Support Group: Bureau of Services for Blind Persons Training Center

Tuesday, April 28
Noon to 2 p.m.

bsbptrainingA representative from the Bureau of Service for Blind Persons will present an overview of their Training Center services. Training and services usually include using a cane, cooking, Braille, communication skills, occupational therapy, audiological evaluations, and counseling.

The experienced staff together with community partners and resources help people who are blind and visually impaired acquire the skills, strategies and attitudes necessary for overcoming the many challenges presented by blindness.  Staff at the center know well that loss of vision, though difficult at first, need not prevent people from leading independent, happy and productive lives.  In fact, roughly one-third of the onsite staff are blind themselves, and attest to this reality through personal experience and example every day.

Please let us know you’re coming using our Contact Form. Support Group is held at the library on the fourth Tuesday of every month, except July and December. The library will serve coffee. Please bring your own lunch.

About Us

Health and Human Services, Wayne County, Wayne County Library, with blue swoosh behind wordsIn Fiscal Year 2013/2014, the Wayne County Braille and Talking Book Library1 lent 43,680 items and answered about 7,300 reference questions for 1,323 Wayne County residents with disabilities. Six hundred thirty-nine people attended thirty-nine programs, including book discussions, tax help, and a vision impairment support group.

magazine cartridgeIf you were to assign a value to these numbers, the result would be over $495,000, according to the American Library Association’s Library Value Calculator. With local operating expenses just under $350,000 for the fiscal year, the return on investment for the Wayne County Braille and Talking Book Library was around 40%.

With an estimated 25,000 Wayne County residents (outside of Detroit) eligible for service, library staff is focusing on outreach and promotion during the current year.

1. Wayne County Regional Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped was still the official name during FY 2013/2014.