(20 ILCS 2405/12) (from Ch. 23, par. 3443)
    Sec. 12. Services for the visually impaired. The Department shall provide community services for persons with visual disabilities at the Illinois Center for Rehabilitation and Education to promote the general welfare and rehabilitation of persons with major visual disabilities and provide such related services as will promote independent living, lessen the limitations of their disability, teach them vocational and other skills, and assist in making them self-supporting and responsible citizens of their communities. The community services program shall provide such instruction and intensive rehabilitation training service individually or in groups as is deemed necessary and practicable for each individual case, using the best appliances, skills, and specialist services known. The Center shall carry out these purposes by providing appropriate training in a residential center for persons with visual disabilities who are found to be qualified for such training.
    In order to facilitate the training and rehabilitation of persons with major visual disabilities in industrial work processes and provide necessary services, the Center and the community services program shall have authority to seek and negotiate contracts with agencies, individuals, firms, manufacturers or corporations for the repair of machines or equipment for persons with visual disabilities and for separating, sorting, packaging, tying, wrapping, or otherwise putting together small objects. The rates charged for such work shall be reasonable and adequate, and comparable to those paid other persons for similar services, except as the projects are used for training and rehabilitation of persons with visual disabilities who may not be compensated during the period of training.
    All money which has been or may be paid to, or is received as payment for such work shall be deposited in an approved bank or savings and loan association in a special account known as the Industrial Project Fund. All deposits and expenditures of the Industrial Project Fund shall be made under the direction of the Department and in accordance with its rules and regulations. Expenditures shall be limited to salaries and wages paid to the persons with visual disabilities performing the work and for necessary supplies, expenses and equipment required to facilitate and operate such training and employment, and for the benefit, special comfort, pleasure, amusement and rehabilitation of all persons with visual disabilities receiving services from the Department.
    No bank or savings and loan association shall receive public funds as permitted by this Section, unless it has complied with the requirements established under Section 6 of the Public Funds Investment Act.
(Source: P.A. 88-172.)