Transformation and the Blind Children’s Program
Authors: Keisha Rowe, Director, Office of Independence Services, Health and Human Services Commission
Keywords: blind, visually impaired, children
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The Blind Children’s Program (GCP) gives families the chance to plan for their child’s growth and skills development with trained specialists. Since the program moved from the Department of Assistive and Rehabilitation Services to HHSC in September 2016, BCP staff have been able to work closely with other HHS programs to ensure Texans have access to the services they need in order to reach their fullest potential.
While our office locations and phone numbers have changed, our services remain the same.
BCP is part of the Office of Independence Services, along with the Blindness Education, Screening and Treatment program, the Comprehensive Rehabilitation Services program and the Independent Living Services program.
The Parent’s Role
Parent and BCP staff work in partnership, using a team approach to build the best plan for the child. When families take an active role in designing services for their children, children succeed. Blind children’s specialists and rehabilitation assistants rely on families to share any concerns and barriers that may be preventing their children from obtaining the skills needed to master their goals. By providing current medical and education information, discussing their children’s challenges and needs, and sharing joys and successes, parents help tailor services to fit their child’s unique needs, growth and development.
Blind children’s specialists:
- Help children develop confidence and skills.
- Provide training to increase independence and participation in vocational activities.
- Provide support and training to parents and caretakers.
- Help families in the vocational discovery and development process.
- Provide information about additional resources.
BCP also has a DeafBlind specialist who:
- Develops strategies to support children with combined vision and hearing loss.
- Helps families find and access local, state and national resources.
- Provides training and webinars for families, service providers and education interveners.
- Works with community and resource agencies to provide services.
The BCP team is eager to work with you to ensure your child has the tools and training they need to reach their fullest potential and be successful.
BCP is committed to providing high-quality services. To learn more, call 512-438-2404, or e-mail hhs.texas.gov/blind-childrens-program