Speakers' Bureau

We can provide speakers on a wide range of topics important to people with disabilities and their families. Call or email Matt Barkley at 703-324-5868, TTY 703-449-1186. We can also provide information tables at community resource fairs.

Some of the topics that we can speak on include, but are not limited to:

  • Protections provided by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) prohibiting discrimination against people with disabilities in the areas of employment, access to government programs and services, public transportation and accessible public facilities, and how to enforce them.
  • Making modifications to your home using Universal Design and Assistive Technology will allow you to stay at home as your living situation changes in an environment where everyone can thrive without compromising the value, beauty or functionality of your home.  
  • Are you Prepared for an Emergency?  Emergency preparedness can be difficult and stressful for anyone, but itis especiallychallenging if you or a family member has a disability or other functional need.  Learn what you can expect from Fairfax County, and what you need to do on your own so you’ll be fully prepared for the next storm, blizzard, flood, power outage, or other emergency that threatens our area.   
  • Protecting your rights as a person with a disability under the Fair Housing Act will ensure that you have equal access to applicable housing providers including apartments, condominiums and home owners associations.
  • How to access public transportation and learn about other transit programs that enable older adults and people with disabilities to navigate the community independently
  • Disability etiquette--Communicating with and about people with a variety of disabilities using dignity and respect
  • Fairfax County’s programs and services for people with disabilities of all ages will provide you with a brief overview of all the Fairfax County services that are available for people with disabilities, and how you or your loved one with a disability can easily access them
  • Protecting your civil rights through enforcement of the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Fair Housing Act and other laws that ensure equal access and opportunity for people with disabilities.  Presentation includes resources and strategies you can use if you believe you’ve been discriminated against because of your disability
  • Community integration is a civil right!  Learn about the federal protections that ensure people with disabilities receive the services they need in their own homes or communities, rather than in a nursing facility or institution, and what you can do to live in the community based setting of your choice
  • Learn about your responsibilities offering services to the public, including people with disabilities in a variety of settings like public and private organizations, businesses, restaurants or multifamily housing properties
  • Anything else about people with disabilities.  If there’s a particular topic you’d like to learn more about but don’t see it listed here, don’t hesitate to contact us so we can structure a presentation that best suits the needs of your group or organization



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Services and Resources
for People with Disabilities

TTY 703-449-1186

Monday – Friday
8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.


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