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Rhode Island Department of Human Services: Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired - AFB Directory Profile

General Information

Rhode Island Department of Human Services: Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired
40 Fountain Street
Providence, RI 02903-1898
(401) 277-2382 (Local)
(401) 222-1328 (Fax)
(800) 752-8088 (Toll-Free)
http://www.ors.state.ri.us

Brief Description

The purpose of Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired is to provide eligible individuals with visual impairments the opportunities and support that will enable them to become independent, active, self-sustaining members of their communities.

Hours of operation: Mon.-Fri. 8:30 AM-4:00 PM.
Geographic area served: Rhode Island.

Staff

Laurie Diorio, Administrator of SBVI, laurie.diorio@dhs.ri.gov
Kathleen Grygiel, Administrator, Vocational Rehabilitation, kathleen.grygiel@ors.ri.gov
Sandra Pritko, Project Director, Independent Living Services, sandy.pritko@ors.ri.gov
Ronald Racine, Associate Director, ronald.racine@dhs.ri.gov

Services Offered

Services for Adults

  • Assessment
    • Provides evaluation and assessment for vocational training and placement.
  • Computer Training/Assistive Technology
    • Offers computer training.
  • Counseling
    • Offers individual, family/parent, group counseling, casework evaluation, psychological testing, placement in training or institution, referral to community services, educational placements, vocational assessment and counseling.
  • Daily Living Skills/Independent Living Skills Training
    • Provides training in personal management, handwriting, typing, home management, remedial education, and sensory training in client's home and community. Oversees Older Blind Independent Living Program.
  • Employment/Job Training
    • Provides pre-vocational evaluation, career and skill counseling, job retention, vocational placement, follow-up service, vending stand training.
  • Information and Referral
    • Information and referral services provided.
  • Travel/Orientation and Mobility
    • Provides orientation and mobility training.

Services for Children

  • Braille and Reading Instruction
    • Offers braille instruction.
  • Counseling
    • Offers individual, family/parent, group counseling, casework evaluation, psychological testing, placement in training or institution, referral to community services, educational placements, vocational assessment and counseling.
  • Summer/Day Camps and After-school Programs
    • Conducts a camp for blind/visually impaired children and teens.

Services for Professionals

  • Professional Training
    • Offers internship/fieldwork placement in rehabilitation counseling, social work, vocational rehabilitation.
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