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Bureau of Services for Blind Persons, Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs - AFB Directory Profile

General Information

Bureau of Services for Blind Persons, Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs
201 North Washington Square, 2nd Floor
Lansing, MI 48933
(517) 373-2062 (Local)
(517) 335-5140 (Fax)
(888) 864-1212 (TDD/TTY)
martinr15@michigan.gov
www.michigan.gov/BSBP

Brief Description

The Bureau of Services for Blind Persons provides training and services to help people who are blind or visually impaired to reach their full potential and achieve their own goals for independence and/or employment.

Hours of operation: Mon.-Fri. 8:00 AM-5:00 PM.
Clients served on average per year: more than 3,200 blind and visually impaired individuals
Number of staff: approximately 115
Staff description: Rehabilitation counselors, rehabilitation instructors, library staff, support staff, administrative staff
Geographic area served: Entire state of Michigan. Services are provided in all counties by staff based at 7 locations statewide.
Publications: See www.michigan.gov/BSBP under Resources, Publications.

Locations

Kalamazoo Regional Office
Bureau of Services for Blind Persons
1541 Oakland Drive
Kalamazoo, MI 49008

Lansing Regional Office
Bureau of Services for Blind Persons
201 North Washington Square, 2nd Floor
Lansing, MI 48909

Gaylord Regional Office
Bureau of Services for Blind Persons
931 Otsego Avenue, Suite 3
Gaylord, MI 49735

Flint Regional Office
Bureau of Services for Blind Persons
Flint State Office Building
125 East Union, 5th Floor
Flint, MI 48502

Detroit Regional Office
Bureau of Services for Blind Persons
Cadillac Place
3038 W. Grand Blvd., Suite 4-450
Detroit, MI 48202

Escanaba Regional Office
Bureau of Services for Blind Persons
305 Ludington Street, 1st Floor
Escanaba, MI 49829

Grand Rapids Regional Office
Bureau of Services for Blind Persons
State Office Building, 4th Floor
350 Ottawa Ave., N.W.
Grand Rapids, MI 49503

BSBP Braille and Talking Book Library
702 West Kalamazoo St.
P.O. Box 30007
Lansing, MI 48909-7507

Central Administrative Office
Bureau of Services for Blind Persons
201 N. Washington Square, 2nd Floor
Lansing, MI 48933

Staff

Cheryl Heibeck, Training Center Division Director, (269) 337-3864, heibeckc@michigan.gov
Leamon Jones, Consumer Assistance Division Director, (517) 373-2062, jonesl2@michigan.gov
Lisa Kisiel, Rehabilitation Services Division Director, (269) 337-3875, kisiell@michigan.gov
Mike Pemble, Administrative Services Division Director, (517) 241-4723, pemblem@michigan.gov
William A. Robinson III, State Director, (517) 335-4265, robinsonw7@michigan.gov

Services Offered

Services for Adults

  • Assessment
    • Provides visual assessment.
  • Assistive Products
    • Provides some adaptive devices based on individual need and staff recommendation.
  • Braille and Reading Instruction
    • Training in reading and writing Braille
  • Community Outreach Programs
    • Does outreach to people who are potential MCB clients and people who provide services to potential MCB clients.
  • Computer Training/Assistive Technology
    • Provides computer training.
  • Counseling
    • Offers counseling, guidance, and referral services.
  • Daily Living Skills/Independent Living Skills Training
    • Provides training in personal management, braille reading/writing, home mechanics, adaptive kitchen skills, low vision, electronic and computerized communication devices, college preparatory, job-seeking skills.
  • Employment/Job Training
    • Offers evaluation, pre-vocational and vocational training, vocational placement, and follow-up service, as well as Business Services for employers.
  • Information and Referral
    • Provides information and referral services.
  • Library Services
    • Michigan Commission for the Blind Braille and Talking Book Library provides audio and Braille publications to individuals who are certified by a professional (such as a physician) as having a disability that prevents them from reading typical books (due to vision loss, inability to hold a book and turn the pages, etc.)
  • Low Vision Services
    • Provides low vision evaluation and follow-up. Provides some low vision devices.
  • Recreation Services
    • Provides orientation to adaptive leisure activities and referrals to other organizations.
  • Services for Seniors
    • The Michigan Commission for the Blind has training and other services to help older blind and visually impaired individuals to meet their own goals for independent living and/or employment. The Michigan Commission for the Blind's Independent Living Program is specifically for blind and visually impaired people age 55 or older who want to develop skills for independent living (as opposed to having employment goals). In addition, the Michigan Commission for the Blind's Vocational Rehabilitation Program is open to adults of any age, including blind and visually impaired individuals age 55 and older, who want to become employed. No fees are charged for Michigan Commission for the Blind training or other services.
  • Travel/Orientation and Mobility
    • Provides orientation and mobility training.

Services for Children

  • Braille and Reading Instruction
    • Offers instruction in braille.
  • Employment/Job Training
    • provides transition services to help students age 14 and over to successfully make the transition from high school to postsecondary education or employment.
  • Low Vision Services
    • The Youth Low Vision Program, which provides low-vision exams and eyeglasses (and other low-vision devices worn on the head) for eligible youth from birth to 26 years of age.

Services for Professionals

  • Consultation/Technical Program Assistance
    • Provides consultation/technical assistance to businesses with blind or visually impaired employees, including job analysis, technical assistance and equipment, on-the-job evaluation and training, orientation, job coaching, and follow-up
  • Professional Training
    • Offers presentations to interested groups.
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