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Description: They say home is where the heart is… but an inaccessible home can easily break your heart. This month we’re focusing on ways to help you fall back in love with your home by improving access. From the techie overhaul, to the classic remodel to the DIY home hacker, there’s more than one way to modernize the home of your dreams. The Bathroom Conundrum To remodel or not to remodel? That is the question, and Richard Holicky has an answer. The Historic Remodel Mark Smith...
Description: This web app provides online resources to help famililies raising children and youth in foster care and kinship care, where children and youth are brought up by non-birth parent relatives. The following topics are covered: Trying to Enroll a Child in School? Concerned about Learning or School? Concerned about Mental Health or Behaviors? Need Public Benefits? Concerned about Transitions Through School and After? Concerned about Disabilities and Special Health Care Needs? Involved in the Court...
Description: The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Title I Youth Program provides services to disconnected youth, ages 14-21, who face barriers to employment. Youth gain access to WIOA services through local youth WIOA program providers throughout the state. By bringing together local youth WIOA program providers, public service agencies, community organizations, businesses and others; our approach ensures coordination of youth funds and services in the community, and creates a...
Description: Guardian ad litem (GAL) literally means “guardian for the suit.” A guardian ad litem in Virginia is an attorney appointed by a judge to assist the court in determining the circumstances of a matter before the court. It is the fundamental responsibility of the guardian ad litem to provide independent recommendations to the court about the client’s best interests, which can be different from advocating for what the client wants, and to bring balance to the decision-making...
Description: This manual is a resource book that contains basic information, guidelines, and recommendations for establishing and enhancing a school health program. It reflects a growing emphasis on the role of school health in prevention of disease and health promotion and wellness for students. The purpose of this manual is to provide guidelines for local school divisions to develop or strengthen their school health program at the individual, school program, or community level. These guidelines are...
Description: As you get older, you’re able to start making your own decisions about a lot of things that matter most to you. You may choose your own clothes, music, and friends. You also may be ready to make decisions about your body and health. Making healthy decisions about what you eat and drink, how active you are, and how much sleep you get is a great place to start. Here you’ll learn how your body works—how your body uses the food and drinks you consume and how being active may help...
Description: Project LIFE (Living Independently, Focusing on Empowerment) helps youth in Virginia succeed when they age out of foster care. We do that by helping youth directly and by supporting the professionals who work with them. Our services help youth in foster care avoid homelessness, helplessness and hopelessness. Instead, they have the knowledge and support they need to get jobs, continue school, live decently and give back to their communities. While youth are in foster care, decisions are often...
Description: Virginia's Medicaid Managed Care program is here to help you choose the best health plans and providers for you and your family. Contact our Managed Care HelpLine.  We can help! Toll-free number: 1-800-643-2273TTY: 1-800-817-6608Hours of operation: Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. We can speak with you in other languages.
Description: This includes: LONG-TERM CARE RESOURCES & GUIDEBOOKS LTC DIVISION MEDICAID FACT SHEETS AND RELATED DOCUMENTS PHONE NUMBERS FOR MEDICAID RECIPIENTS: PURPOSE OF THE DIVISION OF LONG-TERM CARE ORGANIZATIONAL STRUCTURE OF THE DIVISION OF LONG TERM CARE AGING AND MEDICAL SERVICES DISABILITY AND SUPPORT SERVICES (at DBHDS for program operational management) DATA AND QUALITY MANAGEMENT REVIEW WAIVER OPERATIONS & CONTRACTS REGULATORY FUNCTIONS & RESPONSIBILITIES LTC RESPONSIBILITY TO ENSURE...
Description: Great Expectations is a nationally recognized program that helps Virginia’s foster youth earn the postsecondary credentials they need to achieve an independent and successful life. Great Expectations is currently available at 18 of Virginia’s Community Colleges. Great Expectations was created in 2008 as a partnership between Virginia’s Community Colleges and philanthropists supporting the Virginia Foundation for Community College Education. The program launched at five Virginia...
Description: The power to Elevate Virginia is rooted in the Commonwealth’s people and its businesses.  Whether it is the businesses that already call Virginia home or new companies considering a new location, the strength of the workforce is their primary concern.  Virginia’s future economic strength and global competitiveness depend on the readiness of a highly skilled and well-trained workforce to fill the increasingly complex jobs that mark the 21st century economy. Virginia’s...
Description: CASA is the Court Appointed Special Advocate Program. CASA is a child advocacy organization that seeks to provide trained volunteers to speak for abused and neglected children who are the subjects of juvenile court proceedings. CASA volunteers advocate for safe, permanent homes for children. CASA began in 1977 in Seattle, Washington by Judge David Soukup who saw the need for more information on cases involving children in his court. The social services and legal systems were overburdened and...
Description: This includes: About Services for Older Youth & Independent Living Overview Eligibility, Services, Guidance & Procedures Educational Opportunities Community College Tuition Grant Education and Training Vouchers (ETV) Great Expectations Video Modules- Module 1: What is a Transition Plan and why should I do one? Module 2: Who is involved in Transition Planning? Module 3: How do I develop a Transition Plan? Module 4: What do I need to know to effectively plan for myself? Module 5: What...
Description: The Department of Juvenile Justice operates and is responsible for the vast majority of local Court Service Units (often known as juvenile probation offices) across the Commonwealth, as well as the two state-operated Juvenile Correctional Centers, Beaumont and Bon Air. On any given day, the Department has somewhere between 4,500 and 5,000 youth under some kind of supervision, with more than 90 percent of those youth being supervised in their communities through diversion, probation or parole....
Description: There is a juvenile and domestic relations district court in each Virginia city and county. In Virginia, a juvenile is any person under 18 years of age. The juvenile and domestic relations district court hears all matters involving juveniles such as criminal or traffic matters. Juvenile delinquency cases are cases involving a minor under the age of 18 who has been accused of committing an offense that would be considered criminal if committed by an adult. Other juvenile offenses may be referred...
Description: VaLegalAid.org is a Virginia Partnership for Equal Justice Website Project. It is an ambitious attempt by Virginia legal aid offices and their partners to provide complete, accurate, up-to-date information on poverty law issues in an interactive and easily accessible format. The intent is to allow access to this information by legal aid attorneys, probono attorneys, clients, advocates and providers of services to legal aid's traditional client base. Pro Bono Net Pro Bono Net is a unique...
Description: The Children's Services Act was designed to ensure that youth and their families receive the services they need. Information is presented below to help families understand the process to access services. What is the Community Policy and Management Team? The "CPMT" coordinates agency efforts, manages the available funds, and sees that eligible youths and their families are referred for assessment as appropriate.What is the Family Assessment and Planning Team? The "FAPT" looks at the strengths and...
Description: This is an alphabetical listed of Virginia School Divisions which includes contact information for the division and its staff.
Description: The mission of Virginia's public education system is to educate students in the fundamental knowledge and academic subjects that they need to become capable, responsible, and self-reliant citizens. Therefore, the mission of the Virginia Board of Education and the superintendent of public instruction, in cooperation with local school boards, is to increase student learning and academic achievement.
Description: This joint guidance document represents collaboration between the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) and the Virginia Department of Social Services (VDSS) to implement the provisions of the Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoptions Act of 2008 (Fostering Connections) to ensure school stability for children in foster care. This guidance applies to initial and subsequent residence placements while children are in foster care. Residence refers to foster care placement.
Description: The Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoptions Act is a federal mandate that ensures school stability for children in out-of-home care. The act requires child welfare agencies (i.e., department of social services, child-placing agencies, etc.) to coordinate with local educational agencies (Iocal school divisions) to ensure educational stability for every child in foster care.  The Code of Virginia was amended in 2011 to mirror the educational stability component of the...
Description: The Local School Divisions Foster Care Liaisons is a listing of the contact information (email address and phone numbers) for school divisions in Virginia. The Virgina Educational Stability Liaisons is a listing of the contact information (email address and phone numbers) for the Liaisons from the Department of Social Services.
Description: Magellan of Virginia was selected by the Virginia Department of Medical Assistance Services (DMAS) to serve as the Behavioral Health Services Administrator (BHSA). Magellan administers behavioral health services for members enrolled in Virginia’s Medicaid and FAMIS programs. This site is for members receiving behavioral health services in Virginia, their families and friends, and providers. Mission:Magellan of Virginia ensures quality behavioral health services are delivered to...
Description: Registration for 2017 City of Alexandria Spring and Summer Camps offered by the Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities is now open. Registration for summer programs and the Power-On Program for the 2017-18 school year will open on Wednesday, March 15 for City residents. Participants may register online or in-person at the Lee Center Registration & Reservation Office, 1108 Jefferson Street. The 2017 Summer of Smiles Summer Camps Guide is now available online and free printed...
Description: This includes: Local Camps and Activities Disability-Specific Camps Adapted Sports, Recreation and Travel Adaptive Recreation Camps
Description: With spring breaks and summer vacations quickly approaching, this important information about TSA programs and services may be beneficial to travelers with disabilities and medical conditions.   TSA Cares and the Passenger Support Specialist Program TSA Cares is a helpline for travelers with disabilities or medical conditions who want to prepare for the screening process prior to flying.  Travelers or their companions may call TSA Cares toll free at 1-855-787-2227 (Federal Relay 711)...
Description: Legislation passed by the 2016 General Assembly (House Bill 842) requires every person seeking initial licensure or renewal of a license to complete awareness training on the indicators of dyslexia and evidence-based interventions and accommodations for dyslexia. In support of the regulation, this document, Dyslexia: Frequently Asked Questions is designed to be a resource for teachers, administrators and parents to address the educational needs of students with dyslexia. It provides...
Description: Changes going into effect on August 1, 2017 On 1 September 2016 Virginia launched its new Developmental Disabilities Medicaid Waiver Program. The Family & Individual (FIS) Waiver, the Community Living (CL) Waiver, and Building Independence (BI) Waiver, now fall under the umbrella of the Developmental Disabilities Waiver Program. On August 1, 2017, the Department of Medical Assistance Services (DMAS) will implement a new managed long term services and supports (MLTSS)...
Description: Graphic Organizers to Help Kids With Writing Hamburger Paragraph Graphic Organizer (View / Download) Spider Map Graphic Organizer (View / Download) Persuasion Map Graphic Organizer (View / Download) Pro-Con T-Table Graphic Organizer (View / Download) Sequence Chart Graphic Organizer (View / Download) Graphic organizers are simple yet powerful tools that can help kids with dysgraphia, executive functioning and other issues that can cause trouble writing. A graphic organizer not only helps break...
Description: For people with disabilities and those at risk, the horse and its environment can provide unique healing and learning experiences. Under the watchful eye of a certified instructor, trained volunteers, educators and healthcare professionals, a student’s interaction with a horse can be therapeutic as well as a fun and freeing experience. BRCTH offers eight-week spring and fall therapeutic riding sessions, plus week-long summer day camps. Instruction includes grooming, handling and mounted...
Description: The Arc of Northern Virginia is dedicated to ensuring that the human and civil rights of people with developmental disabilities are protected. We have known and worked with thousands of families in our more than 50 year history who have taught us so much. In recent years, we have seen a big increase in calls and emails from families who are concerned about the safety of their loved ones with developmental disabilities in police and other justice interactions. We have also had more calls from...
Description: Parents and caregivers are arguably the most important stakeholders in a child’s educational success. With nearly 1.3 million students dropping out of high school each year, the Annie E. Casey Foundation and America’s Promise Alliance developed this toolkit to engage parents in dropout prevention and development strategies to ensure the success of all children. This toolkit is a resource for all organizations and community leaders interested in bringing the parent voice into the...
Description: This webinar from the National Center on Early Childhood Development, Teaching, and Learning provides information and answers to frequently asked questions related to building quality collaboration across early childhood programs to support inclusion. In the first webinar federal leaders will address screening, referral, evaluation, and the eligibility process for the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) services, including discussion on a recently released memo...
Description: The POWER (Parent Organizer With Educational Resources) web app provides parents and families with online resources to answer questions about child development, disabilities, community services, Special Education, diploma options in Virginia and transition to life after high school.  The questions and potential resources are separated into age levels: Early Childhood, Elementary School, Middle School and High School. This project is a collaborative effort between the Parent Resource...
Description: This handbook is designed as a guide to help students with disabilities take another step in preparing for “life after high school.” The activities in this handbook should be completed with your parent/guardian, teacher, or school counselor. While high school is an exciting time, what you do after high school can be just as exciting with some careful and thoughtful planning. In order to carefully plan for what will happen after you graduate, you will need to: Know your...
Description: Inclusion can be defined as being a part of a group or a part of something. Inclusion can also be defined as learning to live together; treasuring diversity; and sharing gifts and abilities. There have been numerous demands from individuals with disabilities living in the community who are tired of being denied or ignored by a society that does not honor their right to participate in all aspects of community living.  The materials found in this guide were prepared by youth leaders with...
Description: Infants, toddlers, and preschoolers are now growing up in environments saturated with a variety of traditional and new technologies, which they are adopting at increasing rates. Although there has been much hope for the educational potential of interactive media for young children, accompanied by fears about their overuse during this crucial period of rapid brain development, research in this area still remains limited. This policy statement reviews the existing literature on television, videos,...
Description: This policy statement focuses on children and adolescents 5 through 18 abstract years of age. Research suggests both benefi ts and risks of media use for the health of children and teenagers. Benefits include exposure to new ideas and knowledge acquisition, increased opportunities for social contact and support, and new opportunities to access health-promotion messages and information. Risks include negative health effects on weight and sleep; exposure to inaccurate, inappropriate, or unsafe...
Description: The Military Outreach program through the Parent Educational Advocacy Training Center (PEATC) was created to provide awareness and assistance to military families, and professionals that support them, in Virginia through various outreach activities; networking - attending meetings that support military families, exhibiting and presenting workshops –as well as interacting and assisting parents and professionals. The Military Outreach Initiative continues to demonstrate its mission –...
Description: The purpose of the Individual and Family Support Program (IFSP) is to assist individuals on the IDD Waiver Wait List and their family members to access needed person-centered and family-centered resources, supports, services and other assistance as approved by the Department. The overall objective of the Individual and Family Support Program is to support the continued residence of an individual with IDD maintain his own home or the family home, which could include the home of a principal...
Description: Both the U.S. Departments of Health and Human Services (HHS) and Education (ED) recognize the critical role of family engagement in promoting children’s success in early childhood systems and programs. As such, both agencies have developed research-based family engagement frameworks to guide the development of effective family engagement policies and practices: HHS’s Head Start Parent, Family, and Community Engagement Framework and ED’s Dual Capacity-Building Framework for...
Description: The Governor of Virginia, Terence R. McAuliffe, the Virginia Board of Education and the Virginia Department of Education recognize November 2016 as Family Involvement In Education Month and encourage local school officials to develop plans and policies to enhance parental engagement in their children’s schools, lives, and in the education community. The attachments include: The Governor's Certificate of Recognition (November 2016 as Family Involvement in Education Month) The Virginia Board...
Description: This is a web-based toolkit to assist in identification of specific practices and strategies around transition in early childhood.Practices are defined as key elements of transition planning that are broad and global in nature and can be implemented in ways that reflect a shared understanding of the intent of the practice and are regularly and consistently implemented across staff and programs. Strategies are defined as specific program or classroom activities used to implement a...
Description: This video shows how siblings of people with disabilities have a wide range of experiences and emotions that impact them in different ways.  There are personal stories of insight, appreciation and pride as well as examples of embarassment and fear/worry.
Description: Side by Side is dedicated to creating supportive communities where Virginia’s LGBTQ+ youth can define themselves, belong, and flourish. Side by Side provides support to human service providers across Virginia in effectively working with out and questioning youth. Our trainings provide information about adolescent sexual and gender identity development. In addition, the trainings encourage adults to empower youth by helping them recognize their inherent value and steer them away from...
Description: Schools understand that parents are busy people, but there are many different ways you can get involved in your child’s education. No matter how little or how much time you have, there are many ways you can positively impact your child’s education at school and at home. Remember, when parents get involved and stay involved, all students achieve at higher levels. VOLUNTEER AT SCHOOL Schools often send home lists of various ways that parents can volunteer. If they don’t, let your...
Description: These standards offer a framework for how families, schools, and communities should work together to support student success. (Potential Resources for National PTA Standards 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 & 6 are posted separately.)
Description: The National PTA sponsors a blog that includes many postings on Family Engagement.
Description: Families and school staff collaborate with community members to connect students, families, and staff to expanded learning opportunities, community services, and civic participation. Additional Resource: Engage families for anywhere, anytime learning, Heather B. Weiss and M. Elena Lopez Phi Delta Kappan, April 2015 96: 14-19. Abstract: As society expects children and youth today to explore content-area topics in depth and to develop critical-thinking, problem-solving, and analytical skills,...
Description: Families and school staff are equal partners in decisions that affect children and families and together inform, influence, and create policies, practices, and programs. (Potential resources for National PTA Standards 1, 2, 3, 4 & 6 are posted separately.) **Resources Compiled by the Virginia Department of Education’s Family Engagement Network (FEN) - September 2016