Virginia Board for People with Disabilities The Commonwealth’s Developmental Disabilities Planning Council www.vaboard.org October 2008 Volume VII, Issue 3 VOICES & VISIONS A VOICE FOR PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES A PROMISING VISION FOR TOMORROW How I See It: Disabilities Are A Natural Part Of Life Petrina Thomas, VBPD Partners in Policymaking, Class of 2007 Board Officers The following commentary appeared in The There is excellent research validating the Chair, Lisbet Ward Culpeper Star-Exponent on May 6, 2008, power in the way words are used. Vice Chair, John Burgess and is reprinted with its permission. In light of Diagnoses are important for finding best Secretary, Sarah Ratner the recent controversy over language used in practices in the learning environment, Community the film “Tropic Thunder” and the pending obtaining necessary services and therapies Integration confirmation vote by the 2009 General and, of course, the medical model. Christy Crowther (Chair) John Burgess Assembly to replace the term mental retarda- In the community and in everyday life, a Sherry Confer tion with intellectual disability throughout the diagnosis label does not define the essence Sandy Hermann Code of Virginia and state government, the Shirley Hicks of one’s being. When we introduce our- Lee Price Board is pleased to share Ms. Thomas’ thoughts selves, we don’t say, “Hi, my name is so- Suzanne Ripley with V&V’s readers. Mark Russell and-so, I’m hypertensive. This is my aunt. A Terry Smith bout a year ago while driving my She is postmenopausal, as you can proba- Martha Toomey car, I overheard a conversation bly tell.” Community Living/ between my children, People who have a disability Transportation ages 5 and 7, in the backseat. diagnosis are introduced and Kelly Hickok (Chair) Mary-Margaret Cash My son, 7, shared some infor- described this way frequent- Dorothy Clark Jim Congable mation that he had learned ly, as if a doctor’s diagnosis Thomas J. Leach about himself, thinking it is his or her most favorable Kenley Mays, Sr. Jason Neal would also apply to his little characteristic. As if it is OK Bill Peterson sister. He said, “You know to let a label define who a Sarah Ratner you have autism. You got it person is. Jennifer Thornburg when you were 3.” I thought There is nothing wrong with Education/Outreach for sure that she would Joyce Knight (Chair) having a disability diagnosis Christy Bishop protest, but she didn’t. They (although flaws may exist in perceptions), Michael J. Carrasco noticed I was listening and since it was but to be categorized by it seems unnatu- Brian Clukey Mother’s Day and they were already being ral. H. Douglas Cox Norma Draper sweet and generous, my daughter, 5, Ron Lanier announced “And mommy has the most I know a little boy who identifies himself Fred Orelove autism of all.” as a Cub Scout, a good student, an animal Kristina Sherman lover, a big brother, etc. because that is John Toscano There are two impressive parts to this con- who he feels he is more than a generously Employment versation. The first is that the disability applied label like autism. David Holsinger (Chair) was never viewed negatively. The second Tim Bass is the use of “people first” language.” At We all have strengths, weaknesses, inter- Calvin “Chip” Coleman Will Daniel this moment, it occurred to me that if my ests, likes and dislikes, and one thing I Darrell Hill 5- and 7- year-old children, who still need know for sure is that each and every one Ray Hopkins of us is volumes more than a few black Mac McArthur-Fox reminders to say “please” and “thank Renita Ray you,” can talk using people first language, and white pages of the DSM-IV or any Cecily Rodriguez everyone can! (continued on page 2) Voices & Visions Virginia Board for People with Disabilities October 2008 Letter from the Chair: Buzzwords or Civil Rights Lisbet Ward H ave you heard the current decisions. Yet, when a guardian is needed to assist buzzwords: “Least restric- with these complex medical decisions, the guardian tive environment”? “Self- too often is appointed as a full guardian, now making determination”? “Choice”? all life choices for that person. Why does this hap- “Person-centered planning”? pen, especially when there are alternatives such as Professionally, these are empower- limited guardianship and medical power of attorney? ing words that make providers feel How did we lose these rights to begin with? good about their service delivery Accessing needed supports should not block us from approach. But to those of us who living our lives independently. Supports should have have a disability, these words beg a question of what, the end result of taking another step to level the play- to us, is obvious. We wonder why it has to be a topic ing field and provide us with the same opportunities of discussion at all. And that is where the playing to live the adventure of life, mistakes and all, that field of self-advocacy marks the line. other Virginians have. Somehow as people with disabilities, we have too Perhaps the current climate of “change” will strength- often ended up on the defensive, having to advocate en our resolve to build truly inclusive communities: for equal rights to choose where we live, who we live A Virginia where diversity is our strength. A place with, what goals we pursue, and whether we can where our right to lead our own lives no longer even be the decision-makers for our own lives. Does needs to be a professional concept but will be as natu- this sound like a civil rights issue to you? ral as being your neighbor next door. V V It is easy for the inequality of helpfulness to sneak up on us. Consider an example related to guardianship. Sometimes medical decisions may be complex, and for reasons related to his or her disability, a guardian Board Welcomes New and may be appointed for someone. Often, this person Returning Members has been living independently, with support services, t its September quarterly meeting, the Board for years, voting and making all of his or her own A welcomed three new members, appointed by Governor Tim Kaine. Kristina Sherman from Norfolk and Christy Bishop from Gretna will both complete unexpired terms. Tim Bass from Disabilities Are A Natural Midlothian begins a four-year term as the Board’s Part Of Life (continued from page 1) community representative for high technology. other diagnostic manual. There is a famous saying The Governor also reappointed seven previous Board that is “If you have met one person with autism, you members for second four-year terms: Calvin “Chip” have met one person with autism.” Knowledge of Coleman of Culpeper; Christy Crowther, Kelly the symptoms of a disability are important for Hickok, and John Toscano of Richmond; David understanding, acceptance and best practices. Holsinger of Staunton; Mac McArthur-Fox of Blacksburg; and Martha Toomey of Orlean. Board Knowing that we are all more alike than not should officers and committee assignments for these return- be a primary part of any disability awareness cam- ing members, as well as the new members, appear on paign. No one can predict someone’s future and page one of this newsletter. shouldn’t do so according to a disability. Disability and illness are not the same and shouldn’t be used Thirty-one Board members serve as individuals with interchangeably. disabilities, immediate family members of persons with disabilities, or specifically designated communi- Please use people first language. I make this plea to ty representatives. The remaining nine members rep- school staff, newspaper staff and everyone else out resent the Board’s Virginia Developmental there. Disabilities Network partners and other key disability “Disability is Natural: Revolutionary Common Sense services state agencies. Additional information about for Raising Successful Children with Disabilities,” the Board, including brief biographies of its members second edition by Kathie Snow, is an excellent and how to apply to become a member, can be found resource. Or visit disabilityisnatural.com. V V at www.vaboard.org/aboutvbpd.htm. V V www.vaboard.org Page 2 Voices & Visions Virginia Board for People with Disabilities October 2008 DD Network: The Center for Self-Advocacy Leadership cting on its commitment to provide individu- AmeriCorps state programs have A als with disabilities with the knowledge, skills, and tools needed to be more involved in mak- ing decisions about their lives, speaking on behalf of been visited to learn more about how they address community needs and to assist with their development others, and improving the communities in which they of disability recruitment plans. On- live, the Partnership for People with Disabilities going technical assistance will assist formed the Center for Self-Advocacy Leadership. them in implementing their recruit- Coordinated by a self-advocate and a parent of a child ment plans and in supporting reasonable accommoda- with disabilities, the Center is in its initial year of tions to expand meaningful volunteer service opportu- organization and employs several self-advocates part- nities for individuals with disabilities. time. A toolkit under development by the Center will cover Believing that communities are enriched by the con- reasons for full community inclusion, the benefits of tributions of individuals with disabilities, two of the volunteerism and community service, encouragement Center’s initiatives focus on developing the capacity of teamwork and diversity, and how people with dis- of individuals to learn about and participate in com- abilities are serving and improving their communities. munity engagement and in volunteer and community It will also include factors people with disabilities service programs. should consider before becoming volunteers or service Staff engaged in the Self-Advocacy Mobilization ini- members, their supervision and support, and common tiative, funded by the Virginia Board for People with modifications and accommodations. Disabilities, support two teams of individuals with For more information on the Center for Self-Advocacy disabilities and their allies in the Tidewater and Leadership, contact Dana Yarbrough at 804-828-0352 Middle Peninsula/Northern Neck areas. These teams or email@example.com. To learn more about identify an issue that they want to change, explore AmeriCorps or to schedule a presentation on volun- that issue in their community, and present their ideas teerism, contact Erin Hickey at 804-828-7049 or to key community leaders. firstname.lastname@example.org. V V Both teams are currently exploring opportunities in Dana Yarbrough, Director, Center for Self-Advocacy their communities to meet people, make friends, and Leadership, and Fred P. Orelove, Executive Director, have relationships. The Tidewater team, facilitated by Partnership for People with Disabilities, Virginia the Hope House Foundation, Inc., is comprised of Commonwealth University (www.vcu.edu/partnership) seventeen self-advocates and ten allies. It met four times over the past summer to organize its members, gather information, explore their community, and report initial findings. A final report will be available Disability Services Assessment in late October 2008. Preliminary plans are in place Now Available in Audio Format for youth teams in the Middle Peninsula/Northern A Neck area to kick off their community explorations in n audio version of the Board’s 2008 mid to late October. Biennial Assessment of the Disability In a second initiative, the National Service Inclusion Services System in Virginia, produced by Project, Center staff work with self-advocacy groups TecAccess LLC (www.tecaccess.net), is now avail- and the Commission for National and Community able on the Virginia Voice Radio Reading Service's Service at the Virginia Department of Social Services website, www.VirginiaVoice.org, where it can be to support individuals with disabilities in volunteer listened to on-line or downloaded for listening on or member positions within national and community a computer, mp3 player, or other compatible service projects. They also work together to increase knowledge among AmeriCorps state programs about audio device. Links to the audio, as well as the how to recruit, enroll, and support individuals with original text version, can also be accessed at disabilities as volunteers and members. www.vaboard.org/ biennial.htm. Other accessi- Center staff have presented on the benefits of volun- ble-format versions of the Biennial Assessment are teerism and AmeriCorps service to the state Arc available upon request to 1-800-846-4464 or Convention, local People First chapters, and staff of INFO@VBPD.virginia.gov. V V Centers for Independent Living. Seventeen www.vaboard.org Page 3 Voices & Visions Virginia Board for People with Disabilities October 2008 Partners in Policymaking: Welcome Class of 2009 Erin Hickey, Sponsored Programs Assistant (www.vaboard.org/policymaking.htm) n Friday and Saturday, First Language”, subjects on which she has literally O September 12 & 13, the Board welcomed the Partners in Policymaking Class of 2009 to its opening session in “written the book”. Seven additional, equally informative and challeng- ing, monthly training sessions await the 29 self-advo- Richmond. Featured presenters included nationally cates and parents of children with disabilities in the recognized disability rights experts and advocates Class of 2009, leading up to their graduation in May Jerry Adams and Kathie Snow. Jerry is a frequent of next year. Along the way, they will grow person- PIP contributor and spoke on the History of Human ally and build relationships among one another as Services in general and disability services in specific. they begin their own advocacy projects and build the Kathie’s visit with the Board’s PIP program covered knowledge and skills needed to become effective dis- the History of the Parent Movement and “People ability policy change agents. V V Partners In Policymaking Class of 2009 Maggie Bellamy, Virginia Beach; Michael Benninghove, Powhatan; Kevin Benton, Portsmouth; Dave Brumit, Buena Vista; Cathy Bryant, Aylett; Paul Coderre, Annandale; Cara Coleman, Waterford; Regina Craig, Charlottesville; Paula Durbin-Westby, Louisa; Richard Edge, Portsmouth; Brock Everett, Newport News; Jean Felts, Galax; Bill Greaver, Gainesville; Kelly Greenwood, Sandra Higgs, Mechanicsville, Alexandria; Jeremy Hilton, Annandale; Charlie House, Newport News; Sonya Huie, Suffolk; Bernadette Jones, Amelia; Shawn Kirk, Midlothian; Eleanora Link, Richmond; Solomon Miles, Richmond; Rosemarie Ruiz, Yorktown; Angela Sadsad, Virginia Beach; Vernessa Samuel, Bealton; Janet Shields, Midlothian; Susan Taylor, Powhatan; Pamela Washington, Virginia Beach; Monica Wiley, Richmond Update: Revisions to Virginia’s Special Education Regulations he Virginia Board of Education adopted final T Board of Education delay approval of the regulations revisions to the state’s Special Education and reexamine public comment related to those Regulations at its meeting on September 25, unchanged provisions. Among the Coalition’s and 2008. Several changes were made from the initial other advocates’ unresolved concerns are overly draft proposal. Advocates pressed strongly for provi- restrictive eligibility criteria, a complicated new refer- sions requiring parental consent for partial or full ter- ral process that eliminates child study committees, mination of special education and related services elimination of short-term objectives for some stu- which the Board of Education agreed to reinstate. In dents, removal of certain provisions that help ensure addition, hearing officer oversight will remain with parent participation in the educational process, reduc- the Supreme Court of Virginia, rather than moving to tions in the supports available to students with the Department of Education as proposed in the ini- behavioral challenges, and the inclusion of timelines tial draft regulations. In a further change, the Board that could result in significant delays in students of Education set the limit on the age range during receiving needed services and supports. which local school divisions have the option of label- Over the next several months, the regulations will be ing a child as “developmentally delayed” at six. The submitted for review and approval first to the initial regulations draft had lowered the age to five, Attorney General’s Office, then to the Department of and parent advocates had requested that it be Planning and Budget and the Secretary of Education, retained at nine. and finally to the Governor. If substantial changes While parents and other advocates are pleased with occur during this process, there may be an additional the changes regarding consent for termination and public comment period before adoption. If not, the hearing officers, they remain very concerned about regulations will take effect thirty days following their other draft provisions that were not changed by the publication in The Virginia Register of Regulations. Board of Education. The Coalition for Students with Links to the final regulations and to information on Disabilities, in which the Virginia Board for People the regulatory process can be found on the Board’s with Disabilities participates, had requested that the website at www.vaboard.org/vapolicy.htm. V V www.vaboard.org Page 4 Voices & Visions Virginia Board for People with Disabilities October 2008 YLF 2008—LEAD, The Future is Now… Kara White, Sponsored Programs Assistant (www.vaboard.org/ylf.htm) T he 2008 Youth Leadership Forum was inspira- disabilities. The luncheon ended by hon- tional, humorous, and a great success. The oring 2007 Delegate, Matthew Shapiro as twenty-five student Delegates, alumni, personal YLF “Alumni of the Year”. care staff, speakers, presenters, and volunteers who Mike Patrick, a favorite speaker of the students and gathered at Christopher Newport University’s David staff, closed out the week emphasizing that leadership Student Center contributed to make the week of July is about attitude. His message came across loud and 14-18 memorable. clear, as evidenced by the enthusiasm of the Delegates Among their many activities, the Delegates were most as they left YLF stronger and empowered leaders, tak- energized by their “Capitol Day” field trip and by the ing to heart this year’s theme: LEAD, The Future Is large and small group sessions that not only taught Now... V V them about leadership and disability rights, but helped them become comfortable with their disabilities and Here I am aware of the disabilities of others. In Richmond, the Here I am before you Delegates did a wonderful job of delivering testimony & what you see isn’t a mask But beneath it is the true me with confidence and sincerity to a mock General Here I am strong & renewed Assembly committee of Board staff and invited guests, from my sorrows chaired by Board member and “Senator-for-a-day” Sorrow of embarrassment sorrow of shyness John Toscano. Before their “hearing”, Virginia’s First of my learning disability Lady, Ann Holton, posed with them for a group photo But now I stand before you what do you see? and shared her legislative experience. I know what I see... And what I see is me No sadness is shown on my face With much humor, Networking and Mentorship But the happiness I’ve gotten this past week Luncheon keynote speaker, Richard Pimentel, shared I hope you see what I see in you his life story and the barriers that he and his friend Art Cause what I see is what you can be... Honneyman faced in their early days advocating What you will be together. He concluded by encouraging everyone, par- Now do you see me? ticularly the Delegates, to pick up where his generation Blanca Marisol Alas 07-18-2008 has left off in protecting the civil rights of people with Youth Leadership Forum Class of 2008 Blanca Alas, Arlington; Thomas Allen, Chesterfield; April Blaha, Roanoke; Dominique Connor, Powhatan; Christopher DeVaughan, Sterling; Erica Fiel, Suffolk; Keagan Giles, Richmond; Mary (Katelynn) Hammitt, Ashburn; Megan Hughes, Arlington; Ashley Johnson, Harrisonburg; Brittany Lacy-Richmond; Warren Newell, Jr., Petersburg; Elizabeth Newlon, McLean; Ibem Obasi, Annandale; Grace Oswell, Powhatan; Joseph Ragland, Richmond; Marcus Reed, Stafford; Jonathan Rintels, Keswick; Petya Rogers, Stuarts Draft; Winston Sellers, Suffolk; Katherine D. (Katie) Smith, Charlottesville; Katherine E. (Katie) Smith, Cooper Hill; Helen (Georgie) Sydnor, Lynchburg; Michael Weinheimer, Great Falls; Cameron Wilmer, Charlottesville VSEN: Spread(ing) the Word! reach of many thousands all across the state. A t the start of the last school year, the Virginia Board for People with Disabilities and the VSEN has played a key role in informing Virginians State Special Education Advisory Committee about the special education regulations revision created the Virginia Special Education Network process, in identifying ways that they could become (VSEN) to keep parents, transition-aged students, involved, and in sharing their comments and concerns teachers, administrators, and others at Virginia’s with each other. As that process draws to its conclu- “grassroots” up to date with the latest accurate infor- sion and as a new school year starts, VSEN looks for- mation on the special education regulations revision ward to continuing to provide timely and relevant process and other important education and disability information to its subscribers. It also encourages them issues and resources. Virginians responded immedi- keep spreading the word, including inviting their ately and strongly by enrolling in the network and friends and colleagues to join the network. To learn encouraging others in their communities to join as more about VSEN or to join, go to www.vaboard.org/ well. Currently, the network has over 900 subscribers, vsenform.htm or call 1-800-846-4464. V V who pass its messages along to others, resulting in a www.vaboard.org Page 5 Voices & Visions Virginia Board for People with Disabilities October 2008 NewWell Fund Joey Wallace, Executive Director, NewWell Fund (www.NewWellFund.org) In this issue of V&V, the Board expands its coverage of serv- ices and supports provided by its friends, partners, and col- Unfortunately, people sometimes have a problem laborators in the community. The following article and one paying for the assistive technology that they need. In on the facing page call attention to both an exceptional estab- order to purchase these devices themselves, many lished program and an exciting new one. may have to incur financial risk or go without other life necessities. Given these financial difficulties, cre- O riginally established as the Assistive ative funding options are needed. Technology Loan Fund Authority over ten years ago, the NewWell Fund is a low interest The NewWell Fund offers affordable loans to credit- loan program for Virginians with disabilities needing worthy Virginians for assistive devices and services help purchasing assistive technology. With growing that enhance their independence and community life. emphasis on expanding independent living opportuni- Most loans are for adaptive vehicles, home modifica- ties and a tightening economic climate, the NewWell tions, and hearing aids, but they are also available for Fund is gaining importance and attention as a key com- speech and vision devices, prosthetics, and much munity resource and striving to no longer be one of the more. There is no minimum loan amount, and quali- Commonwealth’s best kept secrets. fied applicants can borrow as much as $50,000. There are even equipment loans for qualified Virginians Assistive technology is simply any device or piece of with disabilities wanting to start a home business or equipment that allows a person to be more independ- to enable them to “telework” to a job from home. ent. Whether in the form of a power chair, ramp, hear- ing aid, magnifier, door opener, or anything else that The NewWell Fund prides itself on friendly customer helps a person go through or around a barrier, these service. Please call 866-835-5976 or visit our website devices can make a powerful difference in the life of a for more information. For assistance in completing person with a disability or someone who is aging. an application, contact the Center for Independent Assistive technology is a necessary and important part Living in your area (www.vadrs.org/cbs/ cilslist- of everyday life, and the successful acquisition of the ing.htm). We would love to work with you! V V right device can lead to new opportunities for learning, achievement, productivity, involvement, and enjoy- ment. 2009 Competitive Grant RFPs: New & Improved! Lynne Talley, Grants Manager F ollowing its December 2008 quarterly meeting, the Board will announce the amount of funds available to support new grant projects in 2009. It will also introduce an improved two-step Competitive Grants process intended to encourage more potential grantees to apply and stimulate greater innovation in their proposals. Previously the Board has issued Requests for Proposals (RFPs) for very specific projects with largely pre- scribed activities, individual maximum award amounts, and timetables. Potential grantees have then been required to submit an extensive grant application fully detailing their proposals. As a result, applicants’ cre- ativity has often been limited and they have been reluctant to expend time and effort preparing a proposal without some indication of Board interest and possible acceptance. Under the new RFP process, the Board will announce only a total amount available for all new competitive grants without identifying any specific projects or individual award amounts. Instead, the RFP will detail the goals and objectives from the Board’s 2007-2011 State Plan linked with specific recommendations from its 2008 Biennial Assessment of the Disability Services System in Virginia that it wishes new grant projects to address. An organization wishing to compete for the available funds will submit a much simpler Letter of Interest (LOI) that clearly and concisely describes its project’s activities, outcomes, and anticipated cost. The LOI must also specifically identify the goals, objectives, and Biennial Assessment recommendations delineated in the RFP addressed by the project. LOIs are expected to be due in late January. A special Board committee will review LOIs and identify those that show the most promise for success. The organizations submitting those LOIs will be invited to complete a full and detailed grant proposal similar to those previously required. No one may submit a proposal without having first submitted a LOI. Those (continued on page 7) www.vaboard.org Page 6 Voices & Visions Virginia Board for People with Disabilities October 2008 No Wrong Door & Easy Access Information for this update was provided by Debbie fits and enhance care coordination, collaboration, Burcham, Chief Deputy Commissioner, Virginia and planning among service providers by allowing Department for the Aging them to share client data electronically while main- n Wednesday, August 13, 2008, at Senior taining its security and privacy. Elements of this O Connections, the Capital Area Agency on Aging, the Commonwealth officially launched Virginia Easy Access, a secure and confidential online system, in addition to Easy Access, are currently operating in regions of the state covered by six Area Agencies on Aging. Four more will join the system in 2008, bringing the number of Virginia connection to community resources for seniors, adults with disabilities, and their caregivers. Following an localities served to sixty-seven. introduction to the new web portal by Linda Nablo, For more information about No Wrong Door, Commissioner of the Virginia Department for the including current implementation sites, visit Aging, the agency coordinating the project, Secretary www.vda.virginia.gov/nowrongdoor.asp, call of Health & Human Services Marilyn Tavenner and 1-800-552-3402, Secretary of Technology Aneesh Chopra demonstrated or contact your the system’s capabilities for attendees. local Area A part of the broader No Wrong Door initiative, Easy Agency on Access links visitors to a wide range of information Aging. V V about public benefits, long-term support options, and service providers. Clear, easy to use menus and three different VirginiaNavigator search functions matched www.EasyAccess.Virginia.gov to specific needs enable Easy Access users to find appropriate and accurate information quickly and con- veniently. The search engines link to a database of over 21,000 programs and services across the state, 2009 State Plan Update supported and constantly updated by SeniorNavigator. Linda Redmond, Program Manager For additional direct and individual assistance, Easy he federal Developmental Disabilities Act Access users can e-mail or telephone 2-1-1 Virginia Call Center Operators, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Further development and expansion of No Wrong T authorizing and funding the Board requires it to develop and annually update a five year state plan. In June, after carefully reviewing the goals, objectives, and performance targets of Door, led by the Department for the Aging and involv- its 2007-2011 State Plan, the Board approved the ing numerous community and disability services part- update that will guide its activities during the next ners, will add a single point of entry to apply for bene- federal fiscal year, October 1, 2008-September 30, 2009. That update was submitted to the Administration for Developmental Disabilities in mid-August. New & Improved Grant RFPs (continued from page 6) For its third year, the State Plan’s goals remain unchanged, but its comprehensive assessment was proposals will then be reviewed and prioritized by revised to reflect recent trends. Some objectives the committee, and the Board will award funds for were merged and others were reworded to projects until the available funds for 2009 have been improve clarity, reduce redundancy, and strength- exhausted. Final awards are expected to be made at en relevance to updated performance targets. The the Board’s June 2009 meeting for projects to com- most significant changes were to objectives in the mence shortly thereafter. employment, housing, informal & formal com- Dates and locations of applicant workshops to be munity supports, and quality assurance areas of held in January will be included in the December emphasis. RFP announcement. Workshop attendance is not required, but it is encouraged. The RFP will be The State Plan Update is available on the Board’s posted to the Board’s website at www.vaboard.org/ website at www.vaboard.org/reports.htm. grants.htm and announced via e-mail and as other- Printed and alternative format copies are avail- wise appropriate. V V able upon request. V V www.vaboard.org Page 7 www.vaboard.org Meetings & Events of Interest Learn and Live with a Healthy Heart Alzheimer's Disease and Related Disorders Commission Area Planning and Services Committee on Aging with December 9, 2008 10:00am Lifelong Disabilities 1610 Forest Avenue, Suite 100, Richmond VA 23229 November 7, 2008 8:30am Contact: email@example.com Deep Run Recreation Center, 9910 Ridgefield Parkway, Richmond, VA 23233, 804-358-2211 ext. 33 Board of Medical Assistance Services December 9, 2008 10:00am TechKnowledgy 2008 - Special Topics in Department of Medical Assistance Services, 600 E. Broad Street, Assistive Technology 13th Floor Conference Room, Richmond, VA 23219 November 13-14, 2008 Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org Sponsors: Virginia Department of Education’s Training and Techical Assistance Centers and the Hospital Education Program at Long-Term Care Administrators Board Meeting Children’s Hospital in Richmond December 16, 2008 9:00am Greater Richmond Convention Center, Richmond, VA Board of Long-Term Care Administrators, Department of Health For additional information: www.vcu.edu/ttac or email@example.com Professions, Perimeter Center, 9960 Mayland Drive, 2nd Floor, Suite 201, Conference Room #4, Richmond, VA 23233-1463 Pathways to the Future Conference Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org November 15, 2008 Sponsor: The Fredericksburg Area Transition Coalition Governing Board: Virginia Office for Protection and Advocacy Contact: Peggy Doughtery, email@example.com or January 30, 2009 9:00am 540.582.3616 VOPA Office, 1910 Byrd Avenue, Suite 5; Richmond, VA 23230 Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org Commonwealth Neurotrauma Initiative (CNI) Trust Fund Advisory Board December 5, 2008 10:00am Next Board Meeting Department of Rehabilitative Services, Forest Office Park, 8004 Franklin Farms Drive, Conference Room 101, Richmond, VA December 5, 2008 Contact: email@example.com Wyndham Richmond Airport Hotel 4700 S. Laburnum Ave., Richmond, VA For more Meetings & Events of Interest, visit our website at www.vaboard.org/meetings.htm Staff Executive Director - Heidi Lawyer Teri Barker-Morgan, Hsing-Jung Chen, Tom Driscoll, Erin Hickey, Katherine Lawson, Karen Lindley, Nan Pemberton, Linda Redmond, Sandra Smalls, Lynne Talley, Kara White Contact Information Main #: (804) 786-0016 - TTY: (800) 846-4464 - FAX: (804) 786-1118 - E-mail: Info@vbpd.virginia.gov PRSRT STD Inside this Issue US POSTAGE PAID RICHMOND, VA Disabilities Are A Natural Part Of Life 1 PERMIT NO. 577 Letter from the Chair 2 Virginia Board for Board Welcomes New and Returning Members 2 People with Disabilities DD Network Update 3 Ninth Street Office Building Audio Disability Services Assessment Available 3 202 N. 9th Street, 9th Floor Partners in Policymaking Update 4 Richmond, VA 23219 Revisions to Virginia’s Special Education Regulations 4 Address Service Requested Youth Leadership Forum Update 5 VSEN: Spread(ing) the Word! 5 NewWell Fund 6 Grant RFPs New & Improved 6 No Wrong Door & Easy Access 7 2009 State Plan Update 7 Meeting and Events of Interest 8 This publication was prepared with 100% federal funding under the Developmental Disabilities and Bill of Rights Act. 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