Boards and Councils
Board for the Blind and Vision Impaired
The Board for the Blind and Vision Impaired advise the Governor, the Secretary of Health and Human Resources, the Commissioner, and the General Assembly on the delivery of public services to and the protection of the rights of persons with disabilities; and review and comment on policies, budgets and requests for appropriations for the Department prior to their submission to the Secretary of Health and Human Resources and the Governor and on applications for federal funds.
To view more information, please visit the Board's web page.
Vending Facility Vendors Council
The function of the Vending Facility Vendors Council (VFVC) is to participate with the state licensing agency (SLA) in major administrative actions and program development; advocate for vendors; participate with the SLA in the development and administration of a transfer and promotion service for blind vendors; participate with the SLA in developing a training and retraining program; sponsorship with the SLA in meeting and instructional conferences for blind vendors; and any other functions as may be of interest to blind vendors.
To find more information, please visit the VFVC webpage.
State Advisory Board for the Virginia Industries for the Blind
The State Advisory Board for the Virginia Industries for the Blind (the Board) is established as an advisory board in the executive branch of state government. The purpose of the Board is to provide advice for creating opportunities in career development and employment-related services to blind and visually impaired individuals.
To find more information, please visit the Board's webpage.
The DBVI State Rehabilitation Council (SRC)
The purpose of the federally mandated SRC is to work in partnership with DBVI to review, analyze and advise the agency on its vocational rehabilitation program, policies and practices. Further collaborations include development of the agency State Plan, federally required needs assessment, consumer satisfaction surveys, training, and employment opportunities for individuals who are blind, visually impaired, and deafblind.
The majority of the 21 SRC members are blind or visually impaired. Members all of whom are appointed by the Governor, represent current or former recipients of VR services, and representatives of parents groups, the Client Assistance Program VR, disability advocacy groups, the Department of Education, Community Rehabilitation Providers, a vocational rehabilitation counselor, the Commissioner of DBVI, and members of business, industry, and labor. The Council meets quarterly, on Saturdays, at the Department for the Blind and Vision Impaired in Richmond. Citizens are welcome to attend Council meetings and offer their comments. To learn more about the SRC, please email Susan Payne, Vocational Rehabilitation Director.
To view more information, please visit the Vocational Rehabilitation Division's page.