Bureau of Services for Blind Persons Training Center

General Information

Bureau of Services for Blind Persons Training Center
1541 Oakland Dr
Kalamazoo Michigan 1 49008
(269) 337 3848

Brief Description

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


Cheryl Heibeck, Director, Training Center, heibeckc@michigan.gov, 269 337 3864

Shenique White, Secretary, whites10@michigan.gov, 269 337 3848

Services Offered

  • Assessment
    • Evaluates for computer skills, employment, communication skills.

  • Braille and Reading Instruction
    • Offers braille instruction.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Recreation Services
    • Offers arts and crafts, hobby groups, instruction and/or assistance for any student activity. Refers to community programs for other recreational services.

  • Services for Seniors

  • Travel/Orientation and Mobility
    • Provides orientation and mobility training.