project, the project staff will be working in collaboration with the American Foundation for the Blind (AFB), the Helen Keller National Center for Deaf-Blind Youths and Adults (HKNC), Hadley Institute for the Blind and Visually Impaired, and VisionServe Alliance. All activities are designed to improve the operation and performance of OIB programs through improved community outreach, use of best practices in the provision of services, improved data reporting and analysis, and stronger financial and management practices. This website will facilitate training, technical assistance, interagency collaboration, and electronic discussion among OIB service providers, including subcontracting CRPs, and related agencies. All CoP activities will promote communication, quality service delivery, program administration, linking resources, and professional support.


  • Sylvia Stinson-Perez – OIB-TAC Project Director
  • Catherine Hultman - OIB-TAC Project Manager
  • Kendra Farrow - Research & Training Associate
  • Simon Marcy -  Manager for Community of Practice
  • Emily Damm - Communications Coordinator, NRTC

Find additional information in the OIB-TAC brochure. Available in Word and PDF format in the Online Resources section.

To subscribe to the chapter-2 listserv that distributes information on OIB-TAC programs and activities, please email info@oib-tac.org.