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Sign language classes

IRC offers fun and informative Beginning, Advanced Beginning, and Intermediate Sign Language Classes. We offer fall, winter, spring, and summer sessions. Due to the pandemic, our classes are being held via Zoom only.

Brenda Gianniny of the IRC leads a sign language class

Adaptive equipment

See what adaptive equipment (power chairs, manual wheelchairs, etc.) is currently available. If we don't have what you need, we also accept requests.

ADA corner

Our central hub for various resources related to the Americans with Disabilities Act

The VisitAble Database

The Visitable Database actively helps locations become more mobility-friendly, advertises companies who are leading the way in accessibility, and provides an easy way for those with mobility issues to explore accessibility!

Featured articles

The ADA was born in Virginia efforts for Accessibility

Kathryn A. Hayfield column: Americans with Disabilities Act born of Virginia's struggle for equality

IRC and Transportation

Since IRC's historic influence on the transportation system in the '80s, IRC has continued to be the principle advocate for accessible transportation for people with disabilities in Planning District Ten.

IRC announcements

Sign Language Classes–Spring Session 2022

All Classes will be conducted virtually through Zoom: Advanced Beginner's Class 2 Start Date: Thursday, April 14, 2022, 6:00 pm to 6:45 pm End Date: June 30, 2022 There is a sliding scale of $50-$75 per 12-week session. You can mail a check to the IRC to reserve a slot in an upcoming session. Make sure to include your name, email address, and phone number. Mail checks to:  Sign Language, IRC, 815 Cherry Avenue, Charlottesville, VA 22903. For more information contact Sarah Barker, 434-975-3825,  

IRC office hours from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm due to rise in COVID cases

The offices of the Independence Resource Center will be continue to be open from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm for office hours due to a surge in COVID cases in the area. Please contact IRC at if you need to contact staff. We are experiencing technical problems with our phone message system. Thank you for your patience.

Local news

Piedmont Health District Offers Free COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic at Charlotte County Farmers Market

DRAKES BRANCH, Va. – The Piedmont Health District will offer a free COVID-19 vaccination clinic this Friday, May 20 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Charlotte County Farmers Market, located at 4900 Drakes Main St. in Drakes Branch.

The clinic will offer first, second, additional primary and booster doses of the COVID-19 vaccines at no cost to the public. The clinic will be held outside, so please dress appropriately for the weather. Read More

Email Ballots with Screen Reader Technology Available to Charlottesville Absentee Voters with Disabilities


FDA authorizes second booster shot for people age 50 and up

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) gave the green light on Tuesday to a second coronavirus vaccine booster shot for people aged 50 and older in an effort to ward off another potential spike in infections due to a subvariant of omicron. Read More

Federal Judge rules in favor of parents in mask lawsuit

Virginia state officials will not be allowed to prevent or limit 10 school divisions from considering mask requirements as an accommodation for some students with disabilities, under a federal injunction. Read More

Department of Transportation to Hold Public Meeting on Air Travel by Persons Who Use Wheelchairs


Parents of disabled students sue Virginia Governor


DOJ settles discrimination claims against 19 business owners

DOJ makes moves to assure access in DC, Maryland, and Virginia businesses.

Additional Protections for Workers with Disabilities in Virginia

Virginia companies employing five or more workers will need to comply with the addition of “disability” as a protected characteristic to the Virginia Human Rights Act effective July 1.

The Safety Net Program Congress Forgot

Due to the neglect of the SSI program and other programs which were meant to support the disabled population, millions of people have been forced to live in abject poverty within the richest nation in the world. They must live on outdated and below poverty level checks from the government. But if they try to supplement their menial incomes, they are penalized for the effort.

ADA scores a win during COVID-19!