Bureau of Services for Blind Persons, Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity

General Information

Bureau of Services for Blind Persons, Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity
201 North Washington Square, 2nd Floor
Lansing Michigan 1 48933
517-241-1100
gastond@michigan.gov
https://www.michigan.gov/leo/0,5863,7-336-78421_28313---,00.html

Brief Description

The Bureau of Services for Blind Persons provides training and services to help people who are blind or visually impaired to reach their full potential and achieve their goals for independence and/or competitive integrated employment.

Staff

William A. Robinson III, State Director, robinsonw7@michigan.gov, 517 335 4265

Services Offered

  • Assessment
    • Provides visual assessment.

  • Assistive Products
    • Provides some adaptive devices based on individual need and staff recommendation.

  • Braille and Reading Instruction
    • Offers instruction in braille.

  • Braille and Reading Instruction
    • Training in reading and writing Braille

  • Community Outreach Programs
    • Does outreach to people who are potential BSBP consumers, to people who provide services to potential BSBP consumers and the general public.

  • Computer Training/Assistive Technology
    • Provides computer training.

  • Consultation/Technical Program Assistance
    • Provides consultation/technical assistance to businesses with blind or visually impaired employees, including job analysis, technical assistance and equipment, on-the-job evaluation and training, orientation, job coaching, and follow-up

  • Counseling
    • Offers counseling, guidance, and referral services.

  • Daily Living Skills/Independent Living Skills Training
    • Provides training in personal management, braille reading/writing, home mechanics, adaptive kitchen skills, low vision, electronic and computerized communication devices, college preparatory, job-seeking skills.

  • Employment/Job Training
    • Offers evaluation, pre-vocational and vocational training, vocational placement, and follow-up service, as well as Business Services for employers.

  • Health Services
    • Provides diagnostic, medical and surgical treatment.

  • Information and Referral
    • Provides information and referral services.

  • Library Services
    • BSBP Braille and Talking Book Library provides audio and Braille publications to individuals who are certified by a professional (such as a physician) as having a disability that prevents them from reading typical books (due to vision loss, inability to hold a book and turn the pages, etc.)

  • Low Vision Devices
    • Prescribes and supplies low vision devices.

  • Low Vision Services
    • Provides low vision evaluation and follow-up. Provides some low vision devices.

  • Professional Training
    • Offers presentations to interested groups.

  • Recreation Services
    • Provides orientation to adaptive leisure activities and referrals to other organizations.

  • Services for Seniors
    • The Michigan Commission for the Blind has training and other services to help older blind and visually impaired individuals to meet their own goals for independent living and/or employment. The Michigan Commission for the Blind's Independent Living Program is specifically for blind and visually impaired people age 55 or older who want to develop skills for independent living (as opposed to having employment goals). In addition, the Michigan Commission for the Blind's Vocational Rehabilitation Program is open to adults of any age, including blind and visually impaired individuals age 55 and older, who want to become employed. No fees are charged for Michigan Commission for the Blind training or other services.

  • Travel/Orientation and Mobility
    • Provides orientation and mobility training.