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Description: Looking for a roadmap to ensure that the technology in your workplace is accessible to all employees and job applicants? You've come to the right place! Whether you're just getting started on accessible technology or looking for more advanced guidance, PEAT offers resources that can help. This site includes resources on the following action steps: Learn More Get the Basics Assess Build Your Initiative Buy & Implement Communicate Measure Share What Works
Description: They say home is where the heart is… but an inaccessible home can easily break your heart. This month we’re focusing on ways to help you fall back in love with your home by improving access. From the techie overhaul, to the classic remodel to the DIY home hacker, there’s more than one way to modernize the home of your dreams. The Bathroom Conundrum To remodel or not to remodel? That is the question, and Richard Holicky has an answer. The Historic Remodel Mark Smith...
Description: The Virginians with Disabilities Act § 51.5-33 directs the Virginia Board for People with Disabilities (VBPD), beginning July 1, 2017, to submit an annual report to the Governor, through the Secretary of Health and Human Resources, that provides an in-depth assessment of at least two major service areas for people with disabilities in the Commonwealth. In June 2016, the Board determined that the 2017 focus would be on the education and employment of individuals with disabilities as related...
Description: This Directory provides employment opportunities for individuals who would like to work as a Consumer-Directed Assistant, supporting a person with a disability to live independently in the community. A Consumer-Directed Assistant is a person who assists an individual with a disability with activities of daily living- such as bathing, toileting, dressing, and grooming.  An Assistant also helps with routine tasks such as cooking, housework, errands, and shopping; and with recreation and...
Description: We want to hear from you! The Rehabilitation and Research Training Center (RRTC) at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) is conducting a study to determine if people with physical disabilities can gain needed information on employment by participating in a Facebook Group on Employment. The study will last for six months. However, individuals can spend as much or as little time as they choose interacting in the Facebook group or reviewing the materials disseminated through a monthly Email. You...
Description: The Fairfax-Falls Church Community Services Board’s (CSB) developmental disabilities staff currently provides employment assistance and training to over 1,300 people; services that help people enter and remain in the workforce or in meaningful day activities. Employment or a meaningful day activity is an important part of life, helping to add fulfillment, inclusion, economic self-determination, and identity to a person’s life. Demands for CSB’s high quality employment and day...
Description: Autism Speaks is excited to announce that the Community-based Skills Assessment (CSA), a tool to help you develop a personalized transition plan, is now an app, powered by Identifor.  Check out the app today by downloading it in the Apple or Google store! The challenges associated with the transition from school services to adulthood for individuals with autism are well documented. Every individual with autism is different and as a result, there is no "one size fits all" plan for the...
Description: This web app provides online resources to help famililies raising children and youth in foster care and kinship care, where children and youth are brought up by non-birth parent relatives. The following topics are covered: Trying to Enroll a Child in School? Concerned about Learning or School? Concerned about Mental Health or Behaviors? Need Public Benefits? Concerned about Transitions Through School and After? Concerned about Disabilities and Special Health Care Needs? Involved in the Court...
Description: A recent PBS NewsHour segment examined issues related to employment of people with disabilities, including taking a deeper look at why the employment rate of Americans with disabilities is much higher compared to people without disabilities. The segment also shows how employers benefitting from hiring people with disabilities.
Description: The Job Accommodation Network (JAN) receives many questions regarding personal assistance services (PAS) from employees with disabilities and their employers. This has been a difficult issue for employees who rely on PAS because employers generally are not required to provide accommodations related to services for personal needs. Employees with disabilities therefore must try to obtain these services themselves. It can be difficult for them to hire someone to come into the office a few times a...
Description: Project LIFE (Living Independently, Focusing on Empowerment) helps youth in Virginia succeed when they age out of foster care. We do that by helping youth directly and by supporting the professionals who work with them. Our services help youth in foster care avoid homelessness, helplessness and hopelessness. Instead, they have the knowledge and support they need to get jobs, continue school, live decently and give back to their communities. While youth are in foster care, decisions are often...
Description: This includes: LONG-TERM CARE RESOURCES & GUIDEBOOKS LTC DIVISION MEDICAID FACT SHEETS AND RELATED DOCUMENTS PHONE NUMBERS FOR MEDICAID RECIPIENTS: PURPOSE OF THE DIVISION OF LONG-TERM CARE ORGANIZATIONAL STRUCTURE OF THE DIVISION OF LONG TERM CARE AGING AND MEDICAL SERVICES DISABILITY AND SUPPORT SERVICES (at DBHDS for program operational management) DATA AND QUALITY MANAGEMENT REVIEW WAIVER OPERATIONS & CONTRACTS REGULATORY FUNCTIONS & RESPONSIBILITIES LTC RESPONSIBILITY TO ENSURE...
Description: Great Expectations is a nationally recognized program that helps Virginia’s foster youth earn the postsecondary credentials they need to achieve an independent and successful life. Great Expectations is currently available at 18 of Virginia’s Community Colleges. Great Expectations was created in 2008 as a partnership between Virginia’s Community Colleges and philanthropists supporting the Virginia Foundation for Community College Education. The program launched at five Virginia...
Description: The power to Elevate Virginia is rooted in the Commonwealth’s people and its businesses.  Whether it is the businesses that already call Virginia home or new companies considering a new location, the strength of the workforce is their primary concern.  Virginia’s future economic strength and global competitiveness depend on the readiness of a highly skilled and well-trained workforce to fill the increasingly complex jobs that mark the 21st century economy. Virginia’s...
Description: This includes: About Services for Older Youth & Independent Living Overview Eligibility, Services, Guidance & Procedures Educational Opportunities Community College Tuition Grant Education and Training Vouchers (ETV) Great Expectations Video Modules- Module 1: What is a Transition Plan and why should I do one? Module 2: Who is involved in Transition Planning? Module 3: How do I develop a Transition Plan? Module 4: What do I need to know to effectively plan for myself? Module 5: What...
Description: The countdown to college is on! There’s a lot to get done between high school graduation and move-in day. Use this calendar of reminders to help first-year students with learning and attention issues get ready.
Description: The Northern Virginia Housing & Supportive Services Regional Implementation Team has launched its new Northern Virginia Housing Resource Guide.  The guide helps individuals with developmental disabilities, their families, and service providers learn about, plan for, and find integrated, independent housing.  The website contains a wealth of resources such as search tools, an events calendar, success stories and videos, and an educational toolkit to help individuals and families...
Description: This free texting app provides a picture-based system for individuals with disabilities, who are non-readers or who are not able to text using a standard touch screen keyboard. The user can send important preset message(s) (created by a family member or supervisor) to necessary preset contact(s) as email messages or text messages with one swipe or touch. Users can also receive messages sent to them by others using this app. Messages sent or received by the user can be read out loud using...
Description: The Division of Rehabilitative Services (DRS) at the Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services (DARS) is committed to improving the independence and employment of persons with significant disabilities, including youth in transition. This includes: Transition Services Flier (in English and Spanish) Transition Services Guide School to Work Transition Services provides the following: WHAT ARE TRANSITION SERVICES? HOW CAN YOUR DRS COUNSELOR ASSIST YOU? YOUR EMPLOYMENT GOAL(S) WILL INCLUDE...
Description: The POWER (Parent Organizer With Educational Resources) web app provides parents and families with online resources to answer questions about child development, disabilities, community services, Special Education, diploma options in Virginia and transition to life after high school.  The questions and potential resources are separated into age levels: Early Childhood, Elementary School, Middle School and High School. This project is a collaborative effort between the Parent Resource...
Description: If you are disabled or are a caretaker of someone who is, it can be frustrating sometimes to find equipment that can help solve the daily living challenges you face. Things like being able to get in and out of bed, being able to sleep soundly, or being able to stay in bed without rolling and falling off the mattress can be difficult. Luckily there is a large range of bedding products to help solve these problems for you. The purpose of this guide is to help make your sleeping and...
Description: The Virginia Board is now accepting applications for the next session of Partners in Policymaking (PIP), a premier advocacy and leadership training program. The 2017-18 class will consist of seven two-day sessions beginning September of 2017 and lasting through April of 2018. Eligible applicants are adults with developmental disabilities and/or parents of young children with developmental disabilities. 
Description: The National Rehabilitation Information Center (NARIC) is the library of the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR). We collect, catalog, and disseminate the articles, reports, curricula, guides, and other publications and products of the research projects funded by NIDILRR. NIDILRR funds more than 250 projects each year that conduct research on a wide range of issues including technology, health and function, independent living, and capacity...
Description: For Educators and Professionals This site is designed to provide educators and professionals with practical information that can be used to identify and provide appropriate services to children with a brain injury. The following information is located within this section. TBI Identification Protocol: Information and documents related to how to identify a student with a traumatic brain injury. Manual: This will connect you with the Brain Injury in Children and Youth: A Manual for...
Description: Social capital may seem like a contemporary buzzword, but the concept has been around for centuries. It is described in history, economics, sociology, and politics. It has been described in highly esoteric ways by numerous famous intellectuals. In this webcast, we take it down to the everyday level.  Social capital is a resource (something you can obtain, use, and invest), a catalyst (something that causes change), and an outcome (with potential benefits to both the individual and the...
Description: The Virginia Department of Education, in partnership with Virginia Business Publications, LLC, is pleased to provide the R U "College & Career" Ready? Magazine, 2017 edition, Reach Higher, for students enrolled in the sophomore class.  In November 2016, this publication will be mailed to school counseling departments for distribution.  We are requesting the magazine be presented formally to students through a classroom guidance activity or by offering instruction as an...
Description: On 1 September 2016 Virginia launched its new Developmental Disabilities Medicaid Waiver Program. The Family & Individual (FIS) Waiver, the Community Living (CL) Waiver, and Building Independence (BI) Waiver, all now fall under the umbrella of the Developmental Disabilities Waiver Program. The Developmental Disabilities (DD) Waiver serves individuals of any age with a developmental disability. The new DD Waiver Program also covers children from birth through 9 years of age with a substantial...
Description: Giving people who are deaf-blind the tools to live, work and thrive in the communities of their choice.
Description: For more than a decade, the GCFLearnFree.org program has helped millions around the world learn the essential skills they need to live and work in the 21st century. From Microsoft Office and email to reading, math, and more, GCFLearnFree.org offers more than 180 topics, including more than 2,000 lessons, 800+ videos, and 55+ interactives and games, completely free. Educators' Resources Our curriculum staff has created the following guides to assist you in using GCFLearnFree.org content with the...
Description: Is it difficult to remain independent and get things done at home because of the lack of modifications in a standard house or apartment? The U.S. government, as well as a multitude of private not-for-profit organizations, is doing its best to make sure that each person with a definable need has a home that accommodates their limitations and requirements. There are resources available for determining what modifications need to be made and what needs to be done to get them completed. In addition...
Description: To develop and influence disability employment-related policies and practices, ODEP sponsors the following five policy and technical assistance resources: Employer Assistance and Resource Network on Disability Inclusion Job Accommodation Network LEAD Center National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth Partnership on Employment and Accessible Technology
Description: DMV has taken numerous measures to ensure our customer service centers (CSC) comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act and that our disabled customers have access to the services they need in a comfortable environment. Assistance for Customers with Disabilities Customers with disabilities can easily request special assistance or accommodations by making their needs known when they arrive at the information counter in any CSC. Once a customer's special needs are identified, a customer...
Description: The I’m Determined project, a state directed project funded by the Virginia Department of Education, focuses on providing direct instruction, models, and opportunities to practice skills associated with self-determined behavior. This project facilitates youth, especially those with disabilities to undertake a measure of control in their lives, helping to set and steer the course rather than remaining the silent passenger. There are resources and videos for Educators, Parents and...
Description: The Stephen Beck, Jr. Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act became law in December 2014. This federal law authorized states to establish tax-advantaged savings programs for qualified disability expenses. The purpose is to encourage and assist individuals with disabilities in saving funds to maintain health, independence and quality of life. In April 2015, Virginia became the first state in the country to pass ABLE legislation. ABLEnow, the Virginia-sponsored ABLE savings program, will...
Description: Service Dogs of Virginia is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization that raises, trains, and places dogs to assist people with disabilities. Highly trained dogs perform a multitude of tasks that allow greater personal freedom and independence. We serve clients residing in the Commonwealth of Virginia, and are based in Charlottesville, Virginia. Physical Assistance Dogs Whether a person’s medical condition is caused by an accident or a hereditary disability, a physical assistance dog can open...
Description: This is a resource from ADDitude Magazine.  To download the resource you will have to enter your email address.  Help your gamer pick programs that boost attention and executive skills. Many kids with ADHD love their screen time. This free download contains the best recommendations, with ratings, for the video and computer games to choose from these favorites: Bad Piggies Roblox Minecraft Portal And much more!
Description: The Assistive Technology Loan Fund Authority offers creative and flexible services to open doors for individuals who might not otherwise be eligible for borrowing. Our mission is to provide alternative funding resources for Virginians with disabilities to acquire assistive technology that can enhance their independence and improve their quality of life. Any Virginian with a disability can apply for a loan with us, regardless of income and no matter how small a loan they might need. Credit...
Description: “Work Early, Work Often” is a video campaign created by the Youth Transitions Collaborative’s career preparation and management working group. Together, the three-part series highlights the importance of work and work-based experiences in an individual’s transition to adulthood, particularly for young adults with disabilities. Each storyline focuses on a different subject and narrative, told from the perspective of key audiences that are part of the transition journey....
Description: The Autistic Self Advocacy Network (ASAN) is excited to announce the second year of the Autistic Scholars Fellowship, a scholarship which provides 4 to 6 autistic students with a $5,000 tuition scholarship to promote autistic leadership and create systemic change on their college campuses. Fellows will be required to establish or participate in a leadership role within an ASAN campus chapter or a disability rights student organization, work to promote Autistic culture and community, and take...
Description: If your child is turning 17, it is time to begin thinking about the age of majority and what that means for you and your son or daughter. Federal and state laws require that Local Education Agencies explain this to parents and students by age seventeen. You need to consider how you might support the decisions he or she has to make upon reaching the age of majority at age eighteen. The freedom to make decisions and to be self-determined plays an important role in defining all of us as human...
Description: Advisory: This Fast Fact contains adult content and may not be suitable for all readers In today’s technological world, the Internet has become an important and growing source of information and connectedness. The Internet is useful for many reasons, whether it is being used to chat with old friends, find directions to a restaurant, or read a movie review. However, individuals with ASD and their families may face unique challenges when attempting to safely navigate the web. It is possible...
Description: This webinar presentation covers two aspects of Age of Majority issues presented by The disAbility Law Center of Virginia (dLCV): Social Security and Alternatives to Guardianship"Social Security: The Age 18 Re-determination and Related Topics", presented by Elizabeth HornSynopsis -Students on SSI as a child will be re-determined at age 18 based on the adult rules. How is the decision made, can benefits be extended, is working during this time recommended? What about applying for the first...
Description: My Life My Community DBHDS (Virginia Department of Behavioral Health & Developmental Services) is committed to being good listeners, good partners and good stewards of the public resources entrusted to the agency. As we meet the challenges that lie ahead, we are dedicated to a system re-design that truly provides opportunity for citizens to receive the supports they need to live full lives in the community. This includes information on Waiver Amendments, Waiver Redesign...
Description: This is not an ‘all inclusive’ manual for assistive technology. It is a starting point to introduce what assistive technology is and how it can help. Each section of the booklet will give examples of devices for specific tasks or activities. For additional details and resources please see the “Where to go from here” section in the back of this booklet. A Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) may cause many different problems: physical, sensory (sight, hearing or touch), cognitive...
Description: The National Aging and Disability Transportation Center (NADTC), the Federal Transit Administration’s newest technical assistance center, has launched a new website to provide easy access to a wealth of useful transportation resources and information for people with disabilities, older adults, and caregivers. Visit the site for free resources that support the work of public transportation, from front-line operators to board members. The website also offers online community forums,...
Description: As teachers, we often hear concerns from students and families about losing their Social Security benefits if they enter the workforce. This webcast will provide information about how Supplemental Security Insurance (SSI) cash benefits are affected by paid employment and emphasizes how favorably the SSI program treats earned income. Work incentives such as the Student Earned Income Exclusion and Impairment Related Work Expenses are introduced and examples are provided which illustrate how these...
Description: This webcast provides an opportunity for teachers to gain a deeper understanding of the Social Security benefits and how paid employment affects students. This webcast provides a basic description of the three most common Social Security benefits available to transition age youth: Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Child's Benefits, and Childhood Disability Benefits (CDB). Information is also provided about where Virginia students, families and teachers can get help understanding the Social...
Description: Whether you are just considering working, ready to find a service provider to help you, are looking for a job, or already working and want to keep on the road to financial independence, explore the Path to Work to learn more at every part of your journey. If you are age 18 through 64 and receive Social Security Disability benefits you can take advantage of Work Incentives that make it easier to work and still receive health care and in some instances, receive cash benefits from Social Security,...
Description: The Center provides vocational training and medical interventions for people with disabilities to assist them in obtaining employment and to live more independently. In the more than two decades that I have been a part of the staff at the Center, I have been blessed to witness many extraordinary stories of our clients. In many instances, clients overcome significant obstacles and go on to achieve astounding accomplishments in their personal and professional lives. WWRC exists to provide the...
Description: Wellness is a rapidly growing area of focus for people across the U.S. The popularity of health advice segments on TV news and talk shows, of high tech fitness tracking devices and apparel, and of stress management and meditation workshops are a few of the indicators of a growing interest in whole-person well-being. For individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, the benefits of attending to wellness are at least as great as those experienced by the rest of the population. But...