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Florida Department of Education: Division of Blind Services - AFB Directory Profile

General Information

Florida Department of Education: Division of Blind Services
325 W. Gaines Street
Suite 1114
Tallahassee, FL 32399
(850) 245-0331 (Local)
(850) 245-0363 (Fax)
(800) 342-1828 (Toll-Free)
Web.administrator@dbs.fldoe.org
http://dbs.myflorida.com

Brief Description

The Division of Blind Services is Florida's state agency responsible for ensuring that people of all ages in the state who are blind or visually impaired can live independently and achieve their goals. The Bureau of Braille and Talking Book Library administers a free library program of braille and recorded materials for eligible readers.

Hours of operation: Mon.-Fri. 8:00 AM-5:00 PM EST
Clients served on average per year: 3,000
Number of staff: 306
Staff description: Independent Living Rehabilitation Specialist
Geographic area served: Florida
Publications: The Visionary (monthly newsletter); Touch & Listen (Library Quarter newsletter); Assistive Technology (monthly)

Locations

7771 W. Oakland Park Blvd.
Suite 185
Sunrise, FL 33351

1970 Michigan Avenue
Building A-2
Cocoa, FL 32922

402 S. Kentucky Avenue
Suite 310
Lakeland, FL 33801

600 8th Avenue, W
Suite 302
Palmetto, FL 34221

Bureau of Braille and Talking Books Library
421 Platt Street
Daytona Beach, FL 32114

Rehabilitation Center for the Blind & Visually Impaired
408 White Street
Daytona Beach, FL 32014

1185 Dunn Avenue
Daytona Beach, FL 32114

1809 Art Museum Drive
Room 201
Jacksonville, FL 32207

1320 Executive Center Drive
Room 201
Tallahassee, FL 32399

234 Forest Park Circle
Panama City, FL 32405

5256 Summerlin Commons Way
Suite #201
Fort Myers, FL 33907

400 West Robinson Street
Suite N-102
Orlando, FL 32801

401 NW 2nd Avenue
Room S-712
Miami, FL 33128

1313 North Tampa Street
Suite 712
Tampa, FL 33602

3620 N.W. 43rd Street
Suite C
Gainesville, FL 32606

Talking Book Library
421 Platt Street
Daytona Beach, FL 32114

600 University Office Boulevard, Suite 4
Pensacola, FL 32504

400 N Congress Avenue
Suite 305
West Palm Beach, FL 33401

Technology Training Center
428 White Street
Daytona Beach, FL 32114

Staff

Mondi Azpeitia, OIB Program Manager, (850) 245-0324, mondi.azpeitia@dbs.fldoe.org
Robert Doyle, III, Director, Blind Services, Robert.Doyle@dbs.fldoe.org
William Findley, Bureau Chief, Business Enterprise
Allison Flanagan, Deputy Division Director, (850) 245-0322, allison.flanagan@dbs.fldoe.org
Edward Hudson, Bureau Chief, Rehabilitation Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired, edward.hudson@dbs.fldoe.org
Cynthia Slater, Technology Training Center, Cynthia.Slater@dbs.fldoe.org
Jimmy Woolyhand, Bureau Chief, Bureau of Braille and Talking Books Library, (386) 239-6040

Services Offered

Services for Adults

  • Computer Training/Assistive Technology
    • Provides training in the use of assistive technology.
  • Counseling
    • Offers parent counseling and referrals to other facilities as needed. Conducts social evaluation; psychological testing and evaluation; individual, group, family/parent, and couple counseling. Contracts, refers, and provides consultation to other agencies for other counseling/social work services.
  • Daily Living Skills/Independent Living Skills Training
    • Provides rehabilitation services in client's home and community. Contracts, refers and provides consultation to other agencies for all rehabilitation services. Provides independent living services for persons age 55 and older.
  • Employment/Job Training
    • Offers pre-vocational evaluation, career and skill counseling, occupational skill development, job retention, job training, vocational placement, vending facility training. Contracts, refers, and provides consultation to other agencies for employment-oriented services.
  • Information and Referral
    • Provides consultation to other agencies for employment oriented services.
  • Library Services
    • Loans books and magazines in Braille and audio formats and the necessary equipment required for their use free of charge to residents of the State of Florida who are unable to use conventional printed materials due to a visual or physical disability.
  • Low Vision Services
    • Provides low vision evaluation and follow-up. Prescribes and supplies low vision devices.
  • Services for Seniors
    • Offers independent living services for seniors.
  • Travel/Orientation and Mobility
    • Provides orientation and mobility training.

Services for Children

  • Braille and Reading Instruction
    • Provides instruction braille, handwriting, typing, and listening.
    • Provides training in compensatory skills (example: braille, listening skills, handwriting skills; abacus).
  • Counseling
    • Offers parent counseling and referrals to other facilities as needed. Conducts social evaluation; psychological testing and evaluation; individual, group, family/parent, and couple counseling. Contracts, refers, and provides consultation to other agencies for other counseling/social work services.
  • Daily Living Skills/Independent Living Skills Training
    • Provides training in independent living skills and personal management.
  • Early Intervention/Infant Services
    • Provides community-based early intervention education for children from birth through five years of age who are blind or visually impaired, and for their parents, families, and caregivers.
  • Education Services
    • Provides direct instruction. Offers home- and center-based programs, remedial education for visually handicapped children, with or without other handicaps.
  • Employment/Job Training
    • Assists young people in transitioning from school to work or from school to a higher educational program.
  • Health
    • Provides adaptive equipment and genetic counseling. Visual and other health services referred to children's medical services or other agencies. Contracts and refers for all health services.
  • Preschool Programs
    • Co-sponsors with Florida Lions Club twice yearly Camp Achievement, a preschool camp for the visually impaired and their parents.
  • Summer/Day Camps and After-school Programs
    • Co-sponsors with Florida Lions Club twice yearly Camp Achievement, a preschool camp for the visually impaired and their parents.
  • Travel/Orientation and Mobility
    • Provides orientation and mobility training.

Services for Professionals

  • Professional Training
    • Offers sensory training, internship/fieldwork/placement in orientation and mobility, rehabilitation counseling, social work, rehabilitation teaching. In-service and short-term or summer training open to enrollment from other agencies.
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