Join us for our next Mindful Yoga on August 15 from 7-8 pm. Open to all teens, please register for this free yoga session led by a certified yoga instructor at http://www.ckgfoundation.org/yoganight/.
It’s Splash Time in Richmond!
When the summer heat hits, what could be more fun than an all out water war in your yard! With GameTruck Powered WaterTag you can cool off when things heat up!
As August arrives, I find myself thinking, “great , we have one more month of Summer” and then thinking, “OH NO, only one more month of Summer!”. I am already feeling the stressors of some of the scheduling and planning of the coming school year. Our son will be starting High School and we know the challenges will be real, but are excited about the new opportunities he will be having. Our daughter will be a Senior and that is incredibly overwhelming for me! So, I choose to focus on the now, create some more memories, have some new adventures and make these last few weeks count!
We will be heading to SC in a few days, it is an annual Summer tradition to visit family and it is one of the prettiest spots we have been to. This picture is from a trail we visited in Charlottesville followed by peach ice cream at Carter’s Mountain!
Amy Reamer, the founder of Heart & Mind, shares her reason for starting this center: ”I wanted to start my own agency to expand the resources available to families and children who may be struggling with past traumas, adoption issues or developmental/learning disabilities – too many of these issues are misdiagnosed or mislabeled and trained practitioners can be difficult to find. Trauma is not born out of words- it occurs through experiences – and to heal those wounds, words alone are often not enough. So I started a group practice to bring together professionals trained in many different therapy models which are helpful in healing, with and without words.
Information from Toddlers to Grandparents
If you have a child with disabilities whom is 17, turning 18 soon, you need to apply for disability before he/she turns 18. Your child is currently enrolled on Medicaid as a child (under the age of 18) who is receiving waiver services. The age limit for this type of Medicaid is 18 years of age. When the child turns 18, Medicaid will
automatically be cancelled unless there is a disability determination from youlocal Department of Social Services (Medicaid Disability Determination) or Social Security Administration.
What do I do?
You can file an SSI application on the child’s behalf the month after he/she turned 18. Or if you do not want to apply for SSI benefits, you contact your local DDS and request a determination from them.
How do I apply for SSI?
Complete the online disability application to get the process started. AND…. schedule an appointment with a Social Security representative to complete the process. To make an appointment, call 1-800- 772-1213 (TTY 1-800- 325-0778). You can call between 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday or contact your local Social Security office. Take the first available appointment. Don’t delay because of scheduling conflicts. Make it work in your schedule. It is extremely important to make an appointment and don’t just show up at your local SSA office. Let the guard know at the office that you have an appointment so you will be sent to the front of the line. Make sure to bring all relevant medical records. The SSA will not process your application unless you have set up a representative payee account so benefits can be deposited electronically. Open a representative payee bank account before your appointment. Bring the name/address of the bank, routing number, and account number to your appointment or have your bank complete a direct deposit form that you can present at your appointment. If your child has any assets, bring current bank/brokerage statements, copies of savings bonds, and any other proof of the current value of the assets. If you say that your child has assets but don’t bring proof of their value, the SSA will hold off on processing your application until you provide proof. Remember that a Medicaid recipient can have “no more than $2,000 of assets in his or her name.”
Two Richmond-based educational programs began a collaborative partnership this week that will help maximize opportunities for children with special education needs. Northstar Academy, a private nonprofit school in Henrico County, will host a school-age classroom for children at The Founders Center, a program of Commonwealth Autism.
Saturday, October 14, 2017 • 8:30AM – 1:00PM
New Venue: Acca Shrine Center
1712 Bellevue Avenue, Richmond, VA 23227
Registration is now open!
Join us for a heart-warming 5K run/advocacy walk (chip-timing available) and family festival showcasing and celebrating the many abilities and accomplishments of individuals with Down syndrome in the Greater Richmond, Charlottesville, Williamsburg & Central Virginia community! We are pleased to welcome our special guest, International Super Model Madeline Stuart from Brisbane, Australia! (http://www.madelinestuartmodel.com/) Enjoy lots of FREE family activities, live music, fashion show featuring individuals with Down syndrome, pumpkin patch & scarecrow building area, sponsor & exhibitor displays and more! Breakfast & lunch food items will be available for purchase. Register to run, walk, raise funds or volunteer at http://dsagr.org/annual-fundraising-events. Dogs on leashes with responsible owners are welcome. All proceeds benefit the Down Syndrome Association of Greater Richmond.
Are you looking for a fun party venue?
SwimRVA not only offers swim lessons and camps, it also offers party package for kids of all ages. The party package includes the following:
Three facilities recognized for their efforts to support a breastfeeding-friendly environment for patients
The Virginia Department of Health (VDH) has recognized three Bon Secours Richmond hospitals with a Virginia Maternity Center Breastfeeding-Friendly Designation for their efforts in implementing policies and practices that support a breastfeeding-friendly environment for patients. Bon Secours St. Mary’s Hospital and Bon Secours Memorial Regional Medical Center were the only two hospitals on the list designated with four stars. Bon Secours St. Francis Medical Center was designated with three stars.