Bureau of Services for Blind Persons Presents Achievement Honor Roll Awards
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November 29, 2017 - The Bureau of Services for Blind Persons (BSBP) recently presented its Achievement Honor Roll Awards in Lansing to consumers, employers and community partners nominated for embracing the true spirit of vocational rehabilitation. The awards are presented annually to BSBP consumers who are exemplary in achieving their goals for employment and/or independent living after vision loss; employers who have shown leadership in hiring people who are blind or visually impaired based on their abilities; and community partners recognized for their collaboration with BSBP in increasing opportunities for people who are blind or visually impaired to achieve independence and/or employment.
“The honor roll award recipients demonstrate that setting goals and embracing the training and tools provided by the Bureau of Services of Blind Persons can result in a greater quality of life and realization of dreams,” said BSBP Director William Robinson. “Collaboration and teamwork among BSBP, community partners and employers delivers a stronger network of opportunity for Michigan residents. I am proud of our award recipients, our BSBP team members, our community partners and our Michigan employers who work to accommodate our clients.”
The Bureau of Services for Blind Persons provides training and other services for individuals who are blind or visually impaired to achieve employment and/or independence in the careers of their choice.
The BSBP programs and services include:
- The BSBP Business Enterprise Program (BEP) that provides blind individuals with opportunities for employment. The BEP operates vending routes on State of Michigan highways, and cafeteria facilities in state and federal government facilities as well as in a limited number of private sector buildings. The role of the BEP is to guide and assist the operator in achieving upward mobility.
- The BSBP Vocational Rehabilitation Program helps blind citizens become employed in a career that suits their current abilities. The program provides vocational counseling and training in skills of blindness to eligible consumers.
- The BSBP Independent Living Older Blind Program provides skills of blindness training to individuals who are 55 years and older to maintain their independence in their home and community.
- The BSBP Transition Program helps students age 14 – 26 to successfully transition from high school to postsecondary education or employment based on the student’s goal.
- The BSBP Training Center is a residential facility providing comprehensive instruction, personal adjustment training in skills of blindness and vocational exploration to blind and visually impaired BSBP consumers so they can become independent at home and in the community.
- The BSBP Braille and Talking Book Library serves people with visual impairments and offers a diverse set of materials.
- The BSBP Youth Low Vision Program provides headborne devices to school age children who are blind or visually impaired through the intermediate school district where the child is registered to attend school.
For more information about BSBP visit www.michigan.gov/bsbp or call toll-free: 800-292-4200, TTY 888-864-1212 The Bureau of Services for Blind Persons is a part of the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA).