The Virginians with Disabilities Act ( 51.5-1) of 1989


State Policies & Initiatives: 

“ It is the policy of the Commonwealth to encourage and enable persons with disabilities to participate fully and equally in the social and economic life of the Commonwealth and to engage in remunerative employment. To these ends, the General Assembly directs the Governor, the Virginia Office for Protection and Advocacy, the Virginia Board for People with Disabilities, the Departments of Education, Health, Housing and Community Development, Behavioral Health and Developmental Services, and Social Services, and the Departments for Aging and Rehabilitative Services, the Blind and Vision Impaired, and the Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing and such other agencies as the Governor deems appropriate, to provide, in a comprehensive and coordinated manner which makes the best use of available resources, those services necessary to assure equal opportunity to persons with disabilities in the Commonwealth.
The provisions of this title shall be known and may be cited as “‘The Virginians with Disabilities Act.’”

  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Education
  • Other
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
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