Disability Services

Services Offered by Affiliated Agencies

FORMS CABINET for Disability Services Agencies
This web-based “cabinet” provides consumer forms, documents, and information for the following DSA agencies: Virginia Board for People with Disabilities (VBPD); Virginia Department for the Blind and Vision Impaired (DBVI), including the Virginia Rehabilitation Center for the Blind and Vision Impaired (VRCBVI); Virginia Department for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (VDDHH); Virginia Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services (DARS); and Woodrow Wilson Rehabilitation Center (WWRC).

Assistive Technology Loan Fund Authority
The Assistive Technology Loan Fund Authority is a low interest loan program that assists Virginians with disabilities to get the assistive technology they need for work, play, education, and daily life.  The Assistive Technology Loan Fund Authority also provides Telework loans for individuals who need equipment for their home-based business.  The Fund makes many loans for adaptive vans and modified vehicles, home modifications, hearing aids, and more. 

Virginia Board for People with Disabilities (VBPD)
The Virginia Board for People with Disabilities serves as the Commonwealth's Disabilities Planning Council to address the needs of people with developmental disabilities (DD).  The Board advocates for services that are consumer and family centered, and works to ensure that individuals with DD can exercise self-determination to achieve independence, productivity, and full inclusion in community life.

Virginia Industries for the Blind (VIB)
Virginia Industries for the Blind (VIB) is dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for persons who are blind by providing opportunities for employment and career development.  VIB was established over eight decades ago as a not-for-profit organization offering vocational rehabilitation and workforce training for blind Virginians.  VIB is self-funded and the Enterprise division of the Virginia Department for the Blind and Vision Impaired (DBVI).

Virginia Department for the Blind and Vision Impaired (DBVI)
The Department for the Blind and Vision Impaired (DBVI) is committed to providing quality services to assist Virginia's citizens who are blind, deafblind or vision impaired in achieving their maximum level of employment, education, and personal independence. The Department provides an array of specialized service, but the primary focus is on helping consumers achieve quality employment outcomes.  DBVI operates the Virginia Rehabilitation Center for the Blind and Vision Impaired (VRCBVI) which teaches Virginians with severe visual impairments strategies and skills to adapt to living without sight, or teaches those with partial vision how to use remaining sight more effectively.

Virginia Department for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (VDDHH)
The Virginia Department for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, “Offering Keys to Communication,” works to reduce the communication barriers between persons who are deaf or hard of hearing and those who are hearing, including family members, service providers, and the general public.  The foundation of all programs at VDDHH is communication—both as a service (through interpreters, technology, and other modes) and as a means of sharing information for public awareness (through training and education).

Virginia Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services (DARS)
The Virginia Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services collaborates with the public and private sectors to provide and advocate for the highest quality services that empower individuals with disabilities to maximize their employment, independence, and full inclusion into society.  DARS is the state vocational rehabilitation agency which assists people who have disabilities that are a barrier to employment and independent living.  DARS also has the Community Based Services Division which offers non-vocational assistance to individuals with the most severe disabilities, particularly those with physical and sensory disabilities.

Virginia Office for Protection and Advocacy (VOPA)
VOPA helps with disability-related problems like abuse, neglect, and discrimination.  VOPA also helps people with disabilities obtain services and treatment.  All callers will receive some form of assistance; individuals with problems that are targeted in our program priorities may also receive advocacy services and/or legal representation.

Woodrow Wilson Rehabilitation Center (WWRC)
The Woodrow Wilson Rehabilitation Center is the first state-owned and operated comprehensive rehabilitation center in the country. WWRC provides comprehensive medical, assistive technology and vocational rehabilitation services to persons with disabilities to help them gain increased independence and employment.

Other Resources

Virginia Easy Access
Designed especially for adults with disabilities, seniors, and caregivers. Provides list of resources for long-term support options, housing, money management, transportation, government services and benefits, and other supportive services. This website allows you to search for specific services in each community. Also provides information on a lot of topics.

Voice of the Blue Ridge
is a non-profit organization chartered in 1981 to help people who cannot read newspapers or magazines because of physical impairments such as partial vision loss, blindness or stroke.

Virginia Relay
The telecommunications system for the deaf and hard of hearing communities in Virginia.

American Council of the Blind
Strives to improve the well-being of all blind and visually impaired people by: serving as a representative national organization of blind people; elevating the social, economic and cultural levels of blind people; improving educational and rehabilitation facilities and opportunities; cooperating with the public and private institutions and organizations concerned with blind services; encouraging and assisting all blind persons to develop their abilities and conducting a public education program to promote greater understanding of blindness and the capabilities of blind people

National Federation of the Blind
The purpose of the National Federation of the Blind is two-fold—to help blind persons achieve self-confidence and self-respect and to act as a vehicle for collective self-expression by the blind. By providing public education about blindness, information and referral services, scholarships, literature and publications about blindness, aids and appliances and other adaptive equipment for the blind, advocacy services and protection of civil rights, development and evaluation of technology, and support for blind persons and their families, members of the NFB strive to educate the public that the blind are normal individuals who can compete on terms of equality.

Make a Wish Foundation of America
Share the power of a wish

The ARC
National organization of and for people with mental retardation and related developmental disabilities and their families.

Low Vision Information Center (LVIC)
Nonprofit organization that helps people with low vision maintain their independence

Special Education Resources from the Curry School of Education at the University of Virginia
Information on disabilities categories: Attention Deficit Disorder, Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Communication Disorders, Hearing Impairment, Learning Disabilities, Mental Retardation, Serious Emotional Disturbance, Traumatic Brain Injury, Visual Impairment

Commonwealth Community Trust
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.

Department of Behavioral Health and Development Services (DBDHS)
Improves the quality of life for people with mental disabilities and substance abuse problems by providing the very best services possible, at minimal burden to the taxpayer

Disability Services Agencies Forms
Consumer forms for the Department for the Blind and Vision Impaired, Department for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services (DARS), and the Virginia Board for Persons with Disabilities

The Virginia Office for Protection and Advocacy (VOPA)
helps with disability-related problems like abuse, neglect, and discrimination. We also help people with disabilities obtain services and treatment. All callers receive help with these problems. Individuals with problems, targeted in our program priorities, may also receive advocacy services and/or legal representation.

Division for the Aging (VDA)
The Virginia Division for the Aging fosters the independence and well-being of older Virginians and supports their caregivers through leadership, advocacy and oversight of state and community programs, and guides the Commonwealth in preparing for an aging population.

DSA Staff & Client Mail Services

COV Mail Server
Use this link if you have been converted to the Commonwealth of Virginia (COV) Mail System.

WWRC Client Mail Access
Use this link if you are a client at Woodrow Wilson Rehabilitation Center.

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