- 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:
|Organization||Population served||Staffing||Assistance provided|
|Care Connection for Children||Children birth to age 22 with physical disabilities and/or special health care needs
Network of six across Virginia
|Mix of social workers, nurses and parents||Care coordination, parent support, information, referrals, assistance with access to services, IEP support|
|Centers for Independent Living (CILS)
||Primarily, CILs serve individuals with disabilities over the age of 16 (although a few serve all ages)
Some focus on physical disabilities.
Network of 16 across Virginia
|Mix of professionals, self-advocates and parents||Peer-to-peer self-advocacy support, information and referral, workshops|
(Arc of VA/chapters; Autism Center for Excellence; Commonwealth Autism Services, Autism Society Chapters, Down Syndrome Association Chapters, Brain Injury Association of VA, Medical Home Plus, etc.)
|Varies by organization/group, but primarily serve life span
Some have one statewide office; others have differing numbers of chapters in the state.
|Mix of parents and professionals||Information and referral, workshops, support group meetings, resource libraries, advocacy opportunities
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.
49 PRCs; 134 school divisions
|Educator/parent co-team or single staff
Staff may be part-time with limited hours.
Some PRCs have trained volunteer ombudsmen or parent partners.
|Information, referral, workshops|
|Parent Educational Advocacy Training Center (PEATC)
||Children birth to age 26 eligible for early intervention or special education
Title I schools
Statewide (offices in Northern Virginia, Hampton and Tazwell)
|Mix of parents and professionals
Hispanic cultural liaison
|Information, referral, workshops|
|Training and Technical Assistance Centers (DOE)||Children birth to age 22 eligible for IDEA
Network of six TTACs
|Mix of educators and parents||Consultation, information and referral, lending library of multimedia resources and technology, workshops|
|George Mason University Information Technology||All ages
VA Family Special Education Connection
|On-line Information resources for individuals, families and professional|
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