• The Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AIDD) is the United States government organization responsible for implementation of the Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act of 2000, known as the DD Act. AIDD, its staff and programs are part of the Administration for Community Living.
  • The Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB) is a branch of the Health Resources and Services Administration in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Its mission is to improve the health of mothers, children and their families.
  • The Virginia Department for Aging & Rehabilitation Services (DARS) is the executive branch agency that provides people with disabilities vocational rehabilitation and employment services.
  • The Virginia Department of Behavioral Health & Developmental Services (DBHDS) is the executive branch agency that oversees the mental health and intellectual/developmental disabilities services system in Virginia. Services are provided by local community services boards or behavioral health authorities.
  • The Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) is the executive branch agency that leads and facilitates the development and implementation of a quality public education system in Virginia that meets the needs of students and assists them in becoming educated, productive and responsible citizens.
  • The Virginia Department of Health (VDH) is the executive branch agency that serves as a leader and coordinator of Virginia’s public health system and plays a fundamental role in protecting and promoting the health of Virginians. VDH provides a wide range of products and services to promote and protect public health. These services are delivered to the public by local health departments or by VDH field offices.

The Center for Family Involvement also serves as Virginia’s state Parent to Parent program for Parent to Parent USA


Some Virginia organizations with which the Center for Family Involvement and the Family to Family Network of Virginia partners in providing information, referral, assistance and support to families:

ORGANIZATIONPopulation servedStaffingAssistance ProvidedAdditional Information
Care Connection for Children imagine of people cut out with hearts between them in rainbow colorsChildren birth to age 22 with physical disabilities and/or special health care needsMix of social workers, nurses and parentsCare coordination, parent support, information, referrals, assistance with access to services, IEP supportNetwork of 6 across Virginia
Centers for Independent Living (CILS)Primarily, CILs serve individuals with disabilities over the age of 16 (although a few serve all ages)Mix of professionals, self-advocates and parentsPeer-to-peer self-advocacy support, information and referral, workshopsSome focus on physical disability
Disability organizations/groups including:
Local Arc Chapters
Local Autism Society Chapters
Local Down Syndrome Association Chapters
The Arc of Virginia image of an orange arch above the wording
Autism Center for Excellence logo including the letters ace with a colored line through it
Medical Home Plus Logo tagline Your Child Is Our Mission

Commonwealth Autisme Services Logo featuring the letters C-A with an arrow through them and human services underneath
Varies by organization/group, but primarily serve life spanMix of parents and professionalsInformation and referral, workshops, support group meetings, resource libraries, advocacy opportunitiesSome have one statewide office; others have differing numbers of chapters in the state.

Some of these organizations also provide services like respite, group homes, etc.
Local school division Parent Resource Centers (PRC)Children ages two to 22

*Some PRCs serve parents of children receiving general education/Title I; others support only special education*
Educator/parent co-team or single staff

*Staff may be part-time with limited hours*
Information, referral, workshops49 PRCs; 134 school divisions

Some PRCs have trained volunteer ombudsmen or parent partners.
Parent Educational Advocacy Training Center logo PEATC with flower -like symbolChildren birth to age 26 eligible for early intervention or special education

*Title I schools
Mix of parents and professionals including a Hispanic cultural liaisonInformation, referral, workshopsStatewide (offices in Northern Virginia, Hampton and Tazwell)
TTAC Online logo A community sharing resources to educate students with disabilities
Children birth to age 22 eligible for IDEAMix of educators and parentsonsultation, information and referral, lending library of multimedia resources and technology, workshopsNetwork of six TTACs
George Mason University Information TechnologyAll agesT/TAC On-lineOn-line Information resources for individuals, families and professionalStatewide websites

VA Family Special Education Connection

700 East Franklin Street
P.O. Box 843020
Richmond, Virginia 23284-3020
HELPLINE: (877) 567-1122
FAX: (804) 828-0042
TTY RELAY: (800) 828-1120


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