BBVS Seeking Public Feedback


Once again, as in previous years, the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation’s (OVR’s) Bureau of Blindness and Visual Services (BBVS) will be holding public meetings this spring to garner feedback from consumers, advocates, interested organizations, and other stakeholders. The difference, though, this year is that there will be no state plan under evaluation. The reason for this, according to a BBVS administrator, is that due to the passage of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunities Act (WIO), where the Rehab Act is housed, the new state plan is going to be a combined state plan. OVR and the CareerLink system will be working on and submitting a joint state plan some time early next year. The Rehab Services Administration has therefore asked OVR not to submit a 2016 state plan until a joint one between OVR and CareerLink can be developed. The drafting of this combined state plan will likely occur next fall, at which time there may be a more informal opportunity for public comment.


As a result, this year’s round of BBVS public meetings will address changing services and customer needs. Meetings will include discussion of what impact the WIO has on OVR/BBVS services. Facilitators will also review and take comment on the Comprehensive Statewide Needs Assessment that is conducted every three years. As always, comments regarding BBVS’s existing services, including Vocational Rehabilitation, Business Enterprise Program, Specialized Services for Children and Adults, and Independent Living Services for older persons who are blind, will be accepted.


The scheduled public meetings are listed below. For additional information, reasonable accommodation requests, or alternative format requests, please call the BBVS District Office conducting the public meeting you wish to attend. Written comments may be submitted by mail to the appropriate district office serving the area in which the individual/organization member resides. All written comments must be received no later than 5:00 p.m. Friday, April 24, 2015. In addition, a conference call or web collaboration will be available for people to participate in the meeting via their phones and/or computers. Please contact your local district office for details.




Counties Served: Bedford, Blair, Cambria, Centre, Clinton, Columbia, Fulton, Huntingdon, Juniata, Lycoming, Mifflin, Montour, Northumberland, Snyder, Somerset, and Union Phone: 1-866-695-7673

TTY: 1-866-320-7956

When: March 31, 2015, from 2:00 – 6:00 PM

Location: 1130 12th Avenue, Fourth Floor Conference Room, Altoona, PA  16601


ERIE DISTRICT (Two meetings)

 Counties Served: Cameron, Clarion, Clearfield, Crawford, Elk, Erie, Forest, Jefferson, Lawrence, McKean, Mercer, Potter, Venango, and Warren

Phone: 1-866-521-5073

TTY: 1-888-884-5513

When:  March 26, 2015, from 5:00 – 6:00 PM

Location: OVR Conference Room, 3200 Lovell Place, Erie, PA  16503

Meeting 2—

When: April 2, 2015, from 10:30 AM – Noon

Location: Perkins Family Restaurant, 18276 Conneaut Lake Road, Meadville, PA  16335




Counties Served: Adams, Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin, Lancaster, Lebanon, Perry, and York

Phone: 1-866-375-8264

TTY: 1-888-575-9420

When:  March 25, 2015, from 3:00 – 6:00 PM

Location: Forum Place, 8th Floor Conference Room, 555 Walnut Street, Harrisburg, PA  17101



Counties Served: Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, and Philadelphia

Phone: 1-866-631-3892

TTY: 1-888-870-4473

When: March 26, 2015, from 3:00 – 6:00 PM

Location: Philadelphia BBVS Conference Room, 444 North Third Street, Philadelphia, PA 19123

Meeting 2—

When: March 24, 2015, from 2:00 – 4:00 PM

Location: Bucks County Association for the Blind, 400 Freedom Drive. Newtown, PA 18940




Counties Served: Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Butler, Fayette, Greene, Indiana, Washington, and Westmoreland

Phone: 1-866-412-4072

TTY: 1-877-255-5082

When: April 6, 2015, from 3:30 – 6:00 PM

Location: BBVS Conference Room, 531 Penn Ave, Pittsburgh PA  15222



Counties Served: Berks, Bradford, Carbon, Lackawanna, Lehigh, Luzerne, Monroe, Northampton, Pike, Schuylkill, Sullivan, Susquehanna, Tioga, Wayne, and Wyoming

Phone: 1-866-634-2060

TTY: 1-888-651-6117

When:   April 6, 2015, from 4:00 – 6:00 PM

Location: Conference Room, 300G Laird St., Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702

Meeting 2—

Phone: 800-922-9536

TTY: 888-377-9207



When: April 1, 2015 from 4:00 – 6:00 PM

Location: Allentown BVRS District Office, 45 North Fourth Street, Allentown, PA  18102

Meeting 3—

Phone: 800-442-0949

TTY: 877-475-7326

When: April 14, 2015 from 4:00– 6:00 PM

Location: Reading BVRS District Office, 3602 Kutztown Road, Suite 200, Reading, PA  19605

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