Happy First Birthday to us! Thank you ,Thank You,Thank You! I cannot believe a year has passed since I started out on this journey. For those of you that know me, you know I am not easily satisfied and will continue to work harder than ever, BUT, I am so happy to have grown so much in this short time, to have so many new readers, contributors, sponsors and to know we are making a difference! It is working and we will continue to as well!
The staff all work to meet your needs and have your child feel comfortable.
Cutz for Guys has TV’s too to keep the kids entertained.
In addition to providing Information and Resources, sponsoring social and recreational program for all ages, and providing scholarships, the Autism Society Central VA also hosts Chapter Meetings on a monthly basis, which cover topics relevant to individuals and families, at any age and any stage.
Editor’s Note. Look for upcoming articles from Kimmy, I am so excited to be growing our community of Special Needs parents and children to share with us. If at any time, you are interested, please send me a note.
Casino Night will be Saturday January 30th, 2016 at Maggiano’s in short pump. It is a fun filled night of gaming, pasta, fun drinks and RAISING MONEY for our club and for The Miracle League of Richmond. The night involves various raffles, silent auction items and buy-in raffle games to get people in the donation spirit. Here is a link to pictures from last year.
Starting November 2015 Virginia Eye Institute will expand its Annual Cataract Mission program. Virginia Eye Institute’s Cataract Mission program is an outreach program designed to help Central Virginians in need of free cataract surgery. Eligibility criteria for the application-based program includes a lack of insurance (including Medicare or Medicaid) lack of financial means (0-200% FPL) to pay for the surgery, and residency in the service area for at least six months. Qualified candidates may schedule an evaluation through the CrossOver Clinic West at 8600 Quioccasin Road Suite 105 Richmond, VA 23229 (804-521-8263) to receive cataract surgery and other eye care services from Virginia Eye Institute.
To date, Virginia Eye Institute’s Cataract Mission program has donated over 800 eye exams and 240 surgeries in the program’s 22 year history. Patients also get post-op follow-up at no charge. More than $5,000 worth of services are provided at no charge to each patient undergoing cataract surgery. Through our Access Now partnership, Virginia Eye Institute has been able to serve our community throughout 2015 with 30 surgeries and numerous office visits. From the front desk staff to each physician, all of VEI’s employees work with these patients throughout the year with the same goal of saving vision and providing world-class eye care to those in need throughout the Richmond community.
Editor’s Note: I first published this 4 years ago and I wish that I could tell you that a tremendous amount has changed for the better, but I can’t. I can tell you that some things have changed and some of it is better, and that is enough. Being a parent of a special needs child, you learn and appreciate that every little thing matters and that it is all wonderful.
Hi Friends & Family,
Community Health Needs Assessment
Bon Secours Richmond Health System is calling all Richmond residents to complete their Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) survey. This survey is conducted every three years and is a chance for the general public to influence health care in their region.
The purpose of the CHNA is to identify the areas of highest need in the Richmond area so Bon Secours may develop programs and solutions to better meet those community health needs.
In order to accurately identify the areas of need, Bon Secours needs the community’s input. The surveys are anonymous and are 20 questions long, the surveys should take between 5 and 10 minutes. It is available online in both English and Spanish at www.chna.bonsecours.com.
The Holidays are a busy time and it is likely your special needs child will be with you as you need to get some of your errands done. These outings are a great chance to teach life skills.
There is that chance of the dreaded meltdown, we all know that place well and many of us may wonder if it is worth the chance of risking it?
We know our kids best and should consider what we have to do, where we have to go and how long it will be WHEN there is a choice. For many of us, there may not be the choice and our child will need to be with us for all or most of our errands.
I have come up with some tips in hopes to help.
So many times as special needs parents, we tend to focus on the things we struggle with, the things our kids can’t do and the frustrations we feel in our daily lives. Today, I am going to focus on what gifts we receive from our son, the things he teaches and the joys he brings to our family every day.