Programs & Services

Programs

Virtual Jump Start

DSB Virtual Jump Start is a three-week interactive virtual summer camp for blind or visually impaired high school students ages 16-21. The program will consist of exciting virtual job shadow opportunities, independent living social activities, and engaging workplace readiness and self-advocacy skills training sessions. A certificate of completion will be provided to attendees that successfully complete the entire program. Please contact DSB Transition Manager LaTasha Mays for questions and/or concerns by phone: 501-366-4355 or email: [email protected]. You may also contact your DSB counselor for questions and/or concerns. This interactive program will allow you to be in contact with and gain knowledge from other blind or visually impaired students. Please register for more exciting details.

Click here for the online Virtual Jump Start application.
Virtual Jump Start 2020: June 8th – June 26th, 2020.
The online registration will be available until May 29th, 2020. 

Jump Start Program

The Division of Services for the Blind (DSB) and the Arkansas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired (ASBVI) host the Jump Start career development program annually. This program is open to blind and severely visually impaired youth ages 16-21 years. Students are assisted in obtaining a part-time summer job and offered the opportunity to participate in recreational and educational enrichment activities.

The Jump Start application is available each spring on the DSB webpage and through DSB Counselors. Completed applications are sent to:

Division of Services for the Blind
P.O. Box 3237
Little Rock, Arkansas 72203

For more information, contact: 501-682-5463 or 1-800-960-9270

Older Individuals Who Are Blind

This program provides independent living services to older individuals who are blind, conduct activities that will improve or expand services for these individuals, and conduct activities to help improve public understanding of the problems of these individuals. These services assist people in learning how to care for themselves, travel independently, and perform home management skills and other activities to promote self-reliance. Family involvement and support services are strongly encouraged. DSB contracts this service.

Contact: 1-800-960-9270

Vending Facility Program

The Vending Facility Program (VFP) Services are available to eligible blind persons who are interested in and have the necessary skills to manage snack bars throughout the state. VFP locates the sales site, equips and stocks the facility initially, maintains the equipment, and provides oversight and record keeping.

Services

Arkansas Information Reading Services for the Blind (AIRS)

AIRS Live Audio Streaming Link

The Arkansas Information Reading Services for the Blind (AIRS Radio) broadcasts readings of local and national newspapers and magazines daily over special television and internet channels to provide independent access to current information. Serving the blind and visually impaired of Arkansas, ARKANSAS INFORMATION READING SERVICES FOR THE BLIND broadcasts 24 hours per day, seven days per week on the SAP channels of AETN channels 2, 6, 9, 13, and 19, as well as online at airs.aetn.org. Readings are presented from the New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Arkansas Democrat/Gazette, and several State and regional newspapers and magazines. The Arkansas Telephone Reader (AIRS Plus) is a computer system that reads the Arkansas Democrat/Gazette and several local papers around Arkansas by a combination of digitized and human speech. The reader can access individual stories by using a touch-tone telephone, allowing them to read what they want, when they want, as well as access local programming. For AIRS Plus, dial (844) 888-0981. This service is free and does not need pre-registration.  AIRS is also on social media. Check out the Facebook page at facebook.com/AIRSradio for updated news and local shows posted weekly. To contact AIRS Radio for more information, call (501) 852-5125, or send an email to [email protected]

Independent Living Rehabilitation Service for the Blind

This is a coordinated system of services to improve the ability of an individual with a severe disability to function, continue functioning or move toward functioning independently in the family, community or to continue in employment.

Contact: 1-800-960-9270

Referral Request for Blind Services

Looking for services for the blind or visually impaired in your area? Send us your contact information and we will direct you to helpful services.

Service Referral Contact Information

Vocational Rehabilitation Services

The Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) Services is a comprehensive state program to assess needs and to plan, develop and provide job-related services to blind or severely visually impaired individuals. Such services are designed to assist you to prepare for employment that is commensurate within your abilities, interests and informed choice and consistent with your strengths, resources, concerns, and capabilities. VR services are available to you if you are blind or have a severe visual impairment and are not currently employed; or if you are seeking to advance in your present career.