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The Partnership for People with Disabilities strives to provide resources that will be most helpful to individuals and families.  The resources are categorized in the following areas:


    Federal and National Organizations                     State and Local Organizations       

Federal and National         State and Local


Funding Sources   The following links are to assist grantwriters seeking funding for disability related projects. To suggest another Web site, please e-mail the Web address and description to watinsley@mail1.vcu.edu.

  • The Foundation Center
    An organization that collects, organizes, analyzes, and disseminates information on foundations, corporate giving, and related subjects.
  •  National Institutes of Health (NIH): Grants and Contracts
    Information regarding funding opportunities, such as NIH grants, fellowship programs, research contracts, research training, peer review and the NIH Guide.
  •  US Department of Education: Funding Opportunities
    This site contains information you'll need to know if you're interested in applying for a grant or contract.


If you are interested in collaborating with the Partnership on current or future projects, or contracting with us for training, technical assistance, or research/evaluation services please contact Dr. Parthy Dinora at padinora@vcu.edu.


Voters with Special Needs   Voting Power 

People with disabilities number approximately 58 million Americans. They represent the nation's largest minority group. However, nearly ½ of all eligible voters with disabilities are not registered to vote. Find out more.


In addition to the UCEDDs (university centers of excellence in developmental disabilities), such as the Partnership, our other DD network partners are described below.

Virginia Board for People with Disabilities (VBPD)

VBPD serves as Virginia's Developmental Disabilities (DD) Planning Council. DD Councils are in every state and territory of the United States. They work for the benefit of individuals with developmental disabilities and their families to identify needs and help develop policies, programs and services that will meet these needs in a manner that respects dignity and independence. Its mission is to enrich the lives of Virginians with disabilities by providing a VOICE for their concerns.
Visit the Virginia Board for People with Disabilities website.

Virginia Office for Protection and Advocacy (VOPA)

The Virginia Office for Protection and Advocacy (VOPA) helps with disability-related problems like abuse, neglect, and discrimination. We also help people with disabilities obtain services and treatment. All callers receive help with these problems. Individuals with problems, targeted in our program goals, may also receive advocacy services and/or legal representation. Our mission is to employ zealous and effective advocacy and legal representation to: protect and advance legal, human, and civil rights of persons with disabilities; combat and prevent abuse, neglect, and discrimination; and promote independence, choice, and self-determination by persons with disabilities.
Visit the Virginia Office for Protection and Advocacy website.

* If  you have suggested resources and links, please provide information on the Send us your Feedback form.