United States Department of Veterans Affairs
Blind Rehabilitation Service

Blind Rehabilitation Centers and Locations

 

Blind Rehabilitation Centers

The Blind Rehabilitation Centers (BRC) are residential inpatient programs that provide comprehensive adjustment to blindness training and serve as a resource to a geographic area usually comprised of several states.  BRCs offer a variety of skill courses designed to help blinded Veterans achieve a realistic level of independence. These skill areas include:

  • Orientation and mobility
  • Communication skills
  • Activities of daily living
  • Manual skills
  • Visual skills
  • Computer access training
  • Social/recreational activities

The Veteran is also assisted in making emotional and behavioral adjustments to blindness through individual counseling sessions and group therapy meetings.
 


Central Blind Rehabilitation Center

Central Blind Rehabilitation Center - Hines, IL 

Central Blind Rehabilitation Center
Edward Hines, Jr. VA Hospital
Hines, IL

First BRC program established in the U.S.
Established in 1948

 


Blind Rehabilitation Centers

The Blind Rehabilitation Centers (BRC) are residential inpatient programs that provide comprehensive adjustment to blindness training and serve as a resource to a geographic area usually comprised of several states.  BRCs offer a variety of skill courses designed to help blinded Veterans achieve a realistic level of independence. These skill areas include:

  • Orientation and mobility
  • Communication skills
  • Activities of daily living
  • Manual skills Visual skills
  • Computer access training
  • Social/recreational activities

The Veteran is also assisted in making emotional and behavioral adjustments to blindness through individual counseling sessions and group therapy meetings.

Western Blind Rehabilitation Center

VA Palo Alto Health Care System - Palo Alto, CA 

Western Blind Rehabilitation Center
3801 Miranda Ave.
Palo Alto, CA

Established in 1967

 


Eastern Blind Rehabilitation Center

Eastern Blind Rehabilitation Center - West Have, CT 

Eastern Blind Rehabilitation Center
VA Connecticut Healthcare System
West Haven, CT

Established in 1969

 


American Lake Blind Rehabilitation Center

VA Puget Sound Healthcare System - American Lake Division 

American Lake Blind Rehabilitation Center
VA Puget Sound Healthcare System
Tacoma, WA 98493

Established in 1971

 


Waco Blind Rehabilitation Center

Waco VA Medical Center - Waco, TX 

Waco Blind Rehabilitation Center
Central Texas Veterans Healthcare System
4800 Memorial Drive
Waco, TX 76711

Established in 1974

 


Southeastern Blind Rehabilitation Center

Birmingham VA Medical Center - Birmingham, AL 

Southeastern Blind Rehabilitation Center
Birmingham VA Medical Center
Birmingham, AL 35233

Established in 1982

 


Puerto Rico Blind Rehabilitation Center

VA Caribbean Healthcare System - San Juan, PR 

Puerto Rico Blind Rehabilitation Center
VA Caribbean Healthcare System
San Juan VA Medical Center
San Juan, PR 00921-3201

Established in 1986

 


Southwestern Blind Rehabilitation Center

Southern Arizon VA Healthcare System - Tucson, AZ 

Southwestern Blind Rehabilitation Center
3601 S. 6th Ave
Tucson, AZ 85723

Established in 1994

 


Augusta Blind Rehabilitation Center

Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center - Augusta, GA 

Augusta Blind Rehabilitation Center
Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center
Augusta, GA 30904

Established in 1996

 


West Palm Beach Blind Rehabilitation Center

West Palm Beach VA Medical Center - West Palm Beach, FL 

West Palm Beach Blind Rehabilitation Center
West Palm Beach VA Medical Center
West Palm Beach, FL 33410

Established in 2000

 


Long Beach Blind Rehabilitation CenterCenter

Exterior Image of the Long Beach Blind Rehabilitation Center 

Long Beach Blind Rehabilitation Center
Long Beach Healthcare System
5901 E. 7th Street
Long Beach, CA

Established in 2010

 


Biloxi Blind Rehabilitation Center

Biloxi Blind Rehabilitation Center - Biloxi, MS 

Biloxi Blind Rehabilitation Center
VA Gulf Coast Healthcare System
400 Veterans Ave
Biloxi, MS 39531

Established in 2010

 


Louis Stokes Cleveland Blind Rehabilitation Center

Louis Stokes Cleveland Blind Rehabilitation Center - Cleveland, OH 

Louis Stokes Cleveland Blind Rehabilitation Center
16701 East Boulevard
Cleveland, OH 44106

Established in 2010