Mayor's Committee for Persons with Disabilities
- Mayor's Office
The Mayor's Committee for Persons with Disabilities is an advisory and advocacy group that helps formulate solutions to meet the needs of Virginia Beach’s disabled community. The group also provides advice on issues involving compliance with state and national legislation.
The committee works to improve the awareness of every person's abilities rather than their disabilities and wants to make Virginia Beach the most accessible city in the U.S.
For additional information, call the Office of the Mayor at (757) 385-4581.
- Community education - Increasing awareness of disability issues and resources.
- Legislation - Develop laws and ordinances affecting citizens with disabilities and their rights.
- Accessibility - Assuring that all facilities and programs are accessible to citizens with disabilities.
- Employment - Promoting more employment opportunities for citizens with disabilities.
- Transportation - Acquiring an accessible public transportation system.
- Economics - Promoting opportunities for economic independence for citizens with disabilities.
Members are appointed by the mayor. Application forms are available through the Mayor's Office or under "Related Information" on this page. The committee seeks Virginia Beach residents:
- who have a disability;
- who have experience working with a person, or persons, with a disability;
- who are affiliated with organizations that provide services to Virginia Beach residents with a disability; and
- city employees, in an ex-officio status.
The committee meets from 3:45 to 5 p.m. on the third Thursday of each month at Bayside Special Services Library, 936 Independence Blvd. Meetings are open to the public.
The Mayor's Committee for Persons with Disabilities presents annual awards to individuals, businesses, and service organizations that have demonstrated a commitment to improving the lives of Virginia Beach residents with disabilities. The nomination form is available through the Mayor's Office and "Related Information" on this page.
- Virginia Board for People with Disabilities
- The Virginia Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services
TTY: (800) 464-9950
Virginia Beach Office: (757) 451-7101
- Virginia Department of Medical Assistance Services
TDD: (800) 343-0634
- Virginia Department for the Blind and Vision Impaired
Voice/TTY: (800) 622-2155
Voice/TTY: (804) 371-3140 (within Virginia)
- The Virginia Department for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
Voice/TTY: (800) 552-7917
Voice/TTY: (804) 662-9502 (within Virginia)
- Virginia State Rehabilitation Council
TTY: (800) 464-9950
- The Disability Services Agencies
Voice/TTY: (800) 552-5019
- Virginia Office for Protection and Advocacy
Voice/TTY: (800) 552-3962
- The United States Department of Justice
ADA information line
Voice: (800) 514-0301
TTY: (800) 514-0383
- For lift-equipped transportation contact Hampton Roads Transit Paratransit:(757) 455-8010
Accessibility in Virginia Beach
The city has designated parking spaces throughout the resort area for visitors and residents with disabilities.
Bayside Special Services Library, 936 Independence Blvd., loans materials to people with disabilities, including books in large print or Braille, and audio cassettes as well as the playback equipment on which to play them. Call (757) 385-2684.
Project Civic Access "Cities and Counties: First Steps Toward Solving Common ADA Problems" created by the U.S. Department of Justice, provides key information to businesses and state and local governments about how to create accessible buildings.
ADA Design Guide for Accessible Parking, also from the U.S. Department of Justice, explains how to create accessible car and van spaces when striping parking lots. For more information, see U.S. Department of Justice - Civil Rights Division.
City Council has appointed the Commissioner of the Revenue administrator of several tax relief programs for elderly and disabled citizens. Qualified senior citizens and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.
For information and numbers of other Human Services in Southeastern Virginia, call (757) 625-4543.