The Delaware Division for the Visually Impaired (DVI) helps Delawareans, including veterans and their families who meet eligibility, by providing them with services designed to help people live as independently as possible with severe vision loss.
- Assistance with getting a new job and/or helping with assistive technology and accommodation needs.
- Technical assistance for people who are blind or visually impaired who have a desire to be a business owner.
- Training in the use of state of the art technology that can help people with visual impairments get a job and perform everyday tasks.
Independent Living and Low Vision Services
- DVI goes to the homes of people with visual impairments and makes subtle adaptations so people can safely and confidently navigate around their homes.
- Professional staff guide participants as they re-learn everyday tasks (i.e.. cooking, laundry, cleaning, etc.) after severe vision loss.
- DVI may be able to help eligible consumers with magnifiers and adaptive equipment.
- DVI can help connect consumers to existing resources (i.e.. audio news and book services, Para-transit services, etc.).
Orientation and mobility training
- DVI certified staff assist with learning how to navigate around the community safely and confidently.
- Children with visual impairments are afforded the assistance of a Teacher for the Visually Impaired (TVI) who coordinates with their school teacher and parents.
- DVI teachers participate in the development of the IEP, use and instruct Braille, functional vision and learning media assessments and collaborate with families, school personnel, service providers and other agencies.
Eligibility for services is established by an individual’s visual acuity as determined by their eye doctor.
- Totally Blind: No light perception.
- Legally Blind: 20/200 in the better eye with correction, or a field restriction of 20 degrees or less.
- Severely Visually Impaired / Partially Sighted: 20/70 to 20/200 in the better eye with correction.