Advocacy

Training Opportunities
Partners in Policymaking - Advocacy training program for parents and self-advocates.  Teri Barker, 1-800-846-4464, www.vaboard.org

Youth Leadership Forum - Empowers young people with disabilities to further develop their leadership skills.  Teri Barker, 1-800-846-4464,
www.vaboard.org

Partnership for People with Disabilities.  Various training opportunities for parents and self-advocates.  Dana Yarbrough, 804-828-0352, dyarbrough@vcu.edu

Parent Education and Advocacy Training Center - Provide easy-to-understand, research-based information and training. Cathy Healy, 1-800-869-6782, www.peatc.org

Legal
Virginia Office for Protection and Advocacy - Advocacy and legal representation for persons with disabilities.  1-800-552-3962, www.vopa.state.va.us

Legal Aid Justice Center (Just Children) - Provides free legal services on non-criminal matters to income eligible persons in our service areas.  Andrew Block, 1-434-977-0553, www.justice4all.org

Center for Special Education Advocacy - Maintains a list of advocates and  attorneys across Virginia.  www.virginialac.org

University of Richmond Disability Law Center - 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, http://law.richmond.edu/clinic/disability.php

Wrightslaw - website about special education law and advocacy, with thousands of articles, cases, and free resources. www.wrightslaw.com

Policy
Virginia Board for People with Disabilities - serves as Virginia's Developmental Disabilities (DD) Planning Council.  Heidi Lawyer,
1-800-846-4464, www.vaboard.org

Voice of Virginia’s Children - Children is a statewide, privately funded, non-partisan awareness and advocacy organization that builds support for practical public policies to improve the lives of children. Margaret Nimmo Crowe, 804-649-0184, www.vakids.org

Arc of Virginia – Policy development to benefit people with intellectual disabilities in Virginia.  Jamie Tosclair, 804-649-8481,  www.arcofva.org

General
Parent to Parent of Virginia - Dana Yarbrough, 804-795-1481,  www.ptpofva.com

Parent Education and Advocacy Training Center – Provide easy-to-understand, research-based information and training. Cathy Healy, 1-800-869-6782,  www.peatc.org

Federation of Families - Focus on the mental, emotional or behavioral wellness of children/youth and their families.  Children deserve the necessary services and resources, enabling them to achieve their full potential Vicki Hardy-Murrell, 1-866-798-2363,   www.mhav.orgwww.easyaccess.org