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VA Department for the Blind and Vision Impaired (DBVI)

 

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Overview

The Virginia Department for the Blind and Vision Impaired (DBVI) provides services to assist Virginia's citizens who are blind, deafblind or vision impaired in achieving their maximum level of employment, education, and personal independence. DBVI's services complement and support the goal of promoting independent living in the community for Virginians with disabilities. The Department's services and training programs are available in consumers' homes or at the residential Virginia Rehabilitation Center for the Blind and Vision Impaired in Richmond.

Services

DBVI provides an array of specialized services to assist blind consumers in obtaining employment and achieving or maintaining personal independence:

          Its primary area of focus is to provide vocational rehabilitation services available through the State-Federal partnership authorized in the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended.

          Vocational evaluation, training, job development, placement, and follow-up services are provided to assist consumers in obtaining paid employment in the public and private sectors.

          Independent living assessments and training are available to assist consumers in achieving their goals for acquiring skills of daily living, home management, orientation and mobility, Braille and other communication skills, and training in the use of adaptive technologies.

          Low Vision services are available to assist individuals in utilizing their remaining vision to maximum benefit.

          Specialized evaluations, training and technical assistance are available to assist consumers and service providers in meeting the needs of those consumers who have combined vision and hearing losses.

          The Library and Resource Center provides Braille, large print and recorded materials to increase consumers' knowledge and educational achievement as well as providing for leisure reading.

          The department also collaborates with schools to assist in the education of blind, deafblind or visually impaired students.

          Employment opportunities for blind persons are available through the Virginia Industries for the Blind (VIB) at its two plant locations in Charlottesville and Richmond, its satellite store operations and administrative service positions across the Commonwealth.

          Employment as vendors in the Randolph-Sheppard Program are available in cafeterias, snack bars, and other vending facilities in public and private buildings.

Office Contact Information

The Department for the Blind and Vision Impaired has administrative offices in Richmond, regional offices in six locations across the state, a library and resource center, a rehabilitation center, and two Virginia Industries for the Blind manufacturing plants.

Headquarters Office

397 Azalea Avenue
Richmond, VA 23227

(800) 622-2155 (Voice/TTY)
(804) 371-3140 (Voice/TTY)

Bristol Regional Office

111 Commonwealth Avenue, Suite 200
Bristol, VA 24201

(276) 642-7300

Fairfax Regional Office

11150 Main Street, Suite 502
Fairfax, VA 22030

(703) 359-1100

Norfolk Regional Office

6325 N. Center Drive, Suite 131
Norfolk, VA 23502

(757) 466-4162

Richmond Regional Office

397 Azalea Avenue
Richmond, VA 23227

(804) 371-3353

Roanoke Regional Office

1351 Hershberger Road, Suite 215
Roanoke, VA 24012

(540) 561-7475

Staunton Regional Office

620 Jefferson Highway
Staunton, VA 24401

(540) 332-7729

Virginia Rehabilitation Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired

401 Azalea Avenue
Richmond, VA 23227

(804) 371-3151

Library and Resource Center

395 Azalea Avenue
Richmond, VA 23227

(804) 371-3661

Virginia Industries for the Blind - Charlottesville

1102 Monticello Road
Charlottesville, VA 22902

(434) 295-5168

Virginia Industries for the Blind - Richmond

1535 High Street
Richmond, VA 23220

(804) 786-2056

Source

Information for this topic was drawn from the DBVI website at:
http://www.vdbvi.org/


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