Virginia Beach Mayor's Committee for Persons with Disabilities

Virginia Beach Mayor's Committee for Persons with Disabilities Raise awareness of city government and the Virginia Beach community at-large of the needs of persons

On behalf of all people with disabilities, and in an advisory capacity to the Mayor, our mission is to raise the awareness of the Mayor, City Council, City Administration and the community at-large of the needs of persons with disabilities. We assist in formulating solutions to meet those needs, and provide advice on issues involving compliance with state and national legislation addressing their needs.


PEATC presents this virtual workshop series for parents and professionals who want to learn more about special education in Virginia.

Register once to attend some or all of the informative workshops! -

July 10 - From Referral to Eligibility
July 24 - Anatomy of an IEP
August 7 - Measurable IEP Goals
August 21 - Ins and Outs of IEP Meetings
September 4 - Dispute Resolution in Virginia

Each workshop will start at 6:30 p.m. and will last approximately 1 to 1.5 hours. These sessions will not be recorded.

Please see for descriptions of each session topic.


Congratulations to Lucy Beadnell, our Director of Advocacy. She received the Community Champion Award, presented by the Fairfax County Special Education PTA (SEPTA) at their 7th annual Awards Ceremony.

The ceremony can be viewed at


Do you have students who struggle to begin work? We all procrastinate, but some students require specially designed instruction to overcome the executive function challenges that prevent them from initiating tasks. Join Susanne Croasdaile and Kelley Neubert for a full-day FREE in-person PD with virtual follow-up. You'll learn how to coach students (or your own child!) through one of life's toughest challenges and participate in useful follow-up sessions to troubleshoot and grow.



Families and Professionals Interested in Special education - LET YOUR VOICE BE HEARD

The Commission on Youth, a bipartisan legislative commission of the
Virginia General Assembly, is conducting a study on how to improve
Virginia’s special education dispute resolution processes. Your perspective is crucial in shaping Virginia’s complaint, mediation, and due process systems for
resolving special education disputes. The Commission is eager to hear from you, whether you've been involved or have insights to share. The Commission, in collaboration with PEATC, is organizing a series of four in-person listening
sessions and one virtual session. These sessions are designed to provide a way for you to share your experiences and suggestions for improving Virginia's special education dispute resolution process. Using information from the listening sessions and analysis of other data, the Commission will develop a report and present recommendations for improvement of the special education dispute
resolution system to the General Assembly for their consideration.
Public comment will be limited to 5 minutes so that everyone has a chance to speak.

Virtual Session: 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

June 20 - Spanish language interpretation available if requested by June 13th

In-Person Sessions: 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

June 24 - Wytheville Meeting Center, 333 Community Blvd, Wytheville, VA
June 25 - Twin Hickory Library, 5001 Twin Hickory Road, Glen Allen, VA
June 26 - Conference Center at Courthouse Plaza, 2nd floor, 2300 Clarendon Blvd, Arlington, VA
June 27 - Endependence Center, Inc. 6300 E. Virginia Beach Blvd, Norfolk, VA

Register here :
or scan the QR Code on the Picture

All sessions will have American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation.
Stakeholders who speak a language other than English may provide
written comments in their native language at any of the in-person
events, which will be translated later for the Commission.


Ten Things You Need to Know about IEPs
June 8, 2024 | 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

*In-Person Workshop*
LOCATION: Meyera E. Oberndorf Central Library
4100 Virginia Beach Blvd.
Virginia Beach, VA 23452


Children with disabilities have had the right to a Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) which is outlined in their Individualized Education Program (IEP). Equal responsibility is shared with everyone on the IEP team in the development of a document that allows the student to access the education they are entitled to. If you’re just starting the special education process, changing schools, or simply need a refresher on special education, this workshop is a great opportunity. Attendees will learn ten things they “need to know” about IEPs. As a result, you will be more confident and capable in creating an effective IEP.

Presented by PEATC in partnership with the Down Syndrome Association of Hampton Roads


Comment if you are planning to attend the DOJ Hearing next week?


There's still 3 more sessions to learn from in our Spring Special Education Workshop Series!

Register once to attend some or all of the informative workshops -

May 8th – Measurable IEP Goals
May 15th – Ins and Outs of IEP Meetings
May 22nd – Dispute Resolution Options in Virginia

Each workshop will start at 6:30 p.m. and will last approximately 1 to 1.5 hours.

Visit to read more about each session.


The IEP workshop has been scheduled! A registration to attend is required. Minor children are NOT permitted. Also, please bring a snack to share with your table mates. A minimum of 10 must attend. You want resource work shops?! Help make them successful.
Here's the link:

If link doesn't work, scan barcode with your phone camera. That works. Working on issue with link.


📢 This month's Youth Independent Living Skills Training will be held next Saturday, May 18 at 1:30pm - 3:00pm at ECI. The topic for this month is How to Navigate the Internet, Social Media, and Other Computer Skills.


Empowering Beginnings: Unlocking Early Services and Supports

Open to All MILITARY Families with Young Children Up to 4 Years Old

May 9, 2024 | 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Every child develops at their own pace and developmental milestones are like a road map for a child’s development, progressing in a typical way – from their first smile to rolling over to saying their first words. If your child is not meeting milestones or you have concerns, what can you do?

There are services and supports available to help you and your child thrive. We’re unlocking this treasure trove of knowledge, terminology, and resources available to help guide and support your family. Acting early transforms challenges into opportunities through your child’s early years!


After more than 50 years of advocacy by the disability community to secure these civil rights, yesterday the Department of Health and Human Services announced one of the greatest advancements towards health equity for disabled people in American history. Yes, you read that right!

This new regulation, titled Discrimination on the Basis of Disability in Health and Human Service Programs or Activities, prevents disability discrimination under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, and provides many new tools to prevent disability discrimination in any healthcare or human service setting funded by HHS.

The new rule:
- Requires that medical treatment decisions are not made on the basis of ableist biases or stereotypes about disabled people
- Prohibits the use of any measure that discounts the value of a life extension on the basis of disability in receiving HHS services
- Defines accessibility standards for websites and mobile applications
Adopts the U.S. Access Board’s standards for accessible medical diagnostic equipment
- Details requirements to ensure that parents and prospective parents with disabilities are not discriminated against in the services provided by HHS-funded child welfare or adoption agencies
- Clarifies obligations to provide services in the most integrated setting, like receiving services in one’s own home, appropriate to the needs of individuals with disabilities

Learn more by reading our full statement here:


Autistic individuals who are diagnosed later in life can experience trauma and abuse throughout one’s lifetime without realizing its impact due to social communication differences and nuances between different cultures.


The June Primary is Tuesday, June 18th.

You can only vote in one primary—the Democratic Party Primary or Republican Party Primary. In Virginia, you don't register to vote by party, so you can choose to vote in either one.

Are you registered and ready to vote? Learn more at


Will you or your organization be requesting twenty-five (25) or more voter registration applications from the Department of Elections (ELECT) or local voter registration office? You are required to complete ELECT certified training. Don’t miss this opportunity shared with us by League of Women Voters of Virginia

When : July 13th from 2-3pm via zoom
(You must register by July 7th in order to receive the zoom link)

This training will satisfy Commonwealth requirements to conduct third party voter registration drives for the period July 1, 2024 – June 30, 2025.*

Register here:

LWVs League of Women Voters of Virginia League of Women Voters - Fairfax Area League of Women Voters of the Williamsburg Area The League of Women Voters of Arlington & Alexandria City - VA League of Women Voters of the Charlottesville Area League of Women Voters Metro Richmond, VA
League of Women Voters of the Roanoke Valley League of Women Voters of South Hampton Roads


SPECIAL EDUCATION: DID YOU KNOW? In 1973: The Rehabilitation Act guaranteed civil rights to all disabled people and required accommodations for students in schools.

1975: Education for All Handicapped Children Act (EHA) guaranteed the right of children with disabilities to receive a free, appropriate education.

1997: EHA was revised and became known as the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act
(IDEA). IDEA emphasized the use of individual education plans, or lEPs, for all special education students and provided applicable standards.

Who are we?:

Find us on Instagram: center4familyinvolvement

The Center for Family Involvement is affiliated with: VCU School of Education Association of University Centers on Disabilities Partnership for People with Disabilities


SPOKANE, Wash. — Hanna Cvancara’s dream is to become a nurse in the military, and she has been trying to achieve that dream for more than a decade. But every time she applies, she gets rejected.


Hampton plans to invest $1.5 million into the community surrounding the site of the former Virginia School for the Deaf, Blind and Multi-Disabled and residents are weighing in on what they’d …


Were you able to access the interpretation services you needed at SSA? If you are an individual who's first language is something other than English, including American Sign Language (ASL), dLCV is looking for your perspective! Share your experience with using an interpreter at the Social Security Administration.


Dan Aykroyd, one of the writers and stars of Ghostbusters, describes how his interests led him to the idea for the film.

Each person has unique strengths, preferences, interests, and needs (SPIN)! Check out this one-pager from I'm Determined to identify a person's SPIN:

Also, this webcast shares a case example of Sam Hulcher on using person-centered planning to develop an "Extra Ordinary Life"!
The Autism Center for Education (ACE) is part of the VCU Rehabilitation Research and Training Center () and the VCU School of Education ().


NEW RESOURCE! - Referral to Eligibility

Do you think your child may be eligible for special education services? It’s important to understand the process that makes that happen and your role in that process.

PEATC has created this chart to help connect the dots! Access at this link:


EXCITING NEWS! This summer, One Child Center for Autism will be hosting a research team from William & Mary who will offer two social skills training groups at One Child for children with autism, as part of a research study. Children will participate in one of the two social groups, 3 times per week for 10 weeks. The groups will be free of charge. Please see below for more information from the W&M research team.

For those interested in participating, please reach out to Alison Mayer at [email protected] and fill out the following Qualtrics form ( If you are not sure if your child qualifies for the study or if you have any additional questions, please feel free to reach out!


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Don't forget to register for our free Statewide Educational Workshop, Independent Living Part II - Transportation, on THIS FRIDAY, April 19th from 12 to 2 p.m.

Our speakers include Carrie Diamond and Katherine Newman with National Aging and Disability Transportation Center (NADTC), Aaron Moore with Department of Medical Assistance Services (DMAS), Tim Barham with GRTC and Jess Maffey with Department of Rail & Public Transportation (DRPT).

Don't miss out! Register today to learn about independent living and transportation. #/registration


Did you know 1.8 million people with disabilities are small business owners?

The Office of Disability Employment Policy’s Dialogue to Advance Disability Inclusion in Small Businesses is taking place online.

They would like to know about:
-and lastly, actions regarding the needs of very small businesses that employ or are planning to hire disabled workers or are owned by disabled entrepreneurs

Go to link in bio to join the dialogue


Disability Benefits: Social Security and VA Medicaid Waivers
April 25, 2024 | 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Location: Prince Edward County Middle School
35 Eagle Drive
Middle School Library
Farmville, VA 23901


Families of children with disabilities need to have an understanding of government benefits available to them as part of planning a future for their loved one. These benefits can help supplement a person’s income, qualify a person for extra help, and help them receive healthcare and community supports.

Navigating the world of disability benefits can be tricky, time-consuming, and overwhelming. This workshop will help make that process easier. Join us as we discuss in clear language: what are Social Security benefits, what are Virginia’s Medicaid Waivers, who is eligible, and how do I apply?


Calling all high school students who are deaf, hard of hearing or deafblind. Get ready to shape your future at the "Map Your Future" Summer Program, scheduled for Wilson Workforce and Rehabilitation Center, July 16-19. Discover exciting options for life after high school, connect with peers and most importantly, have FUN! For more details contact your DARS counselor or Traci Branch, Statewide Transition Specialist, Deaf Services:

📧 [email protected]
📱 804-968-8261 (Text or voicemail)
📞 804-616-4838 (Videophone)

Don't miss out on this incredible opportunity to prepare for your future in a supportive and engaging environment. Forms available at


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