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Focus on Residents with Disabilities

The library is a wonderful resource for residents with disabilities. The Fairfax County Library’s Access Services programs are intended to remove barriers to library service for people with disabilities. Library services are available for people with physical disabilities including people who are blind or visually impaired, deaf or hard of hearing, the homebound and their family, friends and caregivers. The various categories of services and information include media, fact sheets, the Loud and Clear Newsletter and Talking Book Services. You may call the library at 703-324-8380, (TTY: 703-324-8365), or email to access@fairfaxcounty.gov, or visit the Access Services website.

The County also has a great deal of information on resources for individuals with disabilities on the Human Services website or by calling 703-324-7948, TTY 711. Below are some of the topics of interest:

  • State Agencies that Serve People with Disabilities

  • Important Phone Numbers

  • Housing Information

  • Americans with Disabilities Act

  • Adult Protective Services

  • Adult Services – Learn about services for adults 18 and over with disabilities

  • Health Care including adult day health care; community health care centers; Medicaid; the Virginia Insurance Counseling and Assistance Program, which provides free help with understanding Medicare rules, Medigap policies, Medicare HMO plans and long-term care insurance; and a Home Care Guide that provides information for persons who need assistance caring for themselves or a loved one

  • Leisure activities to include gardening, golf courses, a home-based visiting program for isolated and homebound residents and recreation and fitness centers

  • Long-Term Care information for locating and choosing facilities, regulations, resolving complaints, and an ombudsman program to assist people receiving care

  • Disability Related Legal Resources

  • Resources and Services for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing

  • Therapeutic Recreation – Recreational programs for people with disabilities

  • Transportation Related Matters to include disability parking placards and plates; Fairfax Connector for discounted fares for seniors and the disabled; Fastran for scheduled, discounted bus or taxi services for income-eligible residents and Metro Access for public transportation providing curb-to-curb service for those who cannot use the Metrobus or Metrorail system.

  • Volunteer Opportunities

Additionally, the Virginia Assistive Technology System (VATS) is a statewide program authorized and funded by the Assistive Technology Act of 2004, which is guided by an Advisory Council composed of individuals with disabilities, family members and representatives from Virginia’s disability service agencies. Through the VATS Information and Referral System, callers can access information on assistive technology products, funding options, and resources that range from therapists, to service providers to assistive technology vendors. A toll free number, 1-800-435-8490, connects you with a professional who can answer inquiries and guide you to the best resources in your community. More information is available on the VATS website.

The City of Fairfax Regional Library is Moving on Sunday, November 25th!

The City of Fairfax Regional Library and the Virginia Room will close on Sunday, November 25, 2007, at 6 p.m. for its move to the new location at Old Lee Highway and North Street. The library will reopen with a grand celebration on Saturday, January 26, 2008. More information is also available by calling the City of Fairfax Regional Library at 703-293-6227, TTY 711.

_________________________________________________________________________ Providence Online 2007 November Edition page 2

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