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Specialized DRS Support Services

The Illinois Division of Rehabilitation Services (DRS) offers specialized support services for people who are blind or visually impaired, deaf or hard of hearing, or Hispanic or Latino with disabilities.

Services for People Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired

If you are blind or visually impaired, the Bureau of Blind Services (BBS) can help you gain independence and reach your work, education, training, and independent living goals. Their services include:

  • Evaluation
  • Guidance and counseling
  • Education
  • Training
  • Physical and mental restoration
  • Assistive devices
  • High level blindness training
  • Job development
  • Job placement
  • Support services to help you get and keep a job

BBS also offers:

  • Blindness skill training at a residential program for people who are newly blind or visually impaired
  • Independent living services for older adults who are blind
  • The Illinois Business Enterprise Program for the Blind (BEPB), a training program with on-line, classroom, and on-the-job experience

Get more information about DRS services for people who are blind or visually impaired.

Services for People Who Are Deaf or Hard of Hearing

If you have a hearing loss (deaf, hard of hearing, late deafened, or deafblind), you can get help to find a job, get ready to go to work, or find the services you need.

Rehabilitation Counselors for the Deaf offer help with things like:

  • Vocation Rehabilitation services
  • Counseling and guidance
  • Help with training and technology
  • Hearing loss resources
  • Information about and referral to needed services
  • Interpreter resources and guidelines
  • Advocacy

Get more information about DRS services for people who are deaf or hard of hearing.

Services for People with Disabilities who are Hispanic or Latino

If you are 16-64 years old, Hispanic or Latino, have a disability, and want to work, Spanish-speaking and culturally-sensitive DRS staff will:

  • Help you get ready for and find a job
  • Connect you with needed support, like the Home Services program
  • Give technical help and support
  • Help migrant and seasonal farm workers with disabilities and their families
  • Do statewide outreach, information, and referral to people in the Vocational Rehabilitation and Home Services programs
  • Guide Hispanic or Latino DRS clients to serve as advocates on boards and committees

Get more information about DRS services for people with disabilities who are Hispanic or Latino.

How to Apply for Specialized DRS Support Services

You can apply for these specialized services by:

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