Parent to Parent of Virginia


General and State Disability Resources

Advocacy Training

  • I’m Determined Youth Summit – Self-determination opportunities for youth aged 13-22 with disabilities.  John McNaught, (540) 568-2641,
  • Partners in Policymaking – Advocacy training program for parents and self-advocates. Teri Barker, (800) 846-4464,
  • Youth Leadership Forum – Empowers young people with disabilities to further develop their leadership skills. Teri Barker, (800) 846-4464,
  • Center for Family Involvement – Various training opportunities for parents and self-advocates. Dana Yarbrough, (804) 828-0352,
  • Parent Education and Advocacy Training Center – Provides easy-to-understand, research-based information and training. Suzanne Bowers, (800) 869-6782,

Disability Policy

  • Arc of Virginia – Policy development to benefit people with intellectual disabilities in Virginia. Jamie Liban, (804) 649-8481,
  • Partnership for People with Disabilities – University center for excellence in developmental disabilities research, training, and technical assistance. Donna Gilles, (804) 828-3876,
  • Virginia Board for People with Disabilities – Serves as Virginia’s Developmental Disabilities (DD) Planning Council. Heidi Lawyer, (800) 846-4464,
  • Voices for Virginia’s Children – Voices is a statewide, privately funded, nonpartisan awareness and advocacy organization that builds support for practical public policies to improve the lives of children. Margaret Nimmo Crowe, (804) 649-0184,

Legal Services

  • Center for Special Education Advocacy – Maintains a list of advocates and attorneys across Virginia,
  • DisAbility Law Center of Virginia – Advocacy and legal representation for persons with disabilities. (800) 552-3962,
  • Legal Aid Justice Center (Just Children) – Provides free legal services on noncriminal matters to income eligible persons in our service areas. Andrew Block, (434) 977-0553,
  • Special Education Advocacy Clinic (College of William & Mary) – was formed to assist special-needs children and their families with eligibility or Individualized Education Program meetings, discipline matters, mediation, and administrative hearings.  Law students offer their services to families at no charge. Students also conduct a free training class each semester that offers tools and information to parents to help them become more knowledgeable advocates for their children.
  • University of Richmond Clinical Programs: Education Rights Clinic – Law students represent children and parents seeking appropriate special education and community-based services mandated by both federal and state law. Adrienne Volenik, (804) 289-8921,
  • Wrightslaw – Website about special education law and advocacy, with thousands of articles, cases and free resources.


  • Care Coordination Notebook: Financing your Child’s Health Care (2005, 2007, 2011). All available in English or Spanish

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