BESB: Vocational Rehabilitation

Vocational Rehabilitation

The primary goal of BESBís Vocational Rehabilitation Division is to help legally blind adults obtain independence through employment. We believe that blind people can compete in mainstream society and become empowered individuals. To reach this goal, we assist blind job seekers in breaking through physical, psychological, and educational barriers that are temporarily preventing them from obtaining careers that match their skills and motivation. Our corresponding services are:

Overcoming Physical Barriers

We provide equipment and services enabling consumers to read documents required for their education or career. This may include screen-magnifying machines that allow low vision consumers to read books and other printed documents. We may also provide adaptive computer equipment that will enlarge electronic texts or read them aloud through speech recognition. On-staff technology specialists will provide training on this equipment.


We provide evaluations, training, and equipment that helps consumers adjust to the various physical challenges of blindness. This can involve teaching independent living skills through the use of community rehabilitation providers. It may also involve providing evaluations with low vision doctors who recommend appropriate low vision aids for consumersí daily use.  We view this all as the first step to achieving employment.

Overcoming Psychological Barriers

Our counseling staff provides guidance and information that helps consumers make informed decisions on the direction they will move in. We focus on jointly developing practical vocational and educational goals and strategies with consumers rather than providing diagnostic or clinically-oriented counseling.

Overcoming Educational Barriers

We offer tuition assistance for students attending four-year colleges and universities, community colleges, trade schools, culinary institutes, etc. Students must maintain a minimum grade point average to justify continuing financial assistance. We also provide assistance for tutoring, reader services, housing, transportation, and other services that help students achieve their academic goals.


These services are determined on a case-by-case basis.


We provide various vocational training, such as computer training.


When these barriers are overcome we hope our consumers become self-sufficient tax-paying citizens.

Statement of Need and Program Objectives:

To provide, in partnership with individuals who are legally blind, quality, timely, and comprehensive services which maximize independence in employment or home management.

Program Description:

The Vocational Rehabilitation Division offers and coordinates with community rehabilitation providers services for people who are legally blind that result in employment success. Consumers are active participants in the development of career goals and the identification of services and providers. This results in obtaining the skills and accommodations necessary to achieve vocational independence. The provision of appropriate adaptive technology and specialized skills training enables people who are blind to have the capability and qualifications to obtain and retain careers.

The goal of the Vocational Rehabilitation Division is to assist people who are legally blind to obtain or maintain independence through careers that match their skills, interests, and abilities.

Some of our corresponding services are:

  • Job-retention services enabling people to remain competitively employed.

  • Assistive Technology allowing individuals to function better on the job or in school.

  • Low vision evaluations, training, and aids that help individuals adjust to make the best use of their remaining vision.

  • Counseling services that help job seekers make informed vocational decisions. We also offer clinical and diagnostic counseling related to vocational planning and employment.

  • Training at institutions of higher education, including:  tuition and housing assistance in certain situations, books and supplies, reader services, technology assessment, and other services identified between the student and the vocational counselor.

  • Computer training, situational assessments, work evaluations, and other types of vocational training.

  • Homemaker services providing training, equipment, and aids enabling individuals to independently manage their homes.

  • Services and counseling that help high school students transition to college, vocational training, or full-time employment.


Vocational Rehabilitation provides services enable people who are blind to become more independent, confident, and empowered.


To register for services, please call our toll free number at 1-800-842-4510.



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