Please join us! Friendship Circle is excited to announce our 3rd annual Community Inclusion Event on Sunday, February 12 from 7-9pm! This year we are focusing on mental health and bullying in partnership with the Cameron Gallagher Foundation who focuses on teen depression and anxiety. We are honored to have Style Weekly Magazine’s youngest recipient of the Top 40 under 40 award Brandon Farbstein as our keynote speaker! Mental Health and bullying can affect anyone from kindergarten through adulthood and often go unnoticed or unaddressed. Join us as we raise awareness and provide skills to navigate these topics to help create a more inclusive community. FREE for the entire community with dessert reception! Educators, parents, community leaders, teens and organizations encouraged to attend! These topics affect everyone from kindergarteners through adulthood and go unnoticed or unaddressed. Join us as we raise awareness and provide skills to navigate these topics for a more inclusive community.
Bon Secours started a new service for us so that if the need arises for medical help and you don’t want to leave your home, or maybe you are away visiting family,Bon Secours 24/7 can help.
The Miracle League of Richmond announces that the 2017 Spring Season begins April 8th and we play each Saturday through June 17th. Our Fall Season runs Saturdays from Sept. 9th to Oct 28th. For more information, go to the website: http://mlor.org/
Autastic Avenues, LLC and The Reach Program at Peak Experiences Indoor Climbing Center are collaborating to offer a “hang out with benefits”. Starting February 10, 2017, Autastic Avenues will form a new social skills group for tweens and teens that will meet at Peak Experiences in Midlothian.
Young people with social challenges can come together on Friday evenings to practice social skills and, well, hang. The sessions will begin with instruction on social thinking concepts, followed by climbing, facilitated by the skilled staff of Peak Experiences. Next, kids will regroup for pizza and feedback.
Why is Peak Experiences the perfect place for this group? Kids with social challenges need a “real world” place and activity in which to practice what they are learning. All Staff who work with the Reach program receive additional training outside of standard gym staff training. They learn about autism and how it manifests itself so that they can be attentive to the needs of these
individuals. Peak is a community founded on inclusion and a desire to make sure everyone feel welcome within our gym. So, even the folks who don’t work with the program directly, are sure to be helpful and friendly people.
Critical problem solving skills
Smart decisions making
Thinking for yourself
Climbing builds strength and increases fitness.
Discipline and focus
Bravery – bravery is the reward for taking a chance and escaping the dreaded comfort
WHEN: February 25, 2017; 12 – 4 pm
WHERE: The Shops at Willow Lawn, 1601 Willow Lawn Drive, Richmond, VA 23230
Swimsuit season just got longer in RVA. Join us for the RVA Polar Plunge® Fest and give us your best cannonball into a frosty above-ground pool.
MHP hosted its 5th Annual Uncork Hope event last month. Uncork Hope is MHP’s signature fundraiser and allows Medical Home Plus (MHP), www.medhomeplus.org, to offer their services to families of children with special health care needs free of charge. This year, MHP hosted the evening at the Bon Secours Washington Redskins Training Camp and was the second event to be hosted in the second story event space during their inaugural weekend. With nearly four hundred guests in attendance, music provided by Happy Jack band, and delicious food and beverages provided by Mosaic Catering, the event was a huge success. MHP invited several families to come and share their testimonies that evening to give our guests an up-front perspective of the wonderful work that we do!
MHP connects families of children with special needs with the specialized resources and services that can help them achieve their maximum potential. When families contact our center, they receive personal and confidential assistance from our highly experienced Resource Coordinators, also parents of children with special health care needs and who are supported by our expert staff of pediatric nurses and physicians. These services, which can involve substantial involvement by our staff, are provided free of charge to Virginia families.
MHP serves families and the professionals that support them regardless of diagnosis (or a lack thereof). MHP serves the entire Commonwealth of Virginia, but is headquartered in Richmond. At MHP, your child is our mission. Please contact us at www.medhomeplus.org; firstname.lastname@example.org; or 804-330-5030
Jan. 16, 2017, 9:00am -1:00pm
Regency Square 2nd Floor
1420 N Parham Rd
Richmond, VA 23229
“Walk & Roll for Intentional Kindness” hosted by REAP and The Network Doctor.
River City Buddy Ball Fitness at VCU is Jacob’s Chance’s newest program. RCBB Fitness at VCU promotes fitness through sports, health and wellness education, and social interaction for young teens with intellectual and physical challenges. The program is for teens 11-18 years old.
Participation in this program is available for the entire 2017 year, offering a variety of athletics, education, and social fun. Registration for this program does not commit you to every event, but allows you the option to be a part of those that work for your family – although we hope you come to all!
The first sport held in the 2017 year will be INDOOR SOCCER led by Coach Matt Scott, VCU Exercise Science Professor and formerly a player on the VCU Men’s Soccer Team. DETAILS for indoor soccer as follows:
It is estimated that more than 3.5 million Americans have an autism spectrum disorder (Buescher et al., 2014). Many of these individuals have typically developing brothers and/or sisters. Being the brother or sister of a person with autism is seen by some as a good thing, for others a not-so-good thing, and for many, somewhere in between. Siblings will often have the longest-lasting relationship with an individual who has a disability – one that could easily exceed 65 years. Throughout their lives, these brothers and sisters will share many – if not most – of the same concerns that parents of children with autism experience, as well as issues that are uniquely theirs.
Join us on Friday evening, January 6 to hear and learn from the experts themselves, a panel of local siblings, as they share their unique perspective on life growing up as a brother or sister to an individual with autism. Siblings will answer questions from the moderator and, if time allows, will take questions from the audience.
This presentation is appropriate for parents and providers, as well as siblings in grades 3 through adulthood. Learn more and register at https://ascvsiblings.eventbrite.com
Greater Richmond ARC announces respite weekends schedule for people with disabilities
RICHMOND, Va. (December 21, 2016)– Sean, 25, didn’t socialize much in high school, but respite weekends at the Greater Richmond ARC’s Camp Baker in Chesterfield now give him the chance.
Sean truly enjoys his time with his Camp Baker buddies, according to his mom Teresa, who says it is a safe place where he gets a break from his daily household routine. Sean would be a “sadder, more moody person” without Camp Baker respite, she says. “It’s given him a sense of independence where he’s doing things on his own.”
The Greater Richmond ARC’s Camp Baker will provide weekend respite for children and adults with disabilities in 2017 at its 22-acre wooded facility at 7600 Beach Road .
Children’s respite sessions from Friday evening to Sunday afternoon for ages 6 through 18 are: January 6, 2017; February 3; March 3,31; May 5; June 2; July 7; September 1, 29; October 27; and December 1, 2017.
Adult respite sessions are the following weekends: January 13, 20, 27; February 10, 17, 24; March 10,17, 24; April 7, 21, 28; May 12, 19, 26; June 9, 23, 30; July 14, 21, 28; August 4, 11, 25; September 8, 15, 22; October 6, 13, 20; November 3, 10, 17; and December 8 and 15, 2017.
The cost is approximately $13.43 per hour (or the equivalent in Medicaid respite waiver hours, with scholarships available for eligible families) with activities including sporting events, museums, bowling, movies, arts and crafts, shopping and personal care. For more information, call Camp Baker (804) 748-4789 or visit www.richmondarc.org.
About the Greater Richmond ARC