Specialized Services for Persons who are Blind or Visually Impaired


~~“Illinois Center for Rehabilitation and Education - Wood

ICRE-Wood provides a concentrated, short-term residential or commuter program for adults who are blind, DeafBlind, or visually impaired. The program includes courses in mobility, communication which includes Braille, keyboarding technology and activities of daily living. Throughout their stay customers work closely with ICREWood's professional staff to develop their vocational goals emphasizing obtaining and maintaining employment. Commuter and residential services are available.

Business Enterprise Program

The BEPB provides business ownership opportunities for legally blind, visually impaired and DeafBlind entrepreneurs in vending, retail and food service. Business locations are in federal, state and public buildings statewide. This is the only program in the state that trains an individual and provides business self employment opportunities for people with disabilities.

Vocational Rehabilitation Program

BBS staff serves low vision (20/60) and blind individuals with employment goals according to the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) to achieve education, update job skills to maintain employment, job search, job interviews, counseling, communication skills, Orientation and Mobility and Independent Living skills to be successful in the competitive employment market.”

State Policies & Initiatives: 
  • Other
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Bureau of Blind Services
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