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
NEW JERSEY STATE
COMMISSION FOR THE BLIND AND VISUALLY IMPAIRED
NEW JERSEY DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES
BELIEVE AND ACHIEVE!
“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.”
290,000 NJ Residents Are Blind and Or Visually Impaired
Currently 9,571 New Jersey Residents Are Actively Being Served By NJ CBVI
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.
Vito DeSantis Executive Director
153 HALSEY STREET
PO BOX 47017
Newark, New Jersey 07101
Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Morris, Passaic, Sussex and Warren
Union, Middlesex, Somerset, Hunterdon, Mercer, Monmouth and Ocean
Atlantic, Burlington, Camden, Cape May, Cumberland, Gloucester and Salem
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.
Inclusion, integration, mainstreaming
Collaboration with school districts
Partnership with the Office and Departments of Education
Legislative Law, Funding, ReimbursementEducation 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.
Counseling and Guidance
High School Transition
Business Enterprise Program
Special Services for persons who are Multi-disabled
Joseph Kohn Rehabilitation Center
Special services for persons who are Multi-disabled
Joseph Kohn Rehabilitation CenterVocational Rehabilitation Services (VR)
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 resourcesIndependent Living Services (Allied Services)
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 lossIndependent Living Skills
(Home, School, Work, Community)
(Hearing and Vision)
Home Management Skills
Kitchen Safety, Meal Preparation, Laundry Skills, Clothing Identification
Talking Watches, Timers, Calculators
Braille, Keyboarding, Check writing, Telephone Dialing, Handwriting
Adjustment to Vision Loss
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.
Mobile Eye Exams or visually impaired to lead a full and productive life and to assist them in adjusting to their vision loss
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 workersPrevention Services
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.
Assists Individuals who are Deaf-Blind, their parents, counselors, educators, employers and consumers through various services:
Participate in Educational Planning
Provide Functional Vision Assessments
Recommend and Provide Specialized Adaptive Equipment
Locate training programs for employment needs
Assist with job placement and maintaining current employmentDeaf-Blind Unit
Assists college students with:
(Norma K. Krajczar Technology Resource and Development Center, Bridge Program)
(Quakerbridge Plaza, Mercerville)
This center provides materials to enable children to function on an equal footing with their sighted classmates.
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
Orientation and Mobility
Activities of Daily Living Skills
Assistive Technology Skills
Adjustment to Vision Loss
Social ServicesJoseph Kohn Rehabilitation Center(JKRC)
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:
The average operator income is $54,000
$18,544,163 gross sales as of 6/30/06BEP AND NEW JERSEYPERFECT TOGETHER!
15 Contracts BEP has worked to help NJ residents who are blind or visually impaired become independent business operators and entrepreneurs!
4.5 Million in Value
Smallest Contract-Cumberland County at $20,868.00
Largest contract DeWitt & Associates at $1.3 Million
12 different funding sourcesContract Facts
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 technologyAssistive Technology
Northern Regional Office someone who is blind or visually impaired
153 Halsey Street 5th fl.
Newark, NJ 07101
Central Regional Office
1510 Hooper Avenue
Toms River, NJ 08753
Southern Regional Office
101 Haddon Avenue
Camden, NJ. 08103
Toll Free: 1-877-685-8878