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Purpose
General Purpose
The purpose of the Loudoun County Disability Services Board (DSB) is to:
  • Advise the elective bodies of Loudoun County regarding issues of importance to persons with disabilities, including the Americans With Disabilities ADA.
  • Advocate for the rights of persons with disabilities.
  • Assess local service needs and existing services. Provide input to state and local agencies on service needs and priorities of persons with physical / sensory disabilities.
  • Develop and support linkages between services to improve the coordination and the array of services for persons with disabilities.
  • Inform and educate about issues, barriers, and options, to ensure that persons with physical and sensory disabilities can participate to the fullest extent possible.
  • Monitor compliance with federal, state, and local laws regarding disabilities.
  • Provide information and resource referral to local government, businesses and individuals regarding the Americans with Disabilities Act
  • Provide input to the Board of Supervisors and local agencies on service needs and priorities of persons with physical and sensory disabilities
  • Recognize and celebrate local businesses and individuals making a difference in the lives of people with disabilities
  • Serve as a catalyst for the development of public and private funding for needed services.

Background

In 1991, the "Commission on the Coordination of Delivery of Services to Facilitate the Self-Sufficiency and Support of persons with Physical and Sensory Disabilities," also known as the Beyer Commission, found that this population is both unserved and under served.

In 1991, the House Bill 15 was passed by the Virginia Assembly, creating a state level Disability Services Council and establishing local level Disability Services Boards. Representation by persons with disabilities or their family members is required. The bill proposed a ten-year plan to develop a system of programs and services for persons with physical / sensory disabilities.

The Loudoun County Disability Services Board was established on November 1, 1992. It is comprised of representatives appointed by the elected officials of Loudoun County.

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