Below you will find some useful local, regional, and national resources:

Local Resources  

  • Virginia Department of Rehabilitative Services (DARS) – Collaborates with 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.
  • Northern Virginia Resource Center: For Deaf & Hard of Hearing – Empowers individuals and their families through education, advocacy and community involvement.
  • Virginia Assistive Technology System (VATS) – Ensures Virginians of all ages and abilities can acquire the appropriate, affordable assistive and information technologies and services they need to participate in society as active citizens.
  • Dept. for the Blind and Vision Impaired (DBVI) – 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.
  • Brain Injury Services – Brain Injury Services assists over hundreds of individuals and families in the Northern Virginia region who have experienced the devastating effects of brain injury, stroke, and concussion. They provide assistance through case management, specialized programs, and multiple support groups. Services extend throughout Northern Virginia, Fredericksburg, Winchester, and the surrounding counties.

National Resources

  • US Dept. of Education – Office of Civil Rights – Ensures equal access to education and promotes educational excellence throughout the nation through vigorous enforcement of civil rights.
  • – Designed to provide people with disabilities with the information they need to know quickly and easily. The site provides access to disability-related information and programs available across the government on numerous subjects, including civil rights, community life, education, employment, housing, health, income support, technology, and transportation.
  • National Federation for the Blind (NFB) – NFB is the nation’s largest and most influential membership organization of blind persons. The web site offers links to scholarships, literature and publications about blindness, aids and appliances, and the development and evaluation of technology.
  • National Association of the Deaf (NAD) – NAD is the nation’s premier civil rights organization of, by and for deaf and hard of hearing individuals in the United States of America. The advocacy scope of the NAD is broad, covering a lifetime and impacting future generations in the areas of early intervention, education, employment, health care, technology, telecommunications, youth leadership, and more. The NAD also carries out its federal advocacy work through coalition efforts with specialized national deaf and hard of hearing organizations, as well as coalitions representing national cross-disability organizations.