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Kathalene Gale, Field Supervisor for the Blind Children’s Vocational Discovery and Development Program 

Abstract: It is important for parents and guardians to work with their Blind Children’s Specialist to ensure that their child receives wraparound supports. Learn the steps to help plan and prepare for your child’s needs.  

Keywords: coordination, support team, wraparound supports, in-home training, Blind Children’s Vocational Discovery and Development Program, BCVDDP, Blind Children’s Specialist               

Coordinating your child’s support team can be challenging. The Blind Children’s Vocational Discovery and Development Program (BCVDDP) is here to help by being an active partner in your child’s support team. After sharing your top priorities with staff, you can receive support in accessing services to enhance your child’s future development and independence. 

  1. Be open and ask for help from your Blind Children’s Specialist and Rehabilitation Assistant team.
  • Your child’s needs are always changing. When you need support, let your specialist know so that together you can assess new needs and plan new services. 

  1. Communicate outside of your scheduled visits.
  • Reach out to your Blind Children’s Specialist every time information about your child changes. 

  1. Invite others into your support team.
  • You don’t have to do it alone. Reach out for support from your team. 
  • The program can connect you to other families and community resources.

  1. Share your Blind Children’s Specialist’s contact information.
  • Your specialist can work with other members of your child’s support team to ensure needed services are received.

The Blind Children’s Program offers a variety of services that can include:

  • Support at Admission, Review and Dismissal meetings 
  • Community resources
  • Statewide services and information            
  • In-home training
  • Conferences and workshops                        
  • DeafBlind services
  • Personal futures planning  
  • Networking


If you are not currently in the Blind Children’s Program and would like to connect with a Blind Children’s Specialist, please email us at .