Blind and Vision Rehabilitation Services of Pittsburgh

General Information

Blind and Vision Rehabilitation Services of Pittsburgh
1816 Locust Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
(412) 368 4400


Erika Petach, President,

Spero Pipakis, Access Technology Services,

Diane Celidonia, Employment Services,

Jeremy Gilchrist, Transition Services for Youth,

Barbara Peterson, Director, Client Services,

Services Offered

  • Employment/Job Training
    • Provides career and skill counseling, employment transition services, occupational skill development, job retention, business enterprise development, job retraining, workshops, vocational placement, work preparation training program, therapeutic activities, supported work program, follow-up service.

  • Professional Training
    • Offers internship/fieldwork placement in social work, orientation and mobility, regular in-service training programs, vocational rehabilitation, low vision, adaptive technology training.

  • Daily Living Skills/Independent Living Skills Training
    • Provides training in personal management, handwriting, listening skills, typing, video magnifier, home management in client's home and community and training in the use of Optacon and Kurzweil equipment. Provides consultation to other agencies. Offers residential rehabilitation program, low vision services, access technology center, residential rehabilitation for adolescents with vision impairment (5-week summer program).

  • Assessment
    • Offers functional assessment services and evaluation to identify service needs of clients who are blind or visually impaired, preschool vision screening program for early detection of vision problems in day care centers and nursery school settings.

  • Computer Training/Assistive Technology
    • Students learn a variety of accessible technologies, including screen-reading software, screen magnification, Braille displays and other computer technology, in our state-of-the-art center.

  • Consultation/Technical Program Assistance
    • Provides consultation/technical assistance in many areas of visual impairment/rehabilitation.

  • Information and Referral
    • Refers to community resources.

  • Low Vision Services
    • Provides low vision evaluation and follow-up. Prescribes and supplies low vision devices.

  • Community Outreach Programs
    • Conducts preschool vision screening. Participates at fairs and expositions. Does outreach to senior centers to display agency materials and identify potential clients.

  • Travel/Orientation and Mobility
    • Provides orientation and mobility training.

  • Braille and Reading Instruction
    • Offers braille instruction.

  • Health
    • Provides follow-up evaluation of eye treatment or prescription. Refers and provides consultation to other agencies. Offers audiological and low vision screening.