Department for the Blind and Vision Impaired

Welcome to the Department for the Blind and Vision Impaired

Providing Quality Services to Assist Virginia's Citizens

Raymond E. Hopkins, Commissioner

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What will you do in a disaster?

September is National Preparedness Month and DBVI wants to make sure that all of our customers and their families know the importance of planning for a natural or man-made disaster. Planning is a thoughtful approach to help you respond appropriately to a very stressful event. You may have little warning that an event is about to occur so taking action today will better position you for tomorrow.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency provides a wealth of online information here: FEMA. The Virginia Department of Emergency Management also has useful information here: ReadyVirginia.Gov. DBVI asks that you please view this 5-minute, FEMA-sponsored, video which focuses on People with Disabilities and Other Access and Functional Needs.

DBVI Increases Accessibility to Web Content

Screenshot of the new translation iconWith 15% of Virginians (1.1 million people) over the age of 5 who speak a language in addition to English and 3.7% of Virginians (275,000 people) who report that they speak no English at all, there was a large and growing population unable to access our valuable online information.

Now, the user simply clicks on the new “Translation” icon in the upper right corner of the webpage banner, accepts the disclaimer, and selects the desired language. All content automatically translates. Most languages are compatible with screen readers, but since this feature is dependent on external technology, you may find a few languages yet unsupported. Tell a friend.

Meeting Notice for the State Rehabilitation Council Meeting

Date:        Saturday, September 13, 2014
Time:        10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Location:   Virginia Department for the Blind and
                  Vision Impaired
                  Headquarters Building
                  397 Azalea Avenue
                  Richmond, VA 23227
Contact:    Susan Davis Payne
                  (804) 371-3184

Are you interested in volunteering in Richmond? Have ‘we’ got a job for you!

The Library and Resource Center of the Department for the Blind and Vision Impaired is looking for individuals who are interested in volunteering, specifically in our digital talking book machine area. We have a repair site in our building, and we will train you. You can set your schedule! We provide tickets for lunch in the campus cafeteria. You will be working with wonderful staff.

If you like the idea of becoming part of our work family – contact James Norman at 804-887-7333 or

VoiceOver for iPhone Video Tutorial

Are you interested in learning a little more about using an Apple iPhone with VoiceOver? If you are, the DBVI video Introduction to VoiceOver on the iPhone can give you a clear, concise overview on the physical configuration of the iPhone and its basic operation, specifically using VoiceOver gestures. Look for Introduction to VoiceOver on the iPhone on our YouTube channel and start learning about iPhone accessibility now!

Like DBVI on Facebook

Facebook ProfileDBVI is excited to announce that we’re now on Facebook! Stay up to date with our latest announcements, links and videos. For those of you who have Facebook accounts (they are free and open to all), we’d love to hear your feedback. Don’t forget to ‘Like’ us!!

NFB-NEWSLINE® Announces Online Weather Information Service

NFB-NEWSLINE®, has announced a collaboration with AccuWeather®, an online weather information service, to provide emergency weather alerts to blind and print-disabled subscribers throughout America. The AccuWeather® information service will be offered on NFB-NEWSLINE®, giving blind and print-disabled people instant access to emergency weather alerts such as those shown on television screens during regular programming which aren’t accessible to the blind. Newsline subscribers can get more information by selecting weather alerts when they next visit the Newsline service. Read the full story at

A Message from Raymond Hopkins

Welcome to this website of the Virginia Department for the Blind and Vision Impaired (DBVI). DBVI is an agency of the Commonwealth of Virginia that is dedicated to its mission of providing services and resources which empower Virginians who are blind, vision impaired or deafblind to achieve their desired levels of employment, education, and personal independence. Whether you are experiencing vision loss yourself, have a family member who has a visual disability or you’re conducting research; I hope the information found here is beneficial to you.

The department offers a wide array of specialized services and programs for Virginia residents of all ages who are experiencing significant visual disabilities. With the assistance of DBVI it is hoped that persons who are blind, deafblind and vision impaired will acquire the skills which lead to confidence and positive attitudes which are essential components for becoming independent contributing members of our communities.

This Department employs a staff which is highly trained and committed to assist Virginia's blind, deafblind, and vision impaired citizens in reaching their full potential. The services of the department are comprehensive, varied and available in local communities as well as through our residential component, Virginia Rehabilitation Center for the Blind and Vision Impaired in Richmond. All training opportunities that DBVI offers are intended to assist consumers who are blind to develop the skills, confidence and positive attitude needed to achieve their goals. Please allow us to be of assistance to you or someone you know.

This website provides detailed information about the department's programs and services. I hope you find the information helpful. You may contact us by telephone through our toll free number, 1-800-622-2155, or in the Richmond area: 371-3140. You may also reach us by following the “contact us” link on this website.
Warmest regards,

Raymond E. Hopkins, Commissioner
Virginia Department for the Blind and Vision Impaired
397 Azalea Avenue
Richmond, VA 23227
Phone: (804) 371-3140
Toll Free (in Virginia): (800) 622-2155
Fax: (804) 371-3157
E-mail: Ray Hopkins
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