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Florida PYs 2020-2023 Published Approved

Located in:

c. 1. Federal, State, and local agencies and programs;

Current Narrative:

The Florida Division of Blind Services has agreements with the following agencies and other entities who do not conduct activities under the workforce system.

  • Agencies for Persons with Disabilities (APD) - FDBS collaborates with APD to coordinate services for consumers with visual impairments/other developmental disabilities.                               
  • Department of Children and Families (DCF) - DCF is a required partner under the Employment First Act.
  • Florida Independent Living Council (FILC) – FILC is a federal and state-mandated council that collaborates with the Division on planning and evaluating independent living services, preparing annual reports, and conducting public forums.                                                                                                        
  • Florida Rehabilitation Association (FRA), State Chapter of National Organization - FRA works to advance rehabilitation of all persons with disabilities.
  • Visper - An assistive technology provider for blind and visually impaired consumers.

Cooperation with Agencies Not Under the Workforce System

The FDBS has contracts with 20 Community Rehabilitation Programs (CRPs) and values the services they provide to our clients. The Division’s CRPs directly provide and facilitate vocational rehabilitation services to individuals with blindness and low vision to enable clients to maximize their opportunities for employment and career advancement. The CRPs collectively have 14 contracts for pre-employment transition and transition services, 16 contracts for vocational rehabilitation, and 1 contract for supported employment. The CRPs provide education; independent life skills; job training; and job development, retention, and placement services to clients who participate in vocational rehabilitation programs. The table below is a list of community rehabilitation programs.

Center for the Visually ImpairedLighthouse for the Visually Impaired and Blind
Conklin Centers for the BlindLighthouse of Broward
Elder Care of Alachua CountyLighthouse of Collier, Inc.
Florida Center for the BlindLighthouse of Manasota
Florida Outreach Center for the BlindLighthouse of Pinellas
Florida School for the Deaf and the BlindLighthouse of the Big Bend
Florida State College at JacksonvilleMiami Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired
Independence for the Blind of West FloridaNew Vision for Independence
Lighthouse Central FloridaTampa Lighthouse for the Blind
Lighthouse for the Blind of the Palm BeachesLighthouse of Southwest Florida, Inc.

To increase accountability, ensure quality services, and drive outcomes, the Division plans to incorporate common performance measures (or a variant thereof) prescribed by the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act to determine the effectiveness of CRP performance. The CRPs will be responsible for tracking and reporting the number of consumers who obtain employment as a result of receiving their services. Other measures consist of those still employed in the second and fourth quarters after exit and credential attainment.