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The Statewide Independent Living Council (SILC) is a planning body working with the Department of Rehabilitative Services to increase the impact of independent living services in Virginia.

Every three years, the SILC develops a State Plan for Independent Living. In order to develop the next State Plan, for years 2024-2026, we would like you to complete the following Needs Assessment. Your answers will be used collectively with other responses to help the Council develop the goals for the next State Plan for Independent Living.

We are very interested in what you, as a person with a disability, have to share regarding what you need to help with to live at home, in your community. Your answers to the questions in this survey are voluntary and will be held in confidence. This is an opportunity for you to be heard and to express your opinion about the needs of people with disabilities. Your rights to current or future independent living services are not affected by what you say in the survey or by your choice to participate or not participate in this survey.

This Survey is available in other formats, upon request, by contacting:
Lauren Roche - SILC Administrator
8004 Franklin Farms Drive
Richmond, VA 23229
Telephone: 804-663-7817
Email: lauren.roche@dars.virginia.gov

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* 1. To help us better understand the needs of Virginians with disabilities, we would like to know who is completing the survey. Please check the box that best describes you. Please check only one:

Please remember that the purpose of this survey is to capture the needs of Virginians with disabilities. If you are completing the survey on behalf of a person with a disability, please answer all questions based on that individual.

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* 2. In what year were you born? (For example, 1970)

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* 3. In what city/county do you live?

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* 4. Please tell us what zip code you live in.

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* 5. Are you, or have you ever been, a member of the Armed Forces?

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* 6. Please choose one (1) race/ethnicity below that best describes you.

Below is a list of services that may or may not apply to you. Please select whether you 1) need the service, 2) are getting the service, OR 3) do not need the service.

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* 7. Getting information about available services and supports for people with disabilities (information and referral services)

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* 8. Learning about your rights and how to use them (advocacy services)

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* 9. Learning how to manage a budget, shop for food, cook, or do other things necessary to live on your own (independent living skills training)

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* 10. Help finding affordable and accessible housing (housing services)

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* 11. Making changes to your home so that you can have better accessibility and continue to live there (home modifications)

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* 12. Finding a place to live in case of an emergency (shelter services)

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* 13. Mentoring from someone who shares/understands your disability (peer mentoring)

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* 14. Help with finding and keeping a job (vocational services)

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* 15. Help with finding/using items that increase or maintain independence (assistive devices/adaptive equipment)

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* 16. Finding and accessing services for youth with disabilities, ages 14 to 26, from school to community (youth transition services)

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* 17. Increasing access to and/or improving ability to travel within your region (transportation services)

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* 18. Finding and accessing information and resources regarding Covid-19 (access to personal protective equipment, vaccine(s), housing, safe transportation, high speed internet, etc.)

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* 19. Help moving from a nursing home or institution into the community (community living options)

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* 20. Help finding someone to help you with bathing, cooking, eating, light cleaning, and toileting (personal assistance services)

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* 21. Are there any services, not listed above, that would be helpful to you?

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* 22. What is the most important service(s) needed to help you live in your home?

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* 23. What is the most important service needed to help you live in your community?

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* 24. During the global pandemic, did you experience any barriers or obstacles (examples: difficulty obtaining supplies or services, accessing resources, information, etc.)?

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* 25. ) In your opinion, what is the most important service that other people with disabilities in your community need to live in their home or community?

This concludes the survey. Thank you for providing comments and input for the next State Plan for Independent Living. Please visit our website at https://www.vasilc.org/ to learn more about the Council.  
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