The Partnership for People with Disabilities at Virginia Commonwealth University is recognized by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration on Developmental Disabilities, as a university center for excellence in developmental disabilities. Founded in 1985, the Partnership today is home to more than 20 federal and state programs, staffed by more than 80 professionals, family members, people with disabilities, and university students supporting individuals with disabilities and their families.
The Partnership is recognized for its strong programs supporting families, individuals, and service providers in the early childhood arena. All children, including those with disabilities, deserve the supports they need to excel in their homes, schools, and communities. To foster this level of success, the Partnership is working to equip family members, health care providers, preschool teachers, early care and education providers, including home and center-based child care providers, and others who serve infants and young children and their families with the awareness, skills and training needed to make a difference in their lives.
The Partnership is home to the Virginia Cross-Sector Professional Development System (VCPD), the Virginia Department of Education’s Training and Technical Assistance Center at VCU (T/TAC), the Part C early intervention Integrated Training Collaborative (ITC), the Virginia Infant & Toddler Specialist Network (ITSN) Central Region, Project Social Emotional Education and Development (SEED), the Early Childhood Mental Health Initiative, and a host of other early childhood professional development and service initiatives.