People with Disabilities

Fairfax County, Virginia

CONTACT INFORMATION: Monday - Friday 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

TTY 703-449-1186

Disability Services Planning and Development, 12011 Government Center Parkway, Suite 708
Fairfax, VA 22035

Barbara Antley,

Complete Guide to Services and Resources for People with Disabilities

Abuse, Neglect, and Exploitation

Fairfax County Adult Protective Services: Investigates reports of abuse, neglect, and exploitation of adults who are incapacitated.

Fairfax County Child Protective Services: Investigates reports of child abuse and neglect.

Fairfax County Office for Women and Domestic and Sexual Violence Services: Provides services to people who have experienced domestic and sexual violence.


Mid-Atlantic ADA Center: Provides information and training on the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Reston Accessibility Committee: Advocates for barrier-free access in the Reston area.

Adult Day Health Care

Fairfax County Adult Day Health Care Centers: Provides activities and therapeutic care for adults who need supervision during the day.

Assistive Technology

Assistive Technology Loan Fund Authority: Provides low-interest loans for purchasing assistive technology.

Columbia Lighthouse for the Blind: Offers evaluations, computer training, and one-one-one instruction for assistive technology.

Commonwealth Community Trust: Provides funding to people with disabilities for assistive technology and home modifications.

Eric Fund: Funds assistive technology not covered by insurance or other funding sources.

I Can Connect in Virginia: A free communications equipment program for people who are deaf or blind.

Northern Virginia Resource Center for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Persons: Has an assistive technology demonstration center.

Virginia Assistive Technology System: Provides information and referral on assistive technology devices, services, and funding options.

Virginia Department for the Blind and Vision Impaired: Provides assistive technology consultations for people who are blind or who have low vision.

Virginia Department for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing: Provides adaptive telecommunication equipment to people with hearing loss.

Child-Specific Services

Care Connection for Children: Helps families coordinate community and education resources.

Equipment Connections for Children: Online resource for families to donate or request adaptive equipment for their children.

Infant and Toddler Connection of Fairfax-Falls Church: Serves infants and toddlers with developmental delays and disabilities.

Medical Care for Children Partnership: Provides medical and dental care to children who are ineligible to receive healthcare offered through Medicaid or other sources.

Parent Educational Advocacy Training Center: Educates and trains families on special education and parenting children with disabilities.

Community Engagement and Advocacy

Fairfax Area Disability Services Board: Appointed by elected officials to advocate for people with physical and sensory disabilities.

Fairfax Area Long Term Care Coordinating Council: Provides community leadership to meet the needs of older adults and adults with disabilities.

Fairfax-Falls Church Community Services Board: Oversees the services of the Fairfax-Falls Church Community Services Board.

Virginia Board for People with Disabilities: Statewide board that develops policies and programs for individuals with disabilities.

Consumer Assistance

Fairfax County Department of Cable and Consumer Services: Investigates and mediates consumer complaints and tenant-landlord disputes.

Northern Virginia Long-Term Care Ombudsman: Investigates complaints in nursing homes and assisted living facilities.

Virginia Insurance Counseling Assistance Program: Provides counseling on Medicare, Medigap,drug plans, and long-term care insurance.

Counseling and Mental Health

CrisisLink: Has a 24/7 crisis and suicide prevention line.

Fairfax-Falls Church Community Services Board: Offers mental health services, including crisis intervention, therapy, and psychiatry.

Haven of Northern Virginia: Offers counseling to people who are dealing with death and grieving.

Virginia Tech Center for Family Services: Nonprofit counseling center that provides therapy on a sliding scale.

Disability Organizations/Services

ALS DC/MD/VA Chapter: Offers information and referral, home visits, and support groups.

Arc of Northern Virginia: Offers information and referral and services to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families.

Autism Society of Northern Virginia: Provides information and referrals, advocacy and education, respite, and support groups.

Autistics Association of Greater Washington: Offers social opportunities for adults with autism.

Brain Injury Services: Provides services, including day support and case management to people with brain injuries.

CHADD of Northern Virginia and District of Columbia: Offers support groups for people with ADHD and their families.

Columbia Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired: Provides services for people who are blind, including case management.

Commonwealth Autism Service: Provides training, assessments, and referrals for people with autism.

DisabilityNavigator: Provides an online directory of resources for people with disabilities and their families.

Down Syndrome Association of Northern Virginia: Provides support and resources to families of individuals with Down syndrome.

ENDependence Center of Northern Virginia: Independent living center that advocates and provides services for people with disabilities.

Epilepsy Foundation of Virginia: Provides public education, support groups, information, and advocacy to people who have epilepsy.

Fairfax County Aging, Disability, and Caregiver Resources: Intake line connects adults with disabilities to services, including assessments for case management and in-home care.

Fairfax County Disability Services Planning and Development: Provides information and referral on services and technical assistance on disability rights laws.

Fairfax-Falls Church Community Services Board: Provides services to people with mental health issues, addiction, and intellectual and developmental disabilities.

JSSA: Provides services, programs, and support for individuals with autism and their families.

NAMI Northern Virginia: Provides advocacy, education, and support to individuals with mental health disabilities.

National Federation of the Blind of Virginia, Fairfax Chapter: Advocates on behalf of people who are blind and provides resources.

Northern Virginia Association of the Deaf: Provides a support group for people who are deaf.

Northern Virginia Resource Center for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Persons: Empowers people who are deaf and hard of hearing and their families through education, advocacy, and community involvement.

Old Dominion Council of the Blind and Visually Impaired: Supports people who are blind and low vision in Northern Virginia.

Parents of Autistic Children of Northern Virginia: Provides information and referrals and holds a monthly parent support group.

Tourette Syndrome Association, Mid-Atlantic Chapter: Offers a support group for people with Tourette syndrome.

Virginia Department for the Blind and Vision Impaired: Provides vocational rehabilitation, independent living skills, assistive technology, and orientation and mobility training.

Virginia Department for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing: Provides, training, outreach, and adaptive telecommunication equipment.

Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services: Provides resources for individuals with developmental and intellectual disabilities.

Virginia Department of Medical Assistance Services: Administers Medicaid programs, including long-term care and waivers.


Disability Law Center of Virginia: Advocates and provides legal counsel for disability-related issues, including abuse, neglect, and discrimination.

Fairfax County Office of Human Rights and Equity Programs: Investigates and mediates discrimination in employment, housing, public accommodations, education, or credit.


Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles: Provides accessible parking placards, license plates, and ID cards for people with disabilities.

Woodrow Wilson Rehabilitation Center: Offers adaptive driving trainings and assessments.


Described and Captioned Media Program: Loans free described and captioned educational media to students with sensory disabilities.

Fairfax County Public Schools Adult and Community Education: Offers classes on career readiness, ESOL, computers, languages, photography, and arts.

Fairfax County Public Schools Early Childhood Identification and Services: Serves children ages 2-5 who have been identified as having significant developmental delays.

Fairfax County Public Schools Parent Resource Center: Offers workshops, confidential consultations, and a lending library to families who have children with disabilities.

Fairfax County Public Schools Special Education Instruction: Directs the curricula, programs, and services for students receiving special education.

Emergency Preparedness

Fairfax County Office of Emergency Management: Provides emergency mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery services.


Columbia Lighthouse for the Blind: Helps people who are blind or have low vision obtain employment.

Fairfax County SkillSource Centers: Offers free workshops, career assessments, and job search and placement services.

Job Accommodation Network (JAN): Provides free guidance on workplace accommodations and employment issues.

Laurie Mitchell Empowerment and Career Center: Serves job seekers with career assessments, peer support, and training.

ServiceSource Disability Resource Center: Drop-in career center for job seekers, including career exploration and benefits counseling.

Virginia Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services: Offers vocational rehabilitation to people with disabilities to get ready for, find, and keep employment.

Virginia Department for the Blind and Vision Impaired: Provides vocational rehabilitation and employment services.

Financial Assistance/Public Benefits

Fairfax County Coordinated Services Planning: Connects low-income residents with housing, food, healthcare, and transportation.

Fairfax County Department of Family Services: Administers SNAP (food stamps), TANF, Medicaid, emergency assistance, and fuel assistance.

U.S. Social Security Administration: Administers Social Security, Social Security Disability, and Medicare programs.


Fairfax County Coordinated Services Planning: Connects low-income residents to food pantries.

Fairfax County Meals on Wheels: Provides meals to adults with disabilities who cannot shop for or prepare their own meals or have no one available to prepare meals.

Health and Wellness Services

ADAMS Compassionate Healthcare Network: Offers healthcare to low-income residents with no health insurance.

PRS CrisisLink CareRing Program: Offers a daily phone calling programs designed to help individuals with disabilities maintain their independence and stay connected to the community.

Fairfax County Chronic Disease Management Program: Free six-week workshop that helps people manage their chronic illness.

Fairfax County Health Department: Provides clinics and the Community Health Care Network for low-income residents.

HealthWorks for Northern Virginia: Provides medical, dental and behavioral health care services to anyone in need.

Inova Diabetes Service: Offers programs and resources for people with diabetes and their families.

Inova Juniper Program: Provides medical care and sponsors support groups to people with HIV/AIDS.

Neighborhood Health: Provides medical, dental, and behavioral health care services to anyone in need on a sliding scale.

Northern Virginia Dental Clinic: Provides low-cost dental services to low-income residents.

Housing and Home Repair

Fairfax County Department of Housing and Community Development: Administers the county's subsidized housing programs and a home repair program for homeowners with disabilities.

Housing and Community Services of Northern Virginia: Provides case management and assistance with locating affordable housing.

Rebuilding Together: Provides home repairs and accessibility modifications to people in need.

Legal Assistance and Mediation

Disability Law Center of Virginia: Advocates for the rights of people with disabilities.

Legal Services of Northern Virginia: Offers nonprofit legal services to people with low income.

Northern Virginia Mediation Service: Offers a mediation service for resolving business, family, legal and interpersonal disputes.

Library/Reading Services

Choice Magazine Listening: Produces free audio recordings of magazines for people who cannot read print.

Fairfax County Library Access Services: Provides equipment and books in alternative formats to people with visual disabilities. Delivers books to customers with disabilities who cannot visit a local library.

Metropolitan Washington Ear: Provides a free reading service for people with disabilities who cannot effectively read print.


Fairfax County Park Authority: Offers adapted programs and inclusion services for people with disabilities.

Fairfax County Therapeutic Recreation Services: Provides camps, sports, and social clubs for children and adults with disabilities.


Hartwood Foundation: Provides short-term respite for people with intellectual disabilities.

Jill’s House: Provides respite for children with intellectual disabilities ages 6-17.

Service Animals

Assistance Dogs International: Offers a comprehensive directory of service dog organizations.

Tax Assistance

Fairfax County Department of Tax Administration: Provides information on taxes and tax relief for older adults and people with disabilities.

Fairfax County Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program –January through April only: Helps county residents file their income tax.


Fairfax County Human Services Transportation: Dial-A-Ride, Fastran, Seniors-on-the-Go!, TaxiAccess, and travel training.

MetroAccess: Region’s ADA paratransit that provides door-to-door service for people with disabilities.

Veterans/Military Services

Fort Belvoir Exceptional Family Member Program: Community supports, assistive technology, and accessible housing for military families.

Operation VetsHaven: Connects veterans and their immediate family to services that address the needs cause by Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and Traumatic Brain Injury.

Virginia Veteran and Family Support: Provides services and supports to veterans in Virginia.

Volunteer Opportunities

Fairfax County Volunteer Solutions: Volunteers help older adults and adults with disabilities.

Northern Virginia Long-Term Care Ombudsman: Volunteers advocate for the rights of nursing home and assisted living facility residents.

Volunteer Fairfax: Offers a wide range of volunteer opportunities in Fairfax County.


Fairfax County Voter Registration