Resources Specifically For Virginia Families


Care Connection for Children: statewide network of centers of excellent for children and youth with special health care needs (CYSHCN) that provide leadership in the enhancement of specialty medical services; care coordination; medical insurance benefits evaluation and coordination; management of the CYSHCN Pool of Funds; information and referral to CYSHCN resources; family-to-family support; and training and consultation with community providers on CYSHCN issues.

Center for Family Involvement (VA):  To work with families to increase their skills as advocates, mentors and leaders so that families, children and young adults with disabilities can lead the lives they want.

DC Candlelighters: To provide emotional, educational, practical and financial support to families of children fighting cancer in the Northern Virginia area. 

disABILITY Law Center of VA: To protect and advocate for people with disabilities in Virginia.

Dream for Kids DC: To provide life-changing activities that empower children with physical and developmental disabilities to unite with their peers and realize their potential. (They support Virginia, DC, and Maryland families.)

Family Forward Services, LLC. To provide person-centered nursing care and educational advancement to Virginia families.

Learning Disabilities Association of Virginia. To create opportunities for success for all individuals affected by learning disabilities and to reduce the incidence of learning disabilities in future generations.

Parent Educational Training Center (PEAT): To build positive futures for Virginia's children by working collaboratively with families, schools and communities in order to improve opportunities for excellence in education and success in school and community life. Their special focus is children with disabilities. They offer trainings, publications, links to additional resources, and more.

PEATC’s Youth Empowerment (PYE) Program: To empower young people with and without disabilities in Virginia. Youth members participate in meetings and activities with their peers, as well as with community-based organizations.

The Speech-Language-Hearing Association of Virginia. To promote awareness, diversity and collaboration in the professions of speech-language pathology and audiology through empowerment and advocacy for members and the community in order to ensure best practices.

Virginia Family Special Education Connection. To a one-stop-shop for parents, families and caregivers of children with special needs to: access local school system contacts and disability services in your community; explore an abundance of resources to help your child succeed; learn about and plan your child's educational program; and understand your legal rights and responsibilities