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BSBP Training Center
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BSBP Training Center Overview
About the Training Center
Contact the Training Center by dialing 269.337.3848 or via email at: LEO-BSBPTrainingCenter@michigan.gov
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 participants of the Bureau of Services for Blind Persons (BSBP).
For Your TC Stay
Training Center Handbook
This handbook contains policies and procedures that will help answer questions you may have during your stay at the Training Center. It will also provide you with expectations and available resources to enhance your stay.
Mini Adjustment Seminars
Mini Adjustment Program Overview
Mini Adjustment Program Eligibility
Frequently Asked Questions
Where is the Training Center located?1541 Oakland Dr., Kalamazoo, MI 49008
How long does a participant typically stay at the BSBPTC Campus?Length of stay is dependent on multiple factors and is customized to each specific individual’s training needs, program enrolled in, and established goals. Average length of stay ranges from one week for youth enrolled in transition services to up to 4 months. Participants may return to campus for additional training beyond the 4 months with approval, if necessary and beneficial.
How do I contact the BSBPTC?Individuals may contact BSBPTC professionals by dialing 269.337.3848 or via email: LEO-BSBPTrainingCenter@michigan.gov.
Do participants share rooms with other participants?
No. Participants have their own individual dorm room with their own bathroom.
What do participants bring?
Participants should bring personal care items such as soap, shampoo/conditioner, deodorant, etc. If you have medications, please bring them, and be prepared for if you need to refill a prescription. Please also bring clothing that will be appropriate in all weather conditions and any technology or other adaptive devices that you utilize on a regular basis. We additionally send you a packing list once we send you your new participant welcome packet.
Do participants bring sheets, blankets, and pillows?The Training Center provides these items as well as towels. You are free to bring your own bedding if you prefer. Bedding and towels are the participants responsibility to clean while at the BSBPTC.
Is there washing machine and dryer?Yes. There are washers and dryers on both floors of the BSBPTC. Participants are responsible for their own laundry detergent/soap and quarters for the washer and dryer. The participant can plan to spend $1.50 per wash/dry per load.
Is there cable in the dorms?No. Dorm rooms do not have television or cable. The BSBPTC does have two apartments that contain televisions and there are multiple common areas with televisions and cable.
Is there Wi-Fi access on campus?Yes. Participants can access Wi-Fi free of charge within the campus. Each participant will be assigned unique Wi-Fi log-in credentials upon arrival.
Are there cleaning products to clean the rooms?Yes. There are cleaning supplies for the bathroom in each dorm room. Additional supplies include general cleaning supplies, toilet paper, and trash bags which are in laundry rooms.
What do we do about meals?Hot meals are provided six days a week, Sunday through Friday, which include breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Saturday meals differ in that sack lunches are available during lunch and continental breakfast is available in the morning. Participants are expected to make own dinner arrangements at their cost. Menus for local restaurants are available.
Do participants get to select own classes?No. The BSBPTC professionals utilize the selected classes on the referral form submitted by the participant’s home counselor/teacher in tandem with the BSBPTC core classes or the program the participant is enrolled in.
Do participants need to bring their computer or tablet?
Participants are highly encouraged to bring their own technology so that they can learn and become proficient on their personal device.
Are participants allowed to return home on the weekend or leave the building while at the BSBPTC?
Yes. Participants that are their own legal guardian can leave the building after class hours and on the weekends if they so desire. Participants that are not their own legal guardian will only be able to leave the building after hours and on the weekends if their legal guardian has consented and provided written permission. Participants are encouraged to social distance and practice proper hygiene when on and off campus. Please refer to the BSBPTC Return to Campus Plan for the most updated information and protocols.
Can family members visit participants while on campus?
Families are welcome and encouraged to visit after class hours or on the weekends. Up to 2 family members at a time can visit participants within the campus facility, this is due to available space and safety practices within the campus. Participants can meet with multiple family members at a time in the campus courtyard. Families may also take part in the family services program where they can attend classes with the participant on a given day as approved by TC Management.