Virginia Board for People with Disabilities (VBPD)

Virginia Board for People with Disabilities (VBPD) VBPD is the Developmental Disabilities (DD) Council for the Commonwealth. VBPD works to ensure that VBPD does not offer direct services but helps create change through its grant projects, through training current and future advocacy leaders, and in its role as a policy advisor to the Governor, legislators, and executive branch agencies.

VBPD works closely with disability advocates and constituent groups on mutual issues and priorities. People with disabilities and their family members play a critical role in identifying needs and in having input in policies and programs that affect their lives. Individuals with disabilities, parents, or family members of individuals with disabilities comprise 24 of the 39 members of the Board. Th

VBPD works closely with disability advocates and constituent groups on mutual issues and priorities. People with disabilities and their family members play a critical role in identifying needs and in having input in policies and programs that affect their lives. Individuals with disabilities, parents, or family members of individuals with disabilities comprise 24 of the 39 members of the Board. Th

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"VIRGINIA BEACH — After a donation six years ago of 4,000 rubber stamps to the Ability Center of Virginia, Michelle Pren...
11/27/2021
Virginia Beach nonprofit uses gifted collection to create handmade greeting cards

"VIRGINIA BEACH — After a donation six years ago of 4,000 rubber stamps to the Ability Center of Virginia, Michelle Prendergast and her team decided to make their mark.

A family had donated a collection of rubber stamps following the death of their loved one. Prendergast, the executive director of the Virginia Beach-based nonprofit organization that helps children and adults with disabilities lead productive and happy lives, said the boxes of stamps needed to be put to good use."

The nonprofit organization, which serves individuals with disabilities, has a program where adults craft cards for four hours every Wednesday. The cards, sold for $4 each or three for $10, are available for sale from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Virginia Beach center and at several local businesses.

https://www.fastcompany.com/video/why-hiring-people-with-disabilities-is-better-for-business/UJGTqIDX?fbclid=IwAR3PT6bm0...
11/26/2021
VIDEO | Why hiring people with disabilities is better for business | Fast Company

https://www.fastcompany.com/video/why-hiring-people-with-disabilities-is-better-for-business/UJGTqIDX?fbclid=IwAR3PT6bm0tDiwNvj4NLRN5U6vb3XwnjDvtL61MZqHXg27M4rIr-evZU4L8c

The Americans with Disabilities Act passed in 1990, but people with disabilities still often face barriers of entry to meaningful employment due to discrimination. Rebecca Cokley, the first U.S. Disability Rights Program Officer for the Ford Foundation, and Dr. Victor Pineda, founder of World Enable...

"Through a partnership with a venerable name in the world of assistive technology, people with disabilities can now cont...
11/24/2021
Apple's iPad Gets Assistive Technology Boost

"Through a partnership with a venerable name in the world of assistive technology, people with disabilities can now control Apple’s iPad using nothing more than their eyes.

Tobii Dynavox said this week that it is launching an add-on device that will bring its eye-tracking technology to the iPad.

Known as the TD Pilot, the certified Apple accessory attaches to a standard iPad to seamlessly integrate eye-tracking capabilities into all of the typical features of the tablet. In addition, TD Pilot includes TD Talk, an eye-controlled app to generate speech, as well as TD Snap, which offers symbols for users to select in order to communicate."

Read more at

Through a partnership with a venerable name in the world of assistive technology, people with disabilities can now control Apple's iPad using nothing more than their eyes.

"The Civil Rights Data Collection provides crucial information for evaluating students' experiences in America's public ...
11/23/2021

"The Civil Rights Data Collection provides crucial information for evaluating students' experiences in America's public schools. Especially given the COVID-19 pandemic, today's announcement of proposed data elements for the 2021-22 collection comes at a critical moment," said Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights Catherine E. Lhamon. "We look forward to receiving and reviewing public comments on the proposed data elements and to working with schools and districts to collect these essential data."

Today's Information Collection Request package includes key proposed data elements for the 2021-22 CRDC, which were informed by listening sessions with stakeholders. These data include:

The addition of COVID-19 data elements to learn the extent to which schools are offering remote and/or in-person instruction to students during the school year.

Revisions to the restraint and seclusion definitions.

The restoration and expansion of data about preschool students and teachers, including data elements regarding preschool students with disabilities who receive special education and related services and those who are English Learners; the extent to which schools have teachers with one or two years of experience; and teacher certification status.

And, the addition of a nonbinary option to male/female data categories for those schools and districts that already collect that data, to ensure the CRDC captures accurate and inclusive information about all student identities and student experiences, where the data are available.

The CRDC is a valuable resource for all those who use data to better inform decisions concerning student equity and opportunity. For background information and FAQs regarding the CRDC, please visit: Frequently Asked Questions. Members of the public may review the proposed 2021-22 CRDC data elements here. An official copy will be posted in the Federal Register at https://www.federalregister.gov by Nov. 19, 2021. Interested persons will have 60 days to submit comments.

The U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights (OCR) today announced that it has submitted to the Federal Register for public comment a proposed Civil Rights Data Collection (CRDC) Information Collection Request package for the 2021–22 school year.

The package describes key civil rights data OCR intends to collect from the nation's public schools and districts. OCR plans to introduce new data categories, such as those relating to students' educational experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic and restore key data categories from previous collections.

The Department has collected civil rights data since 1968. The CRDC collects data and information about student access to educational courses and school staff, as well as school climate factors, such as the use of student discipline and incidents of student harassment, from schools serving students in preschool to grade 12.

"The Civil Rights Data Collection provides crucial information for evaluating students' experiences in America's public schools. Especially given the COVID-19 pandemic, today's announcement of proposed data elements for the 2021-22 collection comes at a critical moment," said Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights Catherine E. Lhamon. "We look forward to receiving and reviewing public comments on the proposed data elements and to working with schools and districts to collect these essential data."

Today's Information Collection Request package includes key proposed data elements for the 2021-22 CRDC, which were informed by listening sessions with stakeholders. These data include:

The addition of COVID-19 data elements to learn the extent to which schools are offering remote and/or in-person instruction to students during the school year.

Revisions to the restraint and seclusion definitions.

The restoration and expansion of data about preschool students and teachers, including data elements regarding preschool students with disabilities who receive special education and related services and those who are English Learners; the extent to which schools have teachers with one or two years of experience; and teacher certification status.

And, the addition of a nonbinary option to male/female data categories for those schools and districts that already collect that data, to ensure the CRDC captures accurate and inclusive information about all student identities and student experiences, where the data are available.

In August 2021, OCR announced the administration of a 2021-22 CRDC, marking the first time that OCR has conducted a civil rights data collection two years in a row for the 2020-21 and 2021-22 school years. The additional collection will allow the Department to identify and address inequities in educational opportunities as the country continues to grapple with the COVID-19 pandemic and its effects on students' academic, social, and emotional development.

Ongoing civil rights data about student experiences will assist the Department and school officials with assessing the initial impacts of the substantial increase in federal funding to schools and districts to ensure students received equitable access to instruction and other activities during the COVID-19 pandemic. The 2021-22 CRDC will also advance OCR's mission to ensure that schools and districts receiving financial assistance from the Department do not discriminate based on race, color, national origin, s*x or disability.

The CRDC is a valuable resource for all those who use data to better inform decisions concerning student equity and opportunity. For background information and FAQs regarding the CRDC, please visit: Frequently Asked Questions.

Members of the public may review the proposed 2021-22 CRDC data elements here. An official copy will be posted in the Federal Register at https://www.federalregister.gov by Nov. 19, 2021. Interested persons will have 60 days to submit comments.

We hope to see you for the kickoff session for our 2021-2022 Diversity, Equity and Inclusion event series is "Employabil...
11/19/2021
DEI Event Series | VBPD Alumni

We hope to see you for the kickoff session for our 2021-2022 Diversity, Equity and Inclusion event series is "Employability and Sustainability for People with Disabilities"

TODAY, Nov. 19, 2021 12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. EST
Register to attend on Zoom and find more information at our website https://www.vbpdalumni.net/dei

We will also be streaming the event on Facebook Live!

Please join us on Friday, Nov. 19, 2021, from 12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. for the kick-off session of the Training and Alumni Association's DEI series.  The topic is "Employability and Sustainability for People with Disabilities." Attorney and disability rights advocate Ollie Cantos is the keynote speak...

ABLEnow  provides eligible individuals with disabilities a better way to save money for today's needs or invest for tomo...
11/17/2021
ABLEnow | Eligibility

ABLEnow provides eligible individuals with disabilities a better way to save money for today's needs or invest for tomorrow.

ABLEnow accounts:
* Do not jeopardize eligibility for most benefit programs, such as Medicaid and SSI.
* Are tax-advantaged, so earnings grow tax free.
* Can accept contributions from anyone: the account owner, family and friends.
* Include online account management tools and a top-rated mobile app.

Need the perfect gift? ABLEnow contributions are a simple, practical solution for the holidays. It's the gift of independence and a thoughtful investment in health, financial security, and quality of life.

Who is Eligible?
* Individuals who developed qualifying disabilities before the age of 26 may be eligible to open an ABLEnow account. Take the online eligibility quiz.

https://www.ablenow.com/eligibility/?utm_source=disabilityscoop&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Nov2021

The ABLE Act allows for the creation of tax-advantaged ABLE accounts that help individuals with disabilities save for future expenses. Open an ABLE Account.

EVENT REMINDER: We hope you can join us for the kickoff session for our 2021-2022 Diversity, Equity and Inclusion event ...
11/17/2021
DEI Event Series | VBPD Alumni

EVENT REMINDER: We hope you can join us for the kickoff session for our 2021-2022 Diversity, Equity and Inclusion event series is "Employability and Sustainability for People with Disabilities"

When: FRIDAY, Nov. 19, 2021 12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. EST
Where: Zoom & Facebook Live

Register to attend and find more information at our website https://www.vbpdalumni.net/dei

*After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
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About the Event: “Employability & Sustainability”
Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Accessibility (DEIA) principles are important in recruiting, hiring and retaining people with disabilities in the workplace. We all play a vital role in creating a work environment that embraces people with disabilities. Keynote speaker, Ollie Cantos, Esq. will discuss various approaches to building bridges and fostering changes that help people with disabilities access employment opportunities and foster career development.

Disability advocates will learn how to apply goal-setting and visualization strategies to affect change in the workplace. This session will include current employment trends and a discussion of how participants can gain a deeper understanding about available resources that they can use to carry out DEIA goals in their advocacy work.

Please join us on Friday, Nov. 19, 2021, from 12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. for the kick-off session of the Training and Alumni Association's DEI series.  The topic is "Employability and Sustainability for People with Disabilities." Attorney and disability rights advocate Ollie Cantos is the keynote speak...

Please join us for the kickoff session for our 2021-2022 Diversity, Equity and Inclusion event series is "Employability ...
11/12/2021
Welcome! You are invited to join a meeting: TAA Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Event Series - Session 1: "Employability and Sustainability for People with Disabilities". After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the...

Please join us for the kickoff session for our 2021-2022 Diversity, Equity and Inclusion event series is "Employability and Sustainability for People with Disabilities" The keynote speaker is attorney and disability rights advocate, Mr. Ollie Cantos.

When: Nov. 19, 2021 12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. EST
Where: Zoom & Facebook Live
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Register to Attend at https://us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYqdOGoqj4vH90UybDJLJRJImVaW-SwqJt1

About the Event: “Employability & Sustainability”
Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Accessibility (DEIA) principles are important in recruiting, hiring and retaining people with disabilities in the workplace. We all play a vital role in creating a work environment that embraces people with disabilities. Keynote speaker, Ollie Cantos, Esq. will discuss various approaches to building bridges and fostering changes that help people with disabilities access employment opportunities and foster career development.

Disability advocates will learn how to apply goal-setting and visualization strategies to affect change in the workplace. This session will include current employment trends and a discussion of how participants can gain a deeper understanding about available resources that they can use to carry out DEIA goals in their advocacy work.

For more information about the TAA and the DEI event series visit our website at https://www.vbpdalumni.net/dei

Welcome! You are invited to join a meeting: TAA Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Event Series - Session 1: "Employability and Sustainability for People with Disabilities". After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the meeting.

"In the past, the National Center on Disability and Journalism’s disability language style guide prioritized the use of ...
11/10/2021
When reporting on disability, advice about language is simple: just ask - Poynter

"In the past, the National Center on Disability and Journalism’s disability language style guide prioritized the use of person-first language — advising language like “person with a disability,” for example.

The document provides guidance to journalists and communications professionals on terms commonly used in relation to those with disabilities or disability issues, covers 100-plus terms and offers a series of baseline recommendations.

In an update announced Sept. 11, the organization’s advice shifted to focus on the source-writer relationship. The guide now acknowledges that identity-first language (“disabled person,” for example) is preferred by many in the disability community."

Read more at https://www.poynter.org/reporting-editing/2021/when-reporting-on-disability-advice-about-language-is-simple-just-ask/

The National Center on Disability and Journalism has updated its style guide to move away from a ‘default’ and focus on identify-first language.

CA Human Services 20th Annual Autism Conference - Community: Stronger Together. Register now!About this event:Please joi...
11/02/2021
2022 Conference Registration - Early Bird

CA Human Services 20th Annual Autism Conference - Community: Stronger Together. Register now!

About this event:
Please join us for CA's 20th annual conference! Our annual conference is Virginia’s first and oldest statewide conference for the latest information on autism and evidence-based interventions. This year we will be incorporating a broader array of disabilities and mental health disorders. We hope to see you there!

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2022-conference-registration-early-bird-tickets-188699925557

CA Human Services 20th Annual Autism Conference - Community: Stronger Together. Register now!

In closing #DHAM21 we are excited to share the official proclamation of Disability History Awareness Month from the Gove...
11/01/2021

In closing #DHAM21 we are excited to share the official proclamation of Disability History Awareness Month from the Governor of VA!

"WHEREAS, according to the 2017 Disability Status Report from Cornell University, almost one million Virginians have a diagnosed disability; and

WHEREAS, people with disabilities have made profound contributions to America throughout history, but are often left out of history texts and are not typically studied by school children; and

WHEREAS, the Commonwealth is committed to lifelong learning and the principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion for people of all abilities, races, ethnicities, religions, and genders; and

WHEREAS, educating children and the public about the numerous achievements of people with disabilities and their contributions to American society increases awareness of all of our shared history, values, and societal beliefs; and

WHEREAS, beginning in 2009, in response to advocacy by high school students with disabilities, the Virginia General Assembly resolved that October be set aside as an annual, month-long observance of the history of the disability rights movement, and commemoration of the achievements of those with disabilities; and

WHEREAS, Virginians with disabilities have been successful in reducing barriers they face in employment, healthcare, education, and community living by successfully advocating for changes throughout the Commonwealth; and

WHEREAS, the Commonwealth acknowledges these efforts and will continue to implement the vision statement put forth by the youth who advocated for this monthly designation: to create a culture of mutual respect, understanding, and equal opportunities for all;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Ralph S. Northam, do hereby recognize October 2021, as DISABILITY HISTORY AWARENESS MONTH in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens."

https://www.governor.virginia.gov/newsroom/proclamations/proclamation/disability-history-awareness-month.html

In closing #DHAM21 we are excited to share the official proclamation of Disability History Awareness Month from the Governor of VA!

"WHEREAS, according to the 2017 Disability Status Report from Cornell University, almost one million Virginians have a diagnosed disability; and

WHEREAS, people with disabilities have made profound contributions to America throughout history, but are often left out of history texts and are not typically studied by school children; and

WHEREAS, the Commonwealth is committed to lifelong learning and the principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion for people of all abilities, races, ethnicities, religions, and genders; and

WHEREAS, educating children and the public about the numerous achievements of people with disabilities and their contributions to American society increases awareness of all of our shared history, values, and societal beliefs; and

WHEREAS, beginning in 2009, in response to advocacy by high school students with disabilities, the Virginia General Assembly resolved that October be set aside as an annual, month-long observance of the history of the disability rights movement, and commemoration of the achievements of those with disabilities; and

WHEREAS, Virginians with disabilities have been successful in reducing barriers they face in employment, healthcare, education, and community living by successfully advocating for changes throughout the Commonwealth; and

WHEREAS, the Commonwealth acknowledges these efforts and will continue to implement the vision statement put forth by the youth who advocated for this monthly designation: to create a culture of mutual respect, understanding, and equal opportunities for all;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Ralph S. Northam, do hereby recognize October 2021, as DISABILITY HISTORY AWARENESS MONTH in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens."

https://www.governor.virginia.gov/newsroom/proclamations/proclamation/disability-history-awareness-month.html

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#ThankfulThursday! We are happy to share that we received a grant from the Virginia Board for People with Disabilities (VBPD) to support our PALS program! PALS, Providing A Link for Survivors, pairs a volunteer with a survivor of a brain injury for socialization and natural supports. Info about PALS: https://bisswva.org/providing-a-link-for-survivors-pals/ Press release about the grant:https://files.constantcontact.com/282c2c3a201/dc3ccda3-bba7-4cc7-a145-49400b2f0de7.pdf
The Partnership for People with Disabilities, a center affiliated with #VCUSOE, has received a $160,000 grant from the Virginia Board for People with Disabilities (VBPD) to develop inclusion, diversity and equity training for Virginians with intellectual and developmental disabilities who have intersecting cultural, ethnic and social identities. Dana Yarbrough is principal investigator for the project. Read more: https://bit.ly/Partnership-VBPD-Grant Virginia Commonwealth University VCU Alumni #Get2KnowSOE
I'm officially in the New York Times reacting to an essay by David Axelrod, in which he asserts his disabled daughter thrived in an institution. Despite Mr. Axelrod's assertion that the Better Care Better Jobs Act would "take away the dignity of choice" for those living with disabilities, it is actually quite the opposite. https://www.nytimes.com/2021/07/24/opinion/letters/disability-homes.html?fbclid=IwAR0Iq1UgRBFwzh9vUC-x2f_BWwgRGYozJCYbaV000mTKnjuGt0vck7XxE-E
We absolutely love this conversation between self-advocates in Wisconsin and Virginia. They talk about what self-determination means, and why it's important to them. These are ideas that matter, wherever you live. Wisconsin Board for People with Developmental Disabilities Virginia Board for People with Disabilities (VBPD) https://youtu.be/vt5-t15N0Xk
Today, I'm officially in the New York Times reacting to an essay by David Axelrod, in which he asserts his disabled daughter thrived in an institution. Despite Mr. Axelrod's assertion that the Better Care Better Jobs Act would "take away the dignity of choice" for those living with disabilities, it is actually quite the opposite. The act would give those living with disabilities a better chance of living in their own homes and communities -- where they are more likely to thrive. The Olmstead Supreme Court Decision states those living with disabilities have a right to live in the least restrictive environment possible. You may need to create a free account to read the article.
WI and VA self-advocates talk Self-Determination in this new video! Check it out! In this video, self-advocates from the two states talk to each other about making videos and self-determination. Self-advocates from Virginia were inspired to start their own YouTube Channel after seeing the Wisconsin BPDD Self-Determination Channel. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vt5-t15N0Xk Virginia Board for People with Disabilities (VBPD) The Arc of the United States People First Wisconsin Headwaters, Inc. Autism Society of Greater Wisconsin TMG Wisconsin Ashley Mathy Philip Temme Cindy Bentley Hope House Foundation The Arc of Virginia The Arc Wisconsin National Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities Best Buddies Wisconsin
From Virginia Board for People with Disabilities (VBPD): You have the opportunity to provide Public Comment regarding how Virginia will use the money it will receive for increased one-time funding for Medicaid. Click on the link below and share your thoughts & feelings with key decision makers. The Deadline to comment is June 30th. https://townhall.virginia.gov/L/ViewNotice.cfm?gnid=1276&utm_campaign=general&utm_content=2all1eng2021&utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery In general, funds may be used to support the following actions: * Increase access to HCBS services and supports * Invest in technology and HCBS infrastructure * Improve or support high-quality care and the member experience with HCBS services *Develop and build the HCBS workforce, including recruitment and retention strategies
Question: I understand there is supposed to be information posted on the VDH Board for People with Disabilities webpage about the new provisions coming for a Designated Support Person allowed in Medical Care Facilities. Can you point me to where that information is located so that I can follow? The law is in effect now but the regulations won't be in place until at the latest- December 2021- However it is important that everyone understand the code as amended. thank you
Thanks to the Virginia Board for People with Disabilities (VBPD) for hosting these important events. The next one is tomorrow. Sign up today! "This forum in our 2021 series will feature candidates seeking the Democratic nomination for Governor. We will have each candidate speak about their background and knowledge relating to developmental disabilities, then answer questions about disability policy in Virginia. Attendees are invited to submit questions in advance. "
The Virginia Board for People with Disabilities (VBPD) is holding a forum this evening where candidates running for Attorney General will be speaking about their background and knowledge relating to developmental disabilities, then answering questions about disability policy in Virginia. This forum is being held virtually (for free) on Zoom April 28th from 6 - 7:30 pm. Registration is required. Sign up here https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_0JWwMwbbS4uViP0pQ7nXHA
From Virginia Board for People with Disabilities (VBPD): Train the Trainer Event: Looking to develop your skills as a training superstar? Want to help groom the next generation of world-changing advocates? The "Train The Trainer" training session is for Self-Advocates only! This session will provide an opportunity to educate and expose participants to information, tips, and strategies that will develop and enhance their abilities to become effective presenters, facilitators, or public speakers. When: Saturday, April 24, 2021 from 8:30 am - 3:00 pm - Live on Zoom REGISTER NOW FOR THIS EXCITING PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITY!