With almost two weeks of the 2021 session still to go, the disability community can celebrate several significant accomplishments, especially in the area of employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities.
The 2021 General Assembly session is in a very odd posture today. Under their official calendar, on Friday, each house was supposed to have complete work on bills that began in that house.
Here are some of the bills that the General Assembly will work on, to improve the ability for Virginians with disabilities to have full access to the right to vote.
In July of 2017, lawmakers passed legislation to allow dLCV to receive serious incident reports from community providers licensed by the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services (DBHDS) that provide services to individuals with disabilities across the Commonwealth.
There are some important employment related bills that were passed by the House of Delegates and that must be acted on by the Senate.
This session, both the Senate and the House of Delegates have introduced a number of bills that may affect Virginia schoolchildren with special education needs, which we detail below.
The General Assembly is considering several proposals to amend the delivery of mental health services in Virginia.
dLCV continues to monitor legislation that seeks to allow equity in public and private school education for children and youth with disabilities.
Transportation is a critically important issue to all persons with disabilities in Virginia. The need for critical infrastructure to enable people with disabilities to participate in all aspects of society is great. While there are no major proposals under consideration that would tackle that enormous problem, there are several smaller budget amendments under consideration, as well as some bills, that establish some transportation related rights.
The 2021 session of the General Assembly continues to consider bills and the state budget, and is considering a potentially important bill that could impact individuals with disabilities and their rights to decision-making.