Labor and Economic Opportunity
The Bureau of Services for Blind Persons Training Center (BSBPTC) is a residential facility which has been in operation since 1970; it provides comprehensive instruction to blind and visually impaired consumers of the Bureau of Services for Blind Persons (BSBP). Personal adjustment training (skills of blindness) and vocational exploration and planning are emphasized so that consumers can become independent at home and in the community. Work-based learning experiences and vocational training are provided when appropriate. Additionally, consumers may be referred to the training center for assessments and other programs.
BSBPTC is open year round and has accommodations for up to twenty-nine students in twenty-seven private rooms and two training apartments. Accessible rooms are available for those with special needs. Length of stay varies from a few weeks to several months depending upon individual needs and goals. There are five scheduled student breaks that allow students to return home and take care of personal and family commitments. Included in those five breaks are Thanksgiving week and two weeks during the holiday break at the end of December.
While in programming, each consumer’s skill level will be assessed and instruction will be provided in adaptive low vision and non-visual techniques from professionally trained staff in various skill areas (see Class Descriptions). The training center provides opportunities for both individualized and group instruction. Classes are held Monday through Friday. Consumers are encouraged to attend recreational and other activities that are frequently offered during evenings and on weekends. Consumers who choose not to stay for the weekend are expected to make their own travel arrangements. Guests are encouraged to visit when classes are not in session and are requested to leave no later than 10:00 p.m. Visitors are required to sign in upon entering the building and sign out when leaving the premises. The sign in/out sheet may be found at the front desk during business hours and in Support Services at all other times.