August, 2021

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Sign language classes

Adaptive equipment

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Aug 8 2021

Sign language classes

Aug 7 2021

IRC is offering two sign language classes for the winter.  A Beginner’s class is offered, if five students register for the class.  

Upcoming sessions

Winter session 2021

Beginner’s Classes (Dependent on five students registering)
Start Date: Wednesday, January 19, 2022, 6:00 pm to 6:45 pm
End Date: April 6, 2022

Advanced Beginner’s Class
Start Date: Thursday, January 20, 2022, 6:00 pm to 6:45 pm
End Date: April 7, 2022

There is a sliding scale of $50-$75 per 12-week session.


Sign up

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


Brenda Gianniny

Sign language classes

Independence Resource Center

815 Cherry Avenue

Charlottesville, VA 22903


Still have questions?

For more information, contact Brenda Gianniny:

(434) 971-9629

Adaptive equipment

Aug 7 2021

Here is some of the equipment IRC currently has available. If you would like more information about our available equipment or would like to request equipment, please contact us.

Power chairs

  • 2 Jazzy power chairs
  • 1 Pronto-M-1 power chair

Manual chairs

  • Several E&J folding chairs


  • Walkers
  • Portable ramps
  • Crutches
  • Tires and tubes

ADA corner

Aug 7 2021

Below are various sources related to the Americans with Disabilities Act. For more detailed inquiries, please visit or email a staff member from the staff page. homepage

Information and technical assistance on the Americans with Disabilities Act from the US Department of Justice.

ADAAG Standards

ADA Accessibility Guidelines for Buildings and Facilities.

ADA Standards

2010 ADA Standards for accessible design.

DBTAC Online Course

Overview of disability rights laws–a free, self-paced course on federal disability rights laws.

Architectural Barriers Act

The Architectural Barriers Act (ABA) of 1968.

Virginia Office for Protection and Advocacy

Virginia’s Protection and Advocacy System Serving Persons with Disabilities.

Center for Universal Design

The Center for Universal Design at NC State is a national information, technical assistance, and research center that evaluates, develops, and promotes accessible and universal design in housing, commercial and public facilities, outdoor environments, and products.

Ramp Design

Handicap ramp design and construction guidelines.