Virginia Rehabilitation Center for the Blind and Vision Impaired

About Blindness

Despite common misconceptions, blindness need not be the dreadful, negative experience feared second only to cancer and AIDS. Blind individuals can perform most jobs, recreational activities, and daily tasks safely, independently, and efficiently using adaptive techniques known as the "skills of blindness."

VRCBVI Students at a local event

Students and instructor enjoy an outing to the 2013 Irish Festival in Richmond

At the Virginia Rehabilitation Center for the Blind and Vision Impaired (VRCBVI), students learn these empowering techniques in preparation for entering the work force and regaining independence. At VRCBVI, students also learn to "blend in" and address negative public attitudes toward blindness. At the end of a comprehensive Personal Adjustment Training program, students acquire the skills and attitudes needed to successfully adjust to blindness and eliminate the barriers typically associated with it. With these skills and opportunity, blindness can truly be reduced to an inconvenience.