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IFSP: First Steps

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Resources for Families

Sometimes just knowing where to start can be hard.

That's why DBHDS created the Individual and Family Support Program (IFSP) to help families and individuals with developmental disabilities find supports and to connect with other families.

IFSP provides: 

  • the IFSP-Funding Program,
  • our Community Coordination Program, 
  • family mentoring opportunities through our partnership with Virginia Commonwealth University's Center for Family Involvement,
  • peer mentoring opportunities through our partnership with The Arc of Virginia, and 
  • our partnership with disAbilityNavigator.

To learn about IFSP and Virginia's developmental disability system, please review our "IFSP: First Steps" document. 


From conception through the earliest years of life or babyhood.

Early Childhood

The time in a child’s life before they begin school full time.

School Age

The years from kindergarten through middle school.

Transition to Adulthood

Moving from childhood to young adulthood and from school to adult life.


Period of time after we transition from school years through the time we begin entering our golden years.


The golden years are when we begin to slow down and experience many age-related changes.

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