DBVI considers the people we serve as partners. This year we conducted Town Meeting events in each of our 4 regions. The goal was to hear the “Voice of the Customer” about the results they expect from our program. A series of questions were designed to help us identify improvements and new strategies to help people obtain employment and improve their independence.
We also work closely with the State Rehabilitation Council, appointed by the Governor. The Council partners with us to evaluate data and to develop goals and strategies.
DBVI is encouraged that our partnership with the Vermont Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired is helping customers to build the adaptive skills they need on the job and in the community. We are also encouraged that progressive employment strategies and our partnership with the Vermont Association for Business, Industry, and Rehabilitation is helping DBVI to partner effectively with businesses to provide opportunities for blind or visually impaired workers to demonstrate their abilities in the workplace.
The DBVI partnership with the Vermont Youth Conservation Corps is helping students and young adults build the skills they need in the workplace. VYCC helps DBVI run a summer youth employment program that provides the opportunity for students to learn employment skills and Independent Living Skills. These early employment experiences help build the confidence needed to succeed in college, in vocational training, and in the workplace.
The DBVI partnership with the Vermont Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired is essential. VABVI has a staff to certified blindness staff available to deliver services to individuals who need to learn adaptive skills related to their blindness.