Transportation Tops List of Services Necessary to Live Independently – Fairfax Area Disability Needs Assessment

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 Over 370 Fairfax area residents with disabilities, responding to a survey conducted by the Fairfax Area Disability Services Board, reported that the most important services necessary to live independently and maintain a high qualify of life are transportation, case management, and assistive technology. The board released the results of its triennial Fairfax Area 2009 Needs Assessment during its April meeting.

 Also high on the list were medical/therapeutic services and employment. Survey participants listed lack of information about services, problems accessing services, and the affordability of services as the most significant barriers to independence faced by people with disabilities. The full report can be found at or by calling 703-324-5874, TTY 703-449-1186. 

 The needs assessment provides key information to help the board identify services and resources that need improvement and funding, to prioritize its goals and initiatives, and to advise elected officials and state and local agencies.

 The needs assessment provides us with very important information and has allowed us to better meet the needs of people with disabilities who live in the Fairfax area,” said Ann Pimley, Fairfax Area Disability Services Board chairman. 

 The survey was sent between October 2008 and February 2009 to people with disabilities living in the Fairfax area (including Fairfax County and the cities of Falls Church and Fairfax). It was distributed through local disability organizations, Fairfax County agencies, Fairfax County Public Schools, Disability Services e-News, the Golden Gazette, and at public outreach events. The Department of Family Services’ Disability Services and Planning unit managed the survey.

 The Fairfax Area Disabilities Services Board has 15 representatives appointed by the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors. The board represents and advocates for people with disabilities in the Fairfax area and holds monthly meetings that are open to the public. Information about the board can be found at

 Fairfax County is committed to nondiscrimination on the basis of disability in all county programs, services and activities. To request this information in an alternate format, call Department of Family Services’ Disability Services and Planning at 703-324-5421, TTY 703-449-1186.


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