Want to learn about the transition of our kids into adulthood? The 55th Annual Children’s Mental Health Symposium: “Crossing the Threshold” will focus on youth age 16-24yo who have special needs, including Autism, intellectual disability and mental illness, and will include living situations of kids including family, in foster care, and even juvenile justice.
I would like to introduce you to my son who is funny, goofy, sweet, loving and kind who happens to have a lifelong, life threatening medical condition known as Hydrocephalus. Hydrocephalus is a condition where the brain produces too much spinal fluid and without the aid of a shunt that is surgically placed in his brain, for the sole purpose of siphoning the excess fluid, he would die. There isn’t a cure and only treatment options for his condition. Because of the placement of the shunt, Casey has side effects which include Hypertonia, a form of cerebral palsy, and intellectual disabilities.
Casey has had 2 brain surgeries. One when he was 9 days old after being induced 4 weeks early by a caesarian section and the second surgery 8 ½ years later due to shunt failure. He has also had bilateral feet surgery to help correct and straighten his feet. Because of Casey’s hypotonia (low muscle tone), he has had physical therapy since he was 6 months old and has used assistive devices so he could walk.
What is this event? The Department of Exceptional Education’s Autism Coordinators and Transition Services are joining forces to put on this wonderful event. The night includes a resource fair which allows local agencies to connect with and empower students and families. Representatives from organizations located in Central Virginia and the surrounding areas will be on hand to provide information on options and services available to students and their families. Mini breakout sessions are available starting at 6:30. The 3 sessions address
The classes will take place at The Mill House, 7812 Schrader Road, Richmond, Virginia. If you have any problems locating our new facility, please feel free to call the office at 804-261-7050.
Join the JP JumPers and the Men/Women in Blue from the Richmond Police Department for our inaugural JP JumPers #LIUB 3K Autism Walk. The event will be on World Autism Day, Sunday April 2, 2017 from 5p-9p. The finish line is at the Science Museum of VA. They will join the rest of the world and turn their building BLUEtiful and “Light it Up Blue”.
There was a school play at our son’s local middle school, he has a friend that invited him to go and see it.
Not only did he go, but he went with his friend and no parent. He succeeded, there were no issues and he had fun.
On March 31, 2017, River City Youth Fitness will hold an open house in order to bring awareness to their inclusive gymnastics program, River City Inclusive Gymnastics. The open house will be from 7pm-8pm and it is a time when parents and caregivers of those with special needs can tour the gym, meet the coaches, and learn about the program. Reservations are not necessary.
The Autism Society Central VA (ASCV) provided information and resources via phone calls, emails, and in person for over 2200 inquiries in 2016. Questions and issues ranged across the lifespan, from assessment/diagnosis to adult services, and across the spectrum. However, time and time again one single topic rose to the service – Individualized Education Programs/Plans (IEPs). For that reason, we are repeating the IEP Boot Camp in lieu of a typical Annual Conference in 2017.