Partners - The Disability Services Agencies (DSA)
The Virginia Disability Services Agencies
The DSA is a group of related agencies and other groups that serve people with disabilities in the Commonwealth of Virginia. The VADSA.org web site provides links in the categories of Communication, Community Living, Devices and Equipment, Education, Financial Assistance, Job Seekers, Rights and Advocacy, and Transportation.
Assistive Technology Loan Fund Authority
Assistive Technology Loan Fund Authority is low interest loan program that assists Virginians with disabilities to get the assistive technology they need for work, play, education, and daily life. The Assistive Technology Loan Fund Authority also provides Telework loans for individuals who need equipment for their home-based business. The Fund makes many loans for adaptive vans and modified vehicles, home modifications, hearing aids, and more.
Virginia Board for People with Disabilities (VBPD)
The Virginia Board for People with Disabilities serves as the Commonwealth's Disabilities Planning Council to address the needs of people with developmental disabilities (DD). The Board advocates for services that are consumer and family centered, and works to ensure that individuals with DD can exercise self-determination to achieve independence, productivity, and full inclusion in community life.
Virginia Industries for the Blind (VIB)
Virginia Industries for the Blind (VIB) is dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for persons who are blind by providing opportunities for career development. Established over eight decades ago as a not-for-profit organization offering vocational rehabilitation for blind Virginians, VIB is a self-funded division of the Virginia Department for the Blind and Vision Impaired (DBVI).
Virginia Department for the Blind and Vision Impaired (DBVI)
The Department for the Blind and Vision Impaired (DBVI) is committed to providing quality services to assist Virginia's citizens who are blind, deafblind or vision impaired in achieving their maximum level of employment, education, and personal independence. The Department provides an array of specialized service, but the primary focus is on helping consumers achieve quality employment outcomes. DBVI operates the Virginia Rehabilitation Center for the Blind and Vision Impaired (VRCBVI) which teaches Virginians with severe visual impairments strategies and skills to adapt to living without sight, or teaches those with partial vision how to use remaining sight more effectively.
Virginia Department for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (VDDHH)
The Virginia Department for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, “Offering Keys to Communication,” works to reduce the communication barriers between persons who are deaf or hard of hearing and those who are hearing, including family members, service providers, and the general public. The foundation of all programs at VDDHH is communication—both as a service (through interpreters, technology, and other modes) and as a means of sharing information for public awareness (through training and education).
Virginia Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services (DARS)
The Virginia Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services collaborates with the public and private sectors to provide and advocate for the highest quality services that empower individuals with disabilities to maximize their employment, independence, and full inclusion into society. DARS is the state vocational rehabilitation agency which assists people who have disabilities that are a barrier to employment and independent living. DARS also has the Community Based Services Division which offers non-vocational assistance to individuals with the most severe disabilities, particularly those with physical and sensory disabilities.
Virginia Office for Protection and Advocacy(VOPA)
VOPA helps with disability-related problems like abuse, neglect, and discrimination. VOPA also helps people with disabilities obtain services and treatment. All callers will receive some form of assistance; individuals with problems that are targeted in our program priorities may also receive advocacy services and/or legal representation.
Woodrow Wilson Rehabilitation Center (WWRC)
The Woodrow Wilson Rehabilitation Center is the first state-owned and operated comprehensive rehabilitation center in the country. WWRC provides comprehensive medical, assistive technology and vocational rehabilitation services to persons with disabilities to help them gain increased independence and employment.