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 with disabilities. 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.
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We assist in formulating solutions to meet those needs, and provide advice on issues involving compliance with state and national legislation addressing their needs.

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The Mayor's Committee has created a document of Disability Resources. It can be found under Related Documents  at https:...
05/09/2021
The Mayor's Committee for Persons with Disabilities :: VBgov.com - City of Virginia Beach

The Mayor's Committee has created a document of Disability Resources. It can be found under Related Documents at https://www.vbgov.com/government/departments/city-clerk/mayor/Pages/persons-with-disabilities.aspx

This Resource Guide will be updated each summer.

 Mayor's Committee for Persons with Disabilities Page Content​​​​​​​​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 ...

Voters with Disabilities have Options
04/24/2021

Voters with Disabilities have Options

If you are blind, have low vision or impaired manual dexterity and would like to use an electronic ballot marking tool to vote absentee, contact your General Registrar: elections.virginia.gov/localGR.
Find out more: elections.virginia.gov/accessible. #VAisForVoters #VaElections2021

Accessible pedestrian signals (APSs) are devices that provide pedestrians with safe-crossing information in a non-visual...
04/10/2021
Justice Department Moves to Intervene in Disability Discrimination Suit Against City of Chicago Regarding Pedestrians with Visual Disabilities

Accessible pedestrian signals (APSs) are devices that provide pedestrians with safe-crossing information in a non-visual format, such as through audible tones, speech messages, and vibrotactile surfaces.

The Justice Department today moved to intervene in a disability discrimination lawsuit that private plaintiffs with visual disabilities brought against the City of Chicago under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act (Section 504).

Get Out The Vaccine
04/10/2021
Get Out The Vaccine

Get Out The Vaccine

It’s time to Get Out The Vaccine!#GOTVaccine The National Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities (NACDD) and our 56 member Councils work across the United States and its territories to support programs that promote self-determination, integration, and inclusion for all people in the...

HRT Paratransit is pleased to announce a Vaccination Access Transportation Program to help individuals overcome transpor...
04/08/2021
Paratransit

HRT Paratransit is pleased to announce a Vaccination Access Transportation Program to help individuals overcome transportation barriers traveling to and from vaccination appointments. Beginning on Monday, April 12, 2021, Paratransit customers will be allowed free trips to and from their vaccination appointments. All certified Paratransit customers will be allowed up to four free trips to receive their vaccines. Once you are registered for a vaccination appointment, call Paratransit reservations at 757-455-8010 and tell the reservationist you are requesting a trip for your COVID vaccination. Under this program, trips will only be scheduled to and from known vaccination locations. https://gohrt.com/paratransit/

HRT’s Paratransit service is an origin-to-destination, shared-ride service for the cities of Chesapeake, Hampton, Newport News, Norfolk, Portsmouth and Virginia Beach.

Timeline Photos
04/06/2021

Timeline Photos

Today marks the start of #AutismAcceptanceMonth! People with autism are more likely than most to be targets of bullying, hate crimes, unemployment, and other systemic issues. We need to center and uplift the voices of the autistic community and emphasize their acceptance.

Pitched as part of a $2 trillion infrastructure package dubbed “the American Jobs Plan,” the $400 billion would go towar...
04/05/2021
Biden Pitches $400B Plan to Expand Medicaid Coverage of Home-Based Care Options - Skilled Nursing News

Pitched as part of a $2 trillion infrastructure package dubbed “the American Jobs Plan,” the $400 billion would go toward providing wider access to home- and community-based services (HCBS), while also bolstering the largely underpaid frontline caregiving workforce.

President Biden on Wednesday proposed a $400 billion plan designed to significantly bolster Medicaid coverage of long-term care outside of institutional

“If a script writes a deaf character, and there’s a hearing person that’s cast in that role ... it’s a strange situation...
03/29/2021
Deaf actors represent their community in film

“If a script writes a deaf character, and there’s a hearing person that’s cast in that role ... it’s a strange situation because now this hearing person is deciding, ‘OK, I’ll take this role, and now I’ll learn American Sign Language,’ ” Stone says.

“But why not just simplify it and hire a deaf actor? You don’t have to go through that whole expense and the process of learning a language. That just boggles my mind.” (He later adds that Ahmed’s casting worked for “Sound of Metal,” namely because Ruben was not written as a deaf character.)

When actor and American Sign Language coach Jeremy Lee Stone instructed co-star Riz Ahmed to stop using his voice on the set of “Sound of Metal,” Ahmed did something strange.

03/25/2021
Awards Ceremony.pptx

If you were unable to attend the Awards Ceremony on March 18, please enjoy the slide show created by Becky Foreman.
And many thanks to Mayor Dyer who presented the awards to the recipients.

Virginia Beach Mayor’s Committee for Persons with Disabilities MARCH 18, 2021

All, Posted from another local group:I recently found out about Therapeutic Programs that the Recreation Centers offer. ...
03/24/2021

All,

Posted from another local group:

I recently found out about Therapeutic Programs that the Recreation Centers offer.
But they’ve been limited/virtual during COVID, Suffolk recently started opening up their programs and I’ve been so excited to sign my sister up but due to low enrollment they’ve started to get cancelled. 😕

We live in Suffolk so I was really looking forward to activities near us, I’ve had her enrolled in Virginia Beach activities until now.

With all this being said, Suffolk Therapeutic Recreation Services is offering TWO camps right now and it’s EXTREMELY affordable.

Spring Break Camp is $35 and Summer Camp is $50 a week. I’m hoping to get the word out so these don’t get cancelled too!

You don’t have to live in Suffolk to participate.
See the info below.
Please spread the word so these will not be canceled.

https://www.pilotonline.com/entertainment/arts/vp-db-autism-fundraiser-painter-031621-20210316-smmfpwjrlrapdmfea5fc4oz4j...
03/20/2021
Speed painting, cocktails and fun: Autism-support event will feature world-famous artist Michael Israel

https://www.pilotonline.com/entertainment/arts/vp-db-autism-fundraiser-painter-031621-20210316-smmfpwjrlrapdmfea5fc4oz4j4-story.html

Virginia Beach-based Spectrum Parents Events, a support group for families with children on the autism spectrum, is holding its largest fundraiser yet on Saturday and it will feature speed painter Michael Israel. The virtual event will showcase Israel painting one of his world-famous canvasses in on...

The REV UP Webinar: The Disability Vote in 2020 will take place on March 18 at 1pm EST and will be open to the public. D...
03/16/2021
REV UP Webinar: The Disability Vote in 2020 - AAPD

The REV UP Webinar: The Disability Vote in 2020 will take place on March 18 at 1pm EST and will be open to the public. During the webinar, Dr. Douglas Kruse and Dr. Lisa Schur of Rutgers University will present key takeaways from their new data on the disability vote in the 2020 elections. During the webinar, a few REV UP organizers will also share their experience with getting out the vote in 2020. The webinar will be on zoom and will be recorded. We will also have ASL and captioning for the webinar. RSVP and check out the event page for more info.

The AAPD Leadership Awards Gala provides a unique opportunity to show their support of Americans with all types of disabilities.

National Deaf History Month, begins on March 13th and runs through April 15th, celebrating the contributions of the hard...
03/12/2021
The Fascinating Origins of Deaf History Month |

National Deaf History Month, begins on March 13th and runs through April 15th, celebrating the contributions of the hard-of-hearing and the Deaf community to American society.
Most month-long awareness “celebrations begin at the first of the month and stop at the end of the month, not so with Deaf History Month. Why? Because National Deaf History Month has three significant dates during that time frame. https://www.deaf-interpreter.com/the-fascinating-origins-of-deaf-history-month/

National Deaf History Month, which began on March 13th and runs through April 15th, is a celebration of contributions of the hard-of-hearing and the Deaf community to American society. It’s a great time to recognize deaf champions, and increase awareness of the deaf community’s rich history. Her...

Timeline Photos
03/10/2021

Timeline Photos

📍Join VBPL for our very first Virtual Resource Showcase for the Blind & Visually Impaired. This event is intended for the newly blind, caretakers, community partners and the general public.
You'll learn about accessibility and accommodation, blindness life skills, and library resources available to the blind and print disabled.
For more information and the link to the program:
https://vbpl.librarymarket.com/webex-live-virtual-resource-showcase-blind-visually-impaired

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Photos from The Arc of Virginia's post
03/10/2021

Photos from The Arc of Virginia's post

One of the committee's activities is to annually honor people, organizations, and businesses that have demonstrated a co...
03/09/2021

One of the committee's activities is to annually honor people, organizations, and businesses that have demonstrated a commitment to improve the lives of the citizens of Virginia Beach with disabilities.

Contact us though Instant Messenger for log in information.

One of the committee's activities is to annually honor people, organizations, and businesses that have demonstrated a commitment to improve the lives of the citizens of Virginia Beach with disabilities.

Contact us though Instant Messenger for log in information.

03/04/2021
03/03/2021
www.dbhds.virginia

Focus Group for People with IDD and their Families/Allies

The Arc of Virginia will be hosting a smaller virtual Focus Group specifically designed to gather input from people with intellectual and developmental disabilities who may need additional support or accommodations to provide input. This event will be scheduled after the Public Listening Sessions. Everyone is encouraged to attend the public sessions but may email [email protected] to also take part in the Focus Group. https://www.dbhds.virginia.gov/marcusalert

03/03/2021
Join our Cloud HD Video Meeting

YOUR INPUT MATTERS - MARCUS ALERT PUBLIC LISTENING SESSIONS! (Please Share Widely with Your Networks)
Do you have input about what can happen when someone with IDD has encounters with the police or 1st responders? Please share your perspective at the PUBLIC LISTENING SESSIONS!
2 Sessions Remaining: No Registration Required, Just Click the Link Below to Join the Meetings
Session 2: March 3rd, 2021, 7 pm Topic: Marcus Alert Community Listening Session #2
Please click the link below to join the webinar:
https://dbhds.zoomgov.com/j/1605438899... Passcode: Virginia1!
*This session will have live Spanish interpretation for the first two hours

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Join AAPD's CEO and President Maria Town as she discusses the specific problems that the disability community faces duri...
03/02/2021
[ONLINE] - COVID-19 and the Disability Experience

Join AAPD's CEO and President Maria Town as she discusses the specific problems that the disability community faces during this pandemic, how they can gain better access to direct support professionals using current tools and policies, what it takes to transition out of a congregate or group setting, and why living independently is so important today during COVID and beyond with New Practice Lab’s Vontisha Fludd and Nikki Zeichner, José Hernandez, Christina Mills, and Larry Wanger. The panel will take place on March 3 from 4-5pm ET, learn more here.

New Practice Lab welcomes Maria Town for a discussion about HCBS and the effects the pandemic has on the disability community.

The campaign seeks to raise awareness about the inclusion of people with developmental disabilities in all facets of com...
03/02/2021
Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month – NACDD

The campaign seeks to raise awareness about the inclusion of people with developmental disabilities in all facets of community life, as well as awareness of the barriers that people with disabilities still sometimes face in connecting to the communities in which they live.

Each March, the National Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities (NACDD), and our partners work together to create a social media campaign that highlights the many ways in which people with and without disabilities come together to form strong, diverse communities. The campaign seeks t...

From: VA Board for People with Disabilities:The Board is working to better understand the barriers to independent living...
03/01/2021
VBPD Family Member Survey 2021

From: VA Board for People with Disabilities:
The Board is working to better understand the barriers to independent living and employment people with disabilities and their families encounter here in Virginia. We need your experience and knowledge to help us understand these two huge issues.
This survey is open to the family members of adults with disabilities currently receiving DD waiver services and supports. The Board is collecting feedback from self-advocates in peer-to-peer focus group discussions.
This survey will only take a few minutes to complete and is open until March 15, 2021. https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/X9C8GF9

Take this survey powered by surveymonkey.com. Create your own surveys for free.

2021 General Assembly Update
02/25/2021
2021 GA Session Update

2021 General Assembly Update

The 2021 Session began January 13th and it has been a BUSY 5 weeks!  Keep reading to learn about what The Arc of Virginia team has been doing to advcocate for people with developmental disabilities and to see where things stand with key legislation and funding for people with disabilities. 

02/23/2021

This research participant solicitation is being provided for information only.
"A team at the Trace Research and Development Center, part of the College of Information Studies at the University of Maryland, is researching the time impact of accessibility barriers on Blind users. The knowledge that will be gained from this study can help managers and decision makers in understanding the impact of web accessibility barriers on Blind users. As a part of this research, we are recruiting legally Blind users with no residual vision who are located within the United States, are 18 years and older, and screen reader users not able to use screen magnification. We require a minimum of five years of experience with any screen reader.
"For those participating in this study, we will meet with you via the Zoom web conferencing application at a scheduled time, and we will ask you to use your computer to perform a series of tasks on websites that we have selected. We expect that it will take approximately two hours of your time (with a limit of no more than four hours), and you will be compensated with a $75 Amazon gift card. We expect to be recruiting users for participation until early April.
"For queries, you can reach out to the following researcher:
University of Maryland graduate student Meagan Griffith
[email protected] "

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Meetings are public, usually on the 3d Thursday, 3:45-5:00pm, at the Williams Farm Recreation Center.

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I wonder why developmental disability services are not providing COVID vaccinations for their clients in the Supported Living Program and their other clients who do not live ICFs? A presidential order has been signed to accelerate vaccinations for minority groups including people with disabilities. Many people with intellectual disabilities have comorbidities making an infection with COVID deadly. Also, I why are email addresses for staff in developmental services not available on line?
Play UNO in Braille.
This is everything our city is not. Something to consider. Read this, then think of Town Center, and so many other public spaces in the city.
It was very nice meeting everyone at today’s MCPD meeting. I look forward to the next meeting. Here is a short, three minute video of what is coming to Hampton Roads.
Just wanted to share! Welcome back to CHADD of Hampton Roads! CHADD of Hampton Roads