Advocacy toolbox

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a collection of tools and resources to advocate

for your loved one throughout their lifespan

Early Intervention services are available in Virginia for babies and toddlers, up to age three, who demonstrate a developmental delay or who are diagnosed with a developmental disability.

Special education services are available to students with disabilities from age 3 until they graduate or until the day before their 22nd birthday, as long as they meet eligibility requirements and demonstrate a need for specialized instruction.

special education

Children's supports

Services for children with developmental disabilities are accessed primarily through the special education services provided by local school districts.  However, additional services, such as Medicaid Waivers, Applied Behavioral Analysis, Behavioral Treatment Services and more may be available.

Many services for adults with developmental disabilities are funded through the Virginia Department of Behavioral Health & Developmental Services and may accessed through local Community Service Boards.

Transition Supports

Early intervention

One of the most important aspects to the transition period it to create a vision of your child's future. Create a vision with your child and their support team that encompasses their gifts, talents, passions and goals.

adult supports

Many services for adults with developmental disabilities are funded through the Virginia Department of Behavioral Health & Developmental Services and may accessed through local Community Service Boards.

public assistance programs

future planning

Recreation is an important part of life for people of every age, regardless of ability. Children need opportunities to meet and play with their peers and adults need opportunities to participate in activities they enjoy to lead full and enriched lives.

recreation & leisure programs

People with disabilities and their families need to understand public benefits that may be available to them and how those benefits are impacted by other financial circumstances, such as work. Families must prepare for the future of their loved one with a disability by determining future care needs and protecting assets and benefits.