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Disability Rights of the Virgin Islands


The Disability Rights Center of the Virgin Islands (DRCVI) is the only territory-wide advocacy organization established by Congress that provides legal services to eligible persons with disabilities in the U.S. Virgin Islands. It was created on October 1, 1977 and was then known as the Committee on Advocacy for the Developmentally Disabled, Inc., and later as Virgin Islands Advocacy, Inc. There are a total of 57 protection and advocacy organizations for each state and territory of the United States.

DRCVI is a member of the National Disability Rights Network (NDRN). Collectively, NDRN is the largest provider of legally based advocacy services for people with disabilities in the United States.

It is the goal of DRCVI to ensure that all of its web resources are accessible to all who use this website. If you have a problem accessing content on our website due to accessibility issues, please contact us at info@drcvi.org for assistance.



We are continually hosting a wide range of events to support the community and help you understand the various rights and services available. Please take a minute to check out our upcoming events list. Sign up for them, they are FREE. We look forward to seeing you there!..


General Resources

We host a selection of downloadable resources as well as links to online tools and sites to help you better understand your rights and options. Take a look around and let us know if you find anything we are missing. We will do our best to maintain this for everyone to use...


Parent Resources

We offer a large list of Parent Resources covering a wide range of topics including Education, Law, IEP, Behavior, Special Education and so much more. These resources are available for download and can be read with free Adobe PDF reader software. Check it out and let us know what you think...


Public Comment Survey

We want to know what you think! We are constantly working to improve our support for you. Help us to understand what you think our priorities should be by filling out this short, but important survey! It will only take about 5 minutes for you to make an impact in what we do...


What to Do About Social Security Representative Payee Problems

on 13-Aug-2019 by DRCVI

If you feel your representative payee for your Social Security benefits is making mistakes or taking your money, you can learn more about who to contact and what to do in this video.

What To Do About Bullying

on 30-Apr-2019 by DRCVI

Are you or someone you know being bullied? This video explores ways to address the problem and find help.

What Is Wellness?

on 22-Apr-2019 by DRCVI

This video discusses the importance of self-care and the different dimensions of wellness.

What is the Client Assistance Program (CAP)?

on 02-Jan-2019 by DRCVI

The Disability Rights Center of the Virgin Islands is responsible for the Client Assistance Program (CAP) in the Territory. This video provides information on what CAP is and how we can help persons with disabilities in the Territory receive the services they need for Rehabilitation Services.

Post-Secondary Vocational Rights and Options for Students with Disabilities

on 02-Jan-2019 by DRCVI

Information regarding university students with disabilities and their rights and resources and information for vocational rehabilitation services post-high school.

What Are Transition Services?

on 02-Jan-2019 by DRCVI

Under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, schools are required to provide services to students with disabilities that prepare them for post high school life. This video provides a guide for students and their parents on what those services/activities entail.

Forgotten in Paradise - Revisited

on 15-May-2017 by DRCVI

"Forgotten in Paradise" documents the history of mental health care in the U.S. Virgin Islands from past to present. Individuals with mental illness share their stories; while doctors, professionals, activists, and government officials in the Territory discuss the successes and hurdles to overcome in policy and practices.

Façade :30 -- 2014 PSA

on 04-Oct-2016 by recoverymonth

"Façade" represents the realities that people with mental and/or substance use disorders hide from others, and even themselves. The spot emphasizes that when people face these truths and ask for help, they can achieve recovery. The PSA also depicts the importance of supportive relationships for people in recovery from mental and/or substance use disorders. The PSA also encourages viewers to call SAMHSA's National Helpline, 1-800-662-HELP (4357) or visit www.samhsa.gov/treatment for free and confidential information on prevention and treatment referral.

Please visit http://www.recoverymonth.gov for more information.

Virgin Islands - In Depth

on 05-May-2016 by Grant Video

Virgin Islands - In depth video talking about improvements in the Virgin Islands for those with disabilities

The Special Proposal | World Down Syndrome Day

on 21-Mar-2016 by CoorDown

Watch Salvatore surprise Caterina by asking her to finally realize their dream.

Donate now at :http://www.thespecialproposal.com/

Infants and Toddlers Disability Rights Center of the USVI

on 01-Oct-2015 by DRCVI.org - Cane Bay Films LLC

Children with disabilities, or children with special needs, are defined as “the portion of children with a chronic disease, disability or delay that requires educational services beyond that required generally by children that age.” This short video takes a look at ways parents of children with special needs can advocate and protect their children's rights. 

Better to be Human

on 12-Dec-2012 by DRCVI

"Better to be Human" is a heart-touching and wonderfully witty short film that brings attention to the life, challenges, joys, and self-empowerment of people with disabilities. It is an educational documentary that informs the viewer about the rights of people with disabilities and their passion to contribute to our community.

Health Care Reform in the U.S. Virgin Islands

on 06-Sep-2011 by DRCVI

On March 23rd, 2010, President Barak Obama signed in to law the Patient Protection and Affordable Health Care Act known as Comprehensive Health Reform. This lawprovides coverage for all United States Citezens, including Puerto Rico, Guam, American Samoa, and the US Virgin Islands.

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