Access Virginia

The Virginia Housing Development Authority in collaboration with the Virginia Board for People with Disabilities have created Access Virginia, a comprehensive source of information to help people find accessible apartments, learn more about accessibility requirements and Universal Design.

Brain Injury Services of Southwest Virginia

Offering a variety of supports to people who have experienced a brain injury, Brain Injury Services of Southwest Virginia is located at 2036-A Colonial Avenue, SW, Roanoke, Virginia 24015 Phone: 540-344-1200 FAX: 540-344-9755 E-Mail:

Centers for Independent Living

Want to find the nearest Center for Independent Living.  Check out the CIL web page for helpful information and a complete Virginia directory.

Commonwealth Community Trust

Commonwealth Community Trust was established for Virginia residents to provide a convenient and economical way to have trust funds administered for people with disabilities that will supplement the benefits offered by entitlement programs.

Community Opportunities

The Kitchen Table is the name of the web site for Community Opportunities, Inc. (Co-Op) in southwestern Virginia that supports people who wish to start micro-boards.  They call their website "The Kitchen Table" because that's where they started -- around a kitchen table -- in 1997.  They began with a simple conversation about what really matters in life -- relationships and a commitment to one another.  And from there they developed some ideas about how to support friends and neighbors in real and enduring ways.  Be sure to ask about their new manual on creating micro-boards!

Department of Mental Health, Mental Retardation and Substance Abuse Services

To understand better the Virginia system, check out the Department's web site.  Many links to providers and advocacy groups throughout Virginia are listed.

Department of Rehabilitative Services

Virginia's DVR site contains lots of helpful information regarding services and supports .  Check out their information for people who have experienced a brain injury or spinal cord injury.

Employment Support Institute

A Virginia-based supported employment web site.  Great information about all kinds of things, including where you can get WorkWorld software for providers who want to track employment outcomes.

Endependence Center

Leaders in the Virginia advocacy movement, the folks at the Endependence center hope to do just that spends the vast majority of its resources on congregate models of care.


FREE, The Foundation for Rehabilitation Equipment & Endowment, was created by a group of caring volunteers from the Roanoke Valley
rehabilitation medical services community to provide rehabilitation
equipment such as canes, wheelchairs, and orthotic and prosthetic
devices to needy citizens when funds are not available from any other sources.

Hope House Foundation

Check out the innovative work of the good folks at Hope House in the Norfolk/Virginia Beach area.

ICON Community Services

One of Virginia's best providers of supported employment services and other supports, ICON publishes data on a regular basis about its outcome performance.  Consider this: most providers in Virginia don't (most provide process data which tells you how busy they have been, but little about the results of the effort).

Legal Advocacy Center

The Legal Advocacy Center is an independent, private, not for profit, tax-exempt corporation formed by advocates dedicated to improving educational services and outcomes for students with disabilities.

NAMI Virginia

Formerly known as the Virginia Alliance for the Mentally Ill, NAMI is a statewide self-help, support, and advocacy organization for families and friends of individuals with serious mental illnesses.  Directed by one of Virginia's most effective advocates -- Val Marsh -- NAMI of Virginia provides valuable information about medications, housing, research, community-based care, and much more.  Check out their good work.

Olmstead Decision--VA

Check out how Virginia is doing when it comes to implementation of the Olmstead decision.  The site includes reports from other sites as well.

Partnership for People With Disabilities

The Partnership offers a number of helpful resources, including an excellent on-line course for identifying abuse and neglect, person-centered and consumer-directed supports, and inclusive educational practices.

Rehabilitation Research and Training Center (RRTC)

The RRTC's "Project Techlink" links educators, consumers and parents to transition best practices through computer technology.  A great resource about a variety of employment issues.

Respite Support in Virginia

The Respite Resource Project of the Partnership for People with Disabilities has updated and expanded its "Virginia Respite Resource Directory."  Click here to get your copy.

School Psychologist Files

Erin N. King, Ed.S., NCSP,  has established this site full of resources, information and relevant links for anyone looking for information related to school psychology or special education. 

State of the States Report

If you want to know what a state believes, don't pay attention to the mission statement or legislative proclamations.  Examine the budget.  A budget is a statement of beliefs. 

David Braddock and other researchers at the University of Colorado have been publishing their
State of the States Report for years to help us to understand how each state is doing in its fiscal commitment to community supports.  Find out how your state is doing at this great site.

Also: Check out the United Cerebral Palsy Analysis of Medicaid For Americans with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities for an update on how your state is doing.