Department for the Blind and Vision Impaired

Services at a Glance

Education Services

a young boy learning braille with a teacher

Purpose:

To help children succeed in school

Services:

  • Educational and developmental materials
  • Consulting and training for parents and school systems
  • Vision assessments and eye exams
  • Adaptive optical aids

Benefits to children with vision loss:

  1. Minimize developmental delays
  2. Improve progress in school
  3. Help parents access the educational system and prepare for the future

Vocational Rehabilitation Services

A woman answering the phone using assistive equipment

Purpose:

To help you achieve your career goals

Services:

  • Guidance and counseling
  • Adjustment to blindness training
  • Vocational assessments
  • Training opportunities
  • Job placement and follow-up

Benefits to those with vision loss:

  1. Develop skills to enter a profession
  2. Find a job or keep your job
  3. Advance in your career

Rehabilitation Teaching and Independent Living

A man is playing cards using a large print deck of cards

Purpose:

To help you achieve independence

Services:

  • Independent living skills training
  • Vision assessments and training with optical aids

Benefits to those with vision loss:

  1. Learn techniques to adjust to your blindness
  2. Maximize the use of any remaining vision
  3. Function safely, comfortably, and confidently in your home

Low Vision Services

A woman and man are using magnifying glasses to view a small print book

Purpose:

To help you take full advantage of the vision you have

Services:

  • Vision assessments and optical exams
  • Low vision equipment and training

Benefits to those with partial vision loss:

  1. Understand your current level of vision and what you can do to adjust
  2. Make reading and daily activities easier

Orientation & Mobility Services

A man is teaching another man to walk using a cane.

Purpose:

To enable you to travel independently and safely

Services:

  • Travel skills assessments and training
  • Orientation technique training
  • Instruction in how to get around independently

Benefits to those with vision loss:

  1. Develop confidence in your ability to travel independently and safely
  2. Learn how to use public transportation to locate community services

Virginia Rehabilitation Center for the Blind and Vision Impaired

A woman is pulling a casserole out of the oven wearing long protecting oven mits

Purpose:

To improve your independence through a course of study provided in a residential setting

Services:

  • Independent living skills
  • Communication skills
  • Orientation and travel skills
  • Social and recreational development
  • Counseling
  • Medical information and self-management
  • Vocational evaluations
  • Assistive technology

Benefits to those with vision loss:

  1. Immerse yourself in focused rehabilitation
  2. Enhance your confidence and independence
  3. Learn from others in similar situations

Library & Resource Center

A girl is reading a book in braille

Purpose:

To provide reading materials, access to information, and developmental and educational support resources

Services:

  • Audio books, magazines and playback equipment
  • Braille novels and textbooks
  • Large print novels
  • Reference and information
  • Descriptive videos and DVDs
  • Equipment and educational materials for student and teacher classroom use

Benefits to those with vision loss:

  1. Select books and read independently
  2. Study and learn with appropriate materials
  3. Research and discover information

Rehabilitation Technology Services

A young woman is using the computer. The monitor is showing large font size

Purpose:

To help you use technology independently

Services:

  • Skills assessments
  • Consultations with employers
  • Technical support
  • Worksite assessments

Benefits to those with vision loss:

  1. Learn what assistive technology is available and how to use it for personal independence
  2. Perform your job more effectively
  3. Compete with sighted candidates for good jobs

Deafblind Services

A woman is talking on the phone using TTY

Purpose:

To help you achieve independence if you have combined hearing and vision loss

Services:

  • Assessments of skills
  • Adaptive equipment consultations, assessments and recommendations
  • Technical assistance

Benefits to those with combined hearing and vision loss:

  1. Communicate more easily
  2. Perform daily activities with greater ease
  3. Enjoy enhanced independence

Business Enterprise Program

A clerk is working the cash register

Purpose:

To encourage self-supporting, independent business operators

Services:

  • Business establishment research and assistance
  • Management training and support
  • Licensing

Benefits to entrepreneurs with vision loss:

  1. Business assistance and support
  2. Pride in managing your own business

Virginia Industries for the Blind

A man is working with a printing machine

Purpose:

To provide job opportunities and training

Services:

  • Employment
  • Vocational skills assessments
  • Job placement counseling
  • Vocational training
  • Computer skills evaluations and training
  • Summer work program for high school students

Benefits to those with vision loss:

  1. Learn vocational skills
  2. Find a good job or career
This File Was Last Modified: Monday January 04 2016