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Stacy Smith

Business Consultant

Florida Division of Blind Services


Business Engagement Model

Last Updated: 9/14/2018

Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) agencies have developed different structures for business engagement (BE) activities. We understand there is rarely a completely rigid structure for business engagement activities. The BE structure that most closely describes how your agency has organized BE activities.

Direct Service Staff: BE is primarily the responsibility of counselors or other direct service staff.

Description of other BE model.

Some states may be in the process of moving from one BE model or structure to a different one, or the BE model is being developed. Currently undergoing a significant change in your approach to business engagement?


Description of transition of BE models or structure.

WIOA Partnership Activities

Last Updated: 9/14/2018

Activities that are part of your WIOA partnership approach relative to BE.

We participate in regular meetings with WIOA partners relative to BE.

We have shared staff positions dedicated to BE with WIOA partners.

We connect with businesses as a WIOA employment (or other) team.

We share office space with our WIOA partners

Description of your other WIOA partnership approach.

WIOA Partner Agreements

Last Updated: 9/14/2018

Is only one state agency the lead for BE?


Is the VR agency (either general, combined, or blindness) the designated lead agency?

If the VR agency is not the designated lead, what WIOA agency is the lead agency for BE?

Description of your unique approach or structure.

Additional information about how your agency is structuring BE as a part of the WIOA partnership.

Collaborating with our Career Source Partners to Develop and Strengthen our relationship by DBS providing employer training, support, education and resources. So we can implement strategies to ensure that blind and visually impaired clients fully participate in the work force. Secure opportunities for students/youth with disabilities to practice and improve workplace skills. Pre-Employment Transition (PETS) contracts with Community providers Career Source, and Department of Education to provide opportunities for blind & visually impaired students to participate in workplace activities and participate in work experiences.

BE Data Collection Strategy

Last Updated: 9/14/2018

Primary method for collecting and storing information about your BE activities.

AWARE employer module

Description of BE data collection strategy.

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