Resources and External Links

Organization Descripition
The Arc The Arc promotes and protects the human rights of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and actively supports their full inclusion and participation in the community throughout their lifetimes. Click Here
The Arc of NOVA The Arc’s local chapter supports thousands of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (ID/DD) and their families. Click Here The Arc hosts a support group for parents and caregivers Click Here
American Network of Community Options and Resources (ANCOR) ANCOR is a national, nonprofit trade association representing more than 1000 private community providers of services to people with disabilities. Click Here
National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) NAMI is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness. Click Here
THE NADD NADD is a not-for-profit membership association established for professionals, care providers and families to promote understanding of and services for individuals who have developmental disabilities and mental health needs. Click Here
National Association for Direct Support Professionsal (NADSP) NADSP is an organization who’s mission is to enhance the quality of support provided to people with disabilities through the provision of products, services, and certifications which elevate the status of direct support workers, improve practice standards, promote systems reform and, most importantly, advance the knowledge, skills, and values of direct support workers. Click Here
Virginia Department of Behavioral Health & Developmental Services (DBHDS) VDBHDS is the state agency tasked to support people with behavioral health disorders and developmental disabilities. This agency oversees 16 state facilities and 40 locally-run community services boards. Click Here
American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AAIDD) AAIDD promotes progressive policies, sound research, effective practices, and universal human rights for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Click Here
Consumer Affairs Hearing Aid Guide The hearing aid guide compares popular brands and educates readers on important features to consider when selecting a hearing aid. It explains key aspects of the device such as fit, noise reduction, feedback reduction, speech enhancement and programmability. It also breaks down the pros and cons of some of the most popular hearing aid brands using verified consumer reviews. Click Here
Family Caregiver Alliance
National Center on Caregiving
Families provide 80% of the long-term care in this country, and the need for information is great-and growing. FCA’s resources provide are a comprehensive collection of family-friendly publications filled with practical information on caregiving issues and health conditions such as Alzheimer’s Disease, Dementia, Huntington’s, Parkinson’s, Stroke – the whole list can be found here:
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Independent Living Research Utilization
Directory of Centers for Independent Living
The ILRU (Independent Living Research Utilization) program is a national center for information, training, research, and technical assistance in independent living. Its goal is to expand the body of knowledge in independent living and to improve utilization of results of research programs and demonstration projects in this field. Check out the directory! Click here.
Virginia Easy Access There are many types of housing available where you can live independently. You can choose to live in a private home or apartment with or without services. You can also choose to live in a group home, assisted living, or adult foster care where services are provided to you and other people living with you. Housing with services is usually licensed or regulated by an outside agency. You may want to ask about this when thinking about your choices. Click here.
The Fairfax Falls Church CSB Welcoming Inclusion Network This link will take you to the Welcoming Inclusion Network (WIN) webpage where you will find an abundance of information.Click here
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