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?

Take Charge: Practice Makes Perfect!

Are you getting interviews, but not getting the job offer? Do you want honest feedback on your interviewing skills from real world employers? Do you want to sharpen your interview skills? DBVI is sponsoring an exciting, fast paced seminar for active job seekers to help build confidence and employability through practice interviews and constructive feedback. Click here for information about how to apply.
For more information, contact Kim Ladd at (804) 371-3977, or by email:

2017 Live Active, Live Healthy, Live Modern

VRCBVI is excited to announce the 2017 Senior Retreat, “Live Active, Live Healthy, Live Modern,” which will take place August 20-25, 2017. Please click here to find out how to apply for this fun and informative week long event.

2017 LIFE and LEAP

VRCBVI is now taking applications for their 2017 LIFE and LEAP summer programs. Click here for more information about these exciting programs!


Spend your summer paddling down the James River, rock climbing, ziplining, and helping raise expectations for blind and vision impaired high school students. This is your chance to make a difference! VRCBVI is recruiting successful college aged mentors for the summer LIFE program. Click here for more information about the requirements and how to apply

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 VRCBVI’s updated Student Handbook!

VRCBVI 2017 Calendar

Want to know what’s going on at VRCBVI? Check out our 2017 calendar!

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!

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, “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.

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