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February 6, 2015

Important Information for Seniors and People With Disabilities Who Qualify for Tax Relief

The 2015 Notice of Real Estate Assessment Change that was mailed to you in February is not a tax bill. If you are an older adult or a person with a disability who qualifies for tax relief, please note that the 2015 tax estimate shown on the notice does not reflect your 2015 tax relief benefit. The filing deadline for your tax relief application is April 1, 2015.You will be notified about your tax relief status by June 30, 2015. The notice may also reflect any tax relief exemptions received in tax years 2013 and 2014.

For more information about tax relief or your real estate assessment, contact the Department of Tax Administration at 703-222-8234, (TTY 703-222-7594). Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Information on tax relief and real estate tax assessments can be found online

Channel 16's Emergency Preparedness Program Focuses on Caregivers

The latest in the Mature Living series looks at what older adults and caregivers should know about preparing for an emergency. County experts discuss how to create an emergency kit – for you and your loved one – and ensure everyone in your caring network is aware of the plan. They also discuss the Special Needs Registry that helps emergency responders better assist people with disabilities.

You can watch right now via YouTube.
You can also watch the program beginning on Channel 16 at these times:

  • Sunday at 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.
  •  Monday at 5 p.m.
  • Wednesday at 12 p.m.
  • Friday at 9 p.m.

Learn more about emergency preparedness at

Marchand Internship – Application for Summer 2015 Session Due Feb 15

The Paul Marchand Internship Fund will provide $3,000 per semester or summer session to assist interns interested in pursuing careers in public policy advocacy for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD).  See  Application information and  Internship FAQs for more information.  For 38 years, Paul Marchand was a dedicated disability policy advocate and recognized leader working on behalf of people I/DD and the larger disability community. Upon his retirement in 2011, The Arc, with substantial contributions from United Cerebral Palsy, other organizations, and individuals with whom Paul worked during his decades in Washington, established an internship to honor Paul and to continue to cultivate disability policy advocates.

The Fairfax Area Disability Services Board Wants to Hear from You!

You are invited to the next meeting of the Fairfax Area Disability Services Board (FA-DSB) on Monday, February 9 at 7 p.m. in Conference Rooms 2/3 of the Fairfax County Government Center.

FA-DSB members are appointed by elected officials of Fairfax County and the cities of Fairfax and Falls Church to represent and advocate for people with disabilities.  The board values input from the disability community.  Each meeting begins with an open comment period, and the FA-DSB wants to hear about the priorities that are important to you.

For more information about the FA-DSB, or to request an ADA reasonable accommodation, call Voice: 703-324-5868, TTY: 703-449-1186, or email

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