Department for the Blind and Vision Impaired

Publications, Strategic Plans, Policies, and More

Brochures

  • DBVI Services Flyer -- Information sheet highlighting the programs and services available through DBVI.
  • "What is Braille?" -- This pamphlet provides an overview of Braille; Braille codes; writing Braille; Braille instructions; Braille textbooks.
  • LIFE (Learning Independence, Feeling Empowered) Brochure -- This brochure provides information about the four-week summer program for blind and vision impaired high school students held at the Virginia Rehabilitation Center for the Blind and Vision Impaired in Richmond, VA. In this program students will focus on learning skills of blindness, working at a job site in the community and developing positive attitudes about their blindness and their capabilities.
  • LEAP (Learning Excellence in Academics Program) Brochure -- This brochure provides information about the five week collaborative program with the Virginia Commonwealth University for rising high school juniors and seniors. During this program students will test their college-readiness skills and evaluate their ability to manage time and priorities.

Documents and Forms

Virginia Department for the Blind and Vision Impaired Code of Ethics

Code of Ethics

Virginia Department for the Blind and Vision Impaired Forms

Services that may be provided include, but are not limited to, training to assist individuals in adjusting to the loss of vision; vocational and adjustment counseling and training, eye surgery and/or eye treatment for a limited number of individuals; adaptive equipment for training and/or employment; rehabilitation engineering services to modify training and/or job sites; and supported employment services for individuals who are blind and have other disabilities. Job placement and follow-up services are also provided and are given major emphasis.

Visit the DARS File Cabinet for the DBVI Forms Listing.

Library and Resource Center Forms

Library services are offered to persons who are physically disabled, visually impaired, hearing impaired or reading disabled.

Visit the DARS File Cabinet for the Library and Resource Center Forms Listing.

Department for the Blind and Vision Impaired State Plans

In order for DBVI to receive federal funding for the provision of Vocational Rehabilitation Services, the agency must submit to the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Education, and obtain approval of, a State Plan that contains a description of the DBVI's vocational rehabilitation program, the plans and policies to be followed in carrying out the program, and any other information requested by the Secretary (34 CFR 361.10). Information regarding the current DBVI state plan or state plans from previous years may be reviewed at the U.S. Department of Education, Rehabilitation Services Administration website at http://rsa.ed.gov/view.cfm?rsaform=VR-State-Plan&fy=2011,2012,2013,2014.

Virginia Department for the Blind and Vision Impaired State Plans listed by Fiscal Year:

Department for the Blind and Vision Impaired Summary of Public Comments and Agency Responses

As directed by federal regulation 34 CFR 361.20, the DBVI State Plan assures the agency will provide opportunities for public comment prior to adopting substantive policies or procedures governing the provision of vocational rehabilitation services under that State Plan, including making substantive amendments to policies and procedures. DBVI conducts public meetings annually prior to the development of the State Plan for the upcoming year.

DBVI Summaries of Public Comments and Agency Responses by fiscal year:

Comprehensive State Needs Assessment

CSNA 2007

CSNA 2012

CSNA 2015

Strategic Plans

Strategic Plan -- View the complete agency plan at the Virginia Performs website.

Create a customized report for DBVI's Strategic Plan

VRCBVI Strategic Plan -- View the complete plan at the Virginia Performs website.

Code of Virginia

The Virginia General Assembly is offering access to the Code of Virginia on the Internet as a service to the public. We are unable to assist users of this service with legal questions nor respond to requests for legal advice or the application of the law to specific facts. Therefore, to understand and protect your legal rights, you should consult an attorney.

The Code of Virginia online database excludes material copyrighted by the publisher, Michie, a division of Matthew Bender. Copyrighted material includes annotations and revisors' notes, which may be found in the print version of the Code of Virginia. Annotated print copies of the Code of Virginia are available in most Virginia public library systems, from LexisNexis (1-800-446-3410), and from West, a Thomson-Reuters business (1-800-344-5008).

  • Statutory Law
  • DBVI and Other Provisions Pertaining to the Blind


    • Title 51.5, Chapter 12 - Persons Who Are Blind and Vision Impaired.
    • § 2.2-1117 - Purchases from Department for the Blind and Vision Impaired; violation.
    • § 22.1-217 - Visually impaired children.
    • § 24.2-649 - Assistance for certain voters.
    • § 46.2-221 - Certain state agencies to report to Department concerning the blind and nearly blind; use of such information by Department; Department to report names of persons refused licenses for defective vision.
    • §46.2-932.1 - Duty of driver approaching blind pedestrian; effect of failure of blind person to carry white cane or use dog guide.
    • § 46.2-933 - When vehicles to stop for pedestrian guided by dog or carrying white, red-tipped white, or metallic cane.
    • § 46.2-934 - Failure to use cane or guide dog not contributory negligence.
    • § 3.2-6588 - Intentional interference with a guide or leader dog; penalty.
    • § 3.2-6528 - Amount of license tax.
    • § 29.1-301 - Exemptions from license requirements.
  • Other References of Interest to Blind and Vision Impaired Persons:


Policies

The Vocational Rehabilitation Manual illustrates and discusses the policies and procedures which the Vocational Rehabilitation division follows.

Vocational Rehabilitation Manual Large Print

Annual Reports

Older Blind Grant Program


Archive of previous reports

This File Was Last Modified: Tuesday April 18 2017