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We are designed to meet the Needs of our Community and Business Customers.
These services remove barriers to obtaining or retaining employment that people who have visual impairments may face.
The goal of the program is to help you become employed or stay employed. Everything we do together will be designed to help you achieve your employment goal. Each customer's experience will be different.
We try very hard to tailor services to your job goals and your needs. We do not have a standard "program" or set of services that everyone goes through. You and your counselor will develop your plan for employment together.
You do not have to be unemployed to receive VR services. We assist a lot of people who want to work more hours or want to advance their careers. This may include retraining or support advancing with your current employer or training and support in finding a new career.
To get VR services there are some steps you will have to go through including the following:
Eligibility criteria for DVI VR services are based on a corrected visual acuity of 20/70 or worse in the better eye, or a visual field restriction of 20 degrees or less. This is typically documented by a licensed optometrist or ophthalmologist. If an individual does not meet our eligibility criteria, but does have another disability, they mmay qualify for VR services from our partner agency: Delaware Works.
Remember everyone' plan is different. Each job seeker will receive different supports and services depending on their job goal and needs. Some of the more common services provided by DVI are assistive technology evaluation/training, orientation and mobility services, career counseling, and job placement assistance.
VR provides transition and employment related services to individuals with visual impairments, beginning four years prior to graduation from high school. Eligibility for DVI VR services is based on the documented presence of visual impairment or legal blindness which constitutes or results in a substantial impediment to employment, and requires vocational rehabilitation services to prepare for, enter into, engage in, or retain gainful employment. Eligibility criteria for DVI VR services are based on a corrected visual acuity of 20/70 or worse in the better eye, or a visual field restriction of 20 degrees or less.
The VR staff work closely with DVI's teachers for the visually impaired to coordinate services for visually impaired and blind teens. The VR staff in coordination with our teachers participates in the IEP process to plan for the success of that student. Our teachers for the visually impaired work in every Delaware school district in coordination with the Delaware Department of Education, to ensure that students with visual impairments are able to access their education programs equal to their peers.
The Division for the Visually Impaired staff works closely with the Delaware Department of Education, Delaware's local education agencies (LEAs), Child Development Watch, and other organizations involved with children who have visual impairments.
If you or a loved one are experiencing vision loss that impacts employment, our team can help!
Our business consultants can offer training and support to you and your staff when it comes to accommodations, smart work environments, and accessing a diversified talent pool of applicants.
You may call 302-255-9800 for New Castle County and 302-4214-7240 for Kent/Sussex County. We are available Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm. You may also email us at (DVI general mailbox if that exist)
The Division for the Visually Impaired has many Business Resources available to assist you in your quest to reach your goals.
The Division for the Visually Impaired has funding available to offset the costs of hiring a person with a visual impairment for to 50% of the wages of their initial training period. Employers that are interested in hiring qualified candidates with visual impairments through this program should contact DVI's Business Services Unit at (302) 255-9800 for more information.