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STATE OF CONNECTICUT

 Department of Rehabilitation Services
Bureau of Education and Services for the Blind
184 Windsor Avenue

Windsor, Connecticut  06095

Telephone:  860-602-4000

     Toll-Free: 800-842-4510

           Fax:   860-602-4020

           TDD:  860-602-4221

e-mail us at brian.sigman@CT.GOV

 

Our Vision Statement

Our vision is a society in which all people who are legally blind or deaf-blind and children who are visually impaired are fully integrated into our schools, communities, and workplaces with equal opportunities and benefits.


Our Mission Statement

Our mission is to provide quality educational and rehabilitative services to all people who are legally blind or deaf-blind and children who are visually impaired at no cost to our clients or their families.


 

Bureau Description

The Bureau of Education and Services for the Blind (BESB) within the Department of Rehabilitation Services is responsible for the confidential registry of people who are blind in Connecticut and provides, within available resources, comprehensive low vision services, specialized education services, life skills training, case management, and vocational services to individuals of all ages who are legally blind and to children who are visually impaired. The bureau assists them in acquiring the skills and support services necessary to be independent.

 

If you are experiencing a vision loss that makes simple daily tasks difficult or impossible, you may be eligible for services from the Bureau of Education and Services for the Blind (BESB).  Talk to your eye care professional, physician, or a neurologist about submitting an eye report form to BESB.   

Would you like to help a blind neighbor by driving, shopping, reading, or sorting their mail?  Call the Volunteer Coordinator at 800-842-4510 for more information and an application.  

 

BESB HAPPENINGS:

EMPLOYERS! --   BESB can offer on-the-job training funds and tax incentives when you hire a BESB job referral candidate. For more information, select the "Services for Employers" link under the Vocational Rehabilitation Section of this page.

BESB's Strategic Planning Committee is pleased to announce the availability of a new vehicle sticker that promotes public awareness of the law to yield the right-of-way to pedestrians who are blind. This sticker is now on a variety of state vehicles and construction vehicles across the state. If you would like a sticker for a vehicle in your family or organization, please contact the agency at (800) 842-4510 or send an email to: brian.sigman@ct.gov.

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