Blind Children’s Vocational Discovery and Development Program
Children who are blind or visually impaired have brighter futures today than at any time in history! No longer isolated from their peers and the rest of society, children who are blind or visually impaired are fully involved in the world around them. Advances in technology make it possible for them to live, learn and play alongside their peers. Powerful laws protect their rights to education, access to their communities and other important civil rights. There have never been more excellent resources to help children who are blind and visually impaired achieve their fullest potential.
If your child is blind or visually impaired, the Division for Blind Services Blind Children's Vocational Discovery and Development Program (BCVDDP) may be able to help you, your child, and your entire family. Every year, hundreds of Texas families turn to the Children's Program for information and support to help their children grow and thrive. A Blind Children's Program Specialist—an expert in providing services to children with visual impairments—works with each child and family to create a Family Service Plan. The plan—tailored to the child's unique needs and circumstances—is a flexible document that will develop along with the child.
Who is eligible?
Children between the ages of birth and 22 years who live in Texas and have vision impairment are eligible for services.
What services are available from the Children's Program?
BCVDDP offers a wide range of services that are tailored to each child and family's needs and circumstances. We can:
- Assist your child in developing the confidence and competence needed to be an active part of their community
- Provide support and training to you in understanding your rights and responsibilities throughout the educational process
- Assist you and your child in the vocational discovery and development process
- Provide training in areas like food preparation, money management, recreational activities and grooming
- Supply information to families about additional resources.
By working directly with your entire family, this program can help your child develop the concepts and skills needed to realize their full potential.
Where can I apply for services or get more information?
For information on any Division for Blind Services program or to apply for services, contact any DBS office located throughout Texas. To find the nearest office, check the DBS Offices in Your Area feature on this web site or call the Division for Blind Services at 1-800-628-5115.
Offices can also be located by checking the government "blue pages" in your local phone book.