Community Resources

Celebrating Special Children is closing down on June 30, 2018

This website will go dark July 31, 2018.


We wish to express our profound gratitude
to our many loyal readers and followers from over the years.


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Stay Tuned!

 Many thanks! Laura Nelson, Editor


Site updated June 25, 2018

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Annual Update Completed March 11, 2018






Asthma and Allergies Advocacy and General Information    
Auditory Processing Disorder Assistive Technology
Autism Spectrum Child Care
Blind, Partially Sighted Community Service Organizations
Cancer Early Intervention/Early Childhood/ Preschool    
Cerebral Palsy Educational Resources
Conduct/ Behavior Conditions Emergency Preparedness
Craniofacial Disorders   Financial and Life Planning
Deaf, Deaf/Blind, Hard of Hearing Health/Medical
Developmental Disabilities Legal
Down Syndrome Miscellaneous Groups and Services
Intellectual Disabilities Recreation
Juvenile Diabetes Camps and Recreational Opportunities
Learning Disabilities Respite
Mental Health Schools
Neurological Disorders Service and Therapy Animals
Rare Disorders and Genetic Conditions Transition/Adulthood
Speech and Language Delays and Disabilities     Transportation












Additional note: All  phone numbers beginning with 800, 866, 877 and 888 are toll-free.



Asthma and Allergies

Allergy & Asthma Network 
Nonprofit organization whose mission is to end the needless death and suffering due to asthma, allergies and related conditions through outreach, education, advocacy and research.

Allergy Home
Provides practical teaching tools to those who care for children with food allergies.

Allergy Resources for School Nurses
This page on a commercial website has many useful links regarding kids and allergies and so is posted here.

American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology
Provides information for parents and professionals including a referral source for allergists in Virginia. 

American Lung Association of Virginia
Volunteer health organization working to save lives, improve lung health and prevent lung disease. Special interests include asthma, tobacco control, and environmental health. Connect to Better Breathers Club through this site.

Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America
Provides practical information, community-based services, support and referrals through a national network of chapters. 

Better Breathers Club
Program of American Lung Association of Virginia that provides an opportunity for persons with respiratory difficulty to learn more about lung disease and to share with others who are also coping with breathing problems.

Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition
A program of the Food and Drug Administration that words to protect the public's health by ensuring that the nation's food supply is safe, sanitary, wholesome, and honestly labeled, and that cosmetic products are safe and properly labeled. 

Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network
Dedicated to increasing public awareness of, providing education about, and advancing scientific research on, food allergies and anaphylaxis. Sign up for “allergy alerts” which are mailed to you when an allergen is found in food and not listed in the ingredients. Can also find support groups on this site as well as currently available patient resources that may help reduce out-of-pocket cost for epinephrine.

Food Allergy Information
Page of  The American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunologywhich discusses the various types of food allergies and their triggers.

Guide to Airborne Allergies and Asthma Allergies

Commercial site but has very useful information about airborne allergies. 

Guide To Allergy Awareness Wristbands
Informational page of a commercial website that discusses the variety of uses for medical wristbands, including allergic conditions. (thanks Madison for sending this to me!)

Kids With Food Allergies Foundation
Mission is to help families keep children with food allergies safe and healthy including through an online forum community. 

Tree Pollen and Other Common Allergies
A page from  American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology site provides useful information about allergies resulting from tree pollen, dust mites, mold and animal dander. 
* Thanks to Susan and Mary Lowe for sending this information!


Auditory Processing Disorder (aka Central Auditory Processing Disorder)

National Coalition of Auditory Processing Disorders 

Website with information about Auditory Processsing Disorder (APD), a neurological defect that affects how the brain processes spoken language. This makes it difficult for the child to process verbal instructions or even to filter out background noise in the classroom.

The National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD)

Conducts and supports research and research training in the normal and disordered processes of hearing, balance, smell, taste, voice, speech, and language. Search for service providers on this site.


800-241-1055 TTY


Autism Spectrum

101 Noteworthy Sites
Page lists autism resources, blogs and news for and about the Autism and Asperger community.

Autism Key
A resource tool, run by parents, for parents of children with autism and autism spectrum disorders. Message Boards share information about different forms of treatment, physicians, and overall experiences. Links to national resources.

The Autism Research Institute (ARI)
Desseminates research findings to parents and others worldwide who are seeking help. The ARI data bank contains over 40,000 detailed case histories from over 60 countries. Website has many links to support and resources.
Portion of the National Autism website devoted to safety issues for children with autism.

Autism Speaks
Dedicated to funding research into the causes, prevention, treatments and a cure for autism; increasing awareness of autism spectrum disorders; and advocating for the needs of individuals with autism and their families.

Autism Society of America
Promotes lifelong access and opportunities for persons within the autism spectrum and their families to be fully included, participating members of their communities.
Central Virginia Chapter • Richmond • 804-257-0192 •
Northern Virginia Chapter • 703-495-8444 •
Tidewater Chapter • Norfolk • 757-461-4474 • 

Commonwealth Autism Service
Provides leadership in the implementation of a statewide system of services to maximize the potential and quality of life for Virginians with autism in partnership with the lead state agency for autism, the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services (DBHDS).

Interactive Autism Network
Established in January 2006 at Kennedy Krieger Institute. IAN's goal is to facilitate research that will lead to advancements in understanding and treating autism spectrum disorder (ASD). To accomplish this goal, the IAN Community and IAN Research was created.

The Mea'Alofa Autism Support Center
Provides quality and empirically validated services to children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) in a clinical setting.

National Autism Association
Education, advocacy, awareness and support.

Organization for Autism Research
Provides support and funds studies that provide practical information on lifelong care.

Parents Of Autistic Children
Mission is to improve the lives of children and adults with autism by providing scientifically-based training to parents, teachers, and other direct service providers.

Parents Of Autistic Children of Northern Virginia
Works to improve the quality and quantity of education for students with autism in Northern Virginia.By meeting regularly with the decision makers in Northern Virginia school districts, POAC-NoVA strives to keep our members’ concerns front and center. We have developed relationships that allow our members to not only have their concerns heard, but acted upon. Also holds a monthly parent support group and information meeting.

Reaching Potentials
A variety of services focusing on: Learning Readiness, Building speech and language skills, Building/Strengthening academic readiness (e.g. reading, writing and math skills), Encouraging social and emotional development (e.g. supporting more appropriate play and social skills), and Addressing age appropriate daily living skills (e.g. grooming, toileting and dressing)

Sesame Street and Autism: See Amazing in All Children
A nationwide initiative aimed at communities with children ages 2 to 5. Developed with input from parents, people who serve the autism community, and people with autism, See Amazing in All Children offers families ways to overcome common challenges and simplify everyday activities. At the same time, the project fosters an affirming narrative around autism for all families and kids.

Shenandoah Valley Autism Partnership
Offers support, networking and training for families and professionals who care for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder in the Shenandoah Valley.

US Autism and Asperger Association
Provides education, research, support and solutions through conferences, newsletters, and resources.

Virginia Autism Council
A state-supported council of autism experts seeking to define needed skill competencies, and to advance higher education, training and educational opportunities for personnel and caregivers supporting individuals with autism.

Virginia Autism Resource Center
Affiliated with Virginia Commonwealth University, provides training, consultation and information to parents and professionals who work with persons who have autism.
877-667-7771• 804-674-8888 ext. 5161


Blind, Partially SightedSee also Deaf/Blind 

American Council of the Blind
Information and referrals, including legal rights for blind and visually impaired persons. Literature includes the “Braille Forum,” topical brochures in large print and catalogs of useful products.

American Foundation for the Blind
Promotes wide-ranging, systemic change by addressing the most critical issues facing the growing blind and visually impaired population— employment, independent living, literacy, and technology.

Association for the Education & Rehabilitation of the Blind & Visually Impaired (AER)
Support professionals who provide education and rehabilitation services to people with visual impairments, offering professional development opportunities, publications, and public advocacy.

Columbia Lighthouse for the Blind
Programs and services include early intervention services, training and consultation in assistive technology, career placement services, comprehensive low vision care and rehabilitation services.

Established in 1957 as the National Society to Prevent Blindness - "Throughout our history, our name has changed to reflect our vision and reach, but our goal has remained the same: to protect education through healthy vision." Mission is to eliminate undetected and untreated vision problems as barriers to success, enabling all children to reach their fullest potential.

Find videospersonal storieseventsnews, and an online community that can offer tips and support from other parents of children who are blind or visually impaired.

Foundation Fighting Blindness
Provides information and referral services for affected individuals, families and eye care professionals. 
800-683-5551 TDD

Learning Ally 
Promotes personal achievement when access and reading are barriers to learning by advancing the use of accessible and effective educational solutions; helping blind, visually impaired & dyslexic students to thrive; offers the world’s largest collection of human-narrated audio textbooks and literature as well as solutions, support and community for parents, teachers and students. 

Lighthouse Guild
Leading not-for-profit vision + healthcare organization, with a long-standing heritage of addressing the needs of people who are blind or visually impaired, including those with multiple disabilities or chronic medical conditions. Through the integration of vision + healthcare services and the expansion of access through education and community outreach, our innovative and comprehensive approach helps people achieve and maintain the highest possible level of function and independence.

National Braille Press
Promotes the literacy of blind children through braille and provides access to information that empowers blind people to actively engage in work, family, and community affairs.

National Federation of the Blind, Virginia
Provides advocacy, community education and awareness, and mutual support for the blind. Home page indicates 15 chapters, including Fairfax chapter and at-large chapter.

National Eye Institute
As part of the federal government’s National Institutes of Health (NIH), the National Eye Institute’s mission is to conduct and support research, training, health information dissemination, and other programs with respect to blinding eye diseases, visual disorders, mechanisms of visual function, preservation of sight, and the special health problems and requirements of the blind.

Virginia Association of the Blind, Inc.
Local affiliate of The American Council of the Blind


Virginia Association for Parents of Children with Visual Impairments (VAPVI)
Provides support to families, professionals, and the community to meet the needs of children who are blind or visually impaired, including those with multiple disabilities. Site does not appear to have been updated for several years. Site does not appear to have been updated for several years.

 Virginia Department for the Blind and Vision Impaired
Dedicated to enabling people who are blind or have low vision to achieve maximum level of employment, education, and personal independence. Provides an array of specialized services to blind Virginians of all ages. See site for information about local offices near you.
800-622-2155 V/TTY

Virginia School for the Deaf and the Blind
One of the oldest schools in Virginia and the second of its kind in the world, the Virginia School for the Deaf and the Blind (VSDB), located in historic and scenic Staunton, VA, was established by an act of the Virginia General Assembly on March 31, 1838. As the school celebrates more than 170 years of continued excellence in educating deaf and blind children, it remains at the forefront of educational technology. The school utilizes some of the latest and most advanced audio-visual equipment and disability tailored computer applications in its classrooms to provide its students with the best education.
540-332-9000 • 800-522-VSDB (8732) 



Alliance for Childhood Cancer
Provides a forum of national patient advocacy groups and medical and scientific organizations which meets regularly, shares ideas and concerns, and works collaboratively to advance research and policies to prevent cancer, and improve public education, and the diagnosis, treatment, supportive care and survivorship of children and adolescents with cancer.

The American Cancer Society
National, community-based health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer through research, education, advocacy, and service. Can search for support programs and services in your area though the site.

American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN)
As the advocacy affiliate of the American Cancer Society, ACS CAN works to encourage elected officials and candidates to make cancer a top national priority. ACS CAN utilizes its expert capacity in lobbying, policy, grassroots, and communications to amplify the voices of patients in support of laws and policies that save lives from cancer. 

American Childhood Cancer Organization
Network of support groups. Services provided by local groups include meetings, speakers, parent-to-parent visitation, summer camps, transportation, emergency funding, and publications.
Virginia Group •

Provides free professional support services to those affected by cancer including counseling, education, financial assistance and practical help.
800-813-HOPE (4673)                 

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS)
Health organization dedicated to funding research, finding cures and ensuring access to treatments for blood cancer patients. In addition to information for professionals, patients can also search for support services on this site.

Provides practical information, tools and support for people with cancer and their families and caregivers. See also on site information about innovative partnerships like LIVESTRONG at the YMCA, a 12-week exercise program for cancer survivors.

The National Cancer Institute (NCI)
Coordinates the National Cancer Program, which conducts and supports research, training, health information dissemination, and other programs with respect to the cause, diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of cancer, rehabilitation from cancer, and the continuing care of cancer patients and the families of cancer patients. 
800-4-CANCER (800-422-6237)                

National Children’s Cancer Society
Works to improve the quality of life for children with cancer and to reduce the risk of cancer by promoting children’s health through financial and in-kind assistance, advocacy, support services, education and prevention programs.

Ronald McDonald House
Offers a home-away-from-home for families of seriously ill children and who live too far away from the hospital to go home each night.
Charlottesville • 434-295-1885 •
Northern Va • 703-698-7080 •
Norfolk • 757-627-5386 •
Roanoke • 540-857-0770 •
Richmond •            

13THIRTY (Formerly Teens Living with Cancer)
A site for teens with cancer. Includes information, personal stories and ways to connect with other kids with cancer.       


Cerebral Palsy (CP) 

Ability Center of Virginia (formerly Cerebral Palsy of Virginia)
Serves children and adults with cerebral palsy and other developmental disabilities such as Down syndrome, autism,muscular dystrophy, intellectual disabilities, learning disabilities as well as hearing, speech and visual impairments.

American Academy for Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine
A multidisciplinary scientific society devoted to the study of cerebral palsy and other childhood onset disabilities, to promoting professional education for the treatment and management of these conditions, and to improving the quality of life for people with these disabilities. 

Cerebral Palsy Group
National advocacy organization that was created to serve individuals and families who have been diagnosed with cerebral palsy. Provides the most up-to-date information and resources that are currently available. What you find on and throughout site has been thoroughly researched through a multitude of outlets and processes, including medical journals, medical literature, trusted medical websites and peer-reviewed articles. Can access Cerebral Palsy Guide through this site.

Cerebral Palsy Guidance
An advocacy and support website dedicated to providing the most accurate and reliable cerebral palsy information to parents. From information on cerebral palsy symptoms to financial assistance to daily living articles, covering all aspects of cerebral palsy. All information is thoroughly researched and cited.

Provides a wealth of knowledge to help with the difficulties of caring for children with Cerebral Palsy, neuological disorders or other special needs.

United Cerebral Palsy

Member of national organization which strives to ensure the inclusion of persons with disabilities in every facet of society.


Conduct/ Behavior Conditions

Association for Positive Behavior Support (APBS)
An international organization dedicated to promoting research-based strategies that combine applied behavior analysis and biomedical science with person-centered values and systems change to increase quality of life and decrease problem behaviors. The Association is made up of professionals, family members, trainers, consumers, researchers, and administrators who are involved and interested in positive behavior support.          
Online information and support for families with children who have conduct disorders such as Oppositional Defiance disorder (ODD) or Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) or other diagnoses, but all of whom are oppositional and resistant to parenting.              

National Technical Assistance Center on Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS)
Established to address the behavioral and discipline systems needed for successful learning and social development of students. Provides capacity-building information and technical support about behavioral systems to assist states and districts in the design of effective schools. can search for Virginia contacts on this site.         

Obsessive-Compulsive Foundation
Educates the public and professional communities about OCD and related disorders; provides assistance to affected individuals, their families and friends; and supports research to identify causes and effective treatments of OCD and related disorders.                 

OCD Mid-Atlantic
Affiliate of the International OCD Foundation (IOCDF), locally based group made up of people with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and related disorders, as well as their families, friends, professionals and others.


Craniofacial Disorders           

American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association (ACPA)
International non-profit medical society of health care professionals who treat and/or perform research on oral cleft and craniofacial conditions.   

Services include referrals to qualified cleft/craniofacial teams, access to educational materials about these medical conditions, emotional support for affected individuals and their families, a campaign to promote general public awareness about facial differences and the networking of individuals and families for support purposes. Website does not appear to have been updated since 2016.

Children’s Craniofacial Association (CCA)
Works to promotes public awareness of craniofacial conditions and social acceptance of individuals with facial disfigurement. Website has information about many types of craniofacial syndromes.

Cleft Lip/Palate Foundation
Information and referral services for patients with cleft palate, cleft lip and craniofacial anomalies. Can search for local specialists through this site.

Craniofacial Program - Inova Fairfax Hospital for Children
Provides inpatient and outpatient evaluation and treatment of children with craniofacial anomalies.

FACES: The National Craniofacial Association
Provides resource files of specialized craniofacial centers and other relevant resources and the latest research and information on craniofacial disorders. Also has parent network.

Smile Train
International children’s charity with a sustainable approach to a single, solvable problem: cleft lip and palate. Millions of children in developing countries with unrepaired clefts live in shame, but more importantly, have difficulty eating, breathing and speaking. Cleft repair surgery is simple, and the transformation is immediate. Our sustainable model provides training and funding to empower local doctors in 85+ developing countries to provide 100%-free cleft repair surgery in their communities.

Virginia Smiles
Organization of parents who provide information and support to families and caregivers of children born with a cleft lip and/or cleft palate.

Craniofacial Clinics found on this site
Institute for Craniofacial & Plastic Surgery • Norfolk • 757-627-6700 •
Center for Cleft and Craniofacial Care • Richmond •  804-828-3042 •
Craniofacial Anomalies Clinic • Charlottesville • 434-924-2528 •
Cleft and Craniofacial Center • Roanoke • 540-224-5170 •           

World Craniofacial Foundation
Dedicated to helping children with craniofacial abnormalities gain access to life-changing medical procedures.    


Deaf, Deaf/Blind, Hard of Hearing

Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
Helps families, health care providers and education professionals understand childhood hearing loss and the importance of early diagnosis and intervention.                                  

American Association of the Deaf-Blind
National consumer advocacy organization for people who have a combination of deafness, blindness, partial sight or partial hearing. Site appears to have not been updated in several years.                 

American Sign Language (ASL) Video Dictionaries and Courses

• American Sign Language University
Free self-study lessons including an ASL dictionary, signing videos, a printable sign language alphabet chart (fingerspelling), etc.

• Contact and Communication For The Deaf
Commercial site that provides (some free and some for cost) videos, flashcards, and other products to assist communication with and for the deaf. (thanks to Jackson for sending this link!) 

• Handspeak  
Free sign language resources and extracurricular materials for language enthusiasts, ASL students and learners, instructors and teachers, interpreters, homeschoolers, parents and professionals for practice or self-study.

• Signing Savvy  
Sign language dictionary containing several thousand high resolution videos of American Sign Language signs, fingerspelled words, and other common signs used within the United States and Canada. 

• Start ASL 
Comprehensive website featuring information and free classes in addition to a video dictionary.

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American Society for Deaf Children                 
National organization of families and professionals committed to educating, empowering, and supporting parents and families.

Better Hearing Institute
Conducts research and engages in hearing health education with the goal of helping people with hearing loss benefit from proper treatment. Links on site including Hearing Loss & Children, Hearing Loss and Adults as well as a Check Your Hearing Link.

Coalition for Hearing, Education and Research
Mission is to provide support for the necessary resources to the Hampton Roads community so that its citizens can obtain the highest quality and comprehensive services for disorders of the ear, hearing and balance

Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services Center
Provides outreach services for the Virginia Department for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing.
800-552-7917 VTTY
Abingdon Area •  276-206-2141 Voice/Videophone
Danville/Pittsylvania Area • 434-797-8479 V/TTY • 434-688-0136 or 866-971-1753 Videophone
Grundy Area • 276-935-0780 TTY • 276-883-9360 Videophone
Lynchburg Area • 434-528-4991 V/TTY •  434-465-6874 Videophone
New River Valley • 540-342-0031 V/TTY • 540-585-4724 Videophone
Norton • 276-679-6103 V/TTY •  276-207-8440 Videophone
Roanoke/Martinsville Area 540-342-0031 V/TTY • 540-266-3053 Videophone
Staunton/Charlottesville/Winchester Area •  540-885-0822 V/T • 540-416-0099 Videophone          

Described and Captioned Media Program
Browse from a library of over 4,000 free-loan described and captioned media titles. Works to provide all persons who are deaf or hard of hearing access to communication and learning through the use of captioned educational media and supportive collateral materials.
800-237-6819 TTY      

Hands & Voices
Diverse membership includes those who are deaf, hard of hearing, and hearing impaired and their families who communicate orally, with signs, cue, and/or combined methods. Mission is to help children reach highest potential using whatever method works best for the child.

Hearing Loss Association of America
Mission is to open the world of communication for people with hearing loss through information, education, advocacy and support. Can search for local contact info on site.

Helen Keller National Center for Deaf-Blind Youths and Adults
Mission is to enable each person who is deaf-blind to live and work in his or her community of choice. Also maintains a registry which provides basic information about persons of all ages with deaf-blindness in the United States.

iCanConnect Virginia
Provides No Cost communications technology—along with installation, training and support—to low-income, deaf-blind Virginia residents.Through this program, participants receive special equipment to help them make a phone call, send an e-mail, access the Internet and stay connected in today's world.iCanConnect Virginia is administered by the Virginia Department for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (VDDHH) in cooperation with the Department for the Blind and Vision impaired. 
Virginia Department for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing • 800-552-7917 V/TTY
Department for the Blind and Vision Impaired • 800-622-2155 V/TTY 

The National Family Association for DeafBlind
National organization that advocates for all persons who are deafblind, encourages the founding and strengthening of family organizations in each state and collaborates with professionals who work with persons who are deaf-blind.

The National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD)
Conducts and supports research and research training in the normal and disordered processes of hearing, balance, smell, taste, voice, speech, and language.
For health information: If you need immediate information, please call

800-241-1055 TTY

National Center on Deaf-Blindness
Provides technical assistance to families and agencies serving children and young adults who are deaf-blind.   

Northern Virginia Resource Center for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Persons
Serves deaf and hard of hearing people and their families, friends, co-workers, employers, and business and government agencies that serve deaf and hard of hearing people.
703-352-9056 TTY
571-350-8656 Videophone  

Virginia Project for Children and Young Adults with Deaf-Blindness 
Statewide program designed to provide technical assistance, training, distance education, and networking information to families, teachers, and service providers of individuals birth through 21 who have both a hearing loss and a vision loss.

Virginia School for the Deaf and the Blind
One of the oldest schools in Virginia and the second of its kind in the world. The school utilizes some of the latest and most advanced audio-visual equipment and disability tailored computer applications in its classrooms to provide its students with the best education possible.

540-332-9000 • 800-522-VSDB (8732) 

Virginia Department for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (VDDHH)
Works to reduce and, ultimately, eliminate the communication barriers between persons who are deaf or hard of hearing and those who are hearing. Programs offered: Technology Services, Consumer, Outreach, Interpreter, and Community Support Services, Interpreter Services and Quality Assurance Screening and Sign Language Classes listed by region.
804-662-9502 V/TTY 
804-325-1290 (Video Phone: FOR USE ONLY BY CALLERS WHO ARE DEAF)
800-552-7917 V/TTY

Virginia Early Hearing, Detection and Intervention Program
Provides information and referral to families regarding newborn hearing screening, follow-up testing, and early intervention services. Website has an extensive list of newborn hearing screening providers throughout the state. From home page, search for  Early Hearing Detection and Intervention

Virginia Relay
Enables people who are deaf, hard of hearing, deafblind, or speech disabled to communicate by TTY (text telephone) or other assistive telephone with anyone who uses a standard phone.
Dial 711.

866-894-4116 (Voice)
866-246-9300 (TTY)


Developmental Disabilities

The Arc of Virginia
Advocacy efforts include providing information and education, and increasing public awareness of the human and civil rights of individuals with intellectual and other developmental disabilities.  Parent to Parent group
provides telephone matches between parents looking for support and information from trained veteran parents.
State Office: Richmond • 804-649-8481 •

The Arc of Augusta • 540-943-1618 •
The Arc of Central Virginia • 434-845-4071 •
The Arc of Eastern Shore • 757-442-3312
The Arc of Southern Virginia/Halifax • 434-222-8931 •
Hanover Arc • 804-798-2400 •
The Arc of Harrisonburg & Rockingham • 540-437-9214 •
The Arc of Lenowisco • -276-431-4159 •
The Arc of Loudoun County • 703-777-1939 •
The Arc of North Central Virginia • 571-399-5390  •
The Arc of Northern Shenandoah Valley • 540-445-1272 •
The Arc of Northern Virginia• 703-208-1119 •
The Arc of New River Valley •
The Arc of the Peninsula • 757-896-6461•
The Arc of the Piedmont • 434-977-4002 •
The Arc of Greater Prince William/INSIGHT • 703-670-4800 •
The Arc of Rappahannock • 540-318-6061 •
The Greater Richmond ARC • 804-358-1874 •
The Arc of Greater Roanoke Valley • 540-520-1880 •
The Arc of Rockbridge • 540-460-2710
The Arc of Smyth County • 276-783-6801
The Arc of Southside • 434-836-3272 •
The Arc of Southeastern Virginia  • 757-828-6228 •
The Arc of the James • 804-446-1705 •
The Arc of Warren County • 540-635-2725 ext. 33242
The Arc of Greater Williamsburg • 757-229-3535 •

Developmental Delay Resources (DDR)
Supports the integration of convential and holistic approaches to learningt and behavioral problems.  Provides network for parents and professionals.

Virginia Board for People with Disabilities
Promotes and facilitates maximum independence, productivity, family support, and community participation of people with disabilities through advocacy, education, and prevention initiatives.

Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services
Provides services through a coordinated system of care that respects and promotes the full participation of individuals and their families.
804-371-8977 V/TDD

Virginia Easter Seals
Provides services and support, and creating solutions that improve the lives of children and adults with disabilities or other special needs and their families. Can search for local offices on this site.


Down Syndrome

Buddy Walks
A program of the National Down Syndrome Society to celebrate Down Syndrome Awareness Month in October and to promote acceptance and inclusion of people with Down Syndrome. To find a local Buddy Walk in your community, visit the "Find a Walk" section of the website.           

Down Syndrome Association of Fredericksburg
Connects to parents, community members through Facebook.

Down Syndrome Association of Greater Richmond
Provides access to current and accurate information on Down syndrome. Also fosters programs that focus on education, community services, public awareness, medical issues, research advocacy, legal issues and parenting.

Down Syndrome Association of Hampton Roads
Serves needs of individuals with Down Syndrome and their families.
Norfolk • 757-466-3696

Down Syndrome Association of Northern Virginia
Provides individuals with Down syndrome and their families with educational, financial, medical, legal and social support and resources. Works to increase community awareness of the capabilities and contributions of individuals with Down syndrome.

Down Syndrome Association of Roanoke
Goal is to improve the quality of life for all persons with mental and/or physical handicaps and to make Southwest Virginia a model community for individuals with disabilities.

Down Syndrome Association of Virginia Peninsula
Offers New Parent Welcome Information, outreach to area hospitals, monthly meetings and social events.

Down Syndrome Education USA
Associated with Down Syndrome Education International. Works to develop and evaluate education programs, offers conferences for families, teachers and other professionals and supports scientific research.

Harrisonburg/Rockingham Parents of Children with down Syndrome
Parents, families and friends who want to connect with others experiencing the joys, successes, and challenges of raising children with Down syndrome (trisomy 21) in the central Shenandoah Valley. Through partnerships with community agencies, educators, medical professionals, and parents, share resources and information to families seeking to learn more about Down syndrome and promote awareness and inclusion of children with Down syndrome and their families.

Mosaic Down Syndrome on the Web
Website designed to disseminate information about Mosaic Down Syndrome.

National Down Syndrome Congress
National advocacy organization for Down Syndrome, provides leadership in all areas of concern related to Down syndrome.
800-232-NDSC (6372)           

National Down Syndrome Society
Distributes informative materials, encourages and supports the activities of local parent support groups, sponsors conferences and undertakes advocacy efforts to increase awareness and acceptance of people with Down syndrome.

Pathfinder Village
A New York state location which provides services in health, nutrition, safety, and residential living that set the stage for fulfillment through educational, vocational, social, spiritual and recreational programs. Also provides outreach and education services through the Kennedy Willis Center on Down Syndrome.

Support Organization for Trisomy 18,13, and Trisomy Related Disorders
Network of families and professionals dedicated to providing support and understanding to families involved in the issues and decisions surrounding the diagnosis and care in Trisomy 18, 13 and related chromosomal disorders.


Intellectual Disabilities See also Developmental Disabilities 

American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Promotes progressive policies, sound research, effective practices, and universal human rights for people with intellectual disabilities.

Community Alternatives, Inc. (CAI)
Founded in 1980 to provide supported employment opportunities to adults with emotional and physical disabilities in Virginia Beach, Virginia. As the need for services in the Virginia Beach area grew, CAI expanded programming to serve children and adults with intellectual disabilities and other developmental disabilities. Is now a regional leader advocating for a continuum of community based services for children and adults with physical disabilities, developmental disabilities, and co-occurring mental health and substance abuse needs.

National Association for the Dually Diagnosed
Association established for professionals, care providers and families to promote understanding of and services for individuals who have developmental disabilities and mental health needs.      

The Arc of VA
Advocates for the human and civil rights of individuals with intellectual and other developmental disabilities. Advocacy efforts include providing information and education, and increasing public awareness. Parent to Parent group provides telephone matches between parents looking for support and information from trained veteran parents. Search above for listing of regional offices.
State Office: Richmond • 804-649-848

Represents primarily individuals with intellectual disabilities and their families/guardians. VOR advocates that the final determination of what is appropriate depends on the unique abilities and needs of the individual and desires of the family and guardians.


Juvenile Diabetes

American Diabetes Foundation
Provides information, advocacy and support for families.
800-DIABETES (342-2383)
Norfolk • 757-424-6662
Glen Allen • 804-225-8038           

Children with Diabetes
Online community resource for kids, families and adults with diabetes.           

Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation
A leading nongovernmental funder of diabetes research. Can search for local chapters through this site.
800-533-CURE (2873)


Learning and Attention Issues

ADHD Resource Group of Northern Virginia
Non-profit organization devoted to helping the ADHD community in Northern VA and surrounding areas. Join mailing list to stay informed of educational events that can assist in meeting the challenges of an ADHD diagnosis. 
Fairfax • 703-738-9984

Children and Adults with Attention Deficit Disorder
Provides support and advocacy, public and professional education, and encouragement for individuals with AD/HD andthose who care for them.
Hampton Roads •
Northern Virginia •

Council for Learning Disabilities
An international organization concerned about issues related to students with learning disabilities.           

International Dyslexia Association
A scientific and educational organization dedicated to the study and treatment of dyslexia.
Virginia Branch •           

LEAF Learning Center, LLC 
Provides behavior & educational consulting, family training, academic intervention and staff development services to providers and families of children & adults diagnosed as having special needs. 
Northern Virginia
Virginia Beach

Learning Ally 
Works with leading publishers and technology innovators to bring accessible materials to individuals with visual and learning disabilities including textbooks that are available in every grade level and most subjects.

Learning Disabilities Association of America 
Focuses on enhancing educational and vocational services for individuals with learning disabilities who live in Virginia while supporting the efforts of LDA at the national level.
Virginia affiliate •       

Learning Disabilities Resources
Site contains lists of tools, schools, organizations and professionals and other resources for the LD community as well as articles and commentaries.           

Provides parents and teachers with accurate, authoritative information about learning disabilities.          

National Center for Learning Disabilities
Dedicated to increasing opportunities for all individuals with learning disabilities to achieve their potential by increasing public awareness and understanding of learning disabilities. See LD Navigator on this site.           

The National Institute for Learning Development
Established to assist schools, organizations, and individuals in the development of programs for students with specific learning disabilities.

National Resource Center on AD/HD
A program of CHADD, funded through a cooperative agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the center is a clearinghouse for science-based information about all aspects of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (AD/HD).

Smart Kids with Learning Disabilities
Dedicated to empowering the parents of children with learning disabilities (LD) and attention-deficit disorder (ADHD). Mission is to educate, guide and inspire families of children with learning disabilities or ADHD—and to change the perception of learning disabilities as a stigmatizing condition.

A service of the Division for Learning Disabilities (DLD) of the Council for Exceptional Children. Readers can find information about curriculum-based measurement for monitoring student progress; teaching methods such a co-teaching and direct instruction; and current issues such as response-to-intervention models.           

Yale Center for Dyslexia & Creativity
Mission is to uncover and illuminate the strengths of those with dyslexia, disseminate information, practical advice, and the latest innovations from scientific research, and transform the lives of children and adults with dyslexia.


Mental Health
Includes information about Emotional Disabilities, Mental Illness, Mental Health and Mood Disorders

101 Leading Sites on Bipolar Disorder and Depression
Informational page on a commerical site.

American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Provides information to aid in the understanding and treatment of the developmental, behavioral, and mental disorders.  

Anxiety Disorders Association of America
Promotes the early diagnosis, treatment and cure of anxiety disorders, and is committed to improving the lives of the people who suffer from them. Can search for therapists and support groups on this site.           

Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law
The nation's leading civil rights organization representing people with mental illnesses or mental disabilities.

Centra Bridges Treatment Center
Residential treatment for boys and girls with a wide-range of emotional and behavioral problems. The goal is to provide the therapeutic intervention, support and structure necessary for each resident to be successful.
Lynchburg • 434.200.5700       

Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance
Patient-directed national organization focusing on the most prevalent mental illnesses.Can search for Chapters and Support Groups on this site. Chapters with websites are listed here. Can also search for online support groups through main site.
Northern Virginia •         
Portion of the Healthline website with a wealth of information devoted to bipolar symptoms, tests, treatments, etc.

Mental Health America
The country’s oldest and largest non-profit organization addressing all aspects of mental health and mental illness. Search for Virginia affiliates on this site.
800-969-NMHA (6642)
800-433-5959 TTY
Virginia Headquarters
Richmond • 804-257-5591 •  
Provides one-stop access to U.S. government mental health and mental health problems information to educate and guide; the general public, health and emergency preparedness professionals, policy makers, government and business leaders, school systems and local communities.

National Alliance on Mental Illness
The nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness. NAMI advocates for access to services, treatment, supports and research and is steadfast in its commitment to raise awareness and build a community for hope for all of those in need.NAMI is the foundation for hundreds of NAMI State Organizations, NAMI Affiliates and volunteer leaders who work in local communities across the country to raise awareness and provide essential and free education, advocacy and support group programs. Serach for local affiliates by county.
888-486-8264 Helpline 

National Institute of Mental Health 
The mission of NIMH is to transform the understanding and treatment of mental illnesses through basic and clinical research, paving the way for prevention, recovery, and cure. 24-hour hotline of the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 
800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255) to be connected to a trained counselor at a suicide crisis center nearest you. Can also use Live Online Chat option through this site.

Riverside Behavioral Health Center
 offers the most comprehensive range of behavioral health programs on the Virginia Peninsula, including acute care for children and adults, crisis assessment and residential treatment for adolescents.
Hampton • 757- 827-1001

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration SAMHSA)
Mission is to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America's communities.Can use this site to locate local Behavioral Health Treatment Services
Suicide Prevention Lifeline
 • 800-273-8255
National Helpline • 800-662-4357
Disaster Distress Helpline • 800-985-5990

Ten Things All Great Therapists Should Know
Traits that distinguish an effective therapist. Posted on a commercial page.

Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services
Providing services through a coordinated system of care that respects and promotes the full participation of individuals and their families.
804-371-8977 V/TDD

Virginia State Mental Health Facilities
State facilities provide highly structured, intensive services for citizens of the Commonwealth of Virginia who have a mental illness, intellectual disabilities or are in need of substance abuse services. In the evolutionary movement towards a single, integrated system of care, increased emphasis has been placed on the establishment of community services and on the more effective and efficient use of state facilities. This emphasis has defined the role of state facilities as one of several resources in an overall continuum of care. Patients are initially evaluated and referred to the mental health facilities by staff from Community Services Boards.

Commonwealth Center for Children and Adolescents
   Staunton • 540-332-2100 •
Southwestern Virginia Mental Health Institute
   Marion • 276-783-1200 •
Catawba Hospital
   Catawba • 540-375-4201 • 276-783-1365 •
Southern Virginia Mental Health Institute
   Danville • 434-799-6220 •
Central State Hospital
   Petersburg • 804-524-7000 •
Eastern State Hospital
   Williamsburg • 757-253-5161 •
Western State Hospital
   Staunton • 540-332-8000 •
Northern VA MH Institute
   Falls Church • 703-207-7100 •

Virginia Treatment Center for Children
Family focused inpatient and outpatient care. Inpatient programs include Acute Care Crisis Stabilization and Evaluations. Outpatient programs include evaluations, family and individual therapy and specialty clinics.
804.828.3129  (Receptionist and Outpatient Services)
855.546.7792  (Inpatient Services)      

Mission is to strengthen the mental health system in Virginia by creating alternatives and complements to services currently available. Also works to keep people connected so that they may strengthen one another through self-determination and peer leadership. 


Neurological Disorders    (See ADHD under Learning and Attention Issues)      

The Epilepsy Foundation
National organization that works for people affected by seizures through research, education, advocacy and service.

Epilepsy Foundation of Virginia
Promotes awareness about epilepsy and provides assistance to those with the disorder. Look for local offices and support groups on this site.

Functional or Dissociative Neurological Symptoms : a patient’s guide
Most people with functional or dissociative neurological symptoms have a combination of symptoms like "weakness, numbness and fatigue" or "blackouts and sleep problems.” Use site to click on a symptom or use the menu to explore the symptoms that are relevant to you.

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke
The nation's leading supporter of biomedical research on disorders of the brain and nervous system. Website includes large listing of information on individual disorders.
800-352-9424 • 7-1-1 (TRS)           

National Resource Center on AD/HD
A program of CHADD, funded through a cooperative agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the center is a clearinghouse for science-based information about all aspects of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (AD/HD).

Tourette Syndrome Association, Inc.
Mission is to identify the cause of, find the cure for and control the effects of this disorder. Also offers resources and referrals. Can search for local support groups on this site.
Mid-Atlantic Chapter • 443-327-9667 •           

Tourette Syndrome Plus
On this site, patients, their families, teachers, and clinicians can learn about Tourette’s Syndrome, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, Executive Dysfunction, Juvenile Bipolar Disorder, Autism Spectrum disorders, ensory integration issues and more.           


Neuromuscular Conditions

Families of Spinal Muscular Atrophy
Promotes research to find a cure for Spinal Muscular Atrophies and supports families affected by SMA.

Muscular Dystrophy Association
Programs of worldwide research, comprehensive medical and community services, and far-reaching professional and public
health education.

Myasthenia Gravis Foundation of America
Goal is to facilitate the timely diagnosis and optimal care of individuals affected by MG and closely related disorders.

Spinal Muscular Atrophy Foundation
Mission is to accelerate the development of a treatment or cure for SMA, the number one genetic killer of infants and toddlers.

United Spinal Association 
Dedicated to enhancing the quality of life of all people living with spinal cord injuries and disease (SCI/D), and providing them and their loved ones, care providers and professionals with needed resources.

United Spinal Association of Virginia
Committed to establishing and promoting vital community-based services for people in this state affected by spinal cord injury/disease (SCI/D). Our members include, individuals living with SCI/D, family and friends, hospitals and healthcare professionals, DME manufacturers and suppliers, and a multitude of other highly devoted organizations.


Rare Disorders and Genetic Conditions

American Association for Klinefelter Syndrome Information and Support
National volunteer organization with the mission of education, support, research and understanding of XXY and its variants, collectively known as Klinefelter Syndrome.

Angelman Syndrome Foundation
A genetic disorder that is now believed to have been misdiagnosed as cerebral palsy, autism or other childhood disorders. Mission is to advance the awareness and treatment of Angelman Syndrome through education, information exchange and research.           

Birth Defect Research for Children, Inc.
Provides parents with information about birth defects and support services for their children. BDRC has a parent-matching program linking families who have children with similar birth defects.            

Celiac Disease Foundation
Informs, assists, and supports people with information about Celiac Disease (CD) and Dermatitis Herpetiformis (DH). Distributes reliable, up-to-date materials about the disease and the gluten-free lifestyle to assist individuals with CD/DH and those yet to be diagnosed.           

Chromosome Deletion Outreach, Inc.
Education, advocacy, information and support for all those affected by any rare chromosome disorder.           

CFIDS (Chronic Fatigue and Immune Dysfunction Syndrome) Association of America 
Detailed information about CFS, its symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, and important research findings.

Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
Dedicated to assuring the development of the means to cure and control cystic fibrosis and to improve the quality of life for those with the disease.
Virginia Chapter

Dental Effects of Celiac Disease

Informational page of a commercial dentistry and orthodontics practice. Thanks Sonia for sending this link!

Diastrophic Help Site
Website helps the parents of children with diastrophic dysplasia (DDs) solve the very early questions of self-care and adjustments to the home and school environments.

Eating Gluten-Free for Health
Page of commercial website with useful information. Thanks to Emily for this resource!

Supports scientific research aimed at finding a treatment and a cure for Fragile X syndrome.           

The Genetic Alliance
An international coalition of individuals, professionals and support organizations working together to promote healthy lives for everyone impacted by genetics. Website links to information and support groups sorted by particular genetic disorder.           

Genetic and Rare Diseases Information Center
Established by the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) and the Office of Rare Diseases (ORD), the site provides information about ORDR-sponsored biomedical research, scientific conferences, and rare and genetic diseases. It also serves as a portal to information on major topics of interest to the rare diseases community.

Human Growth Foundation, Inc.
Helps children and adults with disorders related to growth or growth hormone through research, education, support and advocacy.

International Rett Syndrome Alliance
Supports and encourages medical research to find a cure for Rett syndrome, to increase public awareness and to provide informational and emotional support to families.

Klinefelter Syndrome Support Website           

Little People of America
Offers information on employment, education, disability rights. adoption, medical issues, clothing, adaptive clothing, and the many stages of parenting a short-statured child - from birth to adult.

The MAGIC Foundation
Provides support services for the families of children afflicted with a wide variety of chronic and/or critical disorders, syndromes and diseases that affect a child’s growth. Includes support services for adults who were also impacted as children by these disorders.

March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation
Mission is to reduce and prevent birth defects and infant mortality through research, community services, education and advocacy.
Virginia Chapter •    

The Moebius Syndrome Foundation
Moebius syndrome is a craniofacial/neurological disorder that manifests itself primarily in facial paralysis. The mission of the Foundation is to provide information and support to individuals with Moebius syndrome and their families, promote greater awareness and understanding of Moebius syndrome, and to advocate for scientific research to advance the diagnosis and treatment of Moebius syndrome and its associated conditions. 

National Fragile X Foundation
Provides support and resources to families of individuals with Fragile X Syndrome. Also participates in activities to raise awareness and funds to support research.

Neurofibromatosis, Inc.-Mid-Atlantic
Neurofibromatosis (NF) is a genetic disorder that causes tumors to grow on the nerves anywhere in the body at any time. Organization provides information and referrals to professional resources; camp; peer counseling.          

National Hemophila Foundation (NHF)
Dedicated to finding better treatments and cures for bleeding and clotting disorders and to preventing the complications of these disorders through education, advocacy and research.
National Capital Area Chapter • 703-352-7182 •            

The National MPS Society
Supports research and public and professional awareness to help individuals and families affected by an MPS Mucopolysaccharidosis) or ML (Mucolipidosis) disease.           

National Organization for Rare Disorders
Provides information, including an A-Z index of hundreds of rare diseases, and tries to link parents to support groups for families of children with rare or chronic disabilities.
800-999-NORD (6673)           

The National Tay-Sachs & Allied Diseases Association (NTSAD)
Dedicated to the treatment and prevention of Tay-Sachs, Canavan, and related diseases, and to providing information and support to affected individuals and families.

A reference portal for information on rare diseases and orphan drugs, for all audiences. Orphanet’s aim is to help improve the diagnosis, care and treatment of patients with rare diseases.

Patients Like Me
Committed to putting patients first by providing an effective way to share your real-world health experiences in order to help yourself, other patients like you and organizations that focus on your conditions.       

The Prader-Willi Syndrome Association
Provides a network of information, support services, and research endeavors to meet the needs of affected children, adults and their families.

Provides information and support to families of persons with Smith-Magenis Syndrome (SMS) and fosters partnerships with professionals to increase awareness and understanding of SMS.           

Spina Bifida Association of America
Promotes the prevention of spina bifida and works to enhance the lives of all affected by it. Can search for clinics on this site.

SBA of the Mid-Atlantic Region

Turner Syndrome Society of the U. S.
Provides health-related resources to patients, families and physicians for the diagnosis and treatment of Turner syndrome. Can search for local support on this site.

Unique The Rare Chromosome Disorder Support Group
An international group, supporting, informing and networking with anyone affected by a rare chromosome disorders and with any interested professionals. As part of its services, Unique offers helplines for new and existing member families and professionals to find out more information about the group and about specific rare chromosome disorders.
United Kingdom

Williams Syndrome Association
Provides the most comprehensive resource for people and families living with Williams syndrome as well as doctors, researchers and educators.  The WSA provides resources, support and the latest medical information to help your child today and throughout his/her life.


Speech and Language Delays and Disabilities

American Speech-Language Hearing Association
Works to ensure that all people with speech, language, and hearing disorders have access to quality services to help them communicate effectively.

Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) Institute  
Organization dedicated to the most effective communication for people who rely on augmentative and alternative communication (AAC).

Blue Ridge Speech & Hearing Center
Not-for-profit community resource offering speech, language, and hearing professional services at a sliding scale of fees for those whose financial situation warrants it.

Childhood Apraxia of Speech Association of North America
Mission is to strengthen the support systems in the lives of children with apraxia so that each child has their best opportunity to develop speech.           

The National Center For Stuttering
Information, research and support for those who stutter.            

National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD)
Conducts and supports research and research training in the normal and disordered processes of hearing, balance, smell, taste, voice, speech, and language.
800-241-1055 TTY                 

Speech-Language-Hearing Association of Virginia
Association of audiologists and speech language pathologists working to develop, expand, and provide information concerning speech, language, and hearing services.

Speech, Language and Hearing Clinic at Hampton University
Full service facility providing diagnostic and therapeutic services in the areas of speech, language and hearing disorders to persons of all ages. Services are available by appointment only throughout the university's academic year as well as during the summer session.

The Stuttering Foundation Of America
Resources, services and support for those who stutter, as well as support for research into the causes of stuttering.

United States Society for Augmentative and Alternative Communication

National chapter of ISAAC, the International Society for Augmentative and Alternative Communication; organization dedicated to supporting the needs and desires of people who use AAC, as well as the family members, professionals, and manufacturers making up that community.







Advocacy and General Information

Access Advocates
Specializes in ADA compliance and was founded with the purpose of bringing professional services to people with disabilities in order to create more ADA compliant community. Provides free ADA resources to assist consumers in their ADA compliance advocacy efforts.

Access Ministry of McLean Bible Church
Serves the community by equipping people with disabilities and their families to become full participants and contributors in the church and their community. See website for many services offered.                   

The Arc of VA and their local chapters
See Arc information listed elsewhere in this list.

The Association for the Severely Handicapped (TASH)
An international association of people with disabilities, their family members, other advocates, and professionals working for a society in which inclusion of all people in all aspects of society is the norm.

Center for Family Involvement
As part of the Partnership for People with Disabilities at Virginia Commonwealth University, this group works with families to increase their skills as advocates, mentors, and leaders so families, and children and young adults with disabilities can lead the lives they want.

Center for Parent Information and Resources
(contains much of the information formerly found at National Information Center for Children and Youth with Disabilities (NICHCY) 
Serves as a central resource of information and products to the community of Parent Training Information (PTI) Centers and the Community Parent Resource Centers (CPRCs), so that they can focus their efforts on serving families of children with disabilities. CPIR has three main objectives:

to provide PTIs and CPRCs with products and materials to support their work with families;
to increase Parent Centers’ knowledge and capacity in specific domains; and
to increase the coordination of parent training efforts throughout the network.
The CPIR places “user-centered processes” at its core. Because PTIs and CPRCs are the main focus of our work, the CPIR is designed to gather Parent Center perspectives at each step along the way.

Children’s Disability Information
Extenisve information, articles, books and support for families. It appears that site has not been updated for several years.        

Comprehensive Services Act Service Provider Directory [The Virginia]
Database mandated by a 1993 Virginia Law, which provides for high quality, child centered, family focused, cost effective, community-based services to high-risk youth and their families. For service directory,

Community Service Boards (CSB)
Provides services that:
• Insure the growth and development of infants who have or are at risk of developmental disabilities, birth to age 3.
• Enable children and youth with mental illness, intellectual disability, and substance abuse disorders to remain in their homes, schools, and communities.
• Work to preserve and enhance families.
• Meet the residential, outpatient, and day support needs of citizens with severe mental illness.
• Offer opportunities for occupational and residential independence for citizens with intellectual disability
• Respond to psychiatric emergencies.
• Promote resiliency in youth and communities through prevention and education activities.
• Support the efforts of schools, Department of Social Services, law enforcement agencies, and courts in a coordinated manner.
• Prevent further incidence of mental illness, intellectual disability and substance abuse.
• Effectively treat citizens with substance abuse disorders.
• Support the care of elderly citizens with mental disabilities and their families.
• Assist families in caring for members with mental disabilities.
Search for local offices on the site.

Council of Community Services
A member organization of the Virginia’s statewide information and referral system which works to “ensure access to information and resources needed by individuals, organizations and decision-makers to forecast and meet human needs to improve the quality of life of all members of the community.”

Disabled World -
Primary focus is to provide information and news to the public, disability community and organizations, as well as disabled rights campaigners, via our Disabled World News Service, Articles, Press Releases, and Disability Videos.

Disability Events Calendar

Portion of Disabled World website displaying listings which include disability awareness, exhibitions of disabled products and aids, daily living aids, home-care, conferences, workshops, festivals, and various other special events. The list of coming events concerning disability and health is updated regularly with information gathered from public sources, submissions by the public, and health and disability organizations worldwide.                                             and its associated social media accounts were sunset in December 2016 and are no longer available. currently redirects to a page of disability related-resources available from the U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP). Federal resources on disability and employment can be found on the website of the Campaign for Disability Employment (CDE)      

Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund Inc.
A national law and policy center dedicated to protecting and advancing the civil rights of people with disabilities through legislation, litigation, advocacy, technical assistance, and education and training.
510-644-2555 VTTY   

Disability Statistics
A Cornell University online resource for disability statistics. Created and maintained by the Employment and Disability Institute. Funded by the U.S. Department of Education National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research. 

Exceptional Family Member Program
Provides comprehensive information on services and resources available to military families with special medical or educational needs. Each branch of the service has its own EFMP. Can also contact your local military base for more information.

Faith Inclusion Network of Hampton Roads
Goal is to connect people with disabilities and their families to faith communities that are welcoming and genuinely want to include everyone. Also works to help faith communities become more inclusive by connecting them with resources and providing networking opportunities at conferences and meetings throughout the year. Locate additional faith communities in Southeastern Virginia on this site.

National grassroots network of families, friends and advocates for health care services; promotes the inclusion of all families as decision makers at all levels of health care; and supports essential partnerships between families and professionals.

Hampton Committee for People with Disabilities
Assists with the services of the handicapped in the various functions of everyday life, including advising on programs, activities and legislative matters. The Committee is all volunteers and does not maintain an office or regular office hours.

International Center for Disability Resources on the Internet  
Mission includes the collection of a knowledge base of quality disability resources and best practices and to provide education, outreach and training based on these core resources.               

Jewish Social Service Agency of Metropolitan Washington
Offers special needs services to individuals and family members.
Northern Virginia Office • 703-204-9100                      

Mid-Atlantic ADA Center
Provides information, guidance and training on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), tailored to meet the needs of businesses, government entities, organizations, and individuals in the Mid-Atlantic Region (DC, DE, MD, PA, VA, and WV). Links to services and resources all over the U.S.
800-949-4232 V/TTY      

National Disability Rights Network
Serves a wide range of individuals with disabilities by guarding against abuse; advocating for basic rights; and ensuring accountability in health care, education, employment, housing, transportation, and within the juvenile and criminal justice systems.                      

National Organization on Disability
Advocates internationally and nationally for the mainstreaming andfull participation of people with disabilities in all aspects of life.           

National Rehabilitation Information Center
The library of the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR.). We collect, catalog, and disseminate the articles, reports, curricula, guides, and other publications and products of the research projects funded by NIDILRR.
301-459-5984 TTY           

New Path
Helps parents understand the jargon, connect with other parents and makes sure parents know what their rights are.  Points parents to programs and resources. Shares success stories and tips for dealing with challenges.

Olmstead LawWebsite
United States Supreme Court decision which states that persons with disabilities who live in, are “at risk” of living in, or are eligible for placement in facilities or institutions, have a right to live in the community if
• They and their treatment teams agree that they can live successfully in the community;
• They choose to live in the community; and
• Resources are available to help them live in the community.
As of January, 2018, site is being updated.                 

Parent Educational Advocacy Training Center (PEATC)
Virginia's Parent Training and Information Center (PTI). Each state has at least one PTI Center to provide training & information to parents to enable them to participate more effectively with professionals in meeting the educational needs of their children.
Falls Church • 703-923-0010 V/TTY

Partnership for People with Disabilities
Operates more than 20 federal and state programs which support individuals with disabilities and their families. Partnership maintains an interdisciplinary approach to all of its activities, which allows it to explore a wide spectrum of professional services and community interests as it seeks to expand opportunities to individuals with disabilities.
800-828-1120 TDD

Social Security Disability Resource Center is not the Social Security Administration, nor is it associated or affiliated with SSA. This site is a personal, private website that is published, edited, and maintained by former disability claims examiner Tim Moore. The goal of SSDRC is to inform readers about how the Social Security Disability and SSI Disability process works from start to finish. This includes what to expect before, during, and after a disability application has been processed, common mistakes that need to be avoided, and what to do and how to react in specific situations (for example, receiving notices of denial, obtaining the status of the claim at different points, providing needed evidence, and undergoing a disability interview with a Social Security Claims Representative).

Special Needs and the Foreign Service Child 
Portion of US Dept of State website wherein shows the Family Liaison Office which serves Foreign Service families looking for help with the special educational needs of their child(ren).     

TASK (Taking Action for Special Kids)
Independent non-profit agency serving the special needs citizens of Tazewell County for over 25 years.  Helps families of special needs children get the services they need by providing information, referrals, support groups, workshops and advocacy.

Virginia Beach Committee for Persons with Disabilities
The Mayor's Committee works to improve the awareness of every person's abilities rather than their disabilities. The Committee works to make Virginia Beach the most accessible city in the U.S.

 Virginia Board for People with Disabilities
See listing and contact information elsewhere in this document.

Virginia Easy Access
A public private partnership with the Commonwealth of Virginia, SeniorNavigator, and 2-1-1 Virginia for seniors and adults with disabilities and the providers that support them.
800-552-3402 V/TTY

Voices for Virginia's Children
The Commonwealth's only statewide multi-issue organization advocating for children and youth, Voices promotes sound, far-reaching program and policy solutions, focusing on early care and education, health care, family economic success, and foster care and adoption.


Assistive Technology

Contains information on more than 40,000 assistive technology products sorted by 20 categories. Database contains detailed descriptions of products, including price and company information.
703-356-8035 • 703-992-8313 TTY

AssistiveTechnology Loan Fund Authority (ATLFA)
A low interest loan program that assists Virginians with disabilities to get the assistive technology they need. Also provides Telework loans for individuals working from home who need equipment for their home business.
804-662-9000 V/TTY

Center for Universal Design
National information, technical assistance, and research center that evaluates, develops, and promotes accessible and universal design in housing, commercial and public facilities, outdoor environments, and products. Works to improve environments and products through design innovation, research, education and design assistance. Site currently not funded and are 
unable at this time to provide assistance to design inquiries.  

Center on Technology and Disability (CTD)
Funded by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) and designed to increase the capacity of families and providers to advocate for, acquire, and implement effective assistive and instructional technology (AT/IT) practices, devices, and services.  CTD serves diverse audiences, including families, teachers, administrators, researchers, service providers, personnel preparation programs, family information and training centers, community resource centers, product developers and vendors, and other relevant programs.

Children's Assistive Technology Service (CATS)
Provides for the re-use of pediatric rehabilitation equipment and devices in Virginia.  CATS serves as a no-cost resource to children with disabilities who need adaptive equipment and whose families have limited resources.

Common Home Modifications for Those That Need More Assistance
Informational page about home modifications to help people navigate their homes independently. From assisting with navigating stairs to ensuring someone with visual concerns can safely move around a home, sometimes these modifications require an actual change to the house, its structure or its features.

Home Modifications for Disabilities - Checklists and Funding
Information about home improvements, modifications, and repairs that can help older adults maintain their independence and prevent accidents. Work can range from simple changes, like replacing doorknobs with pull handles, to major structural projects such as installing a wheelchair ramp. Site also includes a checklist.

Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America
An interdisciplinary association of people with a common interest in technology and disability whose purpose is to improve the potential of people with disabilities to achieve their goals through the use of technology.

 Virginia Assistive Technology System
Statewide project committed to improving the quality of life for all Virginians by increasing awareness and accessibility of assistive technology.
• VATS Central Office - Richmond
• VATS Northern Regional Site - Helen A Kellar Institute for Human disAbilities • Fairfax
703-993-3929 •
• VATS Southwest Regional Site - Virginia Tech • Blacksburg
• VATS Southeast Regional Site - Old Dominion University • Norfolk
757-683-3639 •

Woodrow Wilson Rehabilitation Center
Provides evaluation, consultation and treatment programs for individuals who require assistive technology to live, work and get to school as independently as possible.
800- 811-7893 TTY


Child Care

Choosing Quality Child Care - A Resource Guide
Produced by the Divisions of Licensing Programs and Family Services in Richmond.

Commonly Asked Questions About Child Care Centers And The Americans With Disabilities Act
800-514-0383 TDD

Virginia Child Care Resource and Referral Network
Statewide organization established to promote and support quality child care resources throughout Virginia and to coordinate the efforts of local agencies. Search for local agencies on the website.


Community Service Organizations

Civitan International
A volunteer organization of clubs dedicated to serving individual and community needs with an emphasis on helping people with developmental disabilities. Search website for local groups.

Knights of Columbus of Virginia
Provides financial assistance through grants and home loans to tax exempt organizations providing training and assistance to citizens with intellectual disabilities.

Virginia Lions Clubs
In addition to programs which includes collection and distribution of used eyeglasses, Lions also work to serve the hearing impaired, promote diabetes awareness, sponsor youth programs and more. Search website for local groups.
Roanoke • 540-342-5466


Early Intervention/Early Childhood/Preschool

Child Development Resources
Provides services for children and their families, and provides training at the local, state, regional, and national levels for early childhood and early intervention professionals.

Head Start
A national program that promotes school readiness by enhancing the social and cognitive development of children through the provision of educational, health, nutritional, social and other services to enrolled children and families.

Infant & Toddler Connection
Provides early intervention supports and services to infants and toddlers from birth through age two who are not developing as expected or who have a medical condition that can delay normal development. Early intervention supports and services focus on increasing the child's participation in family and community activities that are important to the family. In addition, supports and services focus on helping parents and other caregivers know how to find ways to help the child learn during everyday activities. These supports and services are available for all eligible children and their families regardless of the family's ability to pay. Can search for local offices (Central Directory) through this site.

National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)
A professional membership organization that works to promote high-quality early learning for all young children, birth through age 8, by connecting early childhood practice, policy, and research. We advance a diverse, dynamic early childhood profession and support all who care for, educate, and work on behalf of young children. 

Va Dept of Health Child Development Clinics
Provides diagnostic services for children with developmental delays or discrepancies, which may include such conditions as hyperactivity, behavioral disorders, health problems, learning problems and intellectual disabilities. The clinics perform multidisciplinary evaluations, including psychological, educational, medical (pediatrician), and social work components, depending on the needs of the child. Additional consultations and health related services available as needed. Satellite or field clinics may be conducted on a regular or as needed basis. Contact the Child Development Clinic nearest you to determine availability. Most clinics listed serve ages birth through 21 years.
Gate City • 276-386-3803
Harrisonburg • 540-568-6687
Norfolk • 757-683-8770
Richmond • 804-827-2100
Roanoke •  540-224-4520


Educational ResourcesSee also Schools for Individual School listings

ACCESS Project – Colorado State University
Offers information and resources about Universal Design for Learning (UDL) including a series of UDL modules, and a section on research being conducted at the university regarding the use of UDL in classes.Although the ACCESS Project officially ended in 2011, resources of this website are published as a public service.

The Association on Higher Education and Disability (AHEAD) in Virginia
Statewide organization of professionals committed to full participation in higher education for persons with disabilities. Affiliated with National AHEAD. Site contains a comprehensive list of disability service providers and ADA coordinators at two-year and four-year colleges and universities in Virginia.

All Kinds of Minds
Primary goal is to educate teachers, parents, educational specialists and students about differences in learning, so that children who are struggling in school because of the way their brains are “wired” are no longer misunderstood.

Center for Applied Special Technology (CAST)
Offers information related to Universal Design for Learning, including publications, products, and professional development resources.

College Resources For Students With Disabilities
Page of commercial site that provides prospective college students with disabilities information about many campuses are equipped with offices and services that address accessibility, accommodation, and assistive technology for a diverse range of needs.

College Scholarships and Financial Aid for Students with Disabilities
Discover scholarships, both narrowly- and broadly-focused, that can help students with disabilities pay for their educations, as well as additional resources for obtaining funding.

Council for Exceptional Children
Advocates for appropriate governmental policies, sets professional standards, provides professional development, advocates for individuals with exceptionalities, and helps professionals obtain conditions and resources necessary for effective professional practice.
866-915-5000 TTY

Education Database Online
Comprehensive information about every college and university in the United States.

Educational Resources Information Center
National information system funded by the U.S. Department of Education’s Institute of Education Sciences to provide access to education literature and resources.

Education Week
Weekly newspaper – reader can subscribe online and in hard copy – publishing information about current topics in education.

Guide to Trade and Vocational Schools
Vocational and career-oriented schools offer a specialized education for students who have specific career goal. Unlike community colleges and more general education avenues, students are able to focus solely on their career choice and receive training in the field.

National Center on Accessible Educational Materials 
Provides resources and technical assistance for educators, parents, students, publishers, conversion houses, accessible media producers, and others interested in learning more about AEM and implementing AEM and the National Instructional Materials Accessibility Standard (NIMAS) 

Homeschooling Resource Websites

• Help in School
Resources for the parents and teachers of students with special needs

• Home Educators Association of Virginia
More than 2,000 web pages of Virginia homeschool information, resources, field-trip ideas, etc.

• Learning Abled Kids
Resource and support website with information, curriculum resources, and tools to homeschool bright children who have learning issues, including reading disabilities, dyslexia, dyscalculia, dysgraphia, central auditory processing disorder (CAPD), ADD, ADHD and more.

• Virginia Home Schoolers Association
Volunteer organization providing information and advocating for the homeshoolers.

• Home School Legal Defense Association

• Homeschool Central
Information and curriculum for homeschoolers.

• Moore Expressions
A used and new book store  specializing in homeschool materials

• - Homeschooling - Special Needs
Informational website.


IDEA 2004 Resources
Portion of the U.S. Dept of Education website that contains news and information on the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act of 2004 (IDEA), the nation's law that works to improve results for infants, toddlers, children and youth with disabilities.

Inclusive Schools Network
Web-based resource for families, schools and communities that promotes inclusive educational practices. This resource has grown out of Inclusive Schools Week™ which works to encourage and empower people to design and implement effective inclusive schools, by sharing insights and best practices and by providing opportunities for connection.

National Association of Private Special Education Centers (NAPSEC)
An association representing private special education programs and affiliated state associations, established to ensure access for individuals to appropriate private special education programs and services.

Office of Special Education and Rehabilitation Services (OSERS)
Programs Include:
Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) - Dedicated to improving results for infants, toddlers, children and youth with disabilities ages birth through 21 by providing leadership and financial support to assist states and local districts.
Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA) Oversees formula and discretionary grant programs that help individuals with physical or mental disabilities to obtain employment and live more independently through the provision of such supports as counseling, medical and psychological services, job training and other services.
The National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR) Provides leadership and support for a comprehensive program of research related to the rehabilitation of individuals with disabilities.
A site that helps students search nationwide for colleges that offer online courses and degrees. Also provides resources such as Critical Mental Health Resources For College Students and College Students Living With A Chronic Condition

Parent Educational Advocacy Training Center (PEATC)
Assists families of children with disabilities through education, information and training. PEATC builds parent-professional partnerships to promote success in school and community life.
703-923-0010 V/TTY

Southeastern Cooperative Educational Programs
This organization provides a formal structure through which the participating school systems can plan and operate programs for children with special needs. SECEP presently comprises five programs:
• The Re-ED Program
• The Autistic Children's Program (ACP)
• Educational and Behavioral Interventions for Challenging Students (EBICS)
• Tidewater Regional Alternative Education Program (TRAEP)
• Raising Expectations and Abilities for Children with Complex Health needs (REACH).

Think College 
National organization dedicated to developing, expanding, and improving inclusive higher education options for people with intellectual disability. Think College supports evidence-based and student centered research and practice by generating and sharing knowledge, guiding institutional change, informing public policy, and engaging with students, professionals and families.

Training/Technical Assistance Centers (T-TAC)
Works to improve educational opportunities and contribute to the success of children and youth with disabilities. Centers provide quality training and technical assistance in response to local, regional, and state needs through activities such as: consultation, information services, (including periodic newsletters), linking and networking resources together, lending library of multimedia resources and technology, long range planning, referral to other services and workshops.
• Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond • 800-426-1595 •
• Old Dominion University, Norfolk • 888-249-5529 •
• College of William and Mary, Williamsburg • 800-323-4489 •
• George Mason University, Fairfax • 703-993-3670 •
• James Madison University, Harrisonburg • 888-205-4824 •
• Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg • 800-848-2714 •
• Radford University, Radford • 877-544-1918 •

US College Autism Project (USCAP)
USAAA (US Autism & Asperger Association), through the USCAP initiative, is creating an opportunity for individuals on the autism spectrum to have a successful college experience and to be prepared for post collegiate transitions.

Virginia Association of Independent Schools
Organization that promotes educational, ethical and professional excellence through its school evaluation/accreditation program, attention to professional development and insistence on integrity. Search for member school on this site.

Virginia Association of Independent Specialized Education Facilities
Association of Virginia private providers of specialized education services for children and youth with special needs, and their families. Search for schools and facilities on this site. 


Virginia Department of Education Useful Web pages
Redesigned pages make navigation relatively simple.
800-292-3820 •

• Office of Special Education and Student Services
804-786-8079, Text Users Dial 711 (Virginia Relay)

• Parent Ombudsman
Serves as a 'designated neutral' advocating for a fair process.
800-422-2083 • 804-371-7420

• Guidelines for the Participation of Students with Disabilities in the Assessment Component of Virginia’s Accountability System

• Department of Education Mediation
Information provided by VADOE to help school personnel and parents contact mediators to attain assistance in resolving school services conflicts.

• Office of Dispute Resolution and Administrative Services
Information about due process procedures and information.


• Special Education Advisory Committee
The State Special Education Advisory Committee (SSEAC) is organized and functions in accordance with state and federal requirements. The Committee's functions include the following:

Virginia Family Special Education Connection 
The goal of this website is to provide a one-stop-shop for parents, families and caregivers of children with special needs to: learn about and plan your child's educational program, understand your legal rights and responsibilities, access local resources including school system contacts and disability services in your communit and access an abundance of resources, including instructional strategies, assistive technology and behavioral supports to help your child succeed.

What Works Clearinghouse
Established by the U.S. Department of Education's Institute of Education Sciences (IES) to provide educators, policymakers, researchers, and the public with a central source of scientific evidence of what works in education.


Emergency Preparedness

The American Academy of Pediatrics
Association dedicated to the health, safety and well being of infants, children, adolescents and young adults. Website contains links to many topics of interest, including section on emergency preparedness.

Children's Hospital and Regional Medical Center
Site lists organizational documents and systems to help you keep track of important information about your child's health and care.

Disaster Preparedness for Pet/Service Animals


• Humane Society of the U.S.

Disaster Safety for People with Disabilities
become “Red Cross Ready” for any urgent situation, which means assembling a survival kit, making an emergency plan, and being informed.

Ready ~ Official website of the Department of Homeland Security
Prepare for Emergencies Now: Information for People with Disabilities
This guide provides tips which individuals with disabilities and others with access and functional needs, and the people who assist and support them, can take to prepare for emergencies before they happen.

Virginia Dept of Health Emergency Preparedness
Mission is to effectively respond to any emergency impacting public health through preparation, collaboration, education and rapid intervention. VDH Emergency Preparedness involves state, regional and local emergency response partners working together to enhance readiness to respond to all hazards, including bioterrorism, infectious disease outbreaks and other public health emergencies.


Financial and Life Planning

The ABLE National Resource Center (ANRC)
Collaborative whose goal is to provide consistent, reliable information concerning the benefits of an ABLE account. In addition, the ANRC aims to educate individuals with disabilities and their families, state government and legislatures, financial service companies and financial planners and attorneys - who focus on trust and estate planning - about ABLE’s potential positive impact on the lives of  Americans with disabilities

Business Ideas For People With Disabilities
Informational page on commercial site with financial information and resources.

Commonwealth Community Trust
National nonprofit that administers affordable third party and self funded pooled special needs trusts. These trusts protect the beneficiary's Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Medicaid and will pay for a wide variety of expenses for the individual.

Financial Aid for College Students With Disabilities
Learn how to find and apply for scholarships, loan forgiveness and other tuition assistance.

Personal Finance Guide for People with Disabilities
Page on to help figure finances, savings, retirement, etc.




Adolescent Health Transition Project
A tool for teens to learn more about his/her general health and specific special health need and/or disability, how to access information and how to articulate knowledge of his/her condition with adult health care providers and others. Also helps parents know what their teen knows about his/her condition and therefore what gaps in knowledge and experience must be learned before the teen transitions to adult health care, work and independence. Available in Chinese, Korean, Russian, Spanish and Vietnamese.

American Academy of Pediatrics
Association dedicated to the health, safety and well being of infants, children, adolescents and young adults. Website contains links to many topics of interest.

Care Connection for Children
Statewide network of centers of excellence for children with special health care needs (CSHCN) that provide leadership in the enhancement of specialty medical services; care coordination; medical insurance benefits evaluation and coordination; management of the CSHCN Pool of Funds; information and referral to CSHCN resources; family-to-family support; and training and consultation with community providers. Can search for local offices on this site.

Carilion Clinic
Not–for–profit health care organization based in Roanoke, Va. Through our comprehensive network of hospitals, primary and specialty physician practices, and other complementary services, we work together to provide quality care close to home for nearly 1 million Virginians. 

Children’s Hospital of Richmond
A resource and provider of specialized medical and therapeutic services to children and adolescents with temporary to lifetime needs. Pediatric specialty services offered at hospital’s main location, two Richmond area Therapy Centers, and a Fredericksburg Therapy Center. Inpatient and outpatient services include physical, occupational and speech/language therapy, and family-centered, team-based programs led by physician specialists. Services include programs for rehabilitation, developmental pediatrics, subacute care, orthopedics, neurology, urology, cerebral palsy, spina bifida, muscular dystrophy, feeding disorders, dental care and more.
804-828-CHOR (2467)
800-828-1120 TDD via VA Relay Center

Children’s Hospital of The King’s Daughters
In addition to comprehensive and specialized care for newborns through teens, offers extensive psychosocial resources, including child life specialists, chaplains, schoolteachers, social workers, and parent and patient education programs. Specialities include but are not limited to: children's cancer and blood disorders, cardiac surgery, children's plastic surgery, child psychology, craniofacial center and services for asthma and allergies. Other services can be found on this site.

Cleaner Indoor Air & Chemical Sensitivities Campaign
Strives to educate medical facilities, businesses and churches on how to create a less threatening environment for people who report allergic, immunologic, asthmatic and neurological reactions to perfumes, colognes, chemicals and synthetic fragrances.
Strives to make information about recalls and safety-related news about drugs, medical devices, food, and consumer products accessible to everyone in a transparent, easily understandable way. Can search for drugs, medical devices, food and other products on this site.

Cover Virginia
Learn about Virginia’s Medicaid and FAMIS programs for children, pregnant women and adults. You can also get information about health insurance options available through the Federal Marketplace. You can apply online or search for someone who can assist you with your application.
888-221-1590 TDD

The Children’s Place at Lake Taylor Hospital
Provides services for children requiring longer-term hospitalization for illnesses or disabilities. Programs include rehabilitation therapies, pulmonary/ventilator care, full rehabilitation therapies, classroom programs for various levels of intellectual function and after school/weekend activities.

Comprehensive Health Investment Project (CHIP) of Virginia, Inc.
Statewide network of local programs that ensures access to health care for low-income children. Mission is to partner with communities to strengthen families, improve community health and increase family self-sufficiency.
Central Office • Richmond • 804-783-2667
Arlington • 804-783-2667
Jefferson Area • Charlottesville • (434) 964-4700 ext. 4701 •
South Hampton Roads • 757-543-9100 •

New River Valley• Radford • 540-633-5133 ext. 436 •
Greater Richmond and Petersburg • (804) 282-4255 • (804) 733-9961 •
Roanoke • 540-857-6993 •
Southwest Virginia • Abingdon • 276-623-9000 •

Critical Mental Health Resources For College Students
Resource page from site that helps students search nationwide for colleges that offer online courses and degrees. Also provides resources such College Students and College Students Living With A Chronic Condition. See listing also under Educational Resources.

Cumberland Hospital for Children and Adolescents
Cumberland Hospital for Children and Adolescents serves children, adolescents and young adults ages 2-22. We offer programs and services designed for patients with impairment due to brain injurychronic illness or neurobehavioral conditions with concurrent emotional and behavioral difficulties.

Schooling and rehabilitative services are offered on-site and family involvement in treatment is encouraged.
New Kent • 800-368-3472

Department of Medical Assistance Services
Provides a system of quality, comprehensive health services to members of Virginia’s low-income population as part of a safety net.
800-343-0364 TDD

Fauquier Health Outpatient Rehabilitation Services
Hospital based outpatient clinic providing physical, occupational and speech therapy services to people of all ages.



Got Transition?
In conjunction with the Center for Health Care Transition Improvement, aims to advance access to effective transition support from pediatric to adult health care for all youth, including those with special needs.

Guide for Consumers About Food Safety
Information on food handling safety, food-borne illnesses, and restaurant and home food safety.

Developed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services together with other Federal agencies. Site links to carefully selected information and websites from over 1,500 health-related organizations.  

HRSA Federal Health Care Information Center (Health Resources and Services Administration)
Works to improve health and achieve health equity through access to quality services, a skilled health workforce and innovative programs.

INOVA Fairfax Hospital for Children
Services provided at the Inova Fairfax Hospital for Children Specialty Center include: International Adoption Center, Craniofacial Program, Pediatric Kidney Center, genetics, Pediatric Heart Care, Pediatric Cancer Care, and the Pediatric Neuroscience Program. Inova Care Connection for Children (see above) includes link to Northern Virginia Parent Resource Directory 

Created by The Nemours Foundation's Center for Children's Health Media, website provides accurate, up-todate, and jargon-free health information about children from before birth through adolescence. Separate pages for kids, teens and parents.

Medline Plus
Extensive online database of articles and information from medical journals.

National Center for Medical Home Implementation
Mission is to work in cooperation with federal agencies, particularly the Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB), and other partners and stakeholders to ensure that all children and youth, including children with special needs, have access to a medical home.

Created to alert the public to the latest information on dangerous drugs and products that have been recalled or have a safety alert. Site includes A-Z searchable listings of products and companies with overview descriptions.

University of Virginia Children’s Hospital
Encompasses a pediatric emergency department, a state-of-the-art Newborn Intensive Care Unit, an intensive care unit (PICU), acute care facilities, the Kluge Children’s Rehabilitation Center and an extensive network of primary and specialty care clinicians.

Virginia Association of Free Clinics
Community-based clinics in 60 locations, serving 114 cities and counties and providing health care at little or no charge to low-income, uninsured and underinsured persons through the use of volunteer health care professionals and partnerships with other health providers.

Virginia Department of Health
Promotes the optimal health and development of Virginia’s children with special health care needs by working in partnership with families, service providers, and communities. Website includes Care Connection for Children Resource directory, which allows search for local and statewide resources on various medical conditions, advocacy and support groups, insurance, community support organizations and public and private agencies providing services for children with special health care needs.

Virginia Dept of Health Child Development Clinics
Provides diagnostic services for children with developmental delays or discrepancies, which may include such conditions as hyperactivity, behavioral disorders, health problems, learning problems and intellectual disabilities. The clinics perform multidisciplinary evaluations, including psychological, educational, medical (pediatrician), and social work components, depending on the needs of the child. Additional consultations and health related services available as needed. Satellite or field clinics may be conducted on a regular or as needed basis. Contact the Child Development Clinic nearest you to determine availability. Most clinics listed serve ages birth through 21 years.


Consortium for Appropriate Dispute Resolution in Special Education (CADRE) 
Works with state and local education and early intervention systems, parent centers, families and educators to improve programs and results for children with disabilities, increasing capacity to effectively resolve special education disputes, thus reducing the use of expensive adversarial processes. Includes literature on dispute resolution in a Special Education annotated bibliography database.

Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates, Inc.
Does not provide direct legal representation but ensures the availability and quality of legal and advocacy resources for parents of children with disabilities. Parents who are looking to find a special education attorney or a special education advocate may look up referrals in the COPAA Member Directory.


disAbility Law Center of Virginia
Mission is to advocate for and protect the legal rights of persons with disabilities.  We work to fulfill this mission through education, training, and the promotion of self-advocacy skills for people with disabilities through information and referral services.  We also provide direct advocacy services in particular cases that fall within our Strategic Goals and Focus Areas. However, due to limited resources, it is not possible for dLCV to provide legal services or direct representation to everyone who calls for assistance. Therefore, dLCV may provide information, written materials or limited technical assistance that will assist in self-advocacy. 

[The] Law Center for Children (“TLC”) at Legal Services of Northern Virginia
See also Education Law Project at Legal Services of Northern Virgina under ADVOCACY AND GENERAL INFORMATION
Provides representation in adoptions by relatives (grandparents, stepparents and others) and other persons who have custody of non-related children, representation in obtaining guardianship of disabled children over 18 and assistance with SSI and other public benefit matters. Applicants must meet income guidelines as well as certain other qualifying factors. 

National Center on Education, Disability and Juvenile Justice
Examines the overrepresentation of youth with disabilities at-risk for contact with the courts or already involved in the juvenile delinquency system. Provides technical assistance, conducts research, and disseminates resources related to special education and transition services for detained and incarcerated youth with disabilities as well as prevention of school failure and delinquency. Site does not appear to have been updated for several years.

U.S. Department of Justice/Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
Information about the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) in regards to all aspects of life with disabilities.
800-514-0383 TDD

A product of the Internet Legal Research Group (ILRG). A categorized index of more than 4000 select web sites as well as thousands of locally stored web pages, legal forms, and downloadable files, this site was established in 1995 to serve as a comprehensive resource of the information available on the Internet concerning law and the legal profession, with an emphasis on the United States of America. Designed for lay persons and legal scholars alike, it is quality controlled to include only the most substantive legal resources online.

Virginia Office for Protection and Advocacy
Protects individuals with mental illness or other disabilities from abuse, neglect, discrimination and other violations of their legal or human rights. Callers with problems targeted in VOPA’s program priorities may also receive free advocacy services and/or free legal representation.
800-552-3962 V/TTY
804-225-2042 V/TTY


Miscellaneous Groups and Services

American Music Therapy Association
Music therapy interventions can be designed to improve the quality of life for children and adults with disabilities or illnesses.

Best Buddies Virginia/Capital Region
Provides opportunities for one-to-one friendships and events through the e-Buddies ®program.

Formed Families Forward
Dedicated to supporting foster, kinship, and adoptive families of children and youth with disabilities and other special needs. Serves families, educators and child welfare professionals in the Northern Virginia area.

Support Groups for Kids /Teens
Many of the organizations listed throughout the Resource Section have specific sections and support groups for kids/teens - this is a very small sample.

Supersibs -
For kids who have siblings who have cancer -

Slate Pals -
Pen pal program for blind Braille-reading students -

Children with Diabetes -
Meet other kids with diabetes from all around the world -

Teens with Epilepsy Group  -

Tele-Support Groups for Teens Who are Visually Impaired or Blind
Free Teen Tele-support Group is for high school juniors and seniors who are visually impaired or blind. Every week the group meets by phone to share experiences and ask questions of current college students and recent graduates who are also blind or visually impaired.

Kids as Self Advocates (KASA) - National, grassroots network of youth with disabilities and needs speaking out. Works to spread helpful, positive information among peers to increase knowledge around various issues including: living with disabilities, health care transition issues, school, work, and many more -

P. Buckley Moss Foundation for Children's Education 
Resources for teaching art to children with learning disabilities. 

Parent to Parent of Virginia
Statewide disability advocacy organization that provides training and technical assistance to families, support groups and service providers.

The Sibling Support Project
National effort dedicated to the life-long concerns of brothers and sisters of people who have special health, developmental, or mental health concerns. Mission is accomplished by training local service providers on how to create community-based peer support programs for young siblings; hosting workshops, listservs, and websites for young and adult siblings; and increasing parents' and providers' awareness of siblings' unique, lifelong, and ever-changing concerns through workshops, websites, and written materials.

Virginia Art Therapy Association
Affiliated with National Art Therapy Association, organization of professionals dedicated to the belief that the creative process involved in art making is healing and life enhancing.
(804) 632-8696

Virginia Department of Social Services
Provides services that create and maintain a stable environment for Virginia’s children and families; promotes responsible parenting and establishes the infrastructure that allows for the delivery of services at the local level. See website for contact information for local offices.
General Information

See also Camps and Recreation information located at the end of the section

Accessible playgrounds
 ~A Dream Come True Playground
 • 1050 Neff Ave • Harrisonburg VA 2280
   ~A Playground for Katie and Friends 
HUGUENOT PARK • 10901 Robious Road North Chesterfield VA 23235
   ~Big Chessie’s Backyard and Our Special Harbor
Lee District Park • 6601 Telegraph Rd • Alexandria VA 22310
   ~JT’s Grommet Island Beach Park and Playground for EveryBody
100 2nd Street • Virginia Beach, VA 23451
   ~Kids Cove • Mount Trashmore Park
310 Edwin Dr • Virginia Beach VA 23462
   ~Hadley’s Main Street • USA Playground 
Dulles Town Centre • 21100 Dulles Town Cir • Dulles VA 2016
   ~CLEMYJONTRI Park • 6317 Georgetown Pike • McLean VA 22101
   ~Children’s Dream Accessible Playground
 • Jim Barnett Park • 1001 East Cork St • Winchester VA
   ~My Place Playground
• 5301 Longhill Rd • Next to James City County Rec Center Williamsburg Va 2318

American Association of Adapted Sports Programs
Works in partnership with education agencies in the U.S. to establish programs, policies, procedures, and regulations in interscholastic adapted sports for students with physical disabilities to enhance educational outcomes. 

Disabled Sports USA 
Established in 1967 by disabled Vietnam veterans to serve the war injured. DS/USA now offers nationwide sports rehabilitation programs to anyone with a permanent disability. Activities include Winter skiing, water sports, summer and winter competitions, fitness and special sports events. Participants include those with visual impairments, amputations, spinal cord injury, dwarfism, multiple sclerosis, head injury, cerebral palsy, and other neuromuscular and orthopedic conditions.

Increasing Physical Activity among Adults with Disabilities
Page on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website.

Miracle League of Richmond
Offers accessible recreational opportunities for children with special needs so that they can participate in a team sport as a member of an organized baseball league.

National Center on Accessibility
Promotes access and inclusion for people with disabilities in parks, recreation and tourism. Based at Indiana University and established through a cooperative agreement with the National Park Service, NCA has emerged as a leading authority on access issues unique to park and recreation programs and facilities.
812-856-4421 TTY

The National Center on Physical Activity and Disability
Information about adaptive sports, adaptive exercise programs, videos and equipment, and recreational activities.
800-900-8086 V/TTY


Camps and Recreational Opportunities

This information was gathered from various websites and lists already in existence. Although every effort was made to verify the information in these listings, we urge you to contact the camps directly to discuss the programs, fees, and availability of camperships and sliding fee scales. It’s also extremely useful to visit each facility you are considering for your child. There are certainly programs that we have missed. We encourage you to call your local Parks and Rec Department to see what opportunities are available.

Other Camp Locator Resources

ACA Virginia •

CampChannel •

Easter Seals • website

Kids /Teen Summer Camps •


American Kidney Fund
Enables children with chronic kidney disease to attend summer camp. Provides financial aid for camp tuition, transportation or camping supplies.

Camp Aristotle
Activities are carefully designed to foster friendships, self awareness, exploration, and social success. Many students experience challenges associated with Asperger's Syndrome, high functioning autism, anxiety-related disorders, and ADHD; however, not all campers have a formal diagnosis. Students at Camp Aristotle may have trouble with peer relationships and/or impulse control. Accepts rising Kindergarten through 9th grade (11th grade at our Herndon Campus).

Arlington County Dept of Parks, Recreation and Community Resources
Provides specialized recreation services/programs around prevention and intervention to meet identified needs not met through traditional recreation programs.
703-228-4740 • 711 TTY

Camp Baker
Residential and day programs offered by the Richmond ARC for adults and children with moderate to profound intellectual disabilities, include swimming, music, hiking, arts, and crafts, horseback riding and canoeing. Camp Baker’s Day Support program operates year round providing services to adults with intellectual disabilities, age 21 and older. Additionally, the program offers year-round weekend respite care for families.

Camp Bruce McCoy
Offered by the Brain Injury Association of Virginia, this is a one-week camp for adult (over 18) survivors of brain injuries.

Camp Easter Seals UCP
Camping activities for people with physical and cognitive disabilities, designed to offer the opportunity to enjoy fun and challenging activities in a supportive and cooperative atmosphere.

Virginia Beach Department of Parks and Recreation Therapeutic Recreation Services
Offers a variety of activities for all ages, including opportunities in community recreation participation, swimming, after school activity, fitness programs, and summer day programs.

Camp Special Love
Virginia locations
Camp experiences for children 7-17 who are within 3 years of their last cancer-specific treatment (or within 5 years of a bone marrow transplant). Also offers camps for friends and siblings.

Camp Holiday Trails
Provides ages 7-17, with special medical needs and/or chronic health problems an opportunity to enjoy the summer camp experience.

Camp Horizon for Children and Adults with Disabilities
Southeastern Virginia
Provides a day camp program for individuals with developmental disabilities.
(757) 965-8681

Camp Kesem at The University of Virginia

Week-long sleep away camp for children who have or had a parent with cancer that provides a safe, nurturing and fun environment.
(317) 762-5882 (google voice)

Camps posted on Consortium on Children's Asthma Camps
Camp Superkids-Winchester - Day Camp for ages 6-8 Overnight Camp for ages 8-12 •
 Camp Incredible- Day camp for children, ages 6-12 years old. Activities are designed to promote self care, self image, and independence for children with asthma. Well supervised by health care professionals. Registration required.
• Roanoke Camp Catch UR Breath • Roanoke • Three-day, day camp with activities, education, and meals provided. Very well supervised by health care professionals with excellent camper/volunteer ratio. •

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Emphasis is placed on having fun and learning to accept diabetes as part of daily life. Participants learn to interact with others, improve coping skills, and develop independence. Activities include canoeing, arts and crafts, outdoor sports, archery, hiking and more.

Central Virginia Burn Camp
Residential summer camp for young burn survivors designed to meet their social, physical, and psychological needs. The camp is free to children between the ages of 7 & 17.

Challenger Baseball
Little League Baseball Inc., baseball/ tee ball program offers youths who have mental and physical disabilities a chance to play in a league. Each player is assigned a "buddy" who stays with them through the entire practice and weekend game. Contact your local little league division.

Charlottesville Therapeutic Recreation
For individuals, ages 8 and up,  with physical and or mental disabilities whose recreational needs cannot be met by regular programs.  The goals of the activities are to improve self-esteem, health, social skills, recreation skills, safety skills, and independence while having fun.

Chesapeake Parks and Recreation
Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialists are dedicated to maintaining an atmosphere which promotes leisure awareness, social interaction, and personal achievement with the goal that recreation can enhance health, independence and quality of life.

Chesterfield County Parks and Rec Dept
Offers a variety of programs that change from year to year, but usually include activities such as summer day camps, golf, challenge/ropes course, bowling, Special Olympics, therapeutic horseback riding, sign language classes, arts and crafts, and other therapeutic and inclusive recreation programs.

City of Alexandria Dept of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities
Among the programs offered: eight weeks of summer fun for children with physical, cognitive and developmental disabilities. Day Camp activities include swimming, field trips, sports, games and more. Qualified staff members with therapeutic recreation, special education or other related backgrounds, supervise campers.

Danville, Parks & Recreation Stonewall Therapeutic Recreation Center
Provides opportunities for individuals with disabilities to explore self and community through recreation and leisure activities. The staff strives to address the physical, social, emotional and cognitive needs of participants.

Fairfax County Therapeutic Recreation
Provide opportunities for children and adults with disabilities so they may acquire the skills that enable them to participate in the recreation and leisure programs of their choice. Staff is committed to providing services, education, and resources that meet participants' interests, needs, and abilities. Staff also provides support and advocacy to individuals who wish to participate in general recreation activities.
703-324-5532 • 711 TTY

Hanover County Parks and Recreation Youth Summer Programs
Arts, theater, active play or adventure. With different tracks to choose from, their entire week will focus on that particular interest and skill set. For rising 1st - 6th graders. Individuals needing extra assistance must make arrangements with a Therapeutic Recreation Aid. Application found on site.
(804) 365-7150

Henrico County Therapeutic Recreation
Classes, clubs, field trips, workshops and special events for families of children and adults with developmental disabilities, emotional disabilities and special health care needs.

James City County Division of Parks and Recreation
Provides leisure opportunities and recreation programs, which are open and accessible to all citizens in the county regardless of mental or physical ability.

Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia Summer Camp
Provides summer programming for children with special needs, including high-functioning autism, Asperger’s syndrome, and ADD/ADHD.
Fairfax • 703-323-0880  

Loudoun County Parks & Recreation
Provides recreation programs and day camps for children and adults with varying degrees of special needs including:
Adaptive Recreation Summer Camp and VSA arts of Virginia-Loudoun County

Muscular Dystrophy Assoc. Summer Camp
Each camp provides a wide range of activities especially designed for young people who have limited mobility or use wheelchairs. Accessible activities range from outdoor sports such as swimming, boating, baseball, football and horseback riding, to less physically demanding programs like arts and crafts and talent shows.

Newport News Recreation
Provides a wide range of recreation programs and leisure opportunities for children and adults.

Norfolk Dept. of Parks Therapeutic Recreation Center
Hampton Roads Area
Programs utilize recreation to help individuals with temporary impairments, health conditions, and disabilities to increase independence, strengthen leisure skills, and enhance personal well being – physically, cognitively, emotionally, and socially in a rehabilitative environment.

Path International 
Organization that promotes the benefit of the horse for individuals with physical, emotional and learning disabilities. Call or click to locate a participating riding program near you.
800-369-RIDE (7433)

Social Beginnings 
Offers Social Thinking® based therapy groups and summer camps for children ages 4-18.  Rather than teaching the social skills, we teach the “why" behind the skill which helps motivate children to self-assess and self-monitor their social behaviors in generalized settings.  Groups are lead by Licensed Behavior Analysts and can be covered by insurance. 
Locations throughout Maryland and Northern Virginia
888-344-5977 Ext. 5

Summer Camp Enrichment Program
Virginia Beach
Cerebral Palsy of Virginia provides summer activities such as computer software games, art and crafts projects, daily field trips to museums, bowling and the movies.

Special Olympics Virginia
Year-round program of sports training and athletic competition for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. Website has listings of local offices/locations.
State Headquarters/ Central Virginia Office
Richmond • 804-346-5544 • 800-932-GOLD (4653)

Organization focused on providing recreation and sports opportunities for individuals with physical disabilities in the Richmond area.

Therapeutic Adventures
Committed to providing greater access to adaptive outdoor recreation for persons of all ages who have a disability (physical or developmental), a chronic illness, or other special health needs. With the goal to improve the quality of life of all persons, the integrative approach to adaptive outdoor recreation consists of Adaptive Water Sports, Adaptive Snow Sports, and Adaptive Wilderness Sports.

Virginia Youth Soccer Association
The Outreach Program (TOPSoccer) under the auspices of United States Youth Soccer (USYS), is designed to enrich the lives of children with mental and/or physical disabilities through the game of soccer. Local programs can be found on website.

Voices Together Camp
Structured, integrated recreational day camp for children and teens with autism.



Respite/includes information about Caregiving

See also Community Service Board information above. Resources listed under Child Care may also be helpful.

Caregiver Action Network 
Serves a broad spectrum of family caregivers ranging from the parents of children with special needs, to the families and friends of wounded soldiers; from a young couple dealing with a diagnosis of MS, to adult children caring for parents with Alzheimer’s disease.

Community Direct Services, Inc.
Provides skills, training, assistance, and support to individuals with mental an/or physical disabilities so they can maintain their personal dignity and continue to live as independent citizens in the community. Mental Health & Home Care services will begin in 2017. Licensed based community supports include: In Home Residential, Supported Residential, Sponsored Placement Residential, Companion, Respite and Personal Assistance

Family Caregiver Alliance
Supports and sustains the important work of families nationwide caring for loved ones with chronic, disabling health conditions.

Jill’s House
Provides a safe, fun place for children with special needs while giving their parents and caregivers time to rest and recharge. To ensure that parents and caregivers get a real break, typical siblings are welcome as well.

McLean Bible Church
Offers respite care with a Christian perspective for children with special needs living at home, from infants to young adults, along with their siblings. Activities include music, crafts, movies and games.

National Alliance for Caregiving 
Coalition of national organizations focusing on advancing family caregiving through research, innovation and advocacy. Alliance members include grassroots organizations, professional associations, service organizations, disease-specific organizations, government agencies, and corporations.

National Respite Locator Service
Helps parents, caregivers, and professionals find respite services in their state and local area to match their specific needs.


Schools - Includes Residential Facilities. See also Educational Resources information above.
Please contact individual schools for further information including licensing and accreditation details. Many of the facilities listed may also offer summer camps and programs and/or residential services. Generally speaking, the schools listed here accommodate 20 or more students. Only schools located in Virginia are listed here.

For a more complete listing of Virginia facilities please visit or Private Special Education Day Schools Directory. This list may also include residential facilities that have schools on site. 

Accotink Academy Therapeutic Day School
Serves ages 5-21 who are referred for special education accommodations to address learning and/or emotional disabilities. Instruction is individualized and instructional materials and methodology are equated with the learning style and developmental needs of the students.
Springfield, • 703-451-8041

Alternative Paths Training School
Educational/vocational program that provides students, ages 6-22 with developmental and other disabilities, with the knowledge and practical skills essential for successful integration into the community.
Alexandria Campus • 703-766-8708
Fredericksburg Campus • 540-373-8760
Manassas Campus • 703-365-7494
Stafford Campus • 540-479-1701

Auburn School 
Supports the social and academic potential of bright students with social and communication challenges. Program simultaneously supports the development of academic skills, social competency and pragmatic language in an engaging educational environment. Rolling Admissions for grades K-11.
Herndon • 703-793-9353

(ARC of Loudoun) Paxton Campus 
Founded by parents in cooperation with The Arc of Loudoun, serves students, ages 5 - 22 with the disability categories of autism, developmental delay, multiple disabilities, other health impairment, severe disabilities, speech language impairment, and traumatic brain injury. Verbal behavior, academic literacy, reading, social skills, self-management and problem-solving skills are taught via well researched, commercially available scripted curricula, as well as curricula developed in-house by teachers and behavior analysts.
Lessburg • 703-777-1939

The Barry Robinson Center
Services include residential treatment services, in-home services, therapeutic foster care, emergency foster care, independent living and prevention services. A multidisciplinary team approach is used to serve children and adolescents who are experiencing emotional disturbances and impairment of social, interpersonal and educational functioning.
Norfolk • 800-221-1995 • 757-455-6100

Blue Ridge Autism and Achievement Center
Mission is to serve children and families who are faced with unique learning challenges, specifically autism and learning disabilities, in and around the Roanoke Valley.
Roanoke • 540-366-7399
Lexington • 540-261-1289
Lynchburg • 434-525-4790

Boys’ Home, Inc.
Residential/educational setting for school-age males providing educational, vocational, socialization services.
Covington • 540-965-7700

Charterhouse School
Affiliated with United Methodist Family Service, provides specialized education services to youth 11-22 years of age who struggle to function in their current school setting in the greater Richmond area.
Richmond • 804-239-1080
Edinburg • 540-984-6266

Chesapeake Bay Academy
Mission is to educate students, including those with learning and attention disorders, whose potential may only be realized through an individualized academic program and to empower students to transition successfully from the separate lower, middle and upper school divisions to the next most appropriate educational setting.
Virginia Beach • 757-497-6200

Commonwealth Academy
Offers a college prep curriculum for bright to average students in grades 6-12 with learning differences and who will benefit from small classes. Rich in state-of-the-art technology, the program offers individualized accommodations so students can achieve at grade level or higher.
Alexandria  • 703-548-6912

The Discovery School of Virginia
Serves teenage boys and girls who are experiencing emotional, behavioral, and learning problems. Separate campuses for boys and girls. The schools utilize a group problem solving process and the natural environment to foster a student's overall positive development.
Dillwyn • 434-983-5616

Dominion Academy
A therapeutic day school for special education children who are in need of a smaller school setting due to a lack of success in a large public school environment. Students typically have an Individual Education Plan (IEP) from their home school division. The student’s home county Children’s Services Act (CSA) and Family Assessment and Planning Team (FAPT) typically provides funding for school tuition and fees for special education students
Richmond • 804-266-9012

The Dominion School
Coeducational, therapeutic day school that provides a structured, individualized psychoeducational environment for students ages 12-22 (grades 7-12) experiencing emotional, learning, and/or behavioral problems that interfere with their educational development.
Springfield • 703-321-9091

East End Academy
Programs are designed to meet the developmental, academic, social and emotional needs of students in grades K-12 with the primary handicapping condition of serious emotional disabled (SED), in a positive learning environment.
Newport News • 757-247-0039

Elk Hill
Provides students with an individualized education, vocational training, and a continuum of counseling and therapeutic services, including partnering with local schools to provide one-on-one classroom support and interventions.
Charlottesville Day School • Charlottesville • 434-220-7198
Harambee Day Program • Goochland • 804-457-4866 
Varina Day Program • Richmond • 804-795-7392

The Faison School for Autism
Provides services on-site from early intervention through school age and intensive programming for children and young adults diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder. In addition, the school offers a variety of consultative services, including home-program support, school consultation, after-care and summer programs and community workshops.
Richmond • 804-612-1947

Gladys H. Oberle School
Serves students ages 11 up to 22 with Serious Emotional Disturbance, Learning Disability, Autism, Intellectual Disability, and Other Health Impairments, who are functioning behind grade level and/or lack the social skills necessary to succeed in the public school setting. ERI also provides workforce training programs for youth up to the age of 22 through the Workforce Investment Act (WIA), as well as training services for adults.
Fredericksburg • 540-372-6710

Grafton School, Inc.
Associated with Grafton Integrated Health Network, provides services for ages 6-21 with autism, 
intellectual and cognitive
 disabilities, psychiatric conditions,
and developmental disorders.

HopeTree Academy
Provides a school setting for those in the Residential Care Program whose emotional and/or educational needs require an alternative school in order to succeed. Educational goals are based on an innovative "Self Concept Development Curriculum" and the Virginia Board of Education's Standards of Learning.
Salem • 540-389-5468

Hughes Center 
Residential treatment facility and day school in Danville, Va., that serves young men and women diagnosed with an intellectual disability or any Pervasive Developmental Disorder, including Autism Spectrum Disorder and Asperger Syndrome. With the goal of learning how to be successful in their home, school and community.
Danville • 434-836-8500 • 888-54-HUGHES

Kellar School
Therapeutic education program serving grades 3 - 12, who have been identified as being eligible for special education services. Designed to meet the needs of students with emotional and/or learning disabilities. These students may also have social, behavioral or health-related issues that significantly interfere with their ability to learn.
Fairfax • 703-218-8500

Lafayette School & Treatment Center
Serves children and adolescents (grades K-12) with diagnosis of emotional disturbance, behavioral disturbance, and/or mental illness, in a structured special education and treatment program.
Troy • 434-589-2370

Little Keswick School
Therapeutic residential facility serving boys, ages 9-15 at time of admission. Provides a structured environment to give students with emotional and self-regulation issues, language-based and non-verbal learning disabilities, ADHD or Asperger's and similar developmental disorders, opportunities to learn, grow, and thrive.
Keswick • 434-295-0457

Matthew's Center
Provides children (ages 5-21) who have autism and related disabilities, with the foundation and skills required to function successfully and independently in his/her environment.
Manassas • 703-369-2976

Minnick Education Centers
Associated with Lutheran Family Services of Virginia, ( students are referred to Minnick Education Centers by their home school districts through the local Family Assessment and Planning Teams (FAPT) with the consent of the parents or legal guardians. Students are provided with the opportunity, encouragement, and professional services to meet their educational and emotional needs. See website for locations in Virginia.

The New Community School
Serves children with specific learning disabilities in grades 6-12. Program includes both remediation of language skills and academic challenge appropriate for students of average to above-average intellectual potential.
Richmond • 804-266-2494

New Vistas School
Provides an individualized instructional program for students, grades K-12, with learning and attention differences, as well as the associated emotional difficulties that often accompany these challenges.
Lynchburg • 434-846-0301

Northstar Academy
Serves children in grades K–12, with learning differences, who have demonstrated difficulty learning in traditional school settings with traditional teaching methods.
Richmond • 804-747-1003

Oakland School
Boarding and day school for children ages 6-14 with learning disabilities including dyslexia, dysgraphia, dyscalculia, non-verbal learning disabilities or visual and auditory processing disorders. The program also is well-suited to those with ADHD or organizational difficulties.
Troy • 434-293-9059

Oakwood School
Day school that serves elementary and middle school-age students, with mild to moderate learning disabilities who exhibit a discrepancy between their potential and their current level of achievement.
Annandale • 703-941-5788

Phillips Program
A K-12 day school serving children with multiple disabilities, behavioral problems, emotional difficulties, learning disabilities, intellectual disabilities or autism. Client’s county of residence usually makes referrals for this program.
Annandale • 703-941-8810
Leesburg • 703.669.0740

Rivermont Schools
Programs designed for students who cannot participate in regular school programs due to psychological problems, emotional difficulties or learning disabilities, but who do not require inpatient treatment.
Lynchburg  • 434-947-4697
Hampton • 757-766-2347
Chase City • 434-372-3303
Roanoke  • 540-342-4048
Danville • 434-432-0335
Virginia Beach • 757-497-4703

Covington • 540-965-6388
Lexington • 540-463-6312

Riverside School, Inc.
Dedicated to providing a teaching approach which is specifically designed to meet the educational needs of students in grades
K-8 with dyslexia and similar language-based differences. Small classes, individualized curriculum, one-on-one instruction, and a nurturing environment.
Richmond • 804-320-3465 

Specialized Youth Services of Virginia, Inc.
Provides a continuum of community based services to include in-home counseling, and day treatment services as well as an alternative educational program for identified students, ages 6-18 in grades K-12 who are unable to succeed in programs available within public schools, but who do not require a more restrictive residential program.
BREC (Behavioral Resources for Exceptional Children) Academy • Petersburg
Shenandoah Academy • Harrisonburg

St. Joseph’s Villa
Working with Richmond local school systems and parents, the Villa provides a variety of educational services to children with special needs. Education programs (and the clients they serve) include: 
~Dooley School - P(K-12) primarily serves students diagnosed with emotional disabilities, specific learning disabilities, autism spectrum disorder, intellectual disabilities and other health impairments.  Staff-to-student ratio ranges from 1:6 to 1:8 depending on disabilities being served in the classroom.
~Dooley Center for Alternative Education - For students who have been suspended or expelled from their local high school. 804-553-3265
~Brook Road Academy, a nontraditional, college-prep high school. 800-273-6553 • 804-553-3200

Timber Ridge School
Residential treatment and accredited educational program serving young men with a history of serious emotional, learning, and behavioral difficulties. School is in session for 12 months each year. In the summer months, students can enroll in educational classes to make up deficiencies from prior years. They may also take classes to meet requirements for fine arts credits and other electives.
Cross Junction • 540-888-3456 • 877-877-3004

Virginia Home for Boys and Girls / Educational Services
Day and residential programs with specialized alternative education for students in grades 6-12. The curriculum also allows students to undertake independent study; i.e., GED preparation or online classes for high school credit.
Henrico • 804-270-6566

Virginia Institute for Autism - James C. Hormel School
Program utilizes teaching procedures based on the principles of ABA and makes use of specialized teaching strategies, which address the unique learning characteristics of students with autism. When appropriate, students transition into mainstream classrooms in public and private school settings with a VIA transitional coach.
Charlottesville • 434-923-8252

White Oak School
Affiliated with The Arc of Southside; school instruction is provided during the typical school year calendar and the summer months for students needing additional instruction.
Danville,  • 434-836-3272

Youth For Tomorrow
Residential and Day school that provides at-risk children who live outside their homes a stable, supportive educational environment. Enrichment programs – including after-school tutoring, recreation, information technology, the arts, and clinical therapy– are offered.
Bristow • 703-368-7995


Service and Therapy Animals

Autism Service Dogs of America
Specializes in placing dogs that are specifically trained to assist individuals with challenges of autism.

Canine Companions for Independence
Provides highly trained assistance dogs and ongoing support. 
800-572-BARK (2275)

Commonly Asked Questions About Service Animals In Places Of Business
This Q & A is reprinted from

Fidos for Freedom
Organization has a number of programs which directly involve the training and utilization of dogs in service and therapy.   The Client Services Program deals with individuals who have either mobility or hearing challenges. The Training Program provides puppy raising, skilled training for service dogs, and continuing education for the dog and client teams. The Therapy Dogs Program focuses on the training, development, and implementation of therapy dog teams in nursing homes, hospitals, cancer care settings, and the DEAR program – Dogs Educating and Assisting Readers, which provides specially-trained therapy dogs to school and library reading programs.

Guiding Eyes for the Blind
Provides training for blind persons who have additional disabilities, such as hearing loss or orthopedic problems.

Guide Horse Foundation
Provides miniature horses as an alternative mobility option for people who are blind.

Helping Hands: Monkey Helpers for the Disabled
Places specially trained capuchin monkeys with people who are paralyzed, or who suffer other severe mobility impairments.

Katie's Place
The mission is to serve adults with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities in the Roanoke valley. Katie’s place provides opportunities to learn and develop social skills and daily living skills through gardening, cooking, volunteering, community outings, and marketing the crafts that are made in the program.
Roanoke •  540-947-2777

Leader Dogs for the Blind
Helps the visually impaired enhance their quality of life by providing the means for safe and independent travel.
248-651-3713 TTY

Lift Me Up!
Therapeutic riding program
Great Falls • 703-759-6221

Mona's Ark
Animal assisted occupational therapy. 
Roanoke • 540-798-8126

National Capital Therapy Dogs, Inc.
Provides training and socialization for participating dog and handler teams to assure patient safety and quality therapy. Also promotes animal-assisted activity and therapy concepts and provides public education and exposure.

Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PATH Intl.) 
Organization that promotes the benefit of the horse for individuals with physical, emotional and learning disabilities. Call or click to locate a participating riding program near you.
800-369-RIDE (7433)

Saint Francis of Assisi Service Dog Foundation
Trains service dogs to help qualified persons with physical and/or emotional disabilities which substantially alter one or more major life activities.
Roanoke • 540-342-3647

Service Dogs of Virginia 
Raises, trains and places dogs to assist people with disabilities.
Charlottesville • 

Simple Changes Therapeutic Riding Center
Provides equine assisted activities to children and adults with physical, cognitive and emotional challenges. We also assist warriors in transition and work with youth-at-risk from local schools.
Lorton• 703-402-3613

Disaster Preparedness for Pet/Service Animals 


• Humane Society of the U.S.

Websites that assist or provide information to travelers who have mobility and/or other issues and who wish to bring their service animals along.


Information regarding all types of traveling with service animals and includes a directory of pet-friendly hotels.

• National Service Animal Registry (NSAR)

Since 1995, National Service Animal Registry (NSAR) has actively trained, facilitated, and worked with service dogs, emotional support animals, therapy animals, and drug detection animals.

•American Airlines Service Animal Policies

Helpful information regarding traveling with a service animal on American Airlines.

•United Airlines - Traveling with Service Animals

Find general information about traveling with your service animal.

• International Association of Assistance Dog Partners

Information to enable disabled persons who want to travel with a guide, hearing or service dog to become more familiar with the U.S. Government's rules and policies governing the transportation of service animals in the plane cabin.

Travelling with A Service Dog - Service Dogs and More

Site appears to have not been updated for several years but provides useful travel preparation and advocacy information.

• Greyhound Buslines

General information for customers with diabilitites including use of service animals.

Amtrak Service Animals and Pet Policy
General information for customers.


Transition/Adulthood Includes information on employment and residential options

AbilityOne Program 
Creates jobs and training opportunities for people who are blind or who have other severe disabilities, empowering them to lead more productive and independent lives. Its primary means of doing so is by requiring government agencies to purchase selected products and services from nonprofit organizations employing such individuals.
(703) 603-7740

Association for Persons in Supported Employment
Supports Employment First to facilitate the full inclusion of people with disabilities in the workplace and community.

Career Support Systems
Promotes independence and self-sufficiency by delivering an array of community based employment supports. CSS supports a variety of customers in community-based settings, including people with mild to severe disabilities, people with economic challenges (for example TANF Recipients) and people with medical concerns.


Community Systems Inc.
A family of non-profit corporations whose mission is to help persons with disabilities find happiness in their own homes, in their personal relationships, and as contributing members of society.
Virginia • 703-913-3150

Community Direct Services, Inc.
Provides skills, training, assistance, and support to individuals with mental an/or physical disabilities so they can maintain their personal dignity and continue to live as independent citizens in the community. Mental Health & Home Care services will begin in 2017. Licensed based community supports include: In Home Residential, Supported Residential, Sponsored Placement Residential, Companion, Respite and Personal Assistance

Didlake, Inc.
Service integrates individuals with disabilities into community through a combination of community integration, classroom instruction, therapeutic services, and pre-vocational training.

Dedicated to educating, training and employing individuals with disabilities. Goal is to help people obtain meaningful work opportunities and participate fully in their communities.

The Employment and Disability Institute (EDI)
Advances knowledge, policies, and practices to enhance the opportunities of people with disabilities through projects, training, technical assistance, research, and publications.

Program of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) offering outstanding internship opportunities for students with apparent and non-apparent disabilities in science, engineering, mathematics, computer science, and some fields of business.

Gladys H. Oberle School
Provides workforce training programs for youth up to the age of 22 through the Workforce Investment Act (WIA), as well as training services for adults.
Fredericksburg • 540-372-6710

Got Transition? 
In conjunction with the Center for Health Care Transition Improvement, aims to advance access to effective transition support from pediatric to adult health care for all youth, including those with special needs.

HEATH Resource Center
A national clearinghouse that provides information on post-secondary education and related issues for individuals with learning disabilities.

HopeTree Family Services
Mission is to provide Christian residential, educational, and support services to at-risk children and youth, and to adults with intellectual disabilities throughout Virginia
Salem • 540-389-2112

Hope House Foundation
Provides individualized supported living services for and with adults with developmental disabilities in their own homes or apartments.
Norfolk • 757-625-6161

mikeroweWORKS Foundation
Promotes hard work and supports the skilled trades in a variety of areas. Awards scholarships to men and women who have demonstrated an interest in and an aptitude for mastering a specific trade. The Foundation’s focus is on supporting the specific skilled trades that help close the Country’s skills gap.

My Life Without Limits
Resource for individuals with a range of disabilities, providing ways for connecting with others and various information that relates their interests and needs. MLWL addresses a number of topics that are important to those with disabilities, including college, employment, relationships, aging and more. 

The National Center on Secondary Education and Transition
Seeks to increase the capacity of national, state and local agencies and organizations to improve secondary education and transition results for youth with disabilities. See link to the website, a curriculum-based tool that can help young adults plan for life after high school.

The National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth
Website appears to offline as of this update (February 2018). Leaving title in for future reference.

National Resource Center for Supported Decision-Making
Brings together varied partners to ensure that input is obtained from all relevant stakeholder groups including older adults, people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD), family members, advocates, professionals and providers. The NRC-SDM partners bring nationally recognized expertise and leadership on SDM, representing the interests of and receiving input from thousands of older adults and people with I/DD. They have applied SDM in groundbreaking legal cases, developed evidence-based outcome measures, successfully advocated for changes in law, policy and practice to increase self-determination and demonstrated SDM to be a valid, less-restrictive alternative to guardianship.

National Youth Leadership Network
Serves as an online clearinghouse/library/archive of curriculums, training guides, and empowerment tools created by and for young leaders. We developed these resources based on first-hand expertise in areas such as continued education, career development, active community participation, independent living, personal relationships, world travel, and more.

The National Youth Transitions Center (NYTC)
A collaborative learning community to benefit youth and young veterans with disabilities. The NYTC was born from an initiative developed by The HSC Foundation, a foundation dedicated to improving access to services for individuals facing social and health care barriers due to disability, chronic illness, or other circum- stances. The HSC Foundation realized the critical importance of timely intervention for transitioning youth and young adults with disabilities and developed two centers as a result: The National Youth Transitions Center and the National Veterans Center.  

St. John’s Community Services
Provides a variety of community-based services for children, youth, adults and seniors with intellectual, developmental and other disabilities.
Annandale • 703-914-2755 


Providing employment and support services to people with disabilities and a valuable labor force to local commercial businesses and government agencies.


Virginia Regional Office - Employment and Rehabilitation Services


Alexandria • 703-461-6000

Virginia Regional Office - Habilitation Services, Central Fairfax

Springfield • 703-354-0900 


SPecially Adapted Resource Clubs (SPARC)
An innovative clubhouse model supporting young adults with life-long physical and/or developmental disabilities. SPARC supports club members as they continue life-skills development with an added component of entrepreneurial projects and enrichment activities such as music and art therapies.

Arlington • Fairfax • Reston • McLean



A leading source of job opportunities for a dedicated and highly qualified workforce – people with significant disabilities. Through their work, they make the American Dream more accessible to a segment of the population.

Social Security Administration Ticket to Work Program
Serves beneficiaries receiving SSI or SSDI who are age 18 or older and have not reached age 65. The program is completely voluntary, and eligible youth will automatically receive a Ticket in the mail upon reaching age 18 and remaining on SSI or SSDI after their first Continuing Disability Review under adult criteria.

Virginia Association of Community Rehabilitation Programs
Statewide association of organizations providing quality employment, residential, day support, training, and support services for persons with disabilities.

Virginia Department of Aging and Rehabilitative Services (DARS)
Created by merging the former Department of Rehabilitative Services and Department for the Aging. In 2013, the adult services units from Virginia’s Department of Social Services will become part of DARS. DARS’ merger was proposed by Gov. McDonnell and took effect July 1 to provide and advocate for the highest quality of services to help older Virginians and those with disabilities to maximize and secure their employment, independence and full inclusion into society and guide the Commonwealth in preparing for an aging population
800-464-9950 TTY

Virginia Association of Centers for Independent Living
statewide association of Centers for Independent Living (CILs) that advocates for the integration and inclusion of people with disabilities into all aspects of society.  The association also promotes the professional development, improvement, and expansion of community-based, consumer-controlled CILs, and promotes community education throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Virginia Housing and Supportive Services
As part of Virginia's commitment to ensure the intent of the American with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Olmstead decision, the state has launched an intensive community engagement initiative to increase integrated community based housing with supportive services in the communities with the largest number of individuals impacted by the Department of Justice Settlement Agreement. The Commonwealth of Virginia is actively working to increase access and availability of integrated and independent housing options for individuals with an intellectual or developmental disability (I/DD).

Wilson Workforce and Rehabilitation Center 
Provides people with disabilities comprehensive, individualized services to realize personal independence through employment.
800-811-7893 TTY

VCU Worksupport
Web portal that highlights VCU’s funded projects on many topics related to the employment of individuals with disabilities


Includes information on driver education and adapted vehicles.

Access Chesterfield
Provides transportation services for any Chesterfield County resident who is disabled or over age 60, or meets federal income guidelines regarding poverty levels.
Access Website

Angel Flight Mid-Atlantic Air Ambulance
Offers free transportation, up to 900 miles, on small privately owned planes for ambulatory patients in medical and financial need.


Association for Driver Rehabilitation Specialists
Supports professionals working in the field of driver education and driver training and transportation equipment modifications for persons with disabilities through education and information dissemination.

Easter Seals Project Action
Internet database on accessibility to persons with disabilities for U.S. public transit systems, private accessible tours and tour companies, accessible airport and other private shuttles, and accessible taxi services. Includes detailed information on services, fares, and how to make a reservation and lists travel agencies specializing in travel arrangements for persons with disabilities. Additional helpful links on website.
(866) 983-3222

National Patient Travel Center
Provides information about all forms of charitable, long-distance medical transportation and provides referrals to all appropriate sources of help available in the national charitable medical transportation network to ensure that no financially-needy patient is denied access to distant specialized medical evaluation, diagnosis or treatment for lack of a means of long-distance medical transportation.
Headquarters - Virginia Beach • 800-296-1217



Delta Air Lines

Helpful information for passengers with disabilities.
Resource dedicated to accessible travel information and provides information about businesses from around the world that specialize in disability travel. A comprehensive listing of accessible travel specialists: Travel Agents, Tour Operators, Adventure Travel Companies, Accessible Cruise Specialists, Accessible Van Rentals & Equipment, Travel Companions, Home Exchanges, and Access Guides for wheelchair users and other disabled travelers.

Gimp on the Go
Travel tips, reviews, resources, industry updates, and bulletin boards. Owner and Editor, Adam Llyod, a quadriplegic since 1983, states that his is the Internet’s premier travel publication.

Practical advice for traveling for many situations.

Travel.State.Gov - A Service of Bureau of Consular Affairs, U.S. Dept of State
Information about planning ahead including a warning that each country has its own standards of accessibility for travelers with disabilities, and many countries do not require accommodations similar to what might be found in the United States.

Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Cares Help Line
Assists travelers with disabilities and medical conditions. TSA recommends that passengers call 72 hours ahead of travel for information about what to expect during screening. Travelers may call TSA Cares toll free at 1-855-787-2227 prior to traveling with questions about screening policies, procedures and what to expect at the security checkpoint. TSA Cares will serve as an additional, dedicated resource specifically for passengers with disabilities, medical conditions or other circumstances or their loved ones who want to prepare for the screening process prior to flying. Travelers may also request a Passenger Support Specialist ahead of time by calling the TSA Cares hotline at 1-855-787-2227 or visiting

tripadvisor Traveling With Disabilities Forum
Website shares information from users about their travel experiences. Look for Top FAQ about traveling with disabilities.

U.S. Dept of Transportion Hotline For Air Travelers With Disabilities
Provides general information to consumers about the rights of air travelers with disabilities, responds to requests for printed consumer information, and assists air travelers with time-sensitive disability-related issues that need to be addressed in "real time.
800-455-9880 TTY

Wheelchair Accessible Travel Guide
Page on TripBuzz (website with information for various types of traveling) that has additional information for wheelchair users.