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?

VRCBVI 2017 and 2018 Calendars

Want to know what's going on at VRCBVI? Click here to see our 2017 and 2018 Calendars.

Friends and Family Day 2017

Check out our upcoming Friends and Family Day Event, to be held October 21, 2017! This event is for anyone who is blind or vision impaired or who has a family member experiencing vision loss, and is always an exciting opportunity for making connections and building networks. The theme this year is “Demystifying Independence,” and there will be activities to help participants explore strategies for working and doing everyday tasks as a blind person. We also want family members and friends to know how they can help in promoting and supporting their loved ones who are using their skills of independence at home and in the community.

View the flyer for this event here. You can also view the agenda for a list of the day's activites.

Saturday Seminar

Check out our upcoming Saturday Technology Seminar on iOS products! Navigate to our Saturday Seminar page for details and to learn how to apply!

NBC12 Acts of Kindness at VRCBVI

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

VRCBVI Updated Student Handbook

Take a look at VRCBVIís updated Student Handbook!

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