Project Living Well

The goal of Project Living Well (PLW) is to support people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD), both those using home and community based services (HCBS) services and those waiting for services, to live a life of their choosing in an environment that promotes equality of opportunity, full participation, independent living and economic self-sufficiency.

The project accomplishes this by implementing a replicable and sustainable model of:

  • Evidence-based and informed capacity building strategies that increase the knowledge and skills of people with IDD and their supporters and generates policy change.
  • Community monitoring that aligns and augments disparate monitoring and quality initiatives in Virginia to improve the identification of health and safety risks for people with IDD.

Why trend reports?

As a part of Project Living Well, the Virginia Board for People with Disabilities (VBPD) is creating trend reports on early intervention, housing, education, employment, and health and community supports. These reports will track quality of life and service outcomes for people with disabilities. Several of these outcomes are the direct result of big policy drivers such as the 2011 Employment First Initiative or the 2012 Department of Justice Settlement Agreement. Thus, the reports are meant to be a quick reference to self-advocates, legislators, and others on how the disability services system is doing, and on areas that may need policy change.

These reports summarize the most recent trends and will leave in-depth analyses and recommendations to VBPD’s policy assessments, which are published on a selected subject in four year cycles. By keeping the reports brief and summative, VBPD hopes to annually publish at least one trend report on a subject different from the policy assessments published that same year. This Project Living Well grant began on Oct 1, 2017, and will end on September 30, 2022. VBPD hopes these trend reports will be sustained long after Project Living Well has ended.

The Early Intervention program, administered by the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services (DBHDS), provides services and supports to infants and toddlers with developmental delays and their families, in accordance with Part C of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). These services may include, but are not limited to, speech therapy, physical therapy, occupational therapy, psychological services, and service coordination.

The services are intended to minimize developmental delay, maximize potential for independent living, and reduce costs to society by minimizing future need for special education and related services.

Project Living Well Trend Report - Early Intervention - Full Report
Project Living Well Trend Report - Early Intervention - Summary
Works Cited

Education has far-reaching effects on other areas of life. The results of a child's academic career impact their employment prospects and independent living. The mode in which that education is delivered may also have a considerable impact. Multiple laws were passed to ensure that children with disabilities receive a quality education. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) offers protections from discrimination, while the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act entitles students with disabilities to a free and appropriate public education in the least restrictive environment.

Project Living Well Trend Report - Education - Summary
Project Living Well Trend Report - Scorecard Layout - Education
Education Works Cited

Housing is more than having a place to live. Housing affects employment, access to services, community engagement, and more. After an investigation of Virginia's disability service system, the U.S. Department of Justice and the Commonwealth of Virginia entered into a Settlement Agreement in 2012. As a part of this Settlement Agreement, the Commonwealth closed four of five state institutions which housed people with developmental disabilities, and helped residents from these institutions transition into homes in the community. The Commonwealth continues to work to address housing barriers and expand home- and community-based services.

Project Living Well Trend Report - Housing - Summary
Project Living Well Trend Report - Scorecard Layout - Housing
Housing Works Cited

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