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WELCOME to the. NEW JERSEY STATE COMMISSION FOR THE BLIND AND VISUALLY IMPAIRED (CBVI) NEW JERSEY DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES. This Presentation Will:. Familiarize You With CBVI - Its Mission, Vision And Values

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Welcome to the

WELCOME to the

NEW JERSEY STATE

COMMISSION FOR THE BLIND AND VISUALLY IMPAIRED

(CBVI)

NEW JERSEY DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES

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This presentation will

This Presentation Will:

  • Familiarize You With CBVI - Its Mission, Vision And Values

  • Provide You With A “Global Picture” of The Services the Commission Offers to New Jersey Residents

  • To Familiarize You With the Many Facets of Our Agency

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You will learn

You Will Learn

  • What the Commission Does

  • How the Mission, Vision and Values Drive Our Work

  • Where Our Consumers Fit In

  • How Important Our Mission Is to New Jersey Residents

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Our motto at cbvi

OUR MOTTO AT CBVI

INDEPENDENCE

BELIEVE AND ACHIEVE!

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Mission

Mission

“The mission of the New Jersey Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired is to promote and provide services in the areas of education, employment, independence and eye health through informed choice and partnership with persons who are blind or visually impaired, their families and the community.”

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New jersey facts statistics based on 2000 census

New Jersey FactsStatistics based on 2000 Census

290,000 NJ Residents Are Blind and Or Visually Impaired

  • 8,000 NJ Residents are Totally Blind

  • 39,000 NJ Residents are Legally Blind

  • 243,000 NJ Residents Have Severe Visual Impairments

    Currently 9,571 New Jersey Residents Are Actively Being Served By NJ CBVI

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Goals

Goals

  • Provide timely, effective, high-quality services

  • Increase competitive employment

  • Work toward excellence in the education of students who are blind or visually impaired

  • Work to decrease the incidence of blindness or significant vision loss through eye health programs

  • Actively promote equality and full inclusion into society

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Goals1

GOALS

  • Work in partnership with consumers

  • Encourage positive attitudes toward blindness and visually impairments by consumers and their families

  • Expand service delivery to historically underserved populations

  • Evaluate the effectiveness of assistive technology in the school and work environment

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Eligibility

Eligibility

A New Jersey resident is eligible for services if he/she is visually impaired or legally blind with best correction, and is experiencing problems in his/her life as a result of vision loss.

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Visually impaired

Visually Impaired

  • Vision is 20/70 or less in the better eye (with best correction) (the person sees at 20 feet what a sighted person sees at 70 feet)

  • Field restriction of 40 degrees

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Legally blind

Legally Blind

  • One’s vision is 20/200 or less in the better eye (with best correction)

  • If there is a restricted vision field limited to 20 degrees or less

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Administrative office

ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICE

Vito DeSantis Executive Director

Lori Ghio

Executive Secretary

153 HALSEY STREET

6th FLOOR

PO BOX 47017

Newark, New Jersey 07101

973-648-3333

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Management team 2007

Management Team 2007

  • Vito DeSantis: Executive Director

  • Dr. Bernice Davis: Executive Assistant

  • Frank Scheick: Manager: Fiscal

  • Marc Stabile: Manager: Human Resource

  • Ines Matos: Manager: MIS

  • David DeNotaris: Manager: Statewide

  • Jose Morales: Manager: NRO

  • Pat Davis: Manager: SRO

  • John Reiff: Manager: CRO

  • Donald Potenski: Manager: JKRC

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Management team 20071

Management Team 2007

COORDINATORS

  • Amelia Ricciardi: Education

  • Lorraine Clark: Allied Services

  • Gregory Patty: Vocational Rehabilitation

  • Bruce Kastner,OD: Blindness Prevention, Low Vision Services

  • Pamela Gaston: Executive Assistant

  • Michael Kosec: Quality Assurance

  • Hugo Ruiz: Employee Relations Officer

  • Sandra Deitel: Staff Development

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Regional offices

REGIONAL OFFICES

  • Northern (Newark):

    Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Morris, Passaic, Sussex and Warren

  • Central (Toms River):

    Union, Middlesex, Somerset, Hunterdon, Mercer, Monmouth and Ocean

  • Southern (Camden):

    Atlantic, Burlington, Camden, Cape May, Cumberland, Gloucester and Salem

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Regional services

Regional Services

Vocational

Rehabilitation

Independent

Living Services

Client

Education

Eye Health

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Education

EDUCATION

CBVI provides education services

from birth through age twenty-one to eligible children and their families. These services are designed to allow students who are visually impaired to participate equally with other students in regular classroom activities.

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Education services

Comprehensive itinerant services

Inclusion, integration, mainstreaming

Collaboration with school districts

Partnership with the Office and Departments of Education

Legislative Law, Funding, Reimbursement

Education Services

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Vocational rehabilitation services

Vocational Rehabilitation Services

The goal of this program is to assist persons who are blind and visually impaired develop, acquire, or update skills that will help in securing and maintaining suitable employment. This may include working in the competitive labor force, operating their own business, supportive employment, or managing their own home.

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Vocational rehabilitation services vr

Evaluation

Counseling and Guidance

Training

Job Placement

Post-Employment

College Counseling/Support

High School Transition

Business Enterprise Program

Entrepreneurial Programs

Special Services for persons who are Multi-disabled

Joseph Kohn Rehabilitation Center

Programs

Special services for persons who are Multi-disabled

Joseph Kohn Rehabilitation Center

Vocational Rehabilitation Services (VR)

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Employer services unit provides the following services at no cost to employers

Employer Services UnitProvides the following services at no cost to employers:

  • Job retention services for staff with vision loss

  • Technical Support on ADA issues

  • Work-site analysis and modification

  • Agency Resources: Linkages to the information you need

  • Achieve diversity and inclusion goals in strategic plans

  • Financial incentives and tax credits

  • Employee Assistance Programs (EAP)

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Employer services unit provides

Employer Services Unit Provides:

  • Opportunities for partnering

  • Website Accessibility

  • Assistive Technology Consults

  • Pre-Screened Labor Pool

  • Diversity and Inclusion

  • Long-term follow-up

  • Internships

  • Career Development Activities

  • Employer Advisory Council

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Independent living services allied services

Social Casework

In home instruction in daily living skills

Instruction for independent travel and orientation to the home, community, work or school environment

Child care skills

Instruction in communication methods

Referral to community resources

Independent Living Services (Allied Services)

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Independent living skills

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

Independent Living Skills

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Orientation and mobility instruction o m

Orientation and MobilityInstruction (O&M)

  • Safe Independent Travel Training

    (Home, School, Work, Community)

  • Emphasizing Awareness of Surrounding Environments

  • Use of Remaining Senses

    (Hearing and Vision)

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Eye health nurse

Eye Health Nurse

  • Case-Management

  • Diabetes Education

  • Instruction on Adaptive Equipment/Devices (insulin syringes, talking glucose monitors)

  • Monitoring Health Care

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Home instruction

Home Instruction

Home Management Skills

Kitchen Safety, Meal Preparation, Laundry Skills, Clothing Identification

Adaptive Equipment

Talking Watches, Timers, Calculators

Communication Skills

Braille, Keyboarding, Check writing, Telephone Dialing, Handwriting

Adjustment to Vision Loss

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Statewide operations

Statewide Operations

Statewide Services

  • Prevention

  • Early Intervention

  • Education

  • Deaf-Blind

  • Transition

  • /College Services

  • Camp Marcella

  • Drew University

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Prevention services eye health

Prevention Services/Eye Health

The goal of this program is to save sight and restore vision whenever it is medically possible. Statistics show that 50% of all blindness and vision loss could be prevented with proper medical eye care. CBVI conducts and sponsors a variety of educational programs and eye health screening throughout the state to detect vision problems.

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Prevention services

Mobile Eye Exams

Vision Screening for preschool and school age children

Eye health nursing

On site screening at institutions and in the community on invitation

Special diabetic outreach program

Other specialized eye screening programs which target minorities, the elderly and migrant farm workers

Prevention Services

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Early intervention

Early Intervention

Provides statewide itinerant education for infants and toddlers (birth to age 3), who are blind or visually impaired, multi-handicapped visually impaired, or deaf-blind and their families. Disability-specific services are provided in the child’s naturalenvironment.

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Early intervention services

Early Intervention Services

  • Eligibility Determination Education Services

  • Assessment and Evaluation of Visual Impairment

  • Collaboration With Families

  • Technical Assistance to Families and Providers

  • Specialized Instruction i.e. Transition to Pre-School Services

  • Availability of Additional CommissionServices

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Deaf blind unit

Assists Individuals who are Deaf-Blind, their parents, counselors, educators, employers and consumers through various services:

Determine Eligibility

Counseling

Participate in Educational Planning

Provide Functional Vision Assessments

In-Service Presentations

Recommend and Provide Specialized Adaptive Equipment

Locate training programs for employment needs

Assist with job placement and maintaining current employment

Deaf-Blind Unit

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Transition unit

Transition Unit

  • Serves high school students

  • Career assessment, planning and training

  • Coordinate two summer career exploration opportunities

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College unit

College Unit

Assists college students with:

  • Funding

  • Counseling

  • Guidance

  • Advocacy

  • Job Placement

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Drew program

Drew Program

  • Simulated Residential College experience on the Campus of Drew University in Madison

  • 10th through 12th graders are eligible

  • 4 weeks duration

  • Academic Classes

  • Orientation/Mobility

  • Daily Living Skills

  • Leisure Activities on Weekends and Evenings

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The college of new jersey work skills prep

The College of New JerseyWork Skills Prep

  • Residential work experience program on the campus of TCNJ in Ewing, NJ

  • 10th through 12th graders are eligible

  • 3 weeks duration

  • Career exploration

  • Orientation/Mobility

  • Daily Living Skills

  • Leisure Activities on Weekends and Evenings

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Jkrc transition summer program

JKRC Transition Summer Program

  • Open to ninth graders who are blind and or visually impaired

  • Two Week Residential Session at JKRC

  • Career Exploration

  • Visits to Businesses

  • O&M instruction

  • Daily Living Skills

  • Computer Skills

  • Peer Sharing

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Camp marcella sleep away camp in rockaway nj in partnership with the lions club

Camp Marcella: Sleep-Away Camp in Rockaway NJIn Partnership With the Lions Club

  • 200 blind and visually impaired children between ages 5 and 16 attend camp each summer

  • Camp offers a chance to participate in swimming, boating, hiking, music, arts/crafts, sports/games

  • Computer Lab and Library

  • Camp fosters a child’s sense of independence and self confidence and helps develop social skills

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Other statewide services

Other Statewide Services

  • George F. Meyer Instructional Resource Center (Newark)

  • Joseph Kohn Rehabilitation Center (New Brunswick)

    (Norma K. Krajczar Technology Resource and Development Center, Bridge Program)

  • Business Enterprise Program (BEP)

    (Quakerbridge Plaza, Mercerville)

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George f meyer instructional resource center

George F. Meyer Instructional Resource Center

This center provides materials to enable children to function on an equal footing with their sighted classmates.

  • Provides Adaptive Aids

  • Adaptive textbooks (large print or Braille), materials , and technical equipment

  • Enriching toys and materials

  • Assistive Technology

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Joseph kohn rehabilitation center jkrc

JKRC offers blind and visually impaired adults an opportunity to learn skills that enable independence. It is an intensive program to develop vocational skills.

16 week residential program

Career Assessment

Vocational Counseling

Communication Skills

Braille

Orientation and Mobility

Activities of Daily Living Skills

Kitchen Skills

Assistive Technology Skills

Adjustment to Vision Loss

Psychological Services

Social Services

Joseph Kohn Rehabilitation Center(JKRC)

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Norma f krajczar technology resource and development center

Norma F. Krajczar Technology Resource and Development Center

  • Located Within JKRC

  • Open to the public for hands on experience with the latest technology products

  • Demonstrations of state of the art products for people who are blind and visually impaired

  • DeWitt Contract

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Bep and new jersey perfect together

Since the passage of the 1937 Randolph-Sheppard Act, NJ CBVI BEP has worked to help NJ residents who are blind or visually impaired become independent business operators and entrepreneurs!

Currently NJ has 60 active operators owning:

SNACK BARS

VENDING MACHINES

CAFES/CAFETERIAS

The average operator income is $54,000

$18,544,163 gross sales as of 6/30/06

BEP AND NEW JERSEYPERFECT TOGETHER!

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Types of contracted services

Types of Contracted Services

  • Independent Living for elderly or deaf/blind

  • Prevention of Blindness

  • Volunteers

  • Training and employment/supported employment

  • Psychological Services

  • Advocacy/Legal

  • Recorded Books

  • Recreation

  • Assistive Technology

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To contract or not to contract services

To Contract or Not to Contract Services

  • Can we provide service ourselves?

  • Can we provide services efficiently ourselves?

  • Can we provide services effectively ourselves?

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Contract facts

15 Contracts

4.5 Million in Value

Smallest Contract-Cumberland County at $20,868.00

Largest contract DeWitt & Associates at $1.3 Million

12 different funding sources

Contract Facts

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Assistive technology

Any piece of equipment that will give independence to someone who is blind or visually impaired

These tools may assist consumers in gaining access to information both print and electronic and facilitates written communication

Indispensable service provided by the Commission

Maintaining current relevant resources to ensure our consumers and staff are literate and competent is critical in the fast changing world of assistive technology

Assistive Technology

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Rtac regional technology assessment center

RTAC(REGIONAL TECHNOLOGY ASSESSMENT CENTER)

  • Located in each regional office

  • Provides training, demonstrations, and evaluations of assistive technology to our consumers, educators and or other interested parties

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Independence believe and achieve

Independence Believe and Achieve

  • 11% of the Commission’s Workforce is blind and or visually impaired

  • Approximately 103 NJ Citizens go through programming at the Kohn Center Each Year

  • We rank third in the United States for Assistive Technology Use

  • In 2006, 303 NJ VR clients became gainfully employed through the Commission’s Vocational Rehabilitation Program

  • CBVI provides assistive technology devices to our consumers such as computers, notetakers, Braille displays, Braille embossers (printer), scanners, CCTV (Closed Circuit TV)

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Independence believe and achieve1

Independence, Believe and Achieve

  • We partner with 402 school districts

  • We serve 2300 children ages birth to 21

  • CBVI supplies school districts with Braille production systems to assist the child enabling children to compete with their sighted peers in a classroom environment

  • CBVI staff have the ability to Braille documents and information for staff and consumers

  • We facilitate an annual two day workshop for educators throughout the state to become more familiar with instruction to students who are blind or visually impaired

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Independence believe and achieve2

INDEPENDENCE BELIEVE AND ACHIEVE

  • We provide staff with the latest assistive technology training so they can better serve our consumers

  • 45,862 eye screenings were done in Fiscal Year 06

  • 25,539 of the above were pre-school screenings

  • 870 Consumers were referred to the Commission in Fiscal year 06

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Regional offices1

Northern Regional Office

153 Halsey Street 5th fl.

Newark, NJ 07101

973-648-2111

Fax: 973-648-7674

Central Regional Office

1510 Hooper Avenue

Toms River, NJ 08753

732-255-0723

Fax: 732-255-0949

Southern Regional Office

101 Haddon Avenue

Camden, NJ. 08103

856-614-3000

Fax: 856-614-3075

Toll Free: 1-877-685-8878

WWW.CBVI.NJ.GOV

Regional Offices

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