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Virginia Resources

Access VA: Virginia’s Accessible Housing Resource
This site is sponsored by the Virginia Housing Development Authority. Virginians with disabilities looking for affordable, accessible places to live can find resources and information here.

CTE Independent Living Course
Virginia’s Career and Technical Education Resource Center lists many courses under the Human Services Career Cluster with helpful resources for teachers implementing independent living skill-building in their courses. The Independent Living Course includes strategies for relating to others, applying financial literacy, managing resources, planning for careers and making consumer choices.

Virginia Easy Access
This website provides links for community supports, housing, and transportation for adults with disabilities and senior citizens.

Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD)
Information about low cost loans and supportive housing can be found on this site. The Virginia Housing Trust Fund, described here, might be of particular interest to people with disabilities looking for affordable housing.

Virginia Department of Social Services (DSS)
This agency helps people overcome poverty and other challenges in order to help build strong futures.

Virginia Interagency Transition Council: Living More Independently
Living more independently offers an easy to read, one page handout that provides information on what adult life includes and what students and families can do to live more independently.

Virginia Interagency Transition Council: Supported Decision Making
The freedom to make decisions and to be self-determined plays an important role in defining all of us as human beings and in determining our quality of life. Some young adults will do a great job making choices, problem solving and advocating for themselves; others may need your involvement.

Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles
The Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles (VDMV) website includes a variety of resources for people seeking to operate a motor vehicle including; license eligibility, documentation requirements, an electronic driver’s manual, and practice exams. The website also provides an overview of VDMV disability programs and the process for requesting accommodations.

Wilson Workforce and Rehabilitation Center Driving Services
Wilson Workforce and Rehabilitation Center (WWRC) offer comprehensive driving services, which are managed and provided through the Occupational Therapy (OT) Department. This state-certified program is comprised of Certified Driving Instructors (CDI’s) and Driver Rehabilitation Specialists (CDRS’s). Several vehicles and a variety of adapted driving equipment are available for assessment and training purposes. Program services include: OT driving evaluations, learner’s permit class, and driver’s training. Driving services are offered as part of an individual’s comprehensive job training program.


Additional Resources

Disability.gov
Disability.gov offers a guide to getting help in the community. The links on this page provide information and referral instructions as well as access to organizations and agencies that can help individuals with disabilities find assistance programs in their localities.

Enhancing Youth Mobility and Transportation Options
The Easter Seals Project ACTION, a good resource to learn about what is happening nationally regarding transportation. This initiative has advanced understanding and awareness concerning accessibility of transportation for people with disabilities and has worked to enhance youth mobility and transportation options.

Personal Assistance Services | Center for Personal Assistance Services
Youth with disabilities requiring the services of a consumer-directed personal assistant can find information in this toolkit produced by the U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Disability Employment Policy.

Recreation | The National Center on Physical Activity and Disability
This center works to promote health and obesity management among people with disabilities through advocacy, services, and programs. Their free monthly electronic newsletter includes news from the Information Specialists’ Desk, the Kids Corner, the Training Corner, and the Research Corner.

Student Transportation Services: A Review of Data from the National Longitudinal Transition Study-2
Easter Seals Project
This resource examines and analyzes data from the NLTS2 related to students' with disabilities use of transportation services both during school and after exiting.

Unlocking the Door to Community Living: a guide for families of people with disabilities
Jewish Family & Children’s Service, June 2011
This guide/workbook was written to help families plan the transition from family home to community living for their adult children with disabilities.