Nursing Home Abuse Center

Protecting Seniors from Abuse and Neglect

Over 10 million seniors experience elder abuse each year — this has to stop.

The Nursing Home Abuse Center (NHAC) was founded on time-honored principles of restoring dignity for some of our most vulnerable and valuable citizens. Before we can begin to resolve the issue of nursing home abuse, we must understand what it is. Read More

Paying for Senior Care: Alzheimer’s Care

Alzheimer’s disease, Lewy Body dementia, Frontotemporal dementia (FTD), and other related memory disorders and dementia affect over 5.5 million aging Americans. Depending on the stage of these diseases, individuals can require 24-hour supervision or care.  Read More

Quick links

Crip Camp from Netflix

Crip Camp on Youtube

Bennett’s Village

Bennett’s Village is an organization dedicated to make the world a more inclusive place for ALL to play.  Read More

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.

Local news

“Lunch and Learn” discusses accessibility in houses

STAUNTON, Va. (WHSV) - Housing advocates are keeping the conversations going after the two days SAW Housing Summit that was held last year.

The topic of this most recent “Lunch and Learn” was centered around accessible housing and housing for older adults. Scott Pruett, Director of the Universal Design Project said why there is some accessibility legislation found under fair housing laws there is not a lot of regulations when it comes to accessibility in the housing market.

“The ADA does not apply to privately owned homes, it is more for commercial spaces,” said Scott Pruett. Read More

Disabled woman files Fair Housing suit against State Delegate March

A disabled Christiansburg woman who is renting an apartment in a boarding house owned by state Del. Marie March, R-Floyd County, has filed a complaint with the Virginia Fair Housing Board against March and her company, Big Bear Properties LLC.  Read More


Justice Department Finds Minnesota City’s “Crime-Free” Housing Program Discriminates Against Tenants with Mental Health Disabilities

The Justice Department announced today that the city of Anoka, Minnesota, violated the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Fair Housing Act by denying tenants with mental health disabilities an equal opportunity to receive emergency assistance. Read More

Justice Department Finds Nebraska Violates Federal Civil Rights Laws by Unnecessarily Institutionalizing People with Serious Mental Illness

The Justice Department announced today that it found that Nebraska is unnecessarily segregating people with serious mental illness (SMI) in assisted living facilities and day program facilities, in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Olmstead v. L.C. The department found that Nebraska is restricting access to critical community-based services that people with SMI need to live and work in the community.  Read More

Accessible Street Design Survey for the Disabled Community

You are invited to participate in a research study being conducted by Smart Growth America, supported by the International Parking & Mobility Institute and the Disability Rights Education & Defense Fund. Read More

Financial Resources and Discounts for Students With Disabilities

Here is useful link for students with disabilities!

Justice Department Issues Guidance on the Americans with Disabilities Act and Employment Services for People with Disabilities

Nationally, a significant number of individuals with disabilities spend the majority of their daytime hours receiving public services in sheltered workshops and facility-based day programs. These settings segregate individuals from the community and provide little or no opportunity to interact with people without disabilities, other than paid staff. Read More

NCD celebrates 50 year anniversary of Rehabilitation Act of 1973

WASHINGTON--Today the National Council on Disability celebrates the 50th anniversary of the first civil rights legislation protecting disabled people from discrimination. The Rehabilitation Act of 1973 was signed into law by President Richard M. Nixon on Sept. 26, 1973, after he vetoed the legislation twice. It would be the precursor for future disbility rights protections, including the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. Read More

Be wary of offering ‘help,’ and other ways to support families with disabilities

When my son was born sick, and eventually diagnosed with severe disabilities, friends helped in a variety of ways. One friend texted several times a day to let me know she was thinking of us without expecting a response in return. Another friend let me vent over the phone where I repeated and tried to understand constantly changing news I received from doctors. Read More

Disability Advocate Rebekah Taussig: Here’s How We Shift from Ableism to True Accessibility


The author and @sitting_pretty Instagram influencer shares her vision for shifting the cultural narrative around disability.  Read More

Activist Judy Heumann led a reimagining of what it means to be disabled

Judy Heumann was the first person I called when, in 1987, I reported my first story on disability rights. Judy, who contracted polio when she was 18 months old, gave me the quote that perfectly summed up that little-known civil rights movementRead More

Web Meeting on how Systems Change fosters enhanced ADA compliance

The United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia for a Virtual Community Meeting on Tuesday, January 10, 2023 from 1 pm until 4 pm, EST, in which we will discuss how Systems Change fosters enhanced ADA compliance.  During this Community Meeting, you will hear from stakeholders who have engaged on Systems Change and how it has resulted in enhanced ADA compliance. Register Here