The HRPDC provides staff support to the Hampton Roads Disabilities Board, which currently represents the cities of Portsmouth, Norfolk, Virginia Beach, Chesapeake and Suffolk. The Hampton Roads Disabilities Board (HRDB) is a continuation of the regional DBs created by the Virginia Department of Rehabilitative Services (DRS) in 1992. It was created in 2009 by the support of all of the cities and the decision of the Board Members after all funding was eliminated.
In 1992, the General Assembly mandated the development of the Disability Services Boards (DSBs) to assist localities in identifying and addressing the needs of persons with physical and sensory disabilities in their communities. In 2009 funding was cut for staff support but our regional Cities decided to continue this important collaborative effort and thereby re-appointed representatives, who decided to continue their work as would be possible. HRDB was started adding to their charge people with intellectual and cognitive disabilities. All people living within the five regions are now represented and will be served.
Mission: The HRDB is the connector between the disabled community and local government, the business community, the faith community and the general public by raising awareness and exchanging information.
The HRDB generally meets every month at the Hampton Roads Planning District Commission (HRPDC) Regional Office, 723 Woodlake Drive, Chesapeake, VA. The meetings are open to the public.