Skip to Content

AFBAmerican Foundation®
for the Blind

Expanding possibilities for people with vision loss

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs: Blind Rehabilitation Service - AFB Directory Profile

General Information

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs: Blind Rehabilitation Service
810 Vermont Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20420
(202) 461-7317 (Local)
(202) 495-5473 (Fax)
Kathleen.Dziak@va.gov
http://www.va.gov/blindrehab/

Brief Description

VA Blind Rehabilitation Service provides a full range of vision rehabilitation and blind rehabilitation services to Veterans and active duty Servicemembers. Each Blind Rehabilitation Center (BRC) provides comprehensive and individualized adjustment programs in a therapeutic atmosphere. BRCs are located at VA Medical Centers in: Birmingham, Alabama; Palo Alto, California; West Haven, Connecticut; West Palm Beach, Florida; Augusta, Georgia; Chicago, Illinois; Waco, Texas; Tacoma, Washington; Tucson, Arizona; San Juan, Puerto Rico, Long Beach, CA; Cleveland, OH and Biloxi, MS. Fifty-four outpatient blind and vision rehabilitation clinics are located nationally as well. Visual Impairment Services Team (VIST) Coordinators, located at VA facilities nationwide, act as case managers to ensure that severely disabled blind Veterans receive appropriate benefits and services. Blind Rehabilitation Outpatient Specialists provide assessment and training in the home and community to complement the training in the inpatient and outpatient programs, and they provide blind rehabilitation training for Veterans who do not require a comprehensive BRC program or are physically unable to attend a clinical program. Aids and appliances are provided, appropriate to the needs and eligibility of the clients.

Geographic area served: National

Staff

Kathleen (Katie) Dziak, Program Analyst, Kathleen.Dziak@va.gov
Byron Ruth, Administrative Assistant, Byron.Ruth@va.gov
Deborah Voydetich, Blind Rehabilitation Planning Specialist, Deborah.Voydetich@va.gov
Gale Watson, National Director, Gale.Watson@va.gov
Mike Willliams, Data Manager, Michael.Williams14@va.gov

Services Offered

Services for Adults

  • Braille and Reading Instruction
    • Offers instruction in braille reading and writing.
  • Computer Training/Assistive Technology
    • Offers assistive technology and computer training.
  • Counseling
    • Assists veterans in making an adjustment to vision loss through individual and family counseling sessions and group therapy meetings.
  • Daily Living Skills/Independent Living Skills Training
    • Comprehensive rehabilitation is provided including low vision services and provision of low vision devices, training in communication and activity of daily living skills, use of computers and computing devices as well as other access technology, and manual skills for crafts, hobbies, household repair, etc. All necessary rehabilitation devices and technology are provided if appropriate and recommended by staff.
  • Information and Referral
    • Refers to programs for seniors.
  • Low Vision Services
    • Low vision services provided.
  • Recreation Services
    • Offers recreation activities.
  • Services for Seniors
    • Veterans Health Administration provides all blindness and low vision rehabilitation services to seniors that are available for younger clients. In addition, Blind Rehabilitation Service program staff partner with Veterans Health Administration Geriatrics and Long-term Care programs to assure that older Veterans are provided all benefits that are available to them.
  • Support Groups
    • Has support groups for blinded veterans.
  • Travel/Orientation and Mobility
    • Orientation and Mobility (O&M) assessment and training are provided to eligible clients. O&M devices such as long canes and global positioning systems are provided when appropriate and recommended by O&M professionals.

Affiliates

Blind Rehabilitation Service: Battle Creek VA Medical Center

Blind Rehabilitation Service: Dayton VA Medical Center

Blind Rehabilitation Service: Greater Los Angeles Veterans Affairs Medical Center

Blind Rehabilitation Service: Hampton VA Medical Center

Blind Rehabilitation Service: Hunter Holmes McGuire VA Medical Center

Blind Rehabilitation Service: James A. Haley Veterans' Hospital

Blind Rehabilitation Service: John D. Dingell VA Medical Center

Blind Rehabilitation Service: Lake City VA Medical Center

Blind Rehabilitation Service: Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center

Blind Rehabilitation Service: Minneapolis VA Health Care System

Blind Rehabilitation Service: Samuel S. Stratton VAMC

Blind Rehabilitation Service: William S. Middleton Memorial Veterans Hospital

Blind Rehabilitation Service: Wm. Jennings Bryan Dorn VA Medical Center

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs: American Lake Blind Rehabilitation Center

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs: Augusta Blind Rehabilitation Center

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs: Central Blind Rehabilitation Center

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs: Eastern Blind Rehabilitation Center

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs: Gulf Coast Blind Rehabilitation Center

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs: Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs: Maj. Charles R. Soltes, Jr., O.D. Blind Rehabilitation Center

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs: Puerto Rico Blind Rehabilitation Center

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs: Southeastern Blind Rehabilitation Center

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs: Southwestern Blind Rehabilitation Center

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs: Waco Blind Rehabilitation Center

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs: West Palm Beach Blind Rehabilitation Center

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs: Western Blind Rehabilitation Center

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs: Blind Rehabilitation Service, is this page missing one of your services, events, programs, or announcements? Update your information for free.

Join Our Mission

Help us expand our resources for people with vision loss.