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 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 to answer the phones at the front desk at the AA building in Richmond. The hours generally are from 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM, but we can be flexible. 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. Computer experience is a plus. Previous phone experience a plus, but not mandatory. We are willing to train the right individual.

If you are interested, please contact Brooke Rogers, Assistant Director of Administration, at (804) 371-3151, or by email.

LIFE Program for Blind Teens, July 6 - August 8, 2014

LIFE (Learning Independence, Feeling Empowered) is a five-week residential transition program for blind and vision impaired high school students who want to have fun and make new friends while gaining nonvisual skills and work experience to assist in the transition from high school to the rest of their lives.

Learn more and find the program flyer by visiting our Youth & Special Programming page.

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