Disability / Advocacy
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.
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. Click here for more information.
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. Click here for more information.