Programs That Support Work

Michigan Bureau of Services for Blind Persons (BSBP)

If you are blind or visually impaired, the Michigan Bureau of Services for Blind Persons (BSBP) can help you find work, with free services that include:

  • Helping you to define your employment goals
  • Finding training and other services to meet your goals
  • Counseling and training in skills for daily living without vision

Depending on your needs and eligibility, other services can include low-vision equipment, vocational training, technical school training, a college education, job development and placement, and follow-up.

To learn more the about the services Michigan Bureau of Services for Blind Persons (BSBP) offers, or to apply for them, contact a Bureau of Services for Blind Persons office near you, or call 1-800-292-4200 or 1-888-864-1212 (TTY).

More BSBP Programs and Services

These are some of the other programs and services offered by the Michigan Bureau of Services for Blind Persons (BSBP):

  • Five-day Mini Adjustment Programs at locations statewide give an introduction to the skills of blindness and explain the services that BSBP and other organizations offer.
  • The BSBP Training Center in Kalamazoo offers training and services to people who are blind and visually impaired. Students live on campus, and the focus is on skills of blindness training and vocational exploration and planning, so students can become independent at home and in the community. Download the training center handbook to learn about life at the center, including program rules and guidelines.
  • BSBP DeafBlind Services support adults and high school students who are legally blind and have moderate to profound hearing loss. Services can include training, job placement, and transition to college services and accommodations.
Youth Programs

The Youth Low Vision Program offers low-vision exams, eyeglasses, and other low-vision devices worn on the head for eligible youth up to 26 years old. For details, contact your intermediate school district (ISD) Teacher Consultant for the Visually Impaired. For help locating your ISD Teacher Consultant, contact a Bureau of Services for Blind Persons office near you, or call the BSBP toll-free at 1-800-292-4200 or 1-888-864-1212 (TTY).

Pre-Employment Transition Service (Pre-ETS or Transition) helps students go from high school to college, or to vocational or technical training. It offers:

  • Summer work experience
  • College or vocational training readiness
  • Scholarships and grants

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