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Bureau of Services for Blind Persons Training Center - AFB Directory Profile

General Information

Bureau of Services for Blind Persons Training Center
1541 Oakland Dr
Kalamazoo, MI 49008
(269) 337-3848 (Local)
(269) 337-3872 (Fax)
(800) 292-4200 (Toll-Free)
(517) 373-2062 (TDD/TTY)

Brief Description

BSBP Training Center-skills of blindness training for those who are legally blind.

Hours of operation: 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Number of staff: 35
Geographic area served: Michigan.


Cheryl Heibeck, Director, Training Center, (269) 337-3864,
Shenique White, Secretary, (269) 337-3848,

Services Offered

Services for Adults

  • Assessment
    • Evaluates for computer skills, employment, communication skills.
  • Computer Training/Assistive Technology
    • Provides computer training on site.
  • Counseling
    • Offers social evaluations; individual, group, family/parent counseling. Refers for other counseling/social work services. Contracts for psychological services.
  • Daily Living Skills/Independent Living Skills Training
    • Provides training in personal management, braille, communications, handwriting, listening skills, keyboarding, video magnifier, home management, industrial arts, adaptive kitchen skills, and other skills.
  • Employment/Job Training
    • Offers pre-vocational evaluation, vending facility training.
  • Information and Referral
    • Provides information about blindness to consumers and the general public.
  • Library Services
    • Maintains library of braille books, large print books, braille magazines, recorded magazines. Loans out talking book record players and cassette players.
  • Recreation Services
    • Offers arts and crafts, hobby groups, instruction and/or assistance for any student activity. Refers to community programs for other recreational services.
  • Travel/Orientation and Mobility
    • Provides orientation and mobility training.

Services for Children

  • Braille and Reading Instruction
    • Offers braille instruction.

Services for Professionals

  • Professional Training
    • Offers internship/fieldwork placement in industrial arts, orientation and mobility, rehabilitation counseling, social work, vocational rehabilitation and regular in-service training program. Offers modified short-term or summer training.
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