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BESB's mission is to enable its clients to become more self-sufficient and to maximize their participation in the community, at school and in employment settings. It is important to note that most people who are legally blind retain a significant deg... Read more
BESB's mission is to enable its clients to become more self-sufficient and to maximize their participation in the community, at school and in employment settings. It is important to note that most people who are legally blind retain a significant degree of practical vision. Bureau of Education and Services for the Blind A Department of Rehabilitation Services Bureau LIVE. LEARN. WORK
Aging and Disability Services: Bureau of Education and Services for the Blind
Our programs, policies and practices are designed to promote employment, independence, equal access and self-sufficiency for people with disabilities. We strive to be a resource for information and technical assistance for other stakeholders in Connecticut as well.
2 years ago, I wanted to do something of service but had very little time due to holding a high-stress executive position that used up long days and weekends. This opportunity sounded great because it could be done with as little as 1 hour a month. It has been perfect for me. I was paired with a wonderful 88 year old woman who lives 15 minutes from me and who I have come to call my friend. I go to the library for her on a regular basis and get her books on tape and then we sit and visit. It has enriched my life and I would highly recommend this opportunity. Everyone has time for this!
BESB was the perfect place to give back to my community the summer before my senior year of high school. It was very easy to get into direct contact with BESB and through a hassle-free and timely process I quickly began volunteering there. Their location was very convenient and offered flexible scheduling. The volunteer coordinator and fellow BESB employees were extremely friendly and made me feel right at home between offering snacks and giving me valuable insight into the college process. Most importantly, the program was very dedicated in getting me involved in activities that peaked my personal interests. There were multiple opportunities for me to try my hand at different tasks but I ultimately found my niche in their filing room. Being in an office setting I was able to practice communication skills, organization, time management, and I was even enlightened about state services provided for those that are legally blind. A great location to volunteer for all ages and interests.
I have found volunteering for the Blind Services
very rewarding. The coordinator was especially helpful in locating the best client
that fit both our interests. She is an artist, as so am I, and I consider her a mentor
for me and a treasured friend. We usually do necessary shopping, groceries, banking,
doctor appointments, graphic printers, and even art openings. She also enjoys having
lunches with me and also when I read to her. She appreciates my sense of humor as I
I have enjoyed volunteering with BESB for the last 8 months. I had the chance to help an older woman with shopping, errands, and sorting mail, and to help another woman take her children on weekend outings. Lori St. Amand, the volunteer coordinator, was extremely helpful during training, in matching me with clients based on my availability and interests, and throughout the process as questions came up. After I was given my clients' contact information, it was up to me to get in touch with them and together we would figure out how often to meet, where they wanted to go, and so on. As a student, I appreciated the flexibility this allowed. Overall this was a great experience and I enthusiastically recommend BESB to anyone looking for a volunteer opportunity.