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Virginia Department for the Blind and Vision Impaired - AFB Directory Profile

General Information

Virginia Department for the Blind and Vision Impaired
397 Azalea Avenue
Richmond, VA 23227-3600
(804) 371-3140 (Local)
(804) 371-3390 (Fax)
(800) 622-2155 (Toll-Free)
rick.mitchell@dbvi.virginia.gov
http://www.vdbvi.org

Brief Description

Hours of operation: Mon.-Fri. 8:15 AM-5:00 PM.
Clients served on average per year: 2100
Number of staff: 192
Staff description: Vocational Rehabilitation Counselors, Rehabilitation Teachers, Orientation and Mobility Specialists, Education Coordinators, Rehab Engineers, Deafblind Specialists, Administrative and Support staff
Geographic area served: Virginia.

Locations

111 Commonwealth Avenue
Bristol, VA 24201

11150 Main Street
Suite 502
Fairfax, VA 22030

6325 North Center Drive
Suite 131
Norfolk, VA 23502

397 Azalea Avenue
Richmond, VA 23227

1351 Hershberger Rd.
Suite 215
Roanoke, VA 24012

1076 Jefferson Highway
Staunton, VA 24401

Staff

Raymond Hopkins, Commissioner, (804) 371-3140, ray.hopkins@dbvi.virginia.gov
Tim Brown, Fairfax Regional Manager, (703) 359-1100, Timothy.Brown@dbvi.virginia.gov
Barbara McCarthy, Director, Library and Resource Center, (804) 371-3661, Barbara.Mccarthy@dbvi.virginia.gov
Richard Mitchell, Bristol Regional Manager, (276) 642-7300, Rick.Mitchell@dbvi.virginia.gov
Marge Owens, Program Director, Low Vision Services, (804) 371-3344, Marge.Owens@dbvi.virginia.gov
Susan Payne, Director, Vocational Rehabilitation Program, (804) 371-3184, Susan.Payne@dbvi.virginia.gov
Caren Phipps, Norfolk Regional Manager, (757) 466-4162, caren.phipps@dbvi.virginia.gov
Glen Slonneger, Jr., Director, Educational Services & Orientation and Mobility Services, (804) 371-3140, Glen.Slonneger@dbvi.virginia.gov
Jane Ward-Solomon, Director, Rehabilitation Teaching/Independent Living, (804) 371-3112, Jane.Ward@dbvi.virginia.gov
Tom Wood, Roanoke Regional Manager, (540) 561-7442, Tom.Wood@dbvi.virginia.gov

Services Offered

Services for Adults

  • Assessment
    • Provides evaluation services.
  • Community Outreach Programs
    • Provides outreach services.
  • Counseling
    • Provides vocational and adjustment counseling, parent counseling, social evaluation, individual and group counseling.
  • Daily Living Skills/Independent Living Skills Training
    • Provides training in daily living, communication and home management skills, and in the use of assistive technology and devices, and other specialized services. Provides independent living services for persons age 55 and older.
  • Employment/Job Training
    • Vocational Rehabilitation Program provides individualized vocational guidance and counseling, job placement and follow-up services, supported employment services for eligible individuals who are blind, visually impaired and deafblind.
  • Information and Referral
    • Has intake and referral in each regional office. Refers to programs of the agency and/or to other community resources.
  • Library Services
    • Maintains a free library service to all eligible print-handicapped Virginians.
  • Low Vision Services
    • Provides low vision evaluation and follow-up. Prescribes and supplies low vision devices.
  • Services for Seniors
    • DBVI provides services to blind, deafblind or visually impaired Virginians 55 and older through its Rehabilitation Teaching and Independent Living (RT/IL) Program. The services that may be provided include individualized needs assessment, independent living skills training, braille, home management skills, adjustment to disability counseling, O&M (independent and safe travel), information and referral, advocacy, outreach, keyboarding, script writing, low vision services, assistive technology services and devices, and other specialized services. Nearly all services are provided to the individual in their home by one of the twenty-five itinerant rehabilitation teachers who work out of the six DBVI regional offices located throughout the state. These services enable people with visual disabilities to achieve or maintain independence and participation in their communities, thus enhancing their economic, social, and personal independence. Each participant receives a program individually designed to develop and increase the level of independent living skills and functional independence.
  • Travel/Orientation and Mobility
    • Provides orientation and mobility training.

Services for Children

  • Braille and Reading Instruction
    • Offers braille instruction.
  • Early Intervention/Infant Services
    • Participates on assessment teams to determine the needs of infants and toddlers who are visually impaired; loans equipment and materials to early intervention systems and families.
  • Education Services
    • Cooperates with local school divisions in the provision of educational services for school-age children who are blind or visually impaired. Provides educational and developmental materials; offers consultations and training for parents and school systems; vision assessments and eye exams; and adaptive optical aids.
  • Employment/Job Training
    • Guidance and counseling; adjustment to blindness training; vocational assessments; training opportunities; job placement and follow-up; and transition services.
  • Information and Referral
    • Agency staff knows the resources that are available across Virginia and will help citizens locate appropriate services.
  • Low Vision Services
    • Vision assessments and optical exams and low vision equipment and training
  • Travel/Orientation and Mobility
    • Travel skills assessments and training; orientation technique training; instruction in how to get around independently

Services for Professionals

  • Consultation/Technical Program Assistance
    • Provides infants and children, their families, their teachers with technical assistance for evaluation, program planning, curriculum modification, transition programs, adaptive equipment.
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