BESB: Upcoming events

Upcoming Events

BESB Advisory Board Meeting Dates for 2014 are: March 20, 2014; June 19, 2014; September 11, 2014; December 11, 2014. All meetings start at 10:00 a.m. at BESB unless otherwise noted.

BESB State Rehabilitation Council Meeting Dates for 2014 are:
March 12, 2014; June 11, 2014; September 17, 2014; December 17, 2014. All meetings begin at 9:30 a.m. at the agency.

BESB Deaf-Blind Advisory Committee Meeting Dates for 2014 are:
January 14, 2014; April 15, 2014; June 24, 2014; October 21, 2014. All meetings at BESB at 10:00 a.m.

BESB Consumer Advisory Committee (BCAC) Meeting Dates for 2014 are:
January 25, 2014 (teleconference); June 14, 2014 at BESB (New Date); October 18, 2014 at CRIS Radio. All meetings begin at 9:30 a.m.

BESB Statewide Committee of Blind Vendors Meeting Dates for 2014:
March 11, 2014 at 4:30 p.m. (teleconference); June 10, 2014 at 4:30 p.m. (teleconference); September 20, 2014 at 9:30 a.m. at BESB Office (annual meeting); December 2, 2014 at 4:30 p.m. (teleconference). Contact Edward Owens at (860) 602-4198 for additional information and teleconference instructions.

Notice of Public Hearing


The State of Connecticut, Department of Rehabilitation Services, Bureau of Education and Services for the Blind will be conducting a public hearing on Thursday, June 5, 2014 from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.  The purpose of this public hearing is to update the fiscal year 2015 State Plan that governs the administration of the Vocational Rehabilitation Program for individuals who are blind. Additionally, the public hearing will address proposed policy revisions in the following categories:


1)  Administration of Vocational Rehabilitation Services

2)  Scope of Vocational Rehabilitation Services

3)  Individualized Plan for Employment Development

4)  Higher Education

5)  Occupational Licenses, tools, equipment, initial stock and supplies

6)  Rehabilitation Technology and Adaptive Equipment

7)  Supported Employment Outcome

8)  Services to transition-age youth

9)  Case Management Activities


The hearing will be conducted at 184 Windsor Avenue, Windsor, CT. The purpose of the hearing is to offer the public, consumers, advocates, agencies and organizations an opportunity to review and provide comments pertaining to the proposed State Plan annual updates and the proposed policy revisions. The draft State Plan and proposed policy revisions are available for review at, under the Vocational Rehabilitation section. Print, Braille, and electronic copies of these documents will be available at the public hearing, or may be requested in advance of the hearing by contacting the Bureau at (860) 602-4008. Comments may be submitted in person or through teleconference at the public hearing, or may be submitted via email to:; mailed to Brian Sigman, Bureau of  Education and Services for the Blind, 184 Windsor Avenue, Windsor, CT, 06095, or recorded onto voice mail at (860) 602-4008. To participate in the public hearing through teleconference, please call (860) 602-4008 at least one business day prior to the public hearing to obtain the call-in phone number and access code. All comments received prior to the close of business on Monday, June 9, 2014 will be fully considered in the final version of the State Plan annual updates and the policy revisions.

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