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Local Disability Services

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Local Disability Services for Albemarle County

(For people with intellectual and developmental disabilities) is the largest national community-based organization advocating for and serving people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families. We encompass all ages and all spectrums from autism, Down syndrome, Fragile X and various other developmental disabilities. There are several local chapters in Virginia.
These are some organizations that provide information and support for people with autism spectrum disorder and their families and the professionals who serve them.
Brain Injury Services provide information and support for individuals, families and professionals living in Virginia whose lives have been touched by a life-altering, often devastating brain injury.
Care Connection for Children is a statewide network of centers of excellent for children and youth with special health care needs (CYSHCN) that provide leadership in the enhancement of specialty medical services; care coordination; medical insurance benefits evaluation and coordination; management of the CYSHCN Pool of Funds; information and referral to CYSHCN resources; family-to-family support; and training and consultation with community providers on CYSHCN issues.
(CILs) are private, nonprofit corporations that provide services to maximize the independence of individuals with disabilities and the accessibility of the communities they live in. Centers are funded in part by the Department of Education, Rehabilitation Services Administration, Independent Living Branch, to provide, among other things, several core services: Advocacy, Independent living skills training, Information and referral and Peer counseling.
(Virginia Department of Health) is a specialized program for children and adolescents suspected of having developmental and behavioral disorders such as: developmental delays, developmental disorders associated with sensory or physical disabilities, disorders of attention and hyperactivity, learning problems, emotional and behavioral concerns, mental retardation or a combination of these problems. The professional staff also offers consultation, training, and advocacy throughout
Child Find is a continuous process of public awareness activities, screening and evaluation designed to locate, identify, and refer as early as possible all young children with disabilities and their families who are in need of Early Intervention Program (Part C) or Preschool Special Education (Part B/619) services of the Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA).
is the point of entry into the publicly-funded system of services for mental health, intellectual disability, and substance abuse. CSBs provide pre-admission screening services 24-hours per day, 7 days per week.
provides services to help Virginians with disabilities become more independent and self-sufficient. The services to people with disabilities include: Employment Services, Community Based Services, Assistive Technology/Devices and Equipment and Disability Determination.
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is the agency that administers Medicaid and the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) in Virginia. The CHIP program in Virginia is called Family Access to Medical Insurance Security (FAMIS). Our mission at DMAS is to provide a system of high quality and cost effective health care services to qualifying Virginians and their families.
provides assistance to citizens of Virginia to help them live their best lives. One child, one senior citizen, one person at a time, VDSS programs and services help people triumph over poverty, abuse and neglect, achieve self-sufficiency and shape strong futures for themselves, their families and their communities.
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The Family to Family Network of Virginia works with individuals, families and community partners who represent underserved groups and a range of developmental disabilities and special health care needs to plan local family- to-family networks that meet the needs of families. Family Navigators volunteer up to 6 hours a month, sharing what they have learned through training and their own life experience, with families in their communities in need of support.
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provides early intervention supports and services to infants and toddlers, from birth through age two, who are not developing as expected or who have a medical condition that can delay normal development. Early intervention supports and services focus on increasing the child's participation in family and community activities that are important to the family. In addition, supports and services focus on helping parents and other caregivers know how to find ways to help the child learn during everyday activities. These supports and services are available for all eligible children and their families regardless of the family's ability to pay.
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The mission of Virginia's public education system is to educate students in the fundamental knowledge and academic subjects that they need to become capable, responsible, and self-reliant citizens.
Many school divisions in Virginia operate Parent Resource Centers for parents and guardians of children receiving Special Education services. These centers offer training, information, and assistance, free of charge. Because they are operated by school divisions, Virginia's Parent Resource Centers vary in the types of services they offer. Another Resource: The Parent Educational Advocacy Training Center (PEATC) builds positive futures for Virginia's children by working collaboratively with families, schools and communities in order to improve opportunities for excellence in education and success in school and community life. Our special focus is children with disabilities.
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means specially designed instruction, at no cost to the parent(s), to meet the unique needs of a child with a disability, including instruction conducted in a classroom, in the home, in hospitals, in institutions, and in other settings and instruction in physical education.
The mission of this federal agency is to deliver Social Security services that meet the changing needs of the public. This includes Disability Benefits, Benefits for Children with Disabilities and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits.
Virginia school divisions are required to have a special education advisory committee. The purpose of the committee is to provide an opportunity for parents and other school board appointees to have a voice in the way that school divisions provide services to students with disabilities. LSEAC members are appointed by local school boards. The committees provide reports and recommendations to their school boards.
The mission of Virginia's Training and Technical Assistance Centers (T/TAC) is to improve educational opportunities and contribute to the success of children and youth with disabilities (birth - 22 years). The Centers provide quality training and technical assistance in response to local, regional, and state needs. T/TAC services increase the capacity of schools, school personnel, service providers, and families to meet the needs of children and youth. There are 8 regional T/TACs.
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