Department for the Blind and Vision Impaired

DBVI’s Resources

Links to Web Sites of interest. All of the links on this page visit other web sites.

Assistive Technology Services

  • AISquared

    Makers of Zoomtext Magnifier/Reader, one of the most popular screen magnification programs in the world. http://www.aisquared.com/

  • ALVA Access Group

    Manufactures and distributes screen readers, speech synthesizers, screen magnification software, braille displays, braille software and printers, handheld organizers, and the ALVA MPO cellular phone and personal digital assistant. http://www.usatechguide.org

  • ATIA Funding Resources Guide

    The Assistive Technology Industry Association (ATIA) has put together an excellent resource about where to find funding for Assistive Technology. http://www.atia.org/

  • Duxbury Systems

    Manufacturer of Duxbury Braille Translator (DBT) and MegaDots. http://www.duxburysystems.com/

  • Enabling Technologies

    One of the oldest companies in access technology, Enabling Technologies is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of braille embossers. http://www.brailler.com/

  • Enhanced Vision

    Enhanced Vision Technologies offer a diverse and reliable line of low vision aids and electronic magnifiers. http://www.enhancedvision.com/

  • Freedom Scientific

    Makers of JAWS Speech, Magic Screen Magnification, low vision desktop and portable magnifiers, scanners and scanning software. http://www.freedomscientific.com/

  • GW Micro

    GW Micro is an adaptive technology vendor, providing high quality solutions for blind and visually impaired. http://www.gwmicro.com/

  • Kurzweil Scanning Software

    Manufacturer of the Kurzweil 1000 scanning software that makes printed or electronic text readily available to people who are blind or visually impaired. http://www.kurzweiledu.com/

  • National Center on Health, Physical Activity, and Disability: NEW Website Launch

    Please disseminate as appropriate... and check out the new website for information and resources!

    The National Center on Health, Physical Activity, and Disability (NCHPAD) has just launched their new website! NCHPAD is creating inclusive health transformation by establishing leadership in disability at the national, state, and local levels. This leadership will provide a voice for disability inclusion and accessibility, and will work with NCHPAD to ensure that people with disabilities are represented in health and wellness transformation programs and initiatives. For more information go to: http://www.nchpad.org/

    The Center is focusing on five key goal areas: (a) Developing Leadership through the formation of local Inclusive Health Coalitions (IHCs) that support community health inclusion for children, adults and seniors with disabilities across community sectors (schools, fitness centers, workplaces, health care facilities, and community-at-large); (b) Providing individualized Information, Referral and Consultation services to people with disabilities, families, caregivers, policymakers, organizations, community members, health care practitioners and public health professionals through an expansive array of web-based materials customized to end users; (c) Promoting community and individual behavior change through a Health Communications network that channels social media between and within disability and non-disability service providers and organizations; (d) Developing a set of guidelines/criteria to promote inclusive Policies in physical activity, nutrition and lifestyle weight management and establishing Partnerships with major leaders in the disability and public health communities to ensure inclusion into various community transformation programs; and (e) Developing a comprehensive Training initiative that educates disability and non-disability service providers in community health inclusion. The expected results of the Center's activities include 1) greater support for promoting inclusive policies, systems and environments that support the needs of people with disabilities; and 2) improved health behaviors (i.e., physical activity and nutrition) and better weight management strategies for addressing obesity in children and adults with disabilities.

  • Pulse Data Humanware

    Humanware makes a variety of assistive technology devices, including speech and magnification programs, Braille displays, Braille notetakers, talking book players, video magnifiers, portable magnifiers, talking GPS, and talking scanners. http://www.humanware.com/

  • Serotek

    Maker of the System Access suite of software programs that provide an economical alternative to speech access. System Access To Go is a web-resident version of the screen reader that is completely free of charge, making any computer with internet accessible in seconds. http://www.serotek.com/

  • Telesensory

    Telesensory offers a hand held and portable magnifiers, desktop magnification systems, transportable magnification systems, text scanners, and a variety of electronic devices such as recordable cards, talking alarm clocks, talking memo bar, talking watches, etc. http://www.telesensory.com/

Blindness and Visual Impairments

  • VRCBVI Web Site

    The Virginia Rehabilitation Center for the Blind and Vision Impaired (VRCBVI) was established to provide comprehensive adjustment services to severely visually impaired Virginians. For a blind person, using senses other than sight to ’see’ may be difficult at first, but with the proper training, it can be much easier. That is our goal at VRCBVI. The center teaches blind persons strategies and skills to adapt to living without sight, and we teach people with partial vision ways to use their remaining sight more effectively. http://www.vrcbvi.org/

  • VIB Web Site

    Established almost nine decades ago, VIB (VA Industries for the Blind) started as a private organization in Charlottesville, VA through the efforts of the Virginia Association of Workers for the Blind. Now as part of the Enterprise Division of the DBVI, VIB works in coordination with the DBVI Services Division and the Virginia Rehabilitation Center for the Blind and Vision Impaired (VRCBVI) to provide a full range of employment, training, and other vocational services to blind individuals across the Commonwealth. http://vibonline.org

  • Bus Service to DBVI Headquarters (Route 93 Azalea Connector)

    Transportation service to DBVI Headquarter in Richmond, VA using the GRTC Metro System http://www.ridegrtc.com/

  • Senior Navigator

    Resource for Virginia’s Seniors and Caregivers http://www.seniornavigator.org/

  • National Eye Institute (NEI)

    The National Eye Institute (NEI) was established by Congress in 1968 to protect and prolong the vision of the American people. NEI research leads to sight-saving treatments, reduces visual impairment and blindness, and improves the quality of life for people of all ages. NEI-supported research has advanced our knowledge of how the visual system functions in health and disease. http://www.nei.nih.gov/

  • American Council of the Blind

    The American Council of the Blind strives to increase the independence, security, equality of opportunity, and quality of life, for all blind and visually-impaired people. http://www.acb.org/

  • National Federation of the Blind

    With more than 50,000 members, the National Federation of the Blind is the largest and most influential membership organization of blind people in the United States. The NFB improves blind people’s lives through advocacy, education, research, technology, and programs encouraging independence and self-confidence. http://www.nfb.org/

  • VisionAware

    The American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) and Reader’s Digest Partners for Sight Foundation have launched VisionAware.org, a free, easy-to-use informational website for adults with vision loss, their families, caregivers, healthcare providers, and social service professionals. The new VisionAware combines two stand-alone resources from AFB and Partners for Sight (Senior Site and the former VisionAware, respectively) into a single, comprehensive website offering dynamic social networking and customized guidance for adults of all ages with rich content and practical tips on living with vision loss. http://www.visionaware.org/

  • Hadley School for the Blind

    Hadley offers courses free of charge to its blind and visually impaired students and their families and affordable tuition courses to blindness professionals. Today, Hadley is the largest educator of people who are blind or visually impaired around the world, serving more than 10,000 students annually in all 50 states and 100 countries. http://www.hadley-school.org

  • Iowa Department for the Blind

    The Iowa Department for the Blind is recognized as a leading provider of services in the United States. These services include innovative and effective vocational rehabilitation and independent living programs as well as world-class library services. http://www.blind.state.ia.us

  • Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP)

    ODEP is an agency within the U. S. Department of Labor. The Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) provides national leadership by developing and influencing disability employment-related policies and practices affecting an increase in the employment of people with disabilities. http://www.dol.gov/odep/

  • Macular Degeneration Community Support

    This web site offers free information and personal assistance for people dealing with macular degeneration and similar retinal diseases. http://www.mdsupport.org

  • The American Foundation for the Blind’s Braille Bug site

    The American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) created the Braille Bug® web site to teach sighted children about braille, and to encourage literacy among all children. AFB—a national nonprofit founded in 1921 and the organization to which Helen Keller devoted more than 40 years of her life—expands possibilities for children and adults with vision loss. http://www.afb.org/braillebug

  • Smart Glasses

    This site is a resource guide for the blind. Information ranges from 'eye care for children and elderly', to 'how to select eye glasses and other medical information'. http://www.smart-glasses.org/blind-resource-guide/

  • Blinded Veterans Association (BVA)

    The Blinded Veterans Association (BVA) is an organization of blinded veterans helping blinded veterans. Through their service programs, regional groups, resources, and advocacy before the legislative and executive branches of government, there is hope to make life better for blinded veterans and to be there with encouragement and support. http://www.bva.org

Deafblind Services

  • I Can Connect Virginia (ICC VA)

    I Can Connect Virginia is the Virginia portion of a national communications equipment distribution program for eligible deafblind individuals. They can receive equipment such as computers, iPhones and iPads which enable them to connect with other people. This is a partnership between the Virginia Department for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing and the Department for the Blind and Vision Impaired. For more information, visit www.icanconnectvirginia.org/

  • Virginia Relay

    Virginia Relay is a service that allows deaf, hard of hearing, deafblind and speech impaired people to communicate using a TTY (text telephone) or other assistive telephone device with anyone who is using a standard phone. www.varelay.org/

  • National Family Association for Deaf Blind

    NFADB is a national organization of, by and for families of deafblind children. NFADB provides information, resources and support to deafblind children and adults, and family members of deafblind individuals. http://www.nfadb.org

  • Helen Keller National Center

    Helen Keller National Center is a national rehabilitation and training center for deafblind youth and adults located in Long Island, NY. HKNC also has ten regional representatives around the country who can provide assistance and resources to deafblind people, family members, and professionals working with them in their communities. http://www.hknc.org

  • National Consortium on Deaf-Blindness

    The National Consortium on Deaf-Blindness is made up of two divisions. One division provides technical assistance and training to deafblind children, their families, and professionals who work with them. Another division provides information and referral on a variety of topics related to deafblindness. http://www.nationaldb.org

  • Texas School for the Blind

    Texas School for the Blind educates blind, visually impaired and deafblind children living in Texas. However, it is nationally known for developing curricula to work with deafblind children with other special needs (such as intellectual challenges or developmental delays). http://www.tsbvi.edu

  • Together We Can Program (the Virginia Project for Children and Youth with Deafblindness)

    This state program provides information, referral, training and technical assistance to deafblind children in Virgina aged birth to 21, their families, and professionals working with them. http://www.twc-deafblind.state.va.us

  • Perkins School for the Blind

    Perkins School for the Blind, located in Watertown, Massachusetts, educates blind, deafblind and visually impaired children from around the country. http://www.perkins.pvt.k12.ma.us

  • Metro Washington Association of the Deaf-Blind

    This is a consumer organization of, by and for deafblind people living in the Washington, DC metropolitan area. People from Northern Virginia also can belong to this organization. http://www.mwadb.org

  • American Association of the Deaf-Blind

    AADB is a national consumer advocacy organization of, by and for deafblind people. http://www.aadb.org

  • Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS)

    A federal agency overseeing special education and rehabilitation programs for people with disabilities. http://www2.ed.gov/

  • Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP)

    A federal program overseeing special education programs around the country. http://www2.ed.gov/

  • Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Development Services (DBHDS)

    This agency provides services to people with intellectual disabilities, mental illnesses and substance abuse. To find out more, contact Kathy Baker, who is the State Coordinator of Services for Persons who are Deaf, Hard of Hearing, Late Deafened or DeafBlind. Her email address is kbaker@racsb.state.va.us

Education Services

Infants and Toddlers

Infant and Toddler Connection of Virginia

The Infant & Toddler Connection of Virginia provides early intervention supports and services to infants and toddlers from birth through age two who are not developing as expected or who have a medical condition that can delay normal development. Early intervention supports and services focus on increasing the child's participation in family and community activities that are important to the family. In addition, supports and services focus on helping parents and other caregivers know how to find ways to help the child learn during everyday activities. These supports and services are available for all eligible children and their families regardless of the family’s ability to pay. http://www.infantva.org/

General Resources for Parents and Teachers

  • Family Connect

    Family Connect is for parents of children with visual impairments. Sometimes no one can relate to you as well as another parent of a visually impaired or blind child. Connect with parents who are sharing your experience through our message boards and blog posts. Watch videos featuring parents, siblings, and children with visual impairments. Or, learn about events in your area where you can meet with each other in person. Sections on Infants and Toddlers; Preschoolers; Grade Schoolers; Teenagers. Learn about eye conditions; and education; toy guides. http://www.familyconnect.org/

  • Virginia’s Department of Education Visual Impairment / Blind Web Page

    The Virginia Department of Education (DOE) has a webpage to provide information about children with visual impairments. The web page provides links to both DOE and Outside resources. http://www.doe.virginia.gov/

  • Guidelines for Working with Students Who are Blind or Visually Impaired in Virginia’s Public Schools (2010)

    The Guidelines for Working with Students Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired in Virginia Public Schoolsprovides information for the provision of services to students who are blind or visually impaired to support their educational goals. These Guidelines provide a resource of suggestions for implementing services; they are not regulatory. They are written for any individual interested in serving the academic needs of students who are blind or visually impaired. http://www.doe.virginia.gov/

  • Guide to Local Alternative Education Options

    Guide to Local Alternative Education Options for Suspended and Expelled Students in the Commonwealth. http://leg2.state.va.us/

  • Virginia Department of Education

    The VDOE website places a wealth of data and information about Virginia’s public schools at the fingertips of every citizen. This transparency is an essential component of the commonwealth’s program to raise achievement and expand opportunities for all students. http://www.doe.virginia.gov/

  • Virginia Consortium for Teacher Preparation in Vision Impairment

    The VI Consortium is the only academic program for preparing teachers of students with visual impairments in Virginia and is comprised of five universities: George Mason University, James Madison University, Norfolk State University, Old Dominion University, and Radford University. Its primary goal is to prepare teachers to be highly skilled at working with students with visual impairment and blindness. Completion of the VI program meets the Virginia Department of Education’s required competencies for teachers of students with vision impairments. http://kihd.gmu.edu/

  • Virginia School for the Deaf and the Blind (VSDB)

    The Virginia School for the Deaf and the Blind provides an environment which fosters self-confident students who are contributing citizens and life-long learners and to be a resource of excellence for the communities of Virginia who serve students who are deaf/hard of hearing, blind/vision impaired and deafblind. http://vsdb.k12.va.us

State and Federal Regulations for Special Education

  • Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), Amended Regulations

    The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) is a law ensuring services to children with disabilities throughout the nation. IDEA governs how states and public agencies provide early intervention, special education and related services to more than 6.5 million eligible infants, toddlers, children and youth with disabilities. http://idea.ed.gov/

  • Regulations Governing Special Education Programs for Children with Disabilities in Virginia

    These regulations set forth the requirements of the Board of Education regarding the provision of special education and related services to children with disabilities in the Commonwealth, reflecting both state and federal requirements. The regulations are applicable to all local school divisions, state-operated programs, the Virginia School for the Deaf and the Blind at Staunton, and private schools in the Commonwealth that provide special education and related services to children with disabilities. http://www.doe.virginia.gov/

Employment Related Sites of Interest

  • AFB CareerConnect®

    CareerConnect® is a free resource for people who want to learn about the range and diversity of jobs performed by adults who are blind or visually impaired throughout the United States and Canada. Whether you are a student exploring careers, a job seeker investigating work options, an employer planning to diversify your workforce, a professional working with visually impaired people, or a friend or family member assisting someone who is blind or has low vision, this website can help you! http://www.afb.org/careerconnect

  • Workplace Supports - VCU Rehabilitation Research and Training Center (VCU-RRTC)

    Established in 1983, VCU-RRTC serves as a center of national excellence, providing resources for professionals, individuals with disabilities, and their representatives. For over 27 years, they have been at the forefront of the supported employment and workplace supports movements. Their team of nationally and internationally renowned researchers is committed to developing and advancing evidence-based practices to increase the hiring and retention for individuals with disabilities. http://www.worksupport.com/

  • Worksupport - Disability Friendly Business Program

    The ’Disability-Friendly Business’ program is designed to recognize and award Virginia businesses who have gone beyond the legal compliances of the ADA, and have embraced a ’disability-friendly’ spirit toward the employment, accessibility, and service to individuals with disabilities. http://www.worksupport.com/Main/disability_friendly.asp"

  • Virginia Employment Commission

    The Virginia Employment Commission provides employer and job seeker services, unemployment benefits and labor market information.http://www.vec.state.va.us/

Government

Library Resource Center

  • National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped

    Offered by the The Library of Congress through a national network of cooperating libraries, NLS administers a free library program of braille and audio materials circulated to eligible borrowers in the United States by postage-free mail. http://www.loc.gov/nls/

  • BARD (Braille and Audio Reading Download)

    BARD is a NLS (National Library Service) free download service
    Over 22,000 books and over 45 magazine titles are available; books are added weekly
    Any active individual Library and Resource Center patron is eligible
    Active institutional Library and Resource Center account-holders may also be eligible
    View a video about how to download books from BARD for downloading braille and audio books and magazines. We thank the Roanoke, Virginia Public Library System and AmeriCorps for producing and providing this video.

  • ‘How To’ videos produced by NLS

    Operation of Digital Talking Book Machine. View Video
    How to use the Book Shelf Featureof the Digital Talking Book Machine. View video

  • National Federation for the Blind Newsline ®

    NFB Newsline® is a free telephone newspaper service that provides access to newspapers and magazines from all over the country. The toll-free centralized call-in center provides service on demand to any subscriber. This also enables those who cannot read conventional print to have access to all content offered on NFB-NEWSLINE® when traveling throughout the United States twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. http://www.nfb.org/

  • Learning Ally

    Learning Ally is a national nonprofit organization that serves people who cannot read standard print because of a visual, perceptual or other physical disability. Learning Ally is recognized as the nation’s leading educational lending library of academic and professional textbooks on audio tape from elementary through post-graduate and professional levels. http://www.learningally.org/

  • American Foundation for the Blind

    The American Foundation for the Blind is a leading national resource for people who are blind or visually impaired, the organizations that serve them, and the general public. The mission of the American Foundation for the Blind is to enable people who are blind or visually impaired to achieve equality of access and opportunity that will ensure freedom of choice in their lives. http://www.afb.org/

  • American Printing House for the Blind

    The American Printing House for the Blind promotes independence of blind and visually impaired persons by providing special media, tools, and materials needed for education and life. http://www.aph.org/

  • Bookshare®

    Accessible Books and Periodicals for Readers with Print Disabilities. http://www.bookshare.org/

    • Bookshare® is free for all U.S. students with qualifying disabilities, thanks to an award from the U.S. Department of Education OSEP (Office of Special Education Programs).
    • Bookshare® dramatically increases the accessibility of books. People with disabilities deserve the same ease of access to books and periodicals that people without disabilities enjoy.
    • A searchable online library. Bookshare® offers approximately 125,000 digital books, textbooks, teacher-recommended reading, periodicals and assistive technology tools.
    • Readers of all ages. Bookshare® offers affordable membership, unlimited library privileges and a community of Members, Volunteers, parents, publishers and authors.
  • National Braille Association

    National Braille Association, founded in 1945, is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing continuing education to those who prepare Braille, and to providing Braille materials to person who are visually impaired. National Braille Association is an international organization with no local units or chapters. All members join as individuals. Many of them work through philanthropic, religious or service groups in their own communities or are professionals in related fields. All serve NBA in a volunteer capacity, including those on the Board of Directors. The mission of NBA is: "To provide continuing education to those who prepare Braille, and to provide Braille materials to persons who are visually impaired". http://www.nationalbraille.org/

  • Braille Authority of North America

    The mission of the Braille Authority of North America (BANA) is to assure literacy for tactile readers through standardization of Braille and/or tactile graphics. BANA’s purpose is to promote and to facilitate the use, teaching, and production of Braille. It publishes rules, interprets and renders opinions pertaining to Braille in all existing and future codes. It deals with codes now in existence or to be developed in the future, in collaboration with other countries using English Braille. In exercising its function and authority, BANA considers the effects of its decisions on other existing Braille codes and formats; the ease of production by various methods; and acceptability to readers. http://www.brailleauthority.org/

  • Seedlings

    Seedlings Braille Books for Children is a 501(c)3 non-profit, tax-exempt organization dedicated to increasing the opportunity for literacy by providing high quality, low cost braille books for children. http://www.seedlings.org/

  • Don Johnston

    Don Johnston Assistive Technology is a company that provides assistive technology targeting students with disabilities to read and write better. The company has been creating tools focused on this since 1980. Tools such as Read: OutLoud and Write:OutLoud are used by students with autism, dyslexia, cerebral palsy, quadriplegia and dysgraphia. http://www.donjohnston.com/

  • ReadHowYouWant

    ReadHowYouWant Pty Ltd and its R&D parent company, Accessible Publishing Systems Pty Ltd , are both Sydney, Australia-based privately held companies co-founded by electronic publishing pioneers Christopher Stephen and Greg Duncan. When Chris’s sister, who suffers from MS, developed difficulty reading, they began experimenting to determine whether people with reading difficulties could benefit from changing the text format.

    After more than four years of testing, ReadHowYouWant has successfully developed award-winning conversion technology that reformats existing books into high quality, alternative formats quickly, easily, and at price points comparable to standard format books.

    We currently have representatives working with publishers in Australia and New Zealand, the United States and Canada, and the United Kingdom. Since our books are printed on demand and our electronic formats are delivered on demand, we are able to offer books throughout the world as long as the country is within the book’s copyright. http://www.readhowyouwant.com/

Orientation & Mobility Services

For Parents, School Divisions and Teachers

While Orientation and Mobility instruction for children is the responsibility of school divisions, these links provide information that may be useful to parents and teachers of the visually impaired.

  • The Role of the Orientation and Mobility Teacher in the Public Schools - Orientation and Mobility (O&M)

    The Role of the Orientation and Mobility Teacher in the Public Schools - Orientation and Mobility (O&M) is an important and integral part of the curriculum in the comprehensive delivery of services to children with visual impairments in the public school settings. The O&M teacher serves as a member of the multidisciplinary team in developing and implementing individualized education programs for children with visual impairments. http://tsbvi.edu/

  • Family Connect

    Family Connect is for parents of children with visual impairments. Sometimes no one can relate to you as well as another parent of a visually impaired or blind child. Connect with parents who are sharing your experience through our message boards and blog posts. Watch videos featuring parents, siblings, and children with visual impairments. Or, learn about events in your area where you can meet with each other in person. Sections on Infants and Toddlers; Preschoolers; Grade Schoolers; Teenagers. Learn about eye conditions; and education; toy guides. http://www.familyconnect.org/

  • Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), Amended Regulations

    The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) is a law ensuring services to children with disabilities throughout the nation. IDEA governs how states and public agencies provide early intervention, special education and related services to more than 6.5 million eligible infants, toddlers, children and youth with disabilities. http://idea.ed.gov/

  • Virginia’s Department of Education Visual Impairment / Blind Web Page

    The Virginia Department of Education (DOE) has a webpage to provide information about children with visual impairments. The web page provides links to both DOE and Outside resources. http://www.doe.virginia.gov/

  • Guidelines for Working with Students Who are Blind or Visually Impaired in Virginia’s Public Schools (2010)

    The Guidelines for Working with Students Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired in Virginia Public Schoolsprovides information for the provision of services to students who are blind or visually impaired to support their educational goals. These Guidelines provide a resource of suggestions for implementing services; they are not regulatory. They are written for any individual interested in serving the academic needs of students who are blind or visually impaired. http://www.doe.virginia.gov/

  • Guide to Local Alternative Education Options

    Guide to Local Alternative Education Options for Suspended and Expelled Students in the Commonwealth. http://leg2.state.va.us/

  • Virginia Department of Education

    The VDOE website places a wealth of data and information about Virginia’s public schools at the fingertips of every citizen. This transparency is an essential component of the commonwealth's program to raise achievement and expand opportunities for all students. http://www.doe.virginia.gov/

Orientation and Mobility Certification Organizations

Reading Services

  • National Federation for the Blind Newsline™ ®

    NFB Newsline® is a free telephone newspaper service that provides access to newspapers and magazines from all over the country. The toll-free centralized call-in center provides service on demand to any subscriber. This also enables those who cannot read conventional print to have access to all content offered on NFB-NEWSLINE® when traveling throughout the United States twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. http://www.nfb.org/newsline1.htm

  • Virginia Voice

    Virginia Voice provides a radio and internet reading service for those with conditions such as macular degeneration, retinitis pigmentosa, Parkinson’s and the after-effects of strokes. http://www.virginiavoice.org

  • Metropolitan Washington Ear

    The Metropolitan Washington Ear offers free services for blind, visually impaired, and physically disabled people who cannot effectively read print. http://www.washear.org/

    • MWE On-Line Application

      MWE On-Line Application

    • MWE Print Application

      MWE Print Application (PDF)
      Note: This application should be printed on 11 x 14 for the large print but can also be printed on 8 1/2 x 11 with a smaller font.

      If you need assistance in completing these applications call 1-800-622-2155.

Vocational Rehabilitation Services

  • disAbility Law Center of Virginia (dLCV)

    The disAbility Law Center of Virginia or dLCV is the designated Protection and Advocacy organization of Virginia. Using funding received from federal grants, we help clients with disability-related problems like abuse, neglect, and discrimination. Each year, we carefully select goals for the work we will do. Individuals with issues within these areas may receive advocacy services or legal representation.

  • Client Assistance Program (CAP)

    CAP helps persons seeking information, applying for services, or receiving services from a Center for Independent Living (CIL) or vocational rehabilitation (VR) services from the Department of Aging and Rehabilitative Services (DARS) or the Department of Blind and Vision Impaired (DBVI). The disAbility Law Center of Virginia administers CAP.

  • Social Security Special Site for Work and Benefits for People with Disabilities

    Social Security’s Ticket to Work Program is free, voluntary and available to most people who receive Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits because they are disabled or blind. http://www.ssa.gov/work

  • Rehabilitative Services Administration

    The Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA) oversees grant programs that help individuals with physical or mental disabilities to obtain employment and live more independently through the provision of such supports as counseling, medical and psychological services, job training and other individualized services. http://www.ed.gov/

  • Vocational Rehabilitation Regulations

    The Regulations of the Offices of the Department of Education, Chapter III -- Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services

    http://www.access.gpo.gov/
  • Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended

    NEED A DESCRIPTION http://www.nfb.org/

Vision Loss and Driving

Staff and Client Mail Services

  • Outlook Web Access

    Use this link if you need access to the Commonwealth of Virginia (COV) Mail System.

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