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

Conversations About Blindness and Technology

Conversations About Blindness And Technology webinars seek to provide opportunities for socialization and technology training for the blind and VI community. Click here to view Mike Fish, lead Technology Instructor at VRCBVI, as he summarizes the December meeting on the Braille Note Touch device.

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

VRCBVI is seeking volunteers!

Are you someone who enjoys academics and being in a classroom setting? The Adult Basic Education office needs your help! We often have students who want to pursue academic work but are not yet able to read or write nonvisually. They want to be able to work on English, math, and other subjects while they are learning braille, typing, and screen reader software, but to do that, they need someone to read instructional materials to them and to record (by writing, typing and/or brailling) the responses they dictate. Click here if you are interested in volunteering as a reader or scribe or want more information. Please contact Brooke Rogers, Assistant Director of Administration, at (804) 371-3151, or by email.


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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