The Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) provides information on educational services and resources to support students who are deaf and hard of hearing, blind, or visually impaired, or deaf-blind at its website. The following links to information and resources are excerpted from the VDOE's website at Special Education-Specific Disabilities-Sensory Disabilities:
Virginia School for the Deaf and the Blind (VSDB) - The VSDB is located in Staunton, Virginia and provides a K-12 educational day program, outreach services, and residential services exclusively for students who are deaf or hard of hearing, blind or visually impaired, or deaf-blind. The VSDB Outreach Services assist early intervention providers, local school divisions, and families in meeting the needs of children with sensory disabilities across the Commonwealth. The VSDB's admissions policy is available at its website.
Contact: Pat Trice, Superintendent at (540) 332-9000
Virginia Department for the Blind and Vision Impaired (DBVI) - The DBVI's education services program provides services to early intervention providers, school personnel, and families to help children to be successful in school and the community, and to prepare for the future. The Virginia Rehabilitation Center for the Blind and Vision Impaired offers training in the skills of blindness. The Library and Resource Center provides services to local school divisions to support the education of children who are blind or visually impaired and persons who are print disabled.
Contact: Caren Phipps, Director of Services for Children and Youth at (804) 625-3972
Virginia Department for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (VDDHH) - The VDDHH provides standards for educational interpreting services and other services to reduce the communication barriers between persons who are deaf or hard of hearing and their families and the professionals who serve them.
Contact: Eric Raff, Director at (800) 552-7917 V /TTY
Technical Assistance Centers and Training Programs
Accessible Instructional Materials Center-Virginia (AIM-VA) -The AIM-VA's extensive library has developed an alternative system for providing accessible educational media under standards set by federal law to students who meet the federal requirements for print disabilities and who are eligible for accessing educational media through an Individualized Education Program (IEP). The AIM-VA, in conjunction with partnering agencies, provides required accessible educational materials to students and training for school division staff, at no cost to Local Educational Agencies.
Contact: CFI Office at (877) 567-1122 or TTY relay; (800) 828-1120
Radford University Deaf and Hard of Hearing Program -Radford University offers Virginia's only academic program leading to Virginia teacher licensure with an endorsement in Special Education-Deaf and Hard of Hearing PreK-12. Courses are taught through combined on-campus, distance education, and varied educational field experiences. The comprehensive program teaches all communication/instructional approaches used with students who are deaf and hard of hearing. Tuition assistance is available for qualified Virginia teachers.
Contact: Karen Stinson, Graduate Advisor at (540) 831-5549
Contact: Ann Hughes, Coordinator at (804) 828-1342
Virginia Consortium for Teacher Preparation in Visual Impairment (VI Consortium) - The VI Consortium is the only academic program in Virginia for teacher preparation leading to Virginia teacher licensure with an endorsement in Special Education-Visual Impairment PreK-12. Classes are offered through combined on-campus, video, and web conferencing through five universities: George Mason, James Madison, Norfolk State, Old Dominion, and Radford. Tuition assistance is available for qualified Virginia teachers.
Contact: Kimberly Avila, Coordinator at (703) 993-5625
Virginia Hearing Aid Loan Bank (HALB) -The HALB provides hearing aids and FM systems for children in Virginia under age 18 whose hearing loss is confirmed by an audiologist. Devices are loaned for free for up to six months while families/school divisions are waiting for a permanent device to arrive.
Contact: Julie Durando, Project Director at (804) 828-8252
Professional Development for Educational Interpreters
The VDOE provides grant funding to assist Virginia educational interpreters and cued language transliterators with acquiring and maintaining the skills and qualifications that are required to work with children who are deaf and hard of hearing in Virginia public schools. Free regional workshops and 1: 1 mentoring support are available.
American Sign Language-English Interpretation programs/courses are offered at the following Virginia colleges and universities: