Virginia Department for the Blind and Vision Impaired - AFB Directory Profile

General Information

Virginia Department for the Blind and Vision Impaired
397 Azalea Avenue
Richmond, VA 23227-3600
(804) 371-3140 (Local)
(804) 371-3390 (Fax)
(800) 622-2155 (Toll-Free)

Brief Description

Hours of operation: Mon.-Fri. 8:15 AM-5:00 PM.
Clients served on average per year: 2100
Number of staff: 192
Staff description: Vocational Rehabilitation Counselors, Rehabilitation Teachers, Orientation and Mobility Specialists, Education Coordinators, Rehab Engineers, Deafblind Specialists, Administrative and Support staff
Geographic area served: Virginia.


111 Commonwealth Avenue
Bristol, VA 24201

11150 Fairfax Boulevard
Suite 502
Fairfax, VA 22030

6325 North Center Drive
Suite 131
Norfolk, VA 23502

397 Azalea Avenue
Richmond, VA 23227

1202 Franklin Road, SW
Roanoke, VA 24016

1076 Jefferson Highway
Staunton, VA 24401


Tim Brown, Fairfax Regional Manager, (703) 359-1100,
Donna Cox, Norfolk Regional Manager, (757) 466-4162,
Pam Hinterlong, Director, Workforce Development Program, (804) 371-3140,
Raymond Hopkins, Commissioner, (804) 371-3140,
Kim Jennings, Richmond Regional Manager, (804) 371-3353,
Liang Liao, Roanoke Regional Manager, (540) 561-7442,
Kathy Malone, Bristol Regional Manager, (276) 642-7300,
Barbara McCarthy, Director, Library and Resource Center, (804) 371-3661,
Richard Mitchell, Deputy Commissioner of Services, (804) 371-3140,
Marge Owens, Program Director, Low Vision Services, (804) 371-3344,
Caren Phipps, Director, Educational Services, (804) 371-3140,
Mike Thelk, Staunton Regional Manager, (540) 332-7729,
Jane Ward-Solomon, Director, Rehabilitation Teaching/Independent Living, (804) 371-3112,

Services Offered

Services for Adults

  • Assessment
    • Provides evaluation services.
  • Community Outreach Programs
    • Provides outreach services.
  • Counseling
    • Provides vocational and adjustment to blindness counseling, parent counseling, social evaluation, individual and group counseling.
  • Daily Living Skills/Independent Living Skills Training
    • Provides training in daily living, communication and home management skills, and in the use of assistive technology and devices, and other specialized services. Provides independent living services for persons age 55 and older using the Federal Older Blind Grant Program.
  • Employment/Job Training
    • Vocational Rehabilitation Program provides individualized vocational guidance and counseling, job placement and follow-up services, supported employment services for eligible individuals who are blind, visually impaired and deafblind.
  • Information and Referral
    • Has intake and referral in each regional office. Refers to programs of the agency and/or to other community resources.
  • Library Services
    • Maintains a free library service to all eligible print-handicapped Virginians.
  • Low Vision Services
    • Provides low vision evaluation and follow-up. Prescribes and supplies low vision devices.
  • Services for Seniors
    • DBVI provides services to blind, deafblind or visually impaired Virginians 55 and older through its Rehabilitation Teaching and Independent Living (RT/IL) Program. The services that may be provided include individualized needs assessment, independent living skills training, braille, home management skills, adjustment to disability counseling, O&M (independent and safe travel), information and referral, advocacy, outreach, keyboarding, script writing, low vision services, assistive technology services and devices, and other specialized services. Nearly all services are provided to the individual in their home by one of the twenty-five itinerant rehabilitation teachers who work out of the six DBVI regional offices located throughout the state. These services enable people with visual disabilities to achieve or maintain independence and participation in their communities, thus enhancing their economic, social, and personal independence. Each participant receives a program individually designed to develop and increase the level of independent living skills and functional independence.
  • Travel/Orientation and Mobility
    • Provides orientation and mobility training.
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