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What We Do

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EQUAL ACCESS * INCLUSION * PEER SUPPORT

Valley Disability Support Group of Northern Virginia is a free peer-to-peer support network and resource serving the Northern Virginia Area and extends to Northwestern Virginia communities of Winchester, Warren/Page Co and Clarke Co. We do not receive or offer funding, but through cooperation as a community partner we believe we can facilitate progress in identified areas of need for people cross disabilities with a focus on survivors of mild/moderate brain injury / stroke. 

Mission

To promote equal access, inclusion, self-advocacy, individual advocacy and systems advocacy to empower individuals with a brain injury / stroke and individuals with disabilities effective ways to navigate and cope with day-to-day issues that affect them and those who support them.

Provide information sessions, an online resource and open channels of communication with local, state and national service organizations, patient and disability advocates groups as a means to close service gaps in the community. 

Who We Serve

  • Individuals new to navigating disability, trauma and chronic illness

  • Individuals diagnosed with brain injury / stroke 

  • Caregivers supporting loved one with a disability

  • Parents of children with disabilities

Programs and Services

  1. Peer-to-Peer Mentoring The goal is to meet each other with compassion, respect, real understanding, equity, diversity, and inclusion.     

  2. Caregiver Support Awareness and celebration of the intricate role of support/caregiver is vital. 

  3. Actively Promote Self-Advocacy  Empowerment and skills to adjust successfully through life’s transitions.

  4. Build Up Support Networks for the disabled community Building support is paramount, and it improves outcomes.

  5. Community Outreach Connecting with the right community services, organizations, and resources.

  6. Grassroots Advocacy Help us identify the needs of the disabled in our community.

Support Group

Staying connected virtually is developing into a new norm. Valley Disability Support is dedicated to stepping up efforts to help cope with the day-to-day and overcome obstacles. Support Groups assist in the healing process so it is still possible to continue the journey to wellness emotionally, physically, mentally and spiritually. We consider the whole person and strive to provide a nurturing environment that is positive, productive and free of judgement. We meet each other with respect and understanding as we learn from one another, develop new friendships and prepare for the next chapter of of lives.

Self-Advocacy Peer Support provided in these areas (including but not limited to):  

  • ADA Compliance 

  • Healthcare/Medicare, Medicaid, Private

  • Patients' rights (fair & equal treatment)

  • Individuals new to disability

  • Social Security

  • Guardianship

  • Medicaid Waivers

  • Access/Inclusion

  • Patient Advocacy

  • Education planning (IEP/ISP)

  • Parents of Disabled Children

  • Support/Caregiver Support

  • Family Life/Parenting

  • Home Health Care

  • Care Facility Concerns/Abuse

  • Writing Correspondence / Grievance Filing

    • Local municipalities, state and federal legislators, government officials and organizations

 

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