Department of Rehabilitation Services-Bureau of Education & Services for the Blind - AFB Directory Profile

General Information

Department of Rehabilitation Services-Bureau of Education & Services for the Blind
184 Windsor Avenue
Windsor, CT 06095
(860) 602-4000 (Local)
(860) 602-4020 (Fax)
(860) 602-4221 (TDD/TTY)
http://www.ct.gov/besb

Brief Description

Within the Department of Rehabilitation Services (DORS), the Bureau of Education & Services for the Blind (BESB) provides vocational rehabilitation, independent living, and business enterprise services to adults in Connecticut who are legally blind. The Bureau's Children's Services Program provides expanded core curriculum instruction to children who are blind or visually impaired and support services to school districts.

The BESB Resource Library offers numerous vision related resources. Please click on the BESB Resource Library link to see a comprehensive listing of the resources in our Bureau Resource library. The DORS-BESB Resource Library includes almost 900 items of specialized materials dealing with issues relating to visual impairment. Some of the topics include general reference materials on the eye—its structure and function, eye conditions and their implications, procedures and strategies for the education and rehabilitation of children and adults who are blind and visually impaired. The resource library has information for all ages from infants to adults. In addition to books, the library contains Braille assessments, Braille teaching strategies, reading assessments, developmental evaluations, videos and DVDs, models of the eye, vision simulator kits and Braille in-service kits.

Hours of operation: Mon.-Fri. 8:00 AM-4:30 PM.
Clients served on average per year: 3500
Number of staff: 110
Staff description: Rehabilitation counselors, rehabilitation teachers, O&M instructors, education consultants, Business Enterprises instructors
Geographic area served: Connecticut
Publications: Brochures.

Staff

Marsha Brown, ILOB Grant Coordinator, marsha.brown@ct.gov
Mary Burgard, Vocational Rehabilitation Supervisor, (860) 602-4032, mary.burgard@ct.gov
Chris Lassen, Supervisor, Adult Services, (860) 602-4180, christopher.lassen@ct.gov
Nancy Mothersele, Braille Coordinator, nancy.mothersele@ct.gov
Brian Sigman, Director of Education and Rehabilitation, brian.sigman@ct.gov
Catherine Summ, Children's Services Supervisor, (860) 602-4233, catherine.summ@ct.gov

Services Offered

Services for Adults

  • Braille and Reading Instruction
    • Offers instruction in braille.
  • Daily Living Skills/Independent Living Skills Training
    • Administers federal-state Independent Living and Independent Living for Older Americans who are Blind Programs. In-home instruction available.
  • Employment/Job Training
    • Offers school-to-work transition programs, vocational training, job development and placement, follow-up service, vending facility training, job retention services.
  • Information and Referral
    • Provides consultation and referral service. Refers clients to Connecticut Radio Information System (CRIS)and NFB Newsline. Also provides referral services to community rehabilitation providers for job placement,vocational assessments and training. Refers clients to low vision doctors to assist with maximizing remaining vision.
  • Library Services
    • Refers clients to CT State Library Services for the Blind.
  • Low Vision Services
    • Directly provide non-prescription low vision aids for children who are visually impaired or legally blind and adults who are legally blind. May refer clients to bureau-approved low vision doctors for evaluation and provision of prescribed low vision aids and eye glasses.
  • Recreation Services
    • Offers summer camp opportunities and refers for summer camp program.
  • Travel/Orientation and Mobility
    • Provides orientation and mobility training.

Announcements

Spring 2017 DORS-BESB NEWSLETTER
Fall 2016 DORS-BESB NEWSLETTER
A Model for Starting Career Conversations with our Youngest Clients, Easy as 1, 2, 3...
DORS-BESB Links Their Resource Library Listing to the FamilyConnect Website
Switch Literacy Resources for Children with Vision Impairments Including Multiple Impairments
10 Quick Tips for Modifying Your Classroom for a Totally Blind Student
How to Modify Photographs of Familiar Objects and People for Students with Low Vision and/or Cortical Visual Impairment
Pairing Objects and Songs-A Wonderful Way to Use Tangible Objects for Communication
Using Everyday Objects in Unexpected Ways to Encourage Visual Attention and Exploration for Students Who Have Cortical Visual Impairment, Part 1
Using Peer Mentors-Great Tips from a Recent Social Skills Workshop by Sharon Sacks
Using Everyday Objects in Unexpected Ways to Encourage Visual Attention and Exploration with Students Who Have Low Vision or Cortical Visual Impairment

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