Agencies


The Arc of North Central Virginia (The Arc of NCV)

  • The Arc of NCV is committed to enhancing the lives of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities by ensuring that they are valued members of our community and are able to reach their full potential. They offer periodic advocacy workshops and stay connected with state advocacy initiatives.
  • 571-399-5390

Fauquier Department of Social Services (DSS)

  • DSS helps people overcome adversity to secure a strong future.  They assist with gaining self-sufficiency, protect adults and children from abuse, and provide benefits to meet basic needs.  DSS handles Medicaid applications and EDCD waiver applications.
  • 540-422-8400

Fauquier County Public Schools Office for Special Education

  • The mission of the Special Education Department is to make a positive difference in the lives of children and youth with disabilities so they will have an opportunity to achieve their highest potential. The staff is dedicated to serve students by providing an extensive support network through commitment, guidance, and support for students, parents, and educators in Fauquier County.
  • 540-422-7140

Rappahannock Rapidan Community Services (RRCS)

  • RRCS provides services to infants and youth in our community who are experiencing developmental delays, disabilities, and behavioral health issues.  They also offer programs for young adults suffering a psychosis for the first time, with substance use disorders, or with intellectual disabilities.
  • 540-825-3100

Virginia Department of Education (VDOE)

  • VDOE provides information regarding special education evaluation, eligibility, applicable laws, and resources for parents. 
  • 804-786-8079

Virginia Family Special Education Connection

  • The Virginia Special Education Connection website is developed and maintained by George Mason University and funded through the VDOE.  It is a one-stop access point to families and caregivers of children with special needs.  On this website you can locate school system contacts and disability services in your community, explore online resources including those pertaining to your legal rights and responsibilities, and learn about and plan your child’s educational program. 

Autism


American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP)

  • AACAP Autism Resource Center dedicates itself to helping families understand the signs, symptoms, and diagnosis of autism. 

Autism Now

  • Autism Now provides resources and information for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and other developmental disabilities, their families, and other targeted stakeholders.
  • 855-828-8476

Autism Speaks

  • Autism Speaks promotes solutions for the needs of individuals with autism and their families through advocacy and support, increasing understanding and acceptance of people with ASD, and advancing research into causes and better interventions for autism spectrum disorder and related conditions.
  • 888-288-4762

Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

  • CDC is committed to providing essential data on Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), search for possible causes and factors that put children at risk for ASD, and develop resources that help identify children with ASD as early as possible.  

Healthy Children.org

  • Healthy Children.org is an American Academy of Pediatrics parenting website that publishes research driven articles on various health topics including Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).

Behavioral Health


Association for Children’s Mental Health (ACMH)

  • ACMH provides information, support, resources, referral, and advocacy for children and youth with mental, emotional, or behavioral disorders and their families.
  • 888-226-4543

National Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health (NFFCMH)

  • NFFCMH provides supports and services for children and youth with emotional, behavioral, and mental health challenges and their families.
  • 240-403-1901

National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)

  • NIMH is the lead federal agency for research on mental health disorders and is part of the National Institutes of Health. Its mission is to transform the understanding and treatment of mental illness through basic and clinical research, paving the way for prevention, recovery, and cure.
  • 866-615-6464

Virginia Department of Behavioral Health & Development Services (DBHDS)

  • The mission of DBHDS is to support individuals by promoting recovery, self-determination, and wellness in all aspects of life.  DBHDS compiles resources available to individuals and families seeking help with matters of mental health.
  • 804-786-3921

Blind & Visually Impaired


American Council of the Blind (ACB)

  • The American Council of the Blind works to increase the independence, security, equality of opportunity, and quality of life for all blind and visually impaired people.
  • 800-424-8666

American Foundation for the Blind (AFB)

  • AFB advocates for policies that promote accessibility, equality, and opportunity.  AFB speaks up for children who are blind or visually impaired, to make sure they have the resources they need, including textbooks and classroom materials.
  • 212-502-7600

Department for the Blind and Vision Impaired (DBVI)

  • DBVI is an agency of the Commonwealth of Virginia, which provides services and resources for Virginians who are blind, vision impaired, or deafblind to achieve their desired levels of employment, education, and personal independence.  
  • 800-622-2155

Deaf & Hard of Hearing


National Association of the Deaf (NAD)

  • The mission of the NAD is to preserve, protect, and promote the civil, human, and linguistic rights of deaf and hard of hearing people in the United States of America.  It is their vision that the language, culture, and heritage of deaf and hard of hearing Americans will be acknowledged and respected in the pursuit of life, liberty, and equality.

National institute on Deafness and other Communication Disorders (NIDCD)

  • The NIDCD’s mission is to improve the lives of those experiencing hearing loss and other communication disorders.  It conducts and supports research in the normal and disordered processes of hearing, balance, taste, smell, voice, speech and language and supports efforts to create devices that assist individuals with hearing loss or other communication disorders.

Virginia Department for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (VDDHH)

  • VDDHH works to reduce communication barriers for individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing. They offer interpreter information, technology assistance, training opportunities, community education, workshops and more.
  • 804-662-9502
  • 800-552-7917

Virginia Project for Children and Young Adults with Deaf-blindness (VDBP)

  • VDBP is a statewide program designed to provide technical assistance, training, distance education, and networking information to families, teachers, and service providers of individuals, birth through age 21, who have both a hearing loss and vision loss.
  • 804-828-3876

Dyslexia


Bookshare

  • Bookshare is a project supported by the U.S. Department of Education and the Office of Special Education Programs. It provides customized reading experiences for students with diagnosed reading barriers.

Child Mind Institute (CMI)

  • The Child Mind Institute is an independent, national nonprofit dedicated to transforming the lives of children and families struggling with learning disorders and mental health.

International Dyslexia Association (IDA)

  • The mission of IDA is to create a future for all individuals who struggle with dyslexia and other related reading differences so that they may have richer, more robust lives and access to the tools and resources they need.
  • 410-296-0232 (Baltimore)

Yale Center for Dyslexia & Creativity

  • Their mission is to increase awareness of dyslexia and its true nature, specifically to illuminate the creative and intellectual strengths of those with dyslexia, to disseminate the latest scientific research and practical resources, and to transform the treatment of all dyslexic children and adults.

Early Childhood


Child Find

  • Child Find is part of a federal law called the Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA). This law protects the rights of students with disabilities. Child Find is the program that requires all school systems to make active and ongoing efforts to identify, locate, and evaluate children who are in need of special education.
  • 540-422-7144

Fauquier Preschool Coalition

  • Fauquier Preschool Coalition consolidates information about community resources including early-childhood development, kindergarten readiness, preschools, daycares, parks, playgrounds, pools, community events and more.

Inclusive Schools Network (ISN)

  • Inclusive Schools Network is a web-based educational resource for families, schools, and communities that promotes inclusive educational practices.  It includes information on inclusive practices at the early childhood level.

Infant & Toddler Connection of Virginia

  • The Infant & Toddler Connection of Virginia provides early intervention supports and services to infants and toddlers from birth through age three who are not developing as expected or who have a medical condition that can delay normal development. These supports and services are available for all eligible children and their families regardless of the family’s ability to pay.
  • 540-829-7480

Medicaid Waivers

Waivers allow state funds to be used for support of people with disabilities at home and in their community rather than in designated institutions.  


Arc of North Central Virginia (Arc of NCV)

  • Contact The Arc of NCV to learn more about Medicaid Waiver programs.
  • 571-399-5390

Commonwealth Coordinated Care Plus (CCC+) Waiver

  • CCC+ Waiver is for individuals of any age with a medical need and who need assistance with activities of daily living.
  • 540-347-6400 (Under age 18 / Department of Health)
  • 540-422-8400 (Age 18 and over / Department of Social Services)

Developmental Disability (DD) Waiver

  • DD Waiver is for individuals with developmental disabilities and young children with a substantial developmental delay.  Call Rappahannock Rapidan Community Services (RRCS) to set up a DD Waiver screening appointment.
  • 540-825-3100
  • 540-825-5656 

Military Families


Military One Source

  • Military One Source is an online compilation of resources for military families that covers a wide range of topics. These resources include specific information that pertains to military members who have an exceptional family member in need of special support.
  • 800-342-9647

National Military Family Association

  • The Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP) supports military families with special needs family members.  EFMP provides families with information about, and referral to, local services.  Enrollment in the EFMP is mandatory for active duty service members who have dependent family members with ongoing medical, mental health, or special educational needs. 

Virginia Department of Education (VDOE)

  • By partnering with school liaison officers, military leaders, educators, and community organizations, the Virginia Department of Education provides resources and support for military service children and their families during all stages of transition and deployment.

Organizations


Moms in Motion

  • The mission of Moms in Motion, LLC, is to enhance the outcome for all their clients and families by using person-centered practices while providing service, sharing resources, continually expanding knowledge, and networking.  Their primary area of growth is in advocating in school systems for younger clients, assisting young adults with transitioning to independence, and helping aging clients to be cared for by the people who love them.  They serve clients of all ages: children, young adults, and the aging.  
  • 800-417-0908

National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD)

  • The mission of NCLD is to improve the lives of children and adults nationwide with learning and attention issues – by empowering parents and young adults, transforming schools, and advocating for equal rights and opportunities.

Parent Educational Advocacy Training Center (PEATC)

  • PEATC’s mission is to build positive futures by empowering individuals with disabilities through education and training.  Their special focus is children with disabilities. PEATC offer services and support for families and professionals, easy-to-understand research based information and training, and opportunities for strategic partnerships and advocacy for systemic improvement.

Training/Technical Assistance Center (T/TAC)

  • T/TAC’s goal is to contribute to the success of students with disabilities by improving educational opportunities.  Their website includes webinar links and other informative articles that may be beneficial to students and families.

Understood.org

  • Understood.org is for parents whose children are struggling with learning and attention issues.  Understood supports parents in making effective choices for their children by providing resources, access to experts, a secure online community, and practical tips.

Social Skills


Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning (CSEFEL)

  • The CSEFEL website contains links and resources for families to use in developing social and emotional skills with children from infancy trough preschool age.

Speech and Language Kids

  • The Speech and Language Kids website provides a variety of resources for developing language.  It provides ideas and activities for developing social skills including understanding social rules, using correct body language, using appropriate language, and using empathy to interact with others.  

Transition & Adult Services


The Bridges Program

  • The Bridges Program is an RRCS service with a site in Warrenton, VA.  This program offers day support services for adults with intellectual or developmental disabilities.  The program is generally funded through a Medicaid waiver.
  • 540-347-1920

Center on Transition Innovations (CTI)

  • In conjunction with VDOE, CTI’s mission is to provide information, resources, demonstrations, and research on pathways to employment that support youth with disabilities.
  • 804-828-1851

Didlake, Inc.

  • Didlake’s Community Inclusion program encompasses skill development/personal enrichment, expressive arts, community involvement, and educational and recreational activities.  The program is generally funded through a Medicaid waiver.
  • 540-904-4207

Independence Empowerment Center (IEC)

  • IEC is a community-based, non-profit, non-residential service and advocacy organization operated by and for the people with disabilities in the state of Virginia.  The vision of IEC is to assist people with disabilities to access appropriate community services, exercise their civil rights, participate in all aspects of society, and advocate their value to society. IEC service area covers Fauquier and Prince William counties as well as the cities of Manassas and Manassas Park.
  • 703-257-5400

Virginia Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services (DARS)

  • DARS supports students as they move from high school to the world of work and adult life. DARS’ Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) program offers high school students a variety of employment-related services and resources that may include career counseling, vocational evaluation, job training options and more.
  • 800-552-5019

Wilson Workforce and Rehabilitation Center (WWRC)

  • WWRC offers vocational training options for Virginians with disabilities as well as vocational evaluations, guidance and counseling, life skills training, and drivers’ training as a post-secondary option.  In addition, it has a program for high school age students with disabilities called PERT.  PERT is a 10-day evaluation that assesses vocational, independent living, and recreational skills.
  • 540-332-7000
  • 800-345-9972

Twice Exceptional


National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC)

  • NAGC provides an overview and explanation of the characteristics of a twice-exceptional child along with strategies parents can use to support their child’s growth and development.

Twice-Exceptional Child Advocacy (TECA)

  • TECA provides resources and community support to parents of twice-exceptional (2e) children. It promotes understanding and interventions for the social, emotional, and academic support of twice-exceptional students.

Virginia Department of Education (VDOE)

  • VDOE has established guidelines for the identification and instruction of students identified as twice exceptional.  They have compiled a ‘Frequently Asked Questions’ document entitled Supporting the Identification and Achievement of the Twice-Exceptional Child.