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       BOARD OF EDUCATION AND SERVICES FOR THE BLIND

AGENCY DESCRIPTION
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
vocational settings.
                                                                       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




VOCATIONAL REHABILITATION
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.
Program Description
Consumers of the Division work with vocational rehabilitation
counselors to develop individualized employment plans that




ADULT SERVICES
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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Budget-in-Detail

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.




MANAGEMENT SERVICES
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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