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

Latest News

2017 DBVI General Public Meeting

This Fall, the Department for the Blind and Vision Impaired (DBVI) will conduct seven public meetings providing stakeholders an opportunity to make comments regarding DBVI programs and services. We would welcome your attendance and participation. Please click here for more information, including the dates, locations, and times of the public meetings.

#LIFE2017 Follow us!

Photo of program participantsVRCBVI is currently hosting 2017 LIFE and LEAP summer programs. Click here to see pictures from these exciting programs!

Dream It. Do It. Robotics and Cyber Academy

Photo of robotDBVI welcomed 24 high school students from around the Commonwealth for this five-day Academy. Richmond Times Dispatch covered this event.

Super Summer Camp!

Photo of summer camp attendees in canoeDBVI is proud to announce the 2017 Super Summer Camp experience. Children with visual disabilities will have an opportunity to have a summer camp experience, make new friends, practice independence, and develop self-confidence. Learn more...

iBill Info

Photo of iBill reader and moneyThe U.S. Bureau of Engraving and Printing is providing currency readers, free of charge, to eligible blind and visually impaired individuals. Individuals interested in receiving a currency reader through the U.S. Currency Reader Program must submit an application, signed by a competent authority who can certify eligibility. Applications, available in English and in Spanish, can be downloaded here.

NBC12 News Story

Photo of Becky Keller receiving honor.Take a look at this NBC-12 Acts of Kindness feature story about VRCBVI’s Lead Orientation and Mobility Instructor, Becky Keller. Becky was nominated for this honor by one of VRCBVI’s current students.

Career Pathways for Individuals with Disabilities (CPID)

Photo of student with computer and robot.In our highly technical world, knowledge and skills are critical to employers. Career Pathways connects Virginians with disabilities to the education, training, certification or credentials needed to qualify for high-demand jobs. The Dream It. Do It. Robotic Academy will allow high school students to get an up close look at the world of programming and coding. Find out more...


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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