Virginia
This Executive Directive orders various cabinet secretaries and their respective executive branch agencies and councils to continue completing and updating a comprehensive, cross-governmental strategic plan designed to ensure continued community integration of Virginians with disabilities.
This Executive Order directs the Secretary of Education to expand educational opportunities and advance employment for individuals with disabilities, including by exploring ways to increase active participation in advanced training and higher education programs.
This bill requires various agencies to enter into a memorandum of understanding supporting the Virginia Workforce Data Trust, a workforce database designed to (among other things) improve coordination, outcomes and efficiency across public workforce programs and partner organizations. These agencies include: • Virginia Employment Commission; • Community College System; • Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services; • Department for the Blind and Vision Impaired; • Department of Education; • Department of Labor and Industry; • Department of Social Services; • Department of Juvenile Justice; and • State Council of Higher Education.
This bill requires: 1. Centers for independent living to provide services that facilitate the transition of youth with significant disabilities to postsecondary life; 2. Vocational rehabilitation services (including transition services) to prepare people for competitive integrated employment; 3. The Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services to enter into cooperative agreements (including with the Virginia Community College System) to provide vocational rehabilitation services; 4. Vocational rehabilitation services to include assistive technology programs and provide support (including tuition) for advanced training in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) and other fields; and 5. The Department to regularly evaluate a client's interests and needs with respect to competitive integrated employment, once they are placed in extended employment.
This bill requires the Department of Education to provide training and guidance documents to local school divisions on the development of IEPs for children with disabilities that incorporate specific examples of high-quality level of performance descriptions, annual goals and postsecondary transition sections. It further requires the Department to develop and maintain a statewide plan for improving its ongoing oversight, technical assistance and guidance related to postsecondary transition planning and services for children with disabilities.
This bill requires the Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services to administer and make referrals for Long-Term Employment Support Services and Extended Employment Services to assist individuals with a significant disability or most significant disability related to maintaining employment.
This bill directs the Secretary of Administration to convene a work group to examine and make recommendations regarding state procurement policies and procedures to incent the competitive integrated employment of individuals with significant disabilities.
This resolution encourages the Secretary of Health and Human Resources and the Superintendent of Public Instruction to adopt and implement Employment First practices in providing and coordinating services to Virginians with disabilities.
This program enables eligible individuals with disabilities to save money in a tax-exempt account that may be used for qualified disability expenses while keeping their eligibility for federally-funded, means-tested public benefits. Eligible expenses include education, employment training and support, and assistive technology.
Operating Entity: Virginia529 / Virginia College Savings Plan
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
This taskforce was designed to enhance accessibility of the Virginia Career Works Network and customer service experience, including by incorporating universal design in its planning process. The Taskforce consists of members from a range of state agencies.
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Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
This program helps farmers, ranchers, and other agricultural workers with disabilities attain gainful employment in production agriculture or a related occupation, access appropriate assistive technology needed for work and daily living activities, and more.
Operating Entity: --
Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
ATLFA provides affordable financing alternatives (loans with below-market interest rates, no down payments, longer repayment terms, etc.) to help make adaptive equipment a possibility for individuals with disabilities who might not otherwise be eligible for borrowing.
Operating Entity: Assistive Technology Loan Fund Authority (ATLFA)
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
This program enables individuals with disabilities, service providers and others to learn about, access, and acquire assistive technology needed for education, employment, and community living. Services include device demonstrations, reutilization, loans, and financing.
Operating Entity: Virginia Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services (DARS), Virginia Assistive Technology System (VATS)
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
This program uses a team-based model to help individuals on the autism spectrum prepare for the work.
Operating Entity: Virginia Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services (DARS), Division of Rehabilitation Services
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
This program provides consultation and information for those receiving disability benefits, who need help understanding eligibility and the impact work may have on their benefits.
Operating Entity: ServiceSource Virginia
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
The Business Enterprise Program helps people who are blind become food service or vending operators.
Operating Entity: Virginia Department for the Blind and Vision Impaired (DBVI)
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
This Center helps people with disabilities become leaders in their communities, by providing information and trainings, including around finding a job.
Operating Entity: Virginia Commonwealth University, Partnership for People with Disabilities
Entity Type: College / University
The Center works with families of children with disabilities to increase their skills as advocates, mentors, and leaders. Services take the form of direct service, training, technical assurance, and information dissemination, as well as one-on-one peer support.
Operating Entity: Virginia Commonwealth University, Partnership for People with Disabilities
Entity Type: College / University
CTI conducts research and demonstration projects to advance employment outcomes for youth with disabilities and to support the Virginia Department of Education in its efforts. One specific initiative is Start on Success, which has nine sites in the state and is a model transition program that provides selected students with high incidence disabilities with a community-based work experience.
Operating Entity: Virginia Commonwealth University, Partnership for People with Disabilities
Entity Type: College / University
CAP helps individuals who experience problems when applying for or receiving vocational rehabilitation or independent living services. This includes advising and informing individuals of their rights and providing advocacy services.
Operating Entity: disAbility Law Center of Virginia (dLCV)
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This program provides personalized college support for students with learning and social challenges. This includes providing high school students with an introduction to college, and college students with ongoing support. The program consists of an Individualized College Plan, peer mentorship, pre-employment training, self-advocacy training, and more. It is a collaboration between College Steps, high schools, colleges, families, and agencies.
Operating Entity: --
Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
This program helps ensure underserved parents of children with disabilities, including low-income parents, parents of children who are English learners, and parents with disabilities, have the training and information they need to enable them to participate effectively in helping their children.
Operating Entity: Formed Families Forward
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This program assists individuals with severe physical and sensory disabilities in building a life of their choosing through self-direction, support, and community resources. Services focus on assistive technology, education, independent living, job training, and more.
Operating Entity: Virginia Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services (DARS), Division for Community Living
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
This program helps individuals who are Deaf, Hard of Hearing, or Deafblind get ready for work, find a job or keep a job. Services include vocational counseling, training, help with assistive technology, resources related to hearing loss, and job placement.
Operating Entity: Virginia Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services (DARS), Division of Rehabilitation Services
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
EDSN serves as an employment agency that helps people with disabilities obtain integrated, competitive employment with a wide range of private sector employers.
Operating Entity: Easterseals DC MD VA
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This program assists children and youth who are blind, vision impaired or deafblind succeed in school and transition into the world of work. Information is also provided to families to assist them in navigating the educational system.
Operating Entity: Virginia Department for the Blind and Vision Impaired (DBVI)
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
This program provides a range of independent living services to people with disabilities at Centers for Independent Living across the state. Services include help connecting to local services, assistance with job searches, local transit skills training, assistive technology help, peer mentoring support, assistance with school-to-career transitions, self-advocacy help, and more.
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Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
This project focuses on helping youth, especially youth with disabilities, take control in their lives, through direct instruction, models, and opportunities to practice skills associated with self-determined behavior.
Operating Entity: Virginia Department of Education
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
This program is offered to middle school-age youth who live in Fairfax County to help promote personal development. It covers topics such as making decisions, communicating effectively, and being assertive.
Operating Entity: Formed Families Forward
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
These services assist individuals with significant disabilities with maintaining employment.
Operating Entity: Virginia Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services (DARS), Division of Rehabilitation Services
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
This program supports Parent Training and Information Centers and Community Parent Resource Centers in 12 southern states. Services include one-to-one consultations, trainings and webinars, peer-to-peer mentoring, site visits, non-profit management tools, and more.
Operating Entity: Parent to Parent of Georgia
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This program provides a variety of direct services for children and youth with disabilities, families, professionals, and other organizations that support them. This includes helping parents participate effectively in their children’s education and development and partnering with professionals and policymakers to improve outcomes for children with disabilities.
Operating Entity: Parent Educational Advocacy Training Center (PEATC)
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
PERT is a school-to-work transition initiative that includes various assessments, as well as a Pre-Employment Transition Services (Pre-ETS) Career Day, a Transition Academy, and a Manufacturing Academy.
Operating Entity: Virginia Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services (DARS), Wilson Workforce and Rehabilitation Center (WWRC)
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
These programs offer students with intellectual disabilities an opportunity to take college classes, engage in career development and independent living activities, and participate in the social life of a college campus.
Operating Entity: --
Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
The Division of Rehabilitation Services works with students, youth, families, schools and community agencies and organizations to provide services that promote successful transitions from school to work and adult life. Services are delivered in collaboration with the Department of Education and Local Educational Agencies (LEAs).
Operating Entity: Virginia Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services (DARS), Division of Rehabilitation Services
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
PREP is a nine-week introductory program designed to provide clients with introductory exposure to soft skills relating to securing employment, interpersonal interactions, and independent living.
Operating Entity: Virginia Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services (DARS), Wilson Workforce and Rehabilitation Center (WWRC)
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
Pre-ETS assist students with disabilities in identifying career interests and developing skills to be successful in the workplace. This includes five required activities: job exploration counseling, work-based learning experiences, workplace readiness training, counseling on comprehensive transition or postsecondary educational programs, and instruction in self-advocacy.
Operating Entity: --
Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
This program provides specialized services to female students with Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and/or Spinal Cord Injury (SCI), including a peer mentoring program, individualized case management and vocational rehabilitation, and assistance with job placement and maintenance.
Operating Entity: Virginia Commonwealth University, Partnership for People with Disabilities
Entity Type: College / University
This project is a model demonstration grant designed to support people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) to live independent, healthy, and fulfilling lives. It uses evidence-based practices to increase knowledge and skills of people with IDD and their families, including around career discovery.
Operating Entity: Virginia Commonwealth University, Partnership for People with Disabilities
Entity Type: College / University
Project SEARCH is a one-year transition-to-work program for students with significant disabilities that includes classroom instruction, career exploration, and internship rotations. It is a collaboration between local businesses, state agencies, local school systems, and other entities, and is offered at several locations.
Operating Entity: --
Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
This program protects individuals with disabilities by empowering them and advocating on their behalf. This includes providing information and referrals, providing training and technical assistance to service providers, and conducting self-advocacy training.
Operating Entity: disAbility Law Center of Virginia (dLCV)
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This program is designed to optimize employment outcomes of individuals with vision impairments through assistive technology.
Operating Entity: Virginia Department for the Blind and Vision Impaired (DBVI)
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
This program helps individuals with disabilities become self-employed, including by helping them develop business plans, cash flow projections, and personal budgets.
Operating Entity: Virginia Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services (DARS), Division of Rehabilitation Services
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
This program provides vocational development, placement, and job retention services, primarily in conjunction with 10 Community Services Boards and Behavioral Health Authorities located throughout the Commonwealth.
Operating Entity: Virginia Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services (DARS), Division of Rehabilitation Services
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
This group plans statewide trainings to discuss transition and vocational services available to students with disabilities and federal and state regulations related to transition services. It includes representatives from the Virginia Department of Aging and Rehabilitative Services, the Department of Education, and the Virginia Department for the Blind and Vision Impaired (DBVI).
Operating Entity: --
Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
This program provides situational assessment, job development, placement and training services, and long-term follow along to help individuals with significant disabilities gain and maintain employment.
Operating Entity: Virginia Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services (DARS), Division of Rehabilitation Services
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
This program provides training and technical assistance to Employment Service Organizations related to Customized Employment services for individuals with the most significant disabilities. The Virginia Department of Aging and Rehabilitative Services (DARS) collaborates with the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services (DBHDS) and Griffin and Hammis, LLC to provide this support.
Operating Entity: Virginia Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services (DARS)
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
This program oversees and provides support to the Randolph-Sheppard Program of Virginia, which helps individuals who are legally blind operate vending or cafeteria services within a federally-owned, funded, or leased facilities.
Operating Entity: Virginia Department for the Blind and Vision Impaired (DBVI)
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
This network was formed by the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services (DBHDS) and NAMI Virginia, to help families with children and youth with mental health needs support one another. Specific programs include trainings on mental health conditions, family support groups, parent leadership training, and parent leadership retreats.
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Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
This enterprise provides a full range of employment, training, and other vocational services to help people who are blind, visually impaired or deafblind achieve their desired level of employment. VIB currently has operations in twenty-one locations throughout Virginia, and operates two manufacturing facilities.
Operating Entity: Virginia Department for the Blind and Vision Impaired (DBVI)
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
The Council works to promote successful transition outcomes for youth and young adults with disabilities by providing leadership and innovation in employment, education, training, independent living, community participation, and community support systems. Members of the Council include state and local agencies and organizations, parents, and youth.
Operating Entity: --
Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
This program provides vocational and rehabilitative services to individuals who are blind or visually impaired to help them prepare for, secure, and retain employment. Services include vocational and adjustment counseling; post-secondary school or vocational training; adaptive equipment for training and/or employment; customized and supported employment services; and job placement and follow-up services.
Operating Entity: Virginia Department for the Blind and Vision Impaired (DBVI)
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
This program help out-of-school and in-school youth with one or more barriers to employment (including having a disability) prepare for and secure employment and postsecondary education opportunities. Services include tutoring; work experiences; occupational skills training; leadership development opportunities; and postsecondary education and training preparation activities.
Operating Entity: --
Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
Work Incentives Specialist Advocates (WISA’s) provide work incentives counseling services to Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services (DARS) clients who are receiving Social Security Disability (SSDI) and/or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits, to help them understand how their benefits may change once they go to work.
Operating Entity: Virginia Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services (DARS), Division of Rehabilitation Services
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
This program helps individuals with disabilities who are receiving Social Security Disability benefits make informed choices about work and make a successful transition to self-sufficiency.
Operating Entity: --
Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
YET empowers Virginia students with disabilities, ages 14-22, as they begin their transition from high school to adulthood. Through the Council, youth learn self-advocacy and leadership skills.
Operating Entity: Parent Educational Advocacy Training Center (PEATC)
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
YLA is a summer program, set on a university campus, which seeks to empower young people with developmental and other disabilities to further develop their leadership skills. Students participate in a range of activities and learning experiences.
Operating Entity: Virginia Board for People with Disabilities
Entity Type: Other
YLF seeks to empower young people with developmental and other disabilities to further develop their leadership skills. Students participate in a wide range of activities and learning experiences during this summer program set on a university campus.
Operating Entity: Virginia Board for People with Disabilities
Entity Type: Other
This program helps youth and young adults with mental health conditions develop self-empowerment and self-advocacy skills. Programs include youth groups, youth leadership trainings, and young adult leadership retreats. The program is a collaboration between the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services (DBHDS) and NAMI Virginia.
Operating Entity: --
Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
This program trains youth with disabilities on topics related to transition, employment, and self-determination.
Operating Entity: Parent Educational Advocacy Training Center (PEATC)
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This webpage answers a variety of questions regarding the continuation of special education services during distance learning. Specifically, it focuses on different special education considerations for virtual or hybrid learning, virtual learning resources for students with disabilities and their families, IEP team virtual meeting requirements, and potential compensatory services that schools may provide to assist students with disabilities.
Operating Entity: Virginia Department of Education
Virginia shares a resource regarding how to hold and participate in virtual individualized education program (IEP) meetings. This ensures students are not left behind in their IEP during distance learning.
Operating Entity: Virginia Department of Education
Topic(s): IEP