Welcome to the Nebraska Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired (NCBVI), the state vocational rehabilitation agency for blind and low vision Nebraskans. We empower people with vision loss with the tools, training, mentorship, and resources they need to succeed in high school and college, find and maintain employment, and participate actively in their communities.
Vocational Rehabilitation: Our primary mission is to assist blind and low vision Nebraskans to enter the workforce, retain employment, and advance in their chosen career fields. All vocational rehabilitation consumers are paired with a vocational rehabilitation counselor who assists them in identifying employment goals, connecting them to services they need to achieve those goals, and provides job searching and job placement assistance. This may include providing financial assistance for college or trade school, purchasing computer technology, or assistance with developing a resume. Employment retention services, such as mobility and technology training, are also provided for people who are currently in the workforce and need these services in order to remain employed.
Employer Services: We also provide employers throughout the state with a large pool of motivated, qualified, and talented Nebraskans to meet their staffing needs. Our vocational rehabilitation clients represent a talent pool with diverse skillsets and experience. In addition, we consult with employers on best practices for hiring and retaining employees who are blind and low vision. During the summer, we partner with employers across the state to offer high school and college students’ internships and part-time employment.
Youth Services: We provide Pre-Employment Transition Services to blind and low vision high school, college, and technical school students. These services provide students with the career exploration, college and workforce readiness, self-advocacy skills, mentoring, and real-world work experience they need in order to enter the workforce.
Blindness Skills Training: Our blindness rehabilitation center, the Nebraska Center for the Blind, provides blind and low vision adults of any age training in the skills they need to succeed in the workforce and live independently in their homes and communities. This includes training in the use of a long white cane to travel independently in their communities, across the country, and around the world. Students receive training in the latest adaptive technology, such as computers, screen reading software, smartphones, and tablets. Braille is taught as a useful tool for reading and for daily living tasks such as labeling kitchen appliances and medications. Students also receive extensive training in home management and home maintenance skills, including cooking, cleaning, self-care, budgeting, minor home repairs, and the use of hand and power tools.
Older Adults and Homemakers: Our Independent Living and Older Individuals who are Blind programs provide services to blind Nebraskans who don’t have employment goals, including homemakers and retirees. These programs empower participants with the tools, training, mentoring, and resources they need to live independently in their homes, volunteer in their communities, and participate actively in social and recreational activities.
Small Business Opportunities: The Nebraska Business Enterprise program provides those with an interest in operating small food service businesses with the resources and training they need in order to run high quality vending and cafeteria services in government buildings and Interstate rest areas throughout the state.
Spanish: Bienvenida del NCBVI
French: Un accueil de la NCBVI