The Virginia Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services

Boards and Councils

Programs Offered by the Disability Services Agencies

NewWell Fund/ATLFA (External Site)
The NewWell Fund/ATLFA makes loans and loan guarantees to people with disabilities for equipment and technology that increase independence, quality of life and employment opportunities.

Commonwealth Neurotrauma Initiative (External Site)
Through the creation of the Commonwealth Neurotrauma Initiative (CNI) Trust Fund, the Commonwealth makes available to Virginia-based organizations, institutions and researchers, funds to address the need to improve the treatment and care of Virginians with traumatic spinal cord and brain injuries.

Disability Services Council
The Disability Services Council develops guidelines for Disability Services Board establishment, needs assessment reports, and the Rehabilitative Services Incentive Fund (RSIF).

State Rehabilitation Council (External Site)
The State Rehabilitation Council provides advice to the Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services regarding vocational services provided pursuant to Title I and Title VI of the Federal Rehabilitation Act.  Membership and duties shall be constructed according to federal provisions.

Statewide Independent Living Council (External Site)
The Statewide Independent Living Council (SILC) is an independent planning body working with the Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services and the Department for the Blind and Vision Impaired to increase the impact of independent living services in Virginia.   The SILC is composed of gubernatorial appointees who represent people with significant disabilities across the state and the interests of Centers for Independent Living, and monitor the provision of independent living services, as defined by the Federal Rehabilitation Act.

Virginia Brain Injury Council
The Virginia Brain Injury Council (VBIC) is a statewide, interagency advisory council comprised of consumers (i.e., survivors of brain injury and family members, caretakers, and representatives of survivors); healthcare professionals; service providers; state agency representatives; and other ad hoc advisory members. The mission of the Council is to promote accessible, affordable, and appropriate services for Virginians with brain injury and their families by advising the lead state agency for brain injury, the Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services.