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Your Road To Independence

WHAT IS BBVS?

The mission of the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR) is to assist Pennsylvanians with disabilities to secure and maintain employment and independence. OVR's Bureau of Blindness and Visual Services (BBVS) provides services to assist Pennsylvanians who are blind or visually impaired to work and maintain independent lives. BBVS has six district offices that provide a wide range of services throughout Pennsylvania.
 

VOCATIONAL REHABILITATION PROGRAM

The Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) Program assists eligible individuals who need services to prepare for or retain employment. Services may include employment evaluation, counseling and guidance, training, job placement, assistive technology, adjustment to blindness, occupational tools and equipment, orientation and mobility training, and vision rehabilitation therapy. Services are based on the individual's needs and choices that are necessary for the person to enter or retain employment.

A VR counselor will determine eligibility for services after gaining a thorough understanding of the individual's abilities, limitations, interests and aptitudes. Together, the customer and counselor develop an employment goal and plan to identify the steps needed to achieve it.

The plan states what services will be provided and what is expected of both the customer and BBVS, including responsibilities and costs.

Vision Rehabilitation Therapy

Vision Rehabilitation Therapy helps individuals safely and efficiently carry out their daily activities at home, on the job and in the community. Each customer is evaluated to determine what activities they need help with, and then a plan of instruction is developed. Services may include Braille instruction, home management, in-home orientation and personal management.

Orientation and Mobility Training

Orientation and Mobility Training teaches individuals how to travel independently and safely within their homes, workplaces and communities. After an evaluation is completed, a training plan is developed to meet the individual's specific needs.

Business Enterprise Program

BEP can assist qualified, interested persons in developing creative business ventures ranging from a vending machine route to a full cafeteria that involves direct and frequent public contact.

Specialized Services Program

Specialized Services assists adults and children in achieving safety and independence within their homes and communities. Specialized Services for adults and children may include vision enhancement services, advocacy, counseling, information and referral, vision rehabilitation therapy, and orientation and mobility services.

Specialized Services for children may also include advocacy for educational services, transition to employment and assistive technology.

Independent Living Program

The Independent Living Program helps people aged 55 and older become more self-sufficient and independent in their homes and communities. Available services are similar to those provided under the Specialized Services program.

 

 
For more information about services, please email bbvs@pa.gov or contact the BBVS district office nearest to you. Alternate formats of this brochure are available upon request.
 

ALTOONA BBVS

1130 12th Avenue, Suite 300

Altoona, PA 16601

Voice: 814-946-7330/866-695-7673

TTY: 844-242-1060

Counties Served

Bedford, Blair, Cambria, Centre, Clinton, Columbia, Fulton, Huntingdon, Juniata, Lycoming, Mifflin, Montour, Northumberland, Snyder, Somerset and Union

 

ERIE BBVS

4200 Lovell Place

Erie, PA 16503

Voice: 814-871-4401/866-521-5073

TTY: 814-871-4599/888-884-5513

Counties Served

Cameron, Clarion, Clearfield, Crawford, Elk, Erie, Forest, Jefferson, Lawrence, McKean, Mercer, Potter, Venango and Warren

 

HARRISBURG BBVS

Forum Place

555 Walnut Street - 8th Floor

Harrisburg, PA 17101

Voice: 717-787-7500/866-375-8264

TTY: 717-787-1733/888-575-9420

Counties Served

Adams, Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin, Lancaster, Lebanon, Perry and York

 

PHILADELPHIA BBVS

801 Market Street, Suite 6034

Philadelphia, PA 19107

Voice: 215-560-5700/866-631-3892

Counties Served

Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia

 

PITTSBURGH BBVS

531 Penn Avenue

Pittsburgh, PA 15222

Voice: 412-565-5240/866-412-4072

TTY: 412-392-5921/888-870-4474

Counties Served

Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Butler, Fayette, Greene, Indiana, Washington and Westmoreland

 

 

WILKES-BARRE BBVS

8 W. Market St., Suite 200

Wilkes-Barre, PA 18701

Voice: 570-826-2361/866-227-4163

TTY: 570-820-4848

Counties Served

Berks, Bradford, Carbon, Lackawanna, Lehigh, Luzerne, Monroe, Northampton, Pike, Schuylkill, Sullivan, Susquehanna, Tioga, Wayne and Wyoming

 

CENTRAL OFFICE

1521 N. Sixth St.
Harrisburg, PA 17102
 
Voice: 717-787-5244/800-442-6351
TTY: 866-830-7327
 
"Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities"
"Equal Opportunity Employer/Program"
 
OVR-BVS-525 (Rev. 05-19)