BOARD OF EDUCATION AND SERVICES FOR THE BLIND
The Board of Education and Services for the Blind (BESB) programs to educators, senior centers, employers and
provides statewide comprehensive, community-based community rehabilitation providers, the agency increases
rehabilitative services to adults who are legally blind or deaf- awareness of matters pertaining to blindness. The agency
blind, and children who are visually impaired, legally blind or also offers specialized programs for constituents including
deaf-blind to maximize inclusion and participation in mentoring, independent living camps, and telephone access
education, independent living, employment and community services to news media information.
activities. Through public education, including training
SPECIAL EDUCATION FOR VISUALLY IMPAIRED CHILD
Statutory Reference education teachers, parents, paraprofessionals and local
C.G.S. Sections 10-295(a) and 10-295(b) school district staff. Mobility Instructors provide training in
Statement of Need and Program Objectives safe travel techniques in the school and community.
Rehabilitation Teachers provide training in activities of daily
The Children’s Services Division at the Board of Education and
living and utilization of adaptive technology devices. The
Services for the Blind (BESB) provides specialized training,
Division maintains a full scope lending library of adapted
adaptive materials and services to children who are legally
textbooks and equipment and provides funding to
blind, visually impaired or deaf-blind to promote successful
municipalities for vision related expenses associated with the
integration into educational, social, recreational and
education of eligible students. Direct services to students
include: Braille instruction, independent living skills training
Program Description and transition school to work activities.
Certified Teachers of the Visually Impaired provide
specialized training and consultation to classroom and special
Statutory Reference identify career goals and the services necessary to achieve
C.G.S. Sections 10-297 and 10-306 through 10-309 these goals. Through the utilization of a myriad of services
Statement of Need and Program Objectives such as post-secondary education, skills training,
rehabilitation technology, low vision, and independent living
The Vocational Rehabilitation Division administers the federal
training, consumers acquire marketable vocational skills.
Rehabilitation Act for eligible consumers who are legally blind
Specialized job retention services to consumers and
by directly providing and coordinating a broad scope of
employers assist individuals who are employed at the time of
services to enable the achievement and maintenance of
vision loss to receive specialized training and adapted
integrated, competitive employment.
equipment to enable successful continuation of employment.
Consumers of the Division work with vocational rehabilitation
counselors to develop individualized employment plans that
Statutory Reference in daily living activities. The Adult Services Division also
C.G.S. Sections 10-295(c) through 10-295(e), 10-297 and 10- serves as the single point of intake for all agency services.
298 Program Description
Statement of Need and Program Objectives Social workers issue certificates of legal blindness for
The Adult Services Division is responsible for providing property/income tax purposes and provide counseling and
specialized social, educational and rehabilitative services that referral to support services within the agency and to
enable eligible consumers of the agency to achieve and community based organizations. Rehabilitation teachers
maintain the highest level of independence and productivity assist clients to increase independence in personal and home
management, leisure time activities and communications.
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Orientation and Mobility Instructors teach safe community provides for specialized community inclusion activities
travel technique and provide long white canes for through third party vendors. Public education programs are
identification. The Division also coordinates volunteer offered to senior centers and other community providers to
services to assist consumers with activities of daily living. The increase awareness and access to agency services.
Deaf-Blind Program administered through this Division
BUSINESS ENTERPRISE PROGRAM
Statutory Reference Program Description
C.G.S. Sections 10-303 The Business Enterprise Program is responsible for the
Statement of Need and Program Objectives development of high-quality business ventures for participants
The Business Enterprise Program provides entrepreneurial who desire to become entrepreneurs. The entrepreneurs
opportunities for adults who are legally blind to operate derive full profits from the operation of businesses that range
businesses on federal, state and municipal properties to from gift shops to full service cafeterias in federal, state and
achieve financial independence and career success. municipal locations. Entrepreneurs receive training in business
management and follow up services once placed at a location.
The program is funded entirely through revenues from vending
machines installed in municipal, state and federal buildings.
Statutory Reference Program Description
C.G.S. Sections 10-293, 10-294 and 10-298 Management services includes oversight of strategic planning
Statement of Need and Program Objectives for the agency, budget development and program planning,
Management Services at the Board of Education and Services general facility and resource support, communications and
for the Blind provides oversight to ensure the efficient and community relations, administrative data processing and
effective operation of programs and services to Connecticut’s telecommunications operations, affirmative action,
adult citizens who are legally blind or deaf-blind, and to procurement and inventory control.
children who are legally blind, deaf-blind or visually impaired.
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