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, “Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you’'ve imagined.” 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.

Latest News

VRCBVI Virtual Trainings - Spring 2020

Our Virtual Trainings are off to a successful start! We are pleased to offer an expanded calendar of virtual trainings for April 8 through May 15. All sessions will be offered via Zoom meeting and will be one hour in length. Call in/login information will be sent to those who register. Please click here for more information and to register.

STEPS to Success!

We are excited to announce STEPS to Success, a 2-week program with the University of Richmond for rising high school juniors and seniors and Spring 2020 high school grads who want to assess their college-readiness skills. This program will introduce valuable skills, techniques, and strategies to help maximize your student's success in preparing for college or careers. Students will be housed on the VRCBVI campus in Richmond and commute to the University of Richmond Campus for classes, with opportunities to participate in evening/weekend activities. Click here for more information.

Are You Ready for the Adventure of Your LIFE?

Calling all young people between the ages of 14 and 18! How would you like to spend this summer making friends and having the time of your LIFE? Join us for exciting learning opportunities, challenging activities, and a typical part time job just like your peers! This program will prepare you for the rest of your LIFE! Click here for more information.

NBC12 Acts of Kindness at VRCBVI

Take a look at this NBC-12 Acts of Kindness feature story about VRCBVI’s Lead Orientation and Mobility Instructor, Becky Keller. Becky was nominated for this honor by one of VRCBVI’s current students.

VRCBVI Updated Student Handbook

Take a look at VRCBVI’s updated Student Handbook!

VRCBVI featured on WRIC’s News 8 "Positively Richmond" segment

VRCBVI was recently featured on WRIC’s “Positively Richmond” 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


The mission of the Virginia Rehabilitation Center for the Blind and Vision Impaired (“VRCBVI”) is to encourage blind and vision impaired citizens of Virginia to achieve optimum vocational, educational, and social independence, and economic equality.

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