RESOURCES

The Center for Family Involvement housed at the Partnership for People with Disabilities at Virginia Commonwealth University recommends these state and regional resources for people with disabilities and their families.

RESOURCES BY LOCALITY

Virginia Family Special Education Connection

VIRGINIA FAMILY SPECIAL EDUCATION CONNECTION

Special Education Student Services Reopening Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Virginia Department of Education Parent Page

Virginia Department of Education List of Special Education Lawyers and Advocates

Virginia Family Special Education Connection website

Virginia Parent Education Advocacy Training Center

Resources In English and Spanish

EARLY INTERVENTION

Infant and Toddler Connection of Virginia – Provides early intervention supports and services to infants and toddlers from birth to 2 years old who are not developing as expected or who have a medical condition that can delay normal development. To get the contact information for your area call (804) 786-3710

INCLUSION

Parent Education and Advocacy Training Center – Can provide technical assistance to parents with questions/problems with inclusion. (800) 869-6782

Partnership for People with Disabilities – Operates over 25 programs promoting the inclusion of children and adults with disabilities in communities.  (804) 828-3879

MILITARY

Military One Source

Military Guidance Document of Virginia

SIBLINGS

Virginia is for Siblings

FOSTER/KINSHIP CARE

New Found Families Virginia

Formed Families Forward

POST SCHOOL TRANSITION

Partnership for People with Disabilities – Dana Yarbrough, Community Supports Specialist, (804) 828-0352, dvyarbrough@vcu.edu

Center for Transition Innovations @ VCU

Parent Education and Advocacy Training Center –  (800) 869-6782

Virginia Department of Aging and Rehabilitative Services Transitions Services

Virginia Department of Behavioral Health & Developmental Services – Employment Services

Virginia Department of Education Transition Services

Coming of Age and Supporting Decision Making

A Life for Me

Colleges and Students with Visual Disabilities

Going to College

Got Transition

Think College

Transition Checklist

Virginia Education Wizard

Transition Assessment and Goal Generator Site

ADVOCACY TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES

I’m Determined Youth Summit – Bringing youth ages 13-22 together to learn and practice self-advocacy and self-determination skills.  (540) 568-2641

Partners in Policymaking – Advocacy training program for parents and self-advocates. (800) 846-4464

Partnership for People with Disabilities – Various training opportunities for parents and self-advocates. Dana Yarbrough, (804) 828-0352

Parent Education and Advocacy Training Center – Provides easy-to-understand, research-based information and training. (800) 869-6782

Youth Leadership Forum – Empowers young people with disabilities to further develop their leadership skills. (800) 846-4464

LEGAL ADVOCACY

Center for Special Education Advocacy – Maintains a list of advocates and attorneys across Virginia

disAbility Law Center of Virginia – Advocacy and legal representation for persons with disabilities. (800) 552-3962

Legal Aid Justice Center (Just Children) – Provides free legal services on noncriminal matters to income eligible persons in our service areas. Andrew Block, (434) 977-0553

Special Education Advocacy Clinic (College of William & Mary) – was formed to assist special-needs children and their families with eligibility or Individualized Education Program meetings, discipline matters, mediation, and administrative hearings. Law students offer their services to families at no charge. Students also conduct a free training class each semester that offers tools and information to parents to help them become more knowledgeable advocates for their children.

University of Richmond Clinical Programs: Education Rights Clinic – Law students represent children and parents seeking appropriate special education and community-based services mandated by both federal and state law. Adrienne Volenik, (804) 289-8921

Wrightslaw – Website about special education law and advocacy, with thousands of articles, cases and free resources.

POLICY ADVOCACY

Virginia Board for People with Disabilities – Serves as Virginia’s Developmental Disabilities (DD) Planning Council. (800) 846-4464

Voices for Virginia’s Children – Voices is a statewide, privately funded, nonpartisan awareness and advocacy organization that builds support for practical public policies to improve the lives of children. (804) 649-0184

Arc of Virginia – Policy development to benefit people with intellectual disabilities in Virginia. (804) 649-8481

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

HELPLINE: (877) 567-1122

EMAIL: cfihelpline@vcu.edu