We Help People with Disabilities

VBPD creates change to help people with developmental disabilities. People with disabilities are in charge of their own lives. They choose how they live, learn, work and play.

Who We Are

What We Do

  1. Make sure people with disabilities get support to live in the community.
  2. Improve access to health and safety services.
  3. Inspire schools and work places to include people with disabilities.
  4. Train people with disabilities and their families to stand up for themselves and others.
View Our Plan
A small child with down syndrome is enjoying with his father at a public park on a sunny day.

Information Access

For years, Virginians with disabilities and their families said that they have trouble finding useful service info. Our goal is to solve that problem.

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How We Do It

Policy Advocates

We support policies that help people with disabilities and their families.


Recommendations made to support community living


Grant Projects

We give grants to groups that improve the lives of people with disabilities.


Grant dollars spent to achieve the VBPD’s mission



We provide training to adults, youth and families.


People educated or trained on key topics


News & Events

Project Highlight

Ability First is a fitness and wellness program. They help people with developmental disabilities (DD) who live in rural areas. The program helps people to live healthy.

With funding from the Virginia Board for People with Disabilities, Ability First can connect people with disabilities to opportunities within their communities to improve their physical and mental wellbeing. I believe that we can create more inclusive communities where everyone — regardless of ability, race or gender — are looked at equally.

– Dr. Thomas E Moran, Executive Director of Empowerment3 and JMU Kinesiology ProfessorView More Grantee Projects
Grants are one way that VBPD makes change happen for people with disabilities.

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