New Jersey Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired (A Division of the State Dept. of Human Services) - AFB Directory Profile

General Information

New Jersey Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired (A Division of the State Dept. of Human Services)
153 Halsey Street, 6th Floor
P.O. Box 47017
Newark, NJ 07102
(973) 648-3333 (Local)
(973) 648-7364 (Fax)

Brief Description

CBVI services and programs are available to all blind or vision-impaired impaired NJ residents without regard to other disabling condition, gender, age, race, nationality, or religious and sexual orientation. A person may be eligible for services if he or she is experiencing a vision impairment that is affecting his or her daily life activities. CBVI was created in 1910 by the State Legislature.

Hours of operation: Mon.-Fri. 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Clients served on average per year: 8,000
Number of staff: 274
Staff description: Administrative and professional direct-service providers
Geographic area served: Entire State of New Jersey
Publications: Commission Edition (A monthly newsletter) State Rehabilitation Council Annual Report


George F. Meyer Instructional Resource Center (TMC)
375 McCarter Highway
Newark, NJ 07114

Hammonton Service Center (HSC)
40 N. White Horse Pike
Hammonton, NJ 08037

Cherry Hill Service Center (CHSC)
2201 Rt. 38 East
Suite 600
Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

Joseph Kohn Training Center (JKTC)
130 Livingston Avenue
New Brunswick, NJ 08901

Freehold Service Center (FSC)
100 Daniels Way
Freehold, NJ 07728

Business Enterprises of New Jersey (BENJ)
130 Livingston Ave.
New Brunswick, NJ 08901

Administrative/Executive Unit
153 Halsey St. 6th Floor
P.O. Box 47017
Newark, NJ 07102

Newark Service Center (NSC)
153 Halsey St.
5th Floor
Newark, NJ 07102

Project B.E.S.T. (Better Eye-Health Services and Treatment)
153 Halsey St., 5th Floor
Newark, NJ 07102


Delavar Basha, Manager, Joseph Kohn Training Center, (732) 937-6385,
Bernice Davis, Executive Assistant / Manager, George Meyer Instructional Resource Center, (973) 648-3160,
Elizabeth DeShields, Coordinator, Independent Living Services / Project B.E.S.T., (862) 754-5406,
Daniel Frye, Executive Director, (973) 648-2324,
Amanda Gerson, Coordinator of Vocational Rehabilitation and Transition Services, (973) 648-3660,
Christine Hinton, Deputy Director, Educational Services, (973) 648-3333,
Ines Matos, Chief, Organizational Logisitics, (973) 648-7676,
Prestina Peters, Confidential Assistant, (972) 648-2325,
John Reiff, Manager, Northern Service Centers (Newark and Freehold), (973) 648-4780,
Eva Scott, Director of Educational Services, (973) 648-4300,
Edward Szajdecki, Chief, Fiscal Services, (973) 648-2396,
Jack Thompson, Manager, Southern Region Service Centers (Cherry Hill and Hammonton), (856) 482-3700,
Deacon Truesdale, Manager, Business Enterprises of NJ (BENJ), (732) 937-6393,
John Walsh, Chief, Program Administration, (973) 648-3549,

Services Offered

Services for Adults

  • Community Outreach Programs
    • Provides in-service training and participates in community education events.
  • Computer Training/Assistive Technology
    • Assessment and instruction in assistive technology (AT) are provided by Technology Services Specialists. The Technology Services Specialists also perform evaluations of potential employer’s information systems to determine compatibility with current AT technology and provide assistance in adapting these systems to meet the needs of vision-impaired consumers.
  • Counseling
    • Provides adjustment to vision loss and vocational counseling.
  • Daily Living Skills/Independent Living Skills Training
    • The goal of this program is to enable persons who are blind or visually impaired to lead a full and productive life and to assist them in adjusting to their vision loss. Services include: In-hom instruction in daily living skills; instruction for independent travel and orientation to the home community, work or school environment; child care training; instruction in communication methods; and referral to community resources.
  • Employment/Job Training
    • The goal of this program area is to enable people people who are blind or vision-impaired to develop, acquire or update skills that will help them secure and maintain competitive and integrated employment. This may include obtaining jobs in a wide array of career fields like law, education, business, technology, as well as self-employment and other occupations. Services may include: Vocational evaluation, counseling, training; job placement; post-employment services; college counseling/support; vending facility and business enterprise program; marketing of home-crafted products; high school transitional services; special services for people who are deaf-blind; and training at the Joseph Kohn Training Center in New Brunswick.
  • Low Vision Services
    • Provides low vision evaluation and follow-up. Prescribes and supplies low vision devices.
  • Travel/Orientation and Mobility
    • Provides orientation and mobility training.
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