Virginia Rehabilitation Center for the Blind and Vision Impaired

Welcome to the Virginia Rehabilitation Center for the Blind and Vision Impaired

What's Happening at VRCBVI?

2016 Senior Retreat

We are very excited to be hosting the 2016 senior retreat “Live Active, Live Healthy, Live Modern” which will take place Sunday, August 21 through Friday, August 26. Please click here for more information about this program.

Guiding Principles

Instructors employed by DBVI will provide the individual receiving training with information to make an informed choice about the best training options. This is carried out by the application of the following principles.

VRCBVI Updated Student Handbook

Take a look at VRCBVIís updated Student Handbook!

VRCBVI 2016 Calendar

Want to know whatís going on at VRCBVI? Check out our 2016 calendar!

LIFE 2016

Are You Ready for LIFE 2016? Please check out the LIFE 2016 flyer for information about how to apply for the LIFE 2016 program!

LEAP 2016

Are You Ready to LEAP into College in 2016? Check out our LEAP 2016 flyer for all the details and instructions on how to apply.

VRCBVI featured on WRICís News 8 "Positively Richmond" segment

VRCBVI was recently featured on WRICís ďPositively RichmondĒ segment of their 5:30 pm newscast. The story explains how the goal of the Virginia Rehabilitation Center for the Blind and Vision Impaired is to teach students the skills of blindness and debunk certain misperceptions about blindness. Watch video

VRCBVI is seeking volunteers!

VRCBVI is seeking volunteers! We offer CARE tickets and lunch tickets for no cost lunch in VRCBVI's cafeteria for days worked. We are seeking positive individuals who present themselves in a professional manner, and who are able to speak clearly and be courteous. Click here if you are interested in any of these volunteer opportunities or want more information.

Please contact Brooke Rogers, Assistant Director of Administration, at (804) 371-3151, or by email.

A Message from the Director

Hi! Welcome to the Virginia Rehabilitation Center for the Blind and Vision Impaired (VRCBVI). My name is Melody Roane, and I am the Director of the Rehabilitation Center.

VRCBVI offers training in the skills of blindness to blind and vision-impaired Virginians and encourages people to develop positive attitudes about blindness.

As you enter the front lobby at VRCBVI, there is a quote on the wall that reads, ďGo confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life youíve imagined.Ē From the first contact with VRCBVI, we want students to focus on the possibilities for their lives, rather than the perceived limitations. Our staff do an excellent job of challenging people to gain competency in the skills of blindness. We also work with them on looking at what the misconceptions of blindness are that are held by the general public and by the blind themselves.

Each training program is individualized, but for people who want to gain proficiency in the skills of blindness, we generally recommend a six to nine month training program. We have found that, if people can do the six to nine month program, they are less likely to return for additional training in the future, no matter what happens with their vision or family circumstances. Read more of the Director's message.

Melody Roane, Director
Virginia Rehabilitation Center for the Blind & Vision Impaired
401 Azalea Avenue
Richmond, Virginia 23227
Phone: 804.371.3323
E-mail: Melody Roane