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l. 2. Identify the goals and priorities in carrying out the VR and Supported Employment programs

Current Narrative:

The FDBS utilizes the strategies listed below to foster success for Floridians who are blind or visually impaired and assist the Division with its vision to create a barrier free environment for individuals with visual disabilities.

Goal 1.0 Highest Client Achievement 

Objective: Coordinate and secure high-quality training, education, work experiences, and partnerships that create opportunities for blind and visually impaired Floridians to obtain and maintain independence, post-secondary education credentials, and successful employment outcomes.

Strategy 1.1: Secure opportunities for students/youth with disabilities to practice and improve workplace skills.

Strategy 1.2: Ensure clients participating in training and education programs are benefiting. 

Strategy 1.3: Increase utilization of online job systems/portals to expose employers to job ready FDBS consumers. 

Strategy 1.4: Increase consumer participation in industry certifications, apprenticeships, and post-secondary outcomes/impacts.

Strategy 1.5: Develop and implement an Employment Skills Training Program at the Residential Rehabilitation Center. 

Goal 2.0 Seamless Articulation and Maximum Access

Objective: Create a comprehensive service delivery system that fosters accessibility and provides positive experiences for blind and visually impaired Floridians enabling them to matriculate from school/training to work. Improve outreach methods to reach more consumers, advocates, providers, employers and other stakeholders.

Strategy 2.1: Increase the provision of accessibility tools, awareness, and regular follow-up with consumers to ensure equality in educational experiences and vocational opportunities.

Strategy 2.2: Create and implement a comprehensive communications and outreach plan.

Strategy 2.3: Increase the number of individuals with significant and most significant disabilities receiving services.

Strategy 2.4: Increase outreach services to under-served and unserved populations. 

Goal 3.0 Skilled Workforce and Economic Development

Objective: Assist blind and visually impaired Floridians with obtaining, maintaining, and advancing in competitive integrated employment. 

Strategy 3.1: Develop and strengthen employer relationships by providing employer training, support, education, and resources. 

Strategy 3.2: Increase successful employment outcomes, including self-employment outcomes for transition age youth, adults, and seniors receiving services through FDBS. 

Strategy 3.3: Create successful job outcomes in the Business Enterprise Program.

Strategy 3.4: Support FDBS consumers in becoming self-supporting. 

Strategy 3.5:  Strengthen statewide collaborative partnerships with core partners. 

Strategy 3.6: Developing mechanisms to maximize job placement effectiveness among FDBS Employment Placement Specialists and contracted service providers.

Goal 4.0 Quality Efficient Services

Objective: Create an accountable and exemplary division workforce that ensures high quality services.

Strategy 4.1: Increase staff development and continuing education. 

Strategy 4.2: Incorporate elements of the common performance measures into employee expectations and evaluations. 

Strategy 4.3: Increase opportunities for data sharing and improve data validity and integrity. 

Strategy 4.4: Decrease federal and state audit findings. 

Strategy 4.5: Develop strong fiscal policies and procedures to promote responsible stewardship of available resources and addresses WIOA requirements. 

Strategy 4.6: Strengthen contract language to ensure increased contractor accountability, improve resource allocations, address WIOA regulations and encourage maximum achievement of consumer independence. 

Strategy 4.7: Strengthen contract monitoring activities and procedures/protocol to reflect new requirements. 

Strategy 4.8: Develop Return on Investment (ROI) methodology for DBS programs.

Strategy 4.9: Improve employee workplace environment.

Strategy 4.10: Improve library services by obtaining customer feedback.