Northern Virginia Training Center

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Northern Virginia Training Center
Opened 1973
Closed 2016
Current Status Closed
Building Style Cottage Plan
Location Fairfax, VA
Alternate Names


The Northern Virginia Training Center first opened its doors in April, 1973 as one of five residential training centers in the Commonwealth to serve people with intellectual and related disabilities. Since its inception, the Northern Virginia Training Center has been committed to improving the lives of people affected by intellectual disabilities. The NVTC was once home to more than 250 residents on-site and employed more than 550 people providing services to residents and non-residents alike, including people coming from Fairfax, Alexandria, Arlington, Prince William and Loudoun Counties.

However, in the summer of 1999, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Olmstead v L.C. that unjustified segregating of people with disabilities from society constitutes discrimination and is a violation of Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act, which ultimately forced the NVTC to close in 2016.