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  • Teach people with disabilities their rights under the law and effective self-advocacy.
  • Provide workshops and forums for businesses and other organizations on government regulations, disability awareness, and other related topics.
  • Advocate for accessible facilities, services, and equal opportunities.
  • Facilitate group advocacy to improve legislation and disability service systems.
 Information & Referral
  • Help individuals assess their needs.
  • Match resources to needs, such as affordable, accessible housing, assistive technology, transportation, and services.
  • Maintain a library of disability related information.


Independent Living Skills Training

Individuals who want to live independently can access training in any skill necessary to live in the community and build self-esteem, confidence, and competence.  Training can include:
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  • Financial management
  • Meal preparation & grocery shopping
  • Recreation and social skills
  • Household maintenance
  • Use of public transportation

Peer Mentoring
  • Mentors are individuals with a disability who advise others with disabilities.
  • People with disabilities learn information about disability related legislation and how to be self-advocates.

Transition Services
  • Assist individuals currently residing in nursing facilities or institutions in transitioning to home or community-based living and provide assistance to those at risk of entering an institution.

  • Assist students and parents in accessing needed services.
  • Provide support through the IEP process.
  • Assist youth in accessing appropriate services to meet post-graduation goals.

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Technical Assistance
Provide training and information about disability-related legislation and compliance, such as:
  • Americans with Disabilities Act 
  • ADA Accessibility Guidelines
  • Assistive Technology
  • Fair Housing Act
  • The Rehabilitation Act
  • Virginia’s Medicaid Waivers

Waiver Assistance

  • VAIL provides service coordination to individuals with a developmental disability who are eligible for the Family & Individual Supports waiver.
  • Individuals with personal care needs can receive support in hiring and maintaining personal assistance in the home through the Elderly & Disabled with Consumer Direction (EDCD) waiver, Family & Individual Supports (FIS) waiver, and Community Living (CL) waiver.
Home Modifications
  • Utilize grant funds, where available, to modify homes to make them accessible to the resident's needs.
  • Maintain a strong relationship with Rebuilding Together, an all-volunteer non-profit organization that provides home repairs and modifications for individuals who have low income.
Holly Prochaska,
Aug 8, 2016, 5:29 PM