North Carolina Division of Services for the Blind

General Information

North Carolina Division of Services for the Blind
2601 Mail Service Center
309 Ashe Avenue
Raleigh, NC 27699-2601
(919) 733 9822

Brief Description

Since 1935, the mission of the North Carolina Division of Services for the Blind has been to enable people who are blind or visually impaired to reach their goals of independence and employment. It provides full independent living services to all interested blind and visually impaired consumers in the state through its network of Independent Living Counselors and specialized Social Workers for the Blind.


Cynthia Speight, Director,

Mary Flanagan, Assistant Director, Programs & Facilities,

Patricia Sikes, Chief, Rehabilitation Field Services,

Services Offered

  • Computer Training/Assistive Technology
    • Offers computer training.

  • Counseling
    • Offers counseling on adjustment to blindness and employment in the independent and vocational rehabilitation programs.

  • Employment/Job Training
    • Assists in preparing for and obtaining employment through vocational rehabilitation program.

  • Daily Living Skills/Independent Living Skills Training
    • Rehabilitation services provided to assist blind and visually impaired individuals to live as independently as possible and to obtain and retain employment. Provides independent living services for persons age 55 and older.

  • Information and Referral
    • Refers to affiliated state media production center on same campus for educational, vocational, recreational and other materials in alternate formats.

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

  • Professional Training
    • Provides in-service training to staff in adjustment to blindness issues.

  • Health
    • Provides medical eye care services for people who meet financial eligibility conditions.

  • Braille and Reading Instruction
    • Offers braille instruction.

  • Travel/Orientation and Mobility
    • Offers O&M training.