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Vermont Resources for the Blind and Visually Impaired


Agencies at a Glance

Government

  • Vermont Division of the Blind and Visually Impaired

Library Services

  • Vermont State Library

Nonprofit and Private Organizations

  • Vermont Association of the Blind and Visually Impaired
  • Vermont Adaptive Ski and Sports

Schools and Career Training


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Government Agencies


Vermont Division of the Blind and Visually Impaired  

"The Division for the Blind and Visually Impaired (DBVI) is the designated state unit to provide vocational rehabilitation and independent living services to eligible Vermonters who are blind and visually impaired.

DBVI's Mission is to support the efforts of Vermonters who are blind and visually impaired to achieve or sustain their economic independence, self reliance, and social integration to a level consistent with their interests, abilities and informed choices."

https://dbvi.vermont.gov/

Contact:

Central Office

HC 2 South, 280 State Drive, Waterbury, VT 05671-2040
Toll Free: 1- 888-405-5005       

Fred Jones, Director - 1-888-405-5005

James Allen, Assistive Technology Trainer - (802) 760-9045

Central Office General Contact email: AHS.DAILDBVIInfo@vermont.gov

Barre/Montpelier Regional Office Serves: Caledonia, Essex, Lamoille, Orleans, Washington Counties

100 State Street, Suite 200, Montpelier, VT 05602
Phone: (802) 828-2762,        Toll Free: (800) 708-7681


Burlington Regional Office Serves: Chittenden ( Burlington and North), Franklin, Grand Isle Counties

110 Cherry Street, Suite 2-1, Burlington, VT 05401
Phone: (802) 863-7530,   Toll Free: (800) 708-7703



Rutland Regional Office Serves: Addison, Bennington, Chittenden ( South of Burlington), Rutland Counties

190 Asa Bloomer Building, Rutland, VT 05701-9408
Phone: (802) 786-5822      Toll Free: (800) 708-7712


Springfield Regional Office Serves: Orange, Windham, Windsor Counties

100 Mineral Street, Suite 301, Springfield, VT 05156-2306
Phone: (802) 289-0334,          Toll Free: (800) 356-1526



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Library Services


Vermont State Library

 ABLE Program: "The ABLE Library serves blind Vermonters and anyone with a visual impairment or print, reading, or learning disability. The ABLE Library—housed at the Vermont State Library—is a network library for the National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled (NLS) and connects patrons of all ages to NLS services. We offer a collection of large print and digital talking books featuring all genres, print braille picture books, as well as audio-described DVDs.

Our name, ABLE, is an acronym that stands for our primary services - Audio, Braille, Large-print, and Electronic books.  

To receive services, which are free to qualifying Vermonters, fill out and submit the Application for ABLE Library Services."

https://libraries.vermont.gov/able_library

Contact:

Vermont Department of Libraries
ABLE Library
60 Washington Street, Suite 2
Barre, VT 05641

Phone: (802) 636-0020
Toll Free: (800) 479-1711




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Nonprofit and Private Organizations


Vermont Association of the Blind and Visually Impaired (VABVI)

I worked with them when I was a high school and college student.  They have wonderful resources, scholarships, adaptive equipment, orientation, training and more.  Their mission: "Our mission is to enable Vermonters who are blind or visually impaired, to be more independent, cultivate adaptive skills and improve their quality of life."  I highly recommend this wonderful group!

https://www.vabvi.org/

Contact:

Main Office

60 Kimball Avenue, South Burlington, VT 05403

802-863-1358        Toll Free: 1-800-639-5861


Berlin Office
13 Overlook Drive, Suite 1 Berlin, VT 05641

802-505-4006       Toll Free: 877-350-8838


Brattleboro
130 Austine Drive, Suite 280, Brattleboro, VT 05301

802-254-8761         Toll Free: 877-350-8840



Rutland

1 Scale Avenue, Suite 117, Building 18, Rutland, VT 05701

802-775-6452         Toll Free: 877-350-8839


Vermont Adaptive Ski and Sports

 Just like their name says, they help provide programs for the blind, visually impaired, and other disabilities.  These activities include: Skiing: alpine & cross country, snowboarding, snowshoeing, cycling, mountain biking, Veterans Programs, kayaking and canoeing, stand up paddle boarding, sailing, hiking, Indoor rock climbing, tennis, Beeper Baseball, EcoAble Adventures environmental programs, CORE Connections wellness retreats.

You Name It: Whatever would you like to do, we can make it happen! Contact us to design your own adventure.

https://www.vermontadaptive.org/

Contact:

Headquarters 

Vermont Adaptive Ski & Sports
PO Box 139
Killington, VT 05751

802.786.4991


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Schools and Vocational Training


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