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Nebraska Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired - AFB Directory Profile

General Information

Nebraska Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired
4600 Valley Road
Suite 100
Lincoln, NE 68510-4844
(402) 471-2891 (Local)
(402) 471-3009 (Fax)
(877) 809-2419 (Toll-Free)
pearl.vanzandt@nebraska.gov
http://www.ncbvi.nebraska.gov

Brief Description

Nebraska Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired (NCBVI), the state vocational rehabilitation agency for the blind, is committed to helping blind and visually impaired Nebraskans achieve fuller and more rewarding lives through services promoting a positive understanding of blindness and the potential abilities of blind people.

Hours of operation: Mon.-Fri. 8:00 AM-5:00 PM.
Clients served on average per year: 1600
Number of staff: 51.5
Geographic area served: Nebraska.

Locations

1313 Farnam On the Mall
Omaha, NE 68102

505 A Broadway
Suite 700
Scottsbluff, NE 69361

214 North Seventh Street
Suite 11
Norfolk, NE 68701-4083

906 East 25th Street
Suite A
Kearney, NE 68847-4603

200 South Silber
North Platte, NE 69101-4298

4600 Valley Road
Suite 100
LIncoln, NE 68510-4844

Staff

Erin Brandyberry, North Platte District Supervisor, (308) 293-7662, erin.brandyberry@nebraska.gov
Bill Brown, Business Manager, (402) 471-8106, bill.brown@nebraska.gov
Connie Daly, Lincoln District Supervisor, (402) 471-8111, connie.m.daly@nebraska.gov
Bob Deaton, Deputy Director, (402) 471-8105, bob.deaton@nebraska.gov
Nancy Flearl, Omaha District Supervisor, (402) 595-2139, nancy.flearl@nebraska.gov
Carol Jenkins, Supervisor, Nebraska Center for the Blind, Lincoln, (402) 471-8120, carol.jenkins@nebraska.gov
Carlos Serván, Deputy Director, Vocational Rehabilitation, (402) 471-8104, carlos.servan@nebraska.gov
Kathy Stephens, Administrative Assistant, (402) 471-8101, kathy.stephens@nebraska.gov
Dr. Pearl Van Zandt, Executive Director, pearl.vanzandt@nebraska.gov

Services Offered

Services for Adults

  • Assessment
    • Offers vocational rehabilitation assessment for interests, skills, capabilities for employment.
  • Computer Training/Assistive Technology
    • Offers computer training.
  • Counseling
    • Offers individual/family counseling, consultation with schools and families of blind children, referral services.
  • Daily Living Skills/Independent Living Skills Training
    • Provides instruction in braille and training in independent travel, homemaking skills, home teaching program, center training program, counseling/education on understanding of blindness, social attitudes. Provides independent living services for persons age 55 and older.
  • Employment/Job Training
    • Provides technical assistance to clients in job search or job retention. Offers vocational counseling/career development, pre-vocational training, contracts for vocational training, placement and follow-up services, small business assistance, vending program assistance.
  • Financial Assistance
    • Provides assistance with tuition, books, and other school supplies; job placement; other costs related to achieving employment.
  • Low Vision Services
    • Refers for low vision exams, in some cases can assist with purchase of low vision devices. Can help individual learn to use low vision devices more effectively.
  • Reading Services
    • NFB Newsline for the Blind; Radio Talking Book
  • Services for Seniors
    • We provide skill training and counseling to persons 55 years and older who are experiencing vision loss.
  • Support Groups
    • Offers peer support groups for seniors.
  • Travel/Orientation and Mobility
    • Offers O&M training.

Services for Children

  • Braille and Reading Instruction
    • Offers braille instruction.
  • Counseling
    • Offers individual/family counseling, consultation with schools and families of blind children, referral services.
  • Employment/Job Training
    • Offers Work and Gain Experience in the Summer (WAGES) program for teenagers who are visually impaired to gain practical work experience in career areas of their choice during a summer employment program, providing them with a more solid base for vocational planning. During this program participants will live at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
  • Low Vision Services
    • Refers for low vision exams, in some cases can assist with purchase of low vision devices. Can help individual learn to use low vision devices more effectively.
  • Summer/Day Camps and After-school Programs
    • Offers the following special programs:

      College Prep: This is an intense workshop specifically designed for high school seniors and college students who are visually impaired! They will focus on ADA information, how to access text books, hiring readers, and also have an opportunity to speak with other students with disabilities.

      Work and Gain Experience in the Summer(WAGES) Teenagers who are visually impaired gain practical work experience in career areas of their choice during a summer employment program, providing them with a more solid base for vocational planning. During this program participants will live at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

      Winnerfest: Teenagers who are visually impaired from across the state participate in a semi-annual retreat. Activities focus on personal achievement, goal setting, communication and other life skills.

      Project Independence: Children under the age of 14 who are blind and visually impaired think about career interests and practice alternative skills during this four-day summer program.

      Round Tuit: This three-day summer program provides students who are blind and visually impaired and job seekers practical information and guidance regarding what it takes to get and keep a job.
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