Rhode Island Department of Human Services: Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired

General Information

Rhode Island Department of Human Services: Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired
40 Fountain Street
Providence Rhode Island 1 02903-1898
(401) 277 2382
http://www.ors.ri.gov/SBVI.html

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.

Staff

Laurie Diorio, Administrator of SBVI, laurie.diorio@dhs.ri.gov

Joseph Murphy, Administrator, Vocational Rehabilitation, joseph.murphy@ors.ri.gov

Ronald Racine, Associate Director, ronald.racine@dhs.ri.gov

Services Offered

  • Assessment
    • Provides evaluation and assessment for vocational training and placement.

  • Braille and Reading Instruction
    • Offers braille instruction.

  • 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.

  • Health
    • Contracts for medical diagnoses, physical restoration and treatment.

  • Health Services
    • Contracts for medical diagnoses, physical restoration and treatment.

  • Information and Referral
    • Information and referral services provided.

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

  • Travel/Orientation and Mobility
    • Provides orientation and mobility training.