Local Organizations and Resources:
Abingdon Redevelopment and Housing Authority
Bristol Redevelopment and Housing Authority
Mountain Community Action Program
Marion Redevelopment Housing Authority
Wytheville Redevelopment and Housing Authority
Rooftop of Virginia
Bristol, Virginia Transit
District Three Public Transit
Community Services Boards:
Highlands Community Services
Mt. Rogers Community Services Board
Senior Citizens Services:
District Three Senior Services
Crisis/Victims of Crime:
Bristol Crisis Center
Family Resource Center
Bland Ministry Center
Brain Injury Services of Southwest Virginia
Faith in Action—Bristol
Faith in Action—Abingdon
Southwest Virginia Legal Aid Society
Statewide Agencies and Resources:
Assistive Technology Loan Fund Authority http://atlfa.org/
The Assistive Technology Loan Fund Authority (ATLFA) is a Commonwealth of Virginia State Authority created with public funds to help Virginians with disabilities obtain assistive technology.
Brain Injury Association of Virginia http://www.biav.net/
The Brain Injury Association of Virginia (BIAV) provides education, information, advocacy and outreach services, and assistance to individuals with brain injuries and their families.
Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services https://www.vadars.org/
DARS provides and advocates for resources and services to improve the employment, quality of life, security, and independence of older Virginians, Virginians with disabilities, and their families.
Department for the Blind and Vision Impaired https://www.vdbvi.org/
DBVI provides 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 services to blind Virginians of all ages.
Department of Medical Assistance Services http://www.dmas.virginia.gov/
DMAS is the agency that administers Medicaid and the State Children’s Health Insurance (CHIP) program in Virginia.
Disability Law Center of Virginia http://dlcv.org/
The disAbility Law Center of Virginia (dLCV) is the designated Protection and Advocacy organization of Virginia. dLCV helps clients with disability-related problems like abuse, neglect, and discrimination.
Disability Navigator http://disabilitynavigator.org/
Provides a free database of information about health, aging, disability and post-military resources available to Virginians. The information focuses on issues such as health, financial concerns, legal questions, health facilities, housing options, transportation, exercise programs, advocacy, and more.
Virginia Assistive Technology System http://www.vats.org/
The Virginia Assistive Technology System is the statewide assistive technology program for Virginia. Their mission is to ensure that Virginians of all ages and abilities can acquire the appropriate, affordable assistive and information technologies and services they need to participate in society as active citizens.
Virginia Association of Centers for Independent Living http://www.vacil.org/
VACIL is the statewide association of Centers for Independent Living (CILs) that advocates for the integration and inclusion of people with disabilities into all aspects of society. The association also promotes the professional development, improvement, and expansion of community-based, consumer-controlled CILs, and promotes community education throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia.
Virginia Department for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing https://www.vddhh.org/
The Virginia Department for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (VDDHH) 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.
Virginia Department of Social Services http://www.dss.virginia.gov/localagency/index.cgi
The Virginia Department of Social Services (VDSS) is a state supervised and locally administered social services system. The Department is responsible for administering a variety of programs, including Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Medicaid, Adoption, Child Care Assistance, Refugee Resettlement Services, and Child and Adult Protective Services
Virginia Department of Veterans Services https://www.dvs.virginia.gov/
The Virginia Department of Veterans Services (DVS) connects Virginia’s veterans and their families to federal and state benefits, support, quality care, and recognition they have earned.
Virginia General Assembly http://virginiageneralassembly.gov/
Connect to your state legislators & review important legislation here.
Virginia Housing Development Authority http://www.vhda.com/Pages/Home.aspx
VHDA is a not-for-profit organization, created by the Commonwealth of Virginia. VHDA works to help Virginians attain quality, affordable, and accessible housing.
National/Federal Agencies and Resources:
American Association of People with Disabilities www.aapd.com
The American Association of People with Disabilities is the largest nonprofit, nonpartisan, cross-disability organization in the United States.
American Council of the Blind http://www.acb.org/
ACB is a national organization advocating on behalf of persons who are blind or have low vision. ACB also publishes "A Guide to Making Documents Accessible to People Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired."
American Foundation for the Blind http://www.afb.org/
The mission of the American Foundation for the Blind is to enable people who are blind or visually impaired to achieve equality of access and opportunity that will ensure freedom of choice in their lives.
The Arc http://www.thearc.org/
The Arc is the largest national community-based organization advocating for and serving people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families.
Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation https://www.christopherreeve.org/
The Reeve Foundation is dedicated to curing spinal cord injury by funding innovative research, and improving the quality of life for people living with paralysis through grants, information and advocacy.
Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund http://www.dredf.org/
Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund, Inc. (DREDF) is a national law and policy center dedicated to protecting and advancing the civil rights of people with disabilities through legislation, litigation, advocacy, technical assistance, and education and training of attorneys, advocates, persons with disabilities, and parents of children with disabilities.
Disabled American Veterans http://www.dav.org/
DAV is a national organization advocating on behalf of veterans with disabilities
Easter Seals http://www.easter-seals.org/
Easter Seals serves children and adults with disabilities, their families and communities through early intervention and child development services, vocational training and employment services, and physical medicine and rehabilitation.
Hearing Loss Association of America http://www.hearingloss.org/
The Hearing Loss Association of America is a national consumer organization representing people who are hard of hearing and provides technical assistance for selecting Assistive Listening systems.
Independent Living Research Utilization www.ilru.org
Provides research, education and consultation in the areas of independent living, home and community-based services, and the Americans with Disabilities Act.
National Association of the Deaf http://www.nad.org/
NAD is a national consumer organization representing people who are deaf and hard of hearing.
National Council on Disability https://www.ncd.gov/
NCD is an independent federal agency charged with advising the President, Congress, and other federal agencies regarding policies, programs, practices, and procedures that affect people with disabilities.
National Council on Independent Living www.ncil.org
The National Council on Independent Living is the longest-running national cross-disability, grassroots organization run by and for people with disabilities. NCIL advances independent living and the rights of people with disabilities.
National Federation of the Blind http://www.nfb.org/
NFB is a national organization advocating on behalf of persons who are blind or have low vision.
National Organization on Disability http://www.nod.org/
The National Organization on Disability promotes the full and equal participation and contribution of America's 54 million men, women and children with disabilities in all aspects of life.
Paralyzed Veterans of America http://www.pva.org/
PVA is a veterans service organization advocating for veterans of the armed forces who have experienced spinal cord injury or dysfunction. Advocates for quality healthcare, research & education, benefits, and civil rights.
Through the Looking Glass www.lookingglass.org
Through the Looking Glass (TLG) is a nationally recognized non-profit agency that provides direct services, training, materials and research concerning families in which a child, parent or grandparent has a disability or medical issue.
United Cerebral Palsy Association www.ucp.org
UCP's mission is to advance the independence, productivity and full citizenship of people with cerebral palsy and other disabilities, through our commitment to the principles of independence, inclusion and self-determination
Cerebral Palsy Guidance https://www.cerebralpalsyguidance.com/
Cerebral Palsy Guidance provides answers and assistance to parents of children with cerebral palsy.
United Spinal Association http://www.unitedspinal.org/
United Spinal Association is a membership organization serving individuals with spinal cord injuries or disease.
US Department of Labor & Disability Resources www.dol.gov/dol/topic/disability/index.htm
The Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) seeks to increase employment opportunities for people with disabilities by expanding access to training, education, employment supports, assistive technology, integrated employment, entrepreneurial development, and small-business opportunities.
US Department of Veterans Affairs http://www.va.gov/
The US Department of Veterans Affairs provides patient care and federal benefits to veterans and their dependents.
World Institute on Disability http://www.wid.org/
WID is an international public policy center dedicated to carrying out research on disability issues and overcoming obstacles to independent living.