Assessing Virginia's Disability Services

The Virginians with Disabilities Act § 51.5-33 directs the Virginia Board for People with Disabilities (VBPD), beginning July 1, 2017, to submit an annual report to the Governor, through the Secretary of Health and Human Resources, that provides an in-depth assessment of at least two major service areas for people with disabilities in the Commonwealth. In June 2016, the Board determined that the 2017 focus would be on the education and employment of individuals with disabilities as related to programs and services operated, licensed, administered, or funded by the Commonwealth.

2017 Assessment of Virginia's Disability Services System - Education

Education Assessment cover artThe 2017 Assessment of education services and outcomes is intended to serve as a guide for policymakers who are interested in improving the education of students with disabilities in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Virginia's educational outcomes for students with disabilities have improved in some respects. The proficiency rates of students with disabilities in the Commonwealth, as measured on standardized assessments, have been slowly, but measurably, improving in recent years. Many students with disabilities are also spending more of their school day in general education classrooms. However, opportunities remain to improve educational outcomes for students with disabilities.

VBPD 2017 Assessment of Virginia's Disability Services System - Education

2017 Assessment of Virginia's Disability Services System - Employment

Employment Assessment cover artThe 2017 Assessment of employment services and outcomes is intended to serve as a guide for policymakers who are interested in improving the employment outlook for people with disabilities in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

People with disabilities continue to face multiple barriers to employment, including employer beliefs, negative attitudes towards people with disabilities, a lack of post-secondary education and training opportunities, and fear of losing critical public benefits. These barriers are compounded in rural and underserved regions of the Commonwealth, where employment opportunities and access to employment supports are limited. Individuals with disabilities who have access to vocational rehabilitation services have better employment outcomes than those individuals with disabilities who do not have access to these services, and vocational rehabilitation services yield positive returns on investment for the Commonwealth.

VBPD 2017 Assessment of Virginia's Disability Services System - Employment




2014 Assessment of the Disability Services System in Virginia

Volume 1 - Key Findings and Recommendations
Assessment CoverThere are several significant format and content changes in this edition. A key change is the separation of the Assessment into two volumes.
Volume 1 (67 pages, August 2014) includes the Board’s Key Findings and Recommendations.
   Volume 1: Key Findings and Board Recommendations

Volume 2
The detailed Volume 2 (500 pages) contains data on the specific services and supports reviewed that, in addition to public comment, are the basis for the findings and recommendations. These are designed to be companion documents.

Updated Edition (October 2014) Now Available
If you received a hard copy or CD containing Volume 2 of the 2014 Assessment of the Disability Services System in Virginia, you'll want to replace the August 2014 version with the October 2014 edition. Why? After its release, the Board found a number of typographical and calculation errors in several charts. These errors have been corrected in the October 2014 release.

None of the errors affected Volume 1, Key Findings and Board Recommendations, dated August 2014. Board findings were based on data analysis and research. We regret the errors, and apologize for any inconvenience this may cause readers of this essential resource for people with disabilities, their families, care providers, policymakers, and constituents.

The Assessment’s chapters are organized by the core categories of services/supports needed by Virginians with developmental and related disabilities across the lifespan. References are included at the end of each chapter. Information on statewide advocacy groups is provided in Appendix A, and information on preparing for emergencies is contained in Appendix B. The 2014 Assessment describes disability services and supports that are primarily funded, operated, licensed, regulated, or contracted by state agencies.

Read the 2014 Assessment

Download Volume 1: Key Findings and Board Recommendations

You may download Volume 2 of the Assessment as a single PDF, or you may download each section individually.

Table of Contents
Preface and Acknowledgments
Chapter I – Early Intervention
Chapter II – Education
Chapter III – Employment
Chapter IV – Health Care
Chapter V – Medicaid
Chapter VI – Community Living Supports
Chapter VII – Institutional Supports
Chapter VIII – Community Housing
Chapter IX – Transportation
Appendix A. Statewide Information and Advocacy Resources
Appendix B. Emergency Preparedness
Appendix C. Acronyms
Board Membership and Staff Contacts
Index

CD-ROM

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