Getting the Care You Need at Home

Join Paula Ford, Community Living Specialist and Options Counselor, for an online presentation about possible options available to help you get the care you need to remain in your home.

Topics covered will include:

  • Exploring your resources
  • Private funded vs. Medicare & Medicaid funded services
  • How to apply for Medicaid
  • Requesting a long-term care screening

Monday, August 10 at noon OR
Wednesday, August 12 at 6:30 PM

Register today by emailing!

Americans with Disabilities Act: 30 Years and STILL Counting!

The Virginia Association of Centers for Independent Living is pleased to present a virtual conference to commemorate the 30th Anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act and to also celebrate the 35th Anniversary of the passing of the Virginians with Disabilities Act.  Throughout the day, you will hear personal testimonies as well as advocacy efforts and needs that remain despite these two monumental laws being 30 and 35 years old.  The day will end with a celebration of how far we have come in creating independence for individuals with disabilities and moreover, the work that is yet to be done.

To complete the required registration online please click below:


8:45 AM: Sign On to make sure that sound works etc. and you are ready as we will begin sharply at 9:00 AM.

9:00 AM – 9:30 AMGreetings from Leaders within the Commonwealth
– Gayl Brunk, VACIL President
– Governor of Virginia, Ralph S. Northam – invited
– Dr. Underwood, Chief Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Officer – Invited
– Commissioner Hayfield, Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services
– John Chappell, former Deputy Commissioner for Community Services at the Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission and current President of the Disability Policy Consortium

 9:40 AM – 11:00 AMPersonal ADA Stories
– William hess: Clinch Independent Living Serivces
– Althea Pittman: Eastern Shore Center for Independent Living
– Kelly Hickock: Resources for Independent Living
– Dennis Horton: Junction Center for Independent Living
– Ralph Shelman: Insight Enterprises/Peninsula Center for Independent Living
– Nichole Davis: Endependence Center

11:00 AM – 12:25 PM: Break for lunch

12:30 PM – 1:30 PM: ADA Issues and Barriers to Be Resolved
Presenter: John Wodatch: Civil Rights Attorney

1:45 PM – 2:45 PM: HOT TOPICS: Your Independence in the Community
– Marilyn Golden: Senior Policy Analyst, Disability Rights Education & Defense Fund
– Transportation Network Companies
– Lex Frieden: American Educator
– Social Media
– Marcie Roth: Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer, World Institute on Disability
– Emergency Implementation

3:00 PM – 4:00 PM: Celebration

4:00 PM: Closing
– Gayl Brunk, VACIL President

Celebrating the 30th Anniversary of the ADA!

The safer-at-home status hasn’t stopped the Mid-Atlantic ADA Center from making plans for celebrations and activities for the 30th Anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act. The anniversary date is July 26, but the celebrations go on all month and into the fall! The ADA Center has provided a list of some of the events scheduled as well as other resources and information on this special anniversary. Thanks to the Mid-Atlantic ADA Center for creating this list!

Ideas for Activities
ADA National Network: Ideas for Celebrating the ADA
30 Things to Do to Celebrate the 30th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act

June 27, 2020 – July 26, 2020
Disability Pride Virtual Pennsylvania 2020

Monday, July 6, 2020 11 AM Eastern
Endependence Center of Northern Virginia: ADA30: Trip Down Memory Lane

Wednesday, July 8, 4:00 – 5:00 PM Eastern
University of Maryland President’s Commission on Disability Issues: Celebrating 30 Years of the Americans with Disabilities Act – A Conversation with Disability Rights Activist Judith Heumann

Wednesday, July 15, 2020 1:00 PM Eastern
United Spinal Association: 30th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act webinar

Friday, July 17, 2020 1:00 – 2:00 PM Eastern
Talking About Talking About the ADA: Mid-Atlantic ADA Center trainers will review the law and discuss the dos and don’ts when talking about the Americans with Disabilities Act. Part of Disability Pride Virtual PA.

Monday, July 20, 2020 2:00 – 3:00 PM and 6:00 – 7:00 PM Eastern
ADA Palooza: An interactive game show, presented by the Mid-Atlantic ADA Center as part of Disability Pride Virtual PA

Thursday, July 23, 2020, 7:00 – 8:30 PM Eastern
ADA30: Lead On – A Celebration of Disability Arts, Culture, Education and Pride – SAVE THE DATE, INFO SOON!

Monday, July 27, 2020 5:00 PM
DC Public Library: Author Talk with Judith Heumann

Wednesday, July 29, 2020 1:30 – 3:00 PM Eastern
U.S. Access Board Virtual Meeting to Celebrate the 30th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act

Friday, July 31, 2020 4:00 – 5:30 PM Eastern Time
Certified Access Specialist Institute (CASI) & ADA Anniversary Webinar Celebration
Featuring John Wodatch, Ida Clair and Janis Kent

Saturday, October 3, 2020 Harrisburg, PA
Disability Pride Central PA

Tuesday, November 17, 2020, Washington DC
Bazelon Center: Annual Awards Event – Celebrating the 30th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

Films – Webinars – TV Programs

Lives Worth Living
A film about the history of the disability rights movement originally broadcast on PBS’ Independent Lens series.

Webinar: Reflections on the ADA: Past Present and Future
A 90 minute discussion featuring disability rights attorney, John Wodatch and former director of the Mid-Atlantic ADA
Center, Marian Vessels.

Crip Camp
An award winning documentary about a group of teenagers with disabilities and the beginning of the disability rights movement.

Drunk History: Judy Heumann Fights for People with Disabilities
A segment from the Comedy Central show Drunk History; a dramatization of the 1977 Section 504 sit in at the San Francisco federal building by disability rights activist Judy Heumann and other activists.

And more…

View a virtual exhibit like the Smithsonian’s EveryBody: An Artifact History of Disability in America

SHRM HR Magazine
The ADA at 30: Looking Back and Ahead

VGM & Associates, U.S. Rehab and NCART
Celebrating 30 years of the Americans with Disabilities Act
Features a video, “30 Years of the ADA Promise and the Importance of Complex Rehab Technology” with Tom Harkin.

The Social Security Administration’s Ticket to Work Blog includes posts honoring the 30th anniversary of the ADA.

US Census Bureau Data for the 30th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act
Originally broadcast on June 24, 2020.

National Business and Disability Council at the Viscardi Council: ADA30 Blog: How the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Impacted Our Employment Journeys

#ADA30 #ThanksToTheADA

Great Community Give

We here at VAIL love what we do and we think the people we serve deserve the very best. Our dedicated staff strives to provide the services that every individual and family we serve needs to navigate the complex system of disability services. As a non-profit organization, we rely on funds from many different sources to enable us to do what we do. Donations from generous organizations and individuals are so important to our mission of promoting self-direction among people with disabilities and removing barriers to independence in the community.

We hope you’ll join us on June 24, 2020, for the Great Community Give hosted by the Community Foundation of Harrisonburg and Rockingham, a single-day online fundraising celebration, when you can donate to VAIL and all your favorite local non-profits!

VAIL will have a POWER HOUR during the event – from 11 AM to noon on the 24th – when we can earn extra if we have the most donations during that one hour! We’re grateful for any and all donations, no matter when they’re given, but we encourage you to make yours during the POWER HOUR to get the most ‘bang for your buck’!

And giving couldn’t be any easier! Simply to go and click “Donate”. The website will be open from June 10 – 23, 2020.

Thank you! #PointClickGive

NAMI’s COVID-19 Information & Resource Guide

May is Mental Health Month!

NAMI released the NAMI COVID-19 Resource and Information Guide to answer frequently asked questions regarding the intersection between Coronavirus, or COVID-19, and people affected by mental illness, their caregivers and loved ones. The guide features FAQs on a variety of topics from managing anxiety and social isolation to accessing health care and medications.

We recognize that people affected by mental illness face additional challenges dealing with COVID-19. Now, more than ever, it’s important to remember that there is no health without mental health. During these difficult times, we encourage you to take care of yourselves and check in on loved ones. You are not alone, and we will get through this together.
—Daniel H. Gillison, Jr.

The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness. NAMI has over 600 state organizations and affiliates across the nation.

Access the NAMI COVID-19 Resource Guide here.