Do you have a disability?

A wide range of employment, training, and career education program services are accessible to job seekers with disabilities at the Virginia Career Works Blue Ridge Career Centers. Auxiliary aids and services are also available upon request. There are also many community resources in the Blue Ridge region that provide additional assistance to those individuals with disabilities.

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Below, we have listed a few additional resources for your convenience:

Virginia Department for Aging & Rehabilitative Services (DARS) provides and advocates for resources and services to improve the employment, quality of life, security, and independence of older Virginians, Virginians with disabilities, and their families.

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Individuals with disabilities can receive comprehensive medical, assistive technology and vocational rehabilitation services at the Wilson Workforce & Rehabilitation Center to help them gain increased independence and employment.

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Virginia Assistive Technology System (VATS) can help you learn about the range of available technology, select the most appropriate device for your needs, find resources to help purchase it and then learn how to use it.

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Assistive Technology Loan Fund Authority (ATLFA) is a low interest loan program that assists Virginians with disabilities to get assistive technology they need for work, play, education, and daily life.

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The Virginia Department for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (VDDHH) works to reduce the communication barriers between persons who are deaf or hard of hearing and those who are hearing, including family members, service providers, and the public. Below are some of their services:

VA RELAY

The telecommunications system for the deaf and hard of hearing communities in Virginia. It allows individuals to use specialized telecommunication devices or features to communicate with standard telephone users.

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TECHNOLOGY ASSISTANCE PROGRAM

Provides adaptive telecommunication equipment to qualified applicants whose hearing loss or disabilities prevent them from using a standard telephone.

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SIGN LANGUAGE INTERPRETERS

The interpreter services program includes a Directory of Qualified Interpreters and Interpreter Services Coordination.

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To receive information and training about local services including where to find sign language classes, support services, and the technical equipment needed to aid persons who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing with their communication needs, visit the National Association of the Deaf website.

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The Department for the Blind and Vision Impaired (DBVI) is committed to providing quality services to assist Virginia’s citizens who are blind, deafblind or vision impaired in achieving their maximum level of employment, education, and personal independence. Click here for more information about the programs and services they provide.

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Providing peer counseling, independent living skills training, advocacy and information and referral, the Blue Ridge Independent Living Center in Roanoke works to assist disabled individuals live independently.

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