Nebraska Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired - AFB Directory Profile

General Information

Nebraska Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired
4600 Valley Road
Suite 100
Lincoln, NE 68510-4844
(402) 471-2891 (Local)
(402) 471-3009 (Fax)
(877) 809-2419 (Toll-Free)

Brief Description

Nebraska Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired (NCBVI), the state vocational rehabilitation agency for the blind, is committed to helping blind and visually impaired Nebraskans achieve fuller and more rewarding lives through services promoting a positive understanding of blindness and the potential abilities of blind people.

Hours of operation: Mon.-Fri. 8:00 AM-5:00 PM.
Clients served on average per year: 1600
Number of staff: 51.5
Geographic area served: Nebraska.


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4600 Valley Road
Suite 100
LIncoln, NE 68510-4844


Erin Brandyberry, North Platte District Supervisor, (308) 293-7662,
Bill Brown, Business Manager, (402) 471-8106,
Connie Daly, Lincoln District Supervisor, (402) 471-8111,
Bob Deaton, Deputy Director, (402) 471-8105,
Nancy Flearl, Omaha District Supervisor, (402) 595-2139,
Carol Jenkins, Supervisor, Nebraska Center for the Blind, Lincoln, (402) 471-8120,
Carlos Serván, Deputy Director, Vocational Rehabilitation, (402) 471-8104,
Kathy Stephens, Administrative Assistant, (402) 471-8101,
Dr. Pearl Van Zandt, Executive Director,

Services Offered

Services for Adults

  • Assessment
    • Offers vocational rehabilitation assessment for interests, skills, capabilities for employment.
  • Computer Training/Assistive Technology
    • Offers computer training.
  • Counseling
    • Offers individual/family counseling, consultation with schools and families of blind children, referral services.
  • Daily Living Skills/Independent Living Skills Training
    • Provides instruction in braille and training in independent travel, homemaking skills, home teaching program, center training program, counseling/education on understanding of blindness, social attitudes. Provides independent living services for persons age 55 and older.
  • Employment/Job Training
    • Provides technical assistance to clients in job search or job retention. Offers vocational counseling/career development, pre-vocational training, contracts for vocational training, placement and follow-up services, small business assistance, vending program assistance.
  • Financial Assistance
    • Provides assistance with tuition, books, and other school supplies; job placement; other costs related to achieving employment.
  • Low Vision Services
    • Refers for low vision exams, in some cases can assist with purchase of low vision devices. Can help individual learn to use low vision devices more effectively.
  • Reading Services
    • NFB Newsline for the Blind; Radio Talking Book
  • Services for Seniors
    • We provide skill training and counseling to persons 55 years and older who are experiencing vision loss.
  • Support Groups
    • Offers peer support groups for seniors.
  • Travel/Orientation and Mobility
    • Offers O&M training.
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