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Welcome to our site

Welcome to our website! We hope that you will take a few minutes to acquaint yourself with the Partnership for People with Disabilities and return often for updates on the many products and services that we offer to the disability community – individuals, families, professionals, and students.

More than 50 million Americans currently live with some form of disability. In Virginia, this means that one of every five citizens will have a disability or know someone who does. Hence, our challenge is clear. The goal of the Partnership is to further the ability of individuals with disabilities to be fully included in their communities.

We are grateful to our staff, partners, and funders for their tremendous support of the Partnership's efforts on behalf of individuals with disabilities and their families.

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Donna L. Gilles, Ed. D., Executive Director

Our Mission

"To partner with people with disabilities and others to build communities where all people can live, learn, work and play together."


May 3, 2016

New Accessible Technology Section Added to ADA.gov

The U.S. Department of Justice has launched a new Accessible Technology section for ADA.gov, its Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Web site, to further assist covered entities and people with disabilities to understand how the ADA applies to certain technologies, such as Web sites, electronic book readers, online courses, and point-of-sale devices. 

April 21, 2016

BATTELLE NeuroLife™ Neural Bypass Technology

Battelle has developed a breakthrough technology that empowers paralyzed patients to regain conscious control of their fingers, hands, wrists and arms. Their technology bypasses damaged areas of the nervous system so the brain can communicate directly with the muscles.

February 17, 2016

Disability Training for Police Now Mandatory in Maryland

Maryland has become the first U.S. state to require disability training for its police. It's a breakthrough for disability rights. The disability sensitivity training program is the very first of its kind in the country. The training will include a four-hour seminar to discuss issues particularly affecting the community, and how to deal with special needs people in the course of routine police work. This includes those with intellectual, cognitive, and developmental handicaps.

July 19, 2016

VCU program that trains leaders, advocates in field of childhood disabilities receives $3.1 million

An interdisciplinary training program at Virginia Commonwealth University that prepares professionals for leadership and advocacy roles in the field of childhood disabilities has been awarded a $3.1 million federal grant.


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Education and Training Opportunities

The Partnership provides many training, learning opportunities, and events for people with disabilities and their families, as well as training opportunities for undergraduate and post-graduate students in a wide range of disciplines. The links below will provide additional information in these different areas.

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