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California Department of Rehabilitation: Blind Field Services Division - AFB Directory Profile

General Information

California Department of Rehabilitation: Blind Field Services Division
721 Capitol Mall
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 558-5480 (Local)
(916) 558-5481 (Fax)
blindinfo@dor.ca.gov
http://www.dor.ca.gov/SSD/Blind-Field-Services.html

Brief Description

The California Department of Rehabilitation works in partnership with consumers and other stakeholders to provide services and advocacy resulting in employment, independent living and equality for individuals with disabilities.

Hours of operation: 8:00 AM-5:00 PM PST
Clients served on average per year: About 6,600
Number of staff: 120
Staff description: Staff provide vocational rehabilitation and independent living services to blind and visually impaired consumers. BFS works collaboratively with various DOR programs as well as its community partners, who are specialized in providing services to people with vision loss.
Geographic area served: State of California
Publications: DOR General Brochure Consumer Information Handbook

Locations

California Department of Rehabilitation
San Jose District
100 Paseo de San Antonio
Room 324
San Jose, CA 95113-1479

California Department of Rehabilitation
Los Angeles South Bay District
4300 Long Beach Boulevard
Suite 200
Long Beach, CA 90807-2008

California Department of Rehabilitation
Greater Los Angeles District
3333 Wilshire Boulevard
Suite 200
Los Angeles, CA 90010-4101

California Department of Rehabilitation
San Francisco District
301 Howard Street
Suite 700
San Francisco, CA 94105-6604

California Department of Rehabilitation
Orange/San Gabriel District
222 South Harbor Blvd.
Suite 300
Anaheim, CA 92805-3701

California Department of Rehabilitation
Northern Sierra District
721 Capitol Mall
Suite 110
Sacramento, CA 95814

California Department of Rehabilitation
Greater East Bay District
1485 Enea Court
Suite 1100
Concord, CA 94520-5228

California Department of Rehabilitation
San Joaquin Valley District
2550 Mariposa Street
Room 2000
Fresno, CA 93721-2270

California Department of Rehabilitation
Inland Empire District
3130 Chicago Avenue
Riverside, CA 92507-9796

California Department of Rehabilitation
San Diego District
7575 Metropolitan Drive
Suite 107
San Diego, CA 92108-4402

California Department of Rehabilitation
Redwood Empire District
50 D Street
Suite 425
Santa Rosa, CA 95404-4764

California Department of Rehabilitation
Santa Barbara District
509 East Montecito Street
Suite 101
Santa Barbara, CA 93103-3216

California Department of Rehabilitation
Van Nuys/Foothill District
5900 Sepulveda Boulevard
Suite 240
Van Nuys, CA 91411-2511

Department of Rehabilitation
Central Office
Blind Field Services
721 Capitol Mall
Sacramento, CA 95814

Staff

Peter Dawson, District Administrator, Blind Field Services, (916) 558-5840, blindinfo@dor.ca.gov
Joe Xavier, Deputy Director, Specialized Services Division, (916) 558-5815

Services Offered

Services for Adults

  • Daily Living Skills/Independent Living Skills Training
    • BFS works with a variety of programs that offer services to individuals with visual disabilities.

      Business Enterprises Program (BEP): Food service vendor-training program for individuals who are legally blind.

      Title VII Chapter 2: Assistance for older blind persons through community based agencies.

      Orientation Center for the Blind (OCB): A residential immersion program that teaches adjustment to vision loss.
  • Employment/Job Training
    • BFS services are tailored to meet the vocational and/or independent living needs of each individual. Some of the services we provide are: Assessment and Counseling; Adjustment to Vision Loss Services; Training and Education; Assistive Technology; Job Preparation and Placement; Job Retention Services; Daily Living Skills; Home Management. Services for Employers: Recruitment Assistance; On-The-Job Training; Job Retention Services; Assistive Technology; Disability Awareness Training; Information on Hiring Incentives, Tax Credits, Accessibility and Accommodation.
  • In-Home Services
    • Offers family and caregiver services.
  • Information and Referral
    • Offers referrals to aging programs.
  • Reading Services
    • Offers reading services.
  • Travel/Orientation and Mobility
    • Provides orientation and mobility training.

Services for Children

  • Education Services
    • Provides reading services for visually impaired college students that do not qualify as Department consumers.
  • Employment/Job Training
    • Transition Services & Planning: Transition services and planning for blind or visually impaired high-school students.
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