A brief summary of the organization and provided services.
The Division of Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired (DSBVI) has developed programs to help meet the needs of Utah citizens who are blind or have significant visual impairments. In addition to providing vocational rehabilitation services, DSBVI offers a multitude of training and adjustment services. These services include computer evaluation and training, orientation and mobility services, daily living skills, home repair courses, low vision screening, magnification and other assistive aids, and a variety of adjustment-to-blindness classes and services. These services are provided to individuals at the Center for the Blind and in the community statewide.
The DSBVI also provides preschool vision screening, services to individuals who are both deaf and blind, and Independent Living services to older blind Utahns.
The Utah State Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped and the Utah State Library Division are co-located with the DSBVI in their new facility at 250 North 1950 West, Salt Lake City. This puts all Utah state agencies for the adult blind under one roof, thus greatly enhancing consumer services.
DSBVI ACCOMPLISHMENTS, 2000
The DSBVI provided vocational rehabilitation services to 435 blind or visually impaired individuals.
A total of 113 individuals with disabilities were placed into employment.
Of those who became employed, 95% were considered severely disabled.
Training and adjustment classes to facilitate adjustment to vision loss were attended by 168 individuals.
Training and adjustment services were provided in the home for 1,889 individuals.
Low vision services were provided to 1,755 individuals, 673 of whom were served for the first time.
Over 50,000 preschool and kindergarten children were screened for amblyopia and other vision problems; over 1,500 were referred for professional eye examinations and treatment.
Independent Living services were provided to over 600 older blind individuals.