Seventy-five years ago, the Florida Legislature established the Florida Council for the Blind. Since its birth, DBS has administered programs and services, which provide new opportunities for blind and visually impaired Floridians of all ages. DBS is devoted to ensuring blind and visually-impaired Floridians have the tools, support and opportunity to achieve success.
DBS has several programs in place to help the blind and visually-impaired all over the state. These programs include the Blind Babies Program, Children's Program, Employer Services, Independent Living, Transition Services, Vocational Rehabilitation, Independent Living, Business Enterprise, the Rehabilitation Center and Braille and Talking Books Library.
Chamber members should be aware of Employer Services and Business Enterprise programs. Through Employer Services, information is provided to employers who need to know how to make a job accessible to an employee with a visual impairment. Employers seeking to hire a qualified employee can also contact DBS for this information as well.
The Business Enterprise Program provides job opportunities in the food service sector for eligible blind persons under the Randolph-Sheppard Act. Job opportunities include: Snack Bar, Cafeteria, Highway Vending Machines, or Non-Highway Vending.