Virginia Department for the Blind and Vision Impaired

General Information

Virginia Department for the Blind and Vision Impaired
397 Azalea Avenue
Richmond Virginia 1 23227-3600
(804) 371 3140


Xavier Trimiew, Business Enterprises,

Tim Brown, Fairfax Regional Manager,, 703 359 1100

Julie Chappell, Staunton Regional Manager, Julie.Chappell@dbvi.virginia.govgov, 540 332 7729

Megan Hall, Director, Low Vision Services,, 804 371 3344

Pam Hinterlong, Director, Workforce Development Program,, 804 371 3140

Raymond Hopkins, Commissioner,, 804 371 3140

Judy Jackson, Director, Rehabilitation Teaching/Independent Living,, 804 371 3112

Liang Liao, Roanoke Regional Manager,, 540 561 7442

Richard Mitchell, Deputy Commissioner of Services,, 804 371 3140

Services Offered

  • Assessment
    • Provides evaluation services.

  • Braille and Reading Instruction
    • Offers braille instruction.

  • Community Outreach Programs
    • Provides outreach services.

  • 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.

  • Counseling
    • Provides vocational and adjustment to blindness 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 using the Federal Older Blind Grant Program.

  • 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.

  • Health Services
    • Performs eye surgery and/or eye treatment for a limited number of individuals.

  • 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 Devices
    • Prescribes and supplies low vision devices.

  • 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.