Many of us will be out this weekend having Halloween fun. With that, may come lots and lots of candy! I know in my home, the kids are over it in a day or two and I am left with a large container to eat! This temptation is sometimes to much for me and I have been known to sit and eat 6 pieces in one sitting!
This is such an amazing story! Watch here for the girls progress post-surgery.
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You can meet some staff at these two local events listed below, or check the site to learn more.
This September, Autastic Avenues is partnering with Luther Memorial School for a variety of venues. We are excited to have the opportunity to continue growing in the community with this endeavor. In addition to contributing to their after-school program, Autastic Avenues is now offering Saturday social groups at Luther Memorial School.
Our social groups are geared toward a variety of age and skill levels. We work with children, not diagnoses, which means our groups are open for any child to apply. We structure our small group activities based upon skill and interest level.
Our morning group, Builders and Gamers, focuses on skills that facilitate following the group plan, cooperation, collaboration, and emotional regulation. Our group for high school age young adults meets later in the day. Social “rules” change as children grow into young adults, and the teaching approach must change as well. Our teen group fosters the skills necessary to improve social thinking skills and become social problem solvers.
We are accepting applications for all age groups. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This lively event brings together survivors and supporters to honor journeys and achievements in the fight against breast cancer. Get your wine glass and glamour tote when you arrive. Then set off for a leisurely tour of education booths, participating restaurants and retailers. Enjoy wine and food samples, product giveaways and amazing prize raffles including a $500 Short Pump Town Center gift card. Meet breast health experts, schedule your mammogram, and celebrate with live entertainment, a special guest appearance, and a grand illumination ceremony.
On Saturday, August 29, 2015, the Greater Richmond ARC will officially open the 2.4 acre ARCpark, the first entirely handicap-accessible, all-inclusive recreation area in central Virginia. Specifically designed for individuals with and without disabilities to enjoy outdoor recreational activities together, the park has three state-of-the-art playgrounds, including one for all ages. The ARCpark borders the organization’s 3600 Saunders Avenue headquarters on Richmond’s north side, and the free event from noon to 3 p.m. is open to the public.
“Families have told us they need and want a park that has activities and equipment for individuals both with and without intellectual and physical abilities – a park that offers therapeutic value, is safe, and can be enjoyed by people of all ages,” said John Walker, president and CEO of the Greater Richmond ARC, an organization providing services for persons with special needs for decades. “They want their loved ones to exercise, play and learn alongside everyone else.”
The ARCpark was designed based on feedback from ARC’s clients, their families and caregivers, occupational and physical therapists and special educators, and current research regarding the needs of people with developmental disabilities. Its diversity of components include a family restroom with an adult-sized changing table; charging stations for electric wheelchairs; a tree house with a ramp to the top wide enough for walkers and other adaptive equipment; play and fitness equipment for persons of all ages and abilities, including a glider that can accommodate a wheelchair; and safety surfaces throughout the park.
One of the ARCpark’s most innovative features is a custom-built sensory wall with a kaleidoscope panel, fossil and animal reliefs, and talk tubes to foster touch, hearing, vision, and fine motor skills – particularly beneficial for people with autism and sensory processing disorders. Some components were selected because they are stimulating, while others because they are calming, educational, or therapeutic.
The ARCpark is also landscaped to provide plenty of shade, with misting stations and shade structures throughout to help visitors keep cool, especially important for those with heat sensitivities.
“We no longer want families with loved ones who have physical or intellectual disabilities to remain on the sidelines when it comes to having fun and getting fit,’’ Walker added. “The ARCpark will fully accommodate people who have disabilities and will welcome those who do not. Everyone–young or old, able or disabled– will have the opportunity to play and exercise alongside one another. The ARCpark has something for everybody.””
The landmark all-inclusive park is being funded by a combination of private donations and community grants and hailed for its innovative approach.
“I have not found one park in or around Richmond like the one (ARC) is planning,” said Vicki Beatty, whose son Davis was born with a genetic anomaly in 1995. Explaining it has been a “journey of perseverance to overcome barriers,” Beatty says these can sometimes be physical, and “other times, they have to do with others’ perceptions and attitudes. Either way, Davis misses out when he is not given the chance to naturally interact with others on a level playing field.”
For families like the Beattys, the ARCpark will be a welcome destination. “The team here at ARC has developed a park with an incredible attention to detail for families, whether or not one of their members has a disability,” said Walker.
About the Greater Richmond ARC
The Greater Richmond ARC provides a variety of innovative services and programs designed to meet the needs of clients and their families. Services span the lifecycle and assist people with intellectual and other developmental disabilities to live happy, successful and meaningful lives. Core areas of service include: Infant & Child Development Services; After School & Day Support Services; ARC Employment Services; and Camp Baker Services, a full service respite and camp facility. For more information, please visit www.RichmondARC.org.
Lynnhaven Academy Moves to New Location in the Museum District to Accommodate Rapid Growth and Expand Programs
Lynnhaven Academy (Lynnhaven) announced today that the school will be moving on August 1, 2015 to 304 North Sheppard Street, Richmond, Virginia, the former location of St. Benedictine High School.
Lynnhaven is a college preparatory academy for boys and girls in grades 3 through 12 and features a unique experiential learning environment. Lynnhaven specializes in individualized education programs tailored for each student’s needs and strengths and programs that promote critical thinking and academ- ic achievement.
Lynnhaven has doubled its student population each year since it was founded in 2012. Due to this growth, Lynnhaven will be moving into the space at 304 North Sheppard Street to facilitate the expansion of its day school, after school, and summer camp programs. Lynnhaven will occupy 10,000 square feet of this facility and will share the gym and cafeteria with the other facility occupant, Richmond Prep, an independent Christian school offering services to children in grades PK – 6.
“The leadership, faculty, staff and families of Lynnhaven are thrilled to make this move to the former St. Benedictine High School space” said Johnathan Harris, founder and Headmaster. “I am also especially thankful to the Catholic Diocese of Richmond for allowing Lynnhaven to occupy this wonderful facility. I feel confident that this move will allow us to continue our growth and strengthen our commitment to pre- paring students for success in college. Our aim is to challenge them to become exemplary citizens of a changing global society. We’ll be very close to museums, parks and cultural organizations, which will allow us to grow our experiential learning, student volunteer, and athletic programs.”
For more information about Lynnhaven Academy, call 804.782.2300 or visit www.LynnhavenAcade- my.org.
Our good friends at Feld Entertainment, Inc. have given us tickets to giveaway for Disney On Ice coming to Richmond Coliseum September 10-13. If you would like to go, we have 3 sets of 4 to offer for the 9/10 show . Plus discounts on tickets and for parking.
A special needs trust (SNT), sometimes referred to as a supplemental needs trust, is a legal vehicle enabling assets to be held on behalf of someone with disabilities, without affecting their eligibility for means-tested public benefits such as Medicaid or Supplemental Security Income. Join the Autism Society Central VA on Friday evening, September 11th from 6:30pm-9:00pm for an informative Workshop and Resource Fair on this important topic. Elder Law Attorney, Paula Peaden, will share information on SNTs as well as the recently passed Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act. Following Ms. Peaden’s presentation, Gail Henshaw, MBA, with Commonwealth Community Trust, will share information about pooled special needs trusts and why this type of SNT may be a worthwhile option when future planning for your loved one with a disability. Attendees will have an opportunity to visit a Resource Fair, featuring organizations that assist with Special Needs Financial Planning, 30 minutes prior to and 30 minutes after the workshop. Learn more and register at — https://www.eventbrite.com/e/special-needs-trusts-workshop-and-resource-fair-tickets-17751629602
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