Hope Kids is hosting a Parent’s Night Out for special families on 2/16/2018 from 6-9pm. This is a night for preschool, elementary, middle, and high school children with special needs and their siblings to receive care while their parents get some respite time! Dinner will be provided along with movie and activities all provided by expert volunteer staff in sensory friendly accommodations at Hope Church.
Please join us for a fun night of gaming while we raise funds to help the children of the community and the Miracle League of Richmond to offer accessible recreational opportunities for children with special needs so that they can enjoy America’s pastime as a member of an organized baseball league.
“Get Ready for College: A Resource for Teens with Disabilities” is a free series of online lessons, each focusing on a different aspect in the college preparation, selection, and disability services process. These online lessons contain video presentations and resources that can be used to equip students and others with the knowledge and skills for the transition to postsecondary education. Topics include the differences between high school and college, postsecondary education and training, selecting a college best fit, getting accommodations in college, and what you can do now in high school to prepare for college. If approved by a school division, this online course will satisfy Virginia’s virtual course graduation requirement.
In order to meet demand as well as deliver the best service possible, River City Inclusive Gymnastics has started two new teens’ classes. These classes are on Thursday evenings from 6pm-7pm and Saturday mornings from 11:30am-12:30pm and are for athletes ages 12-18. These classes run in a similar format to their other. For those unfamiliar with RCIG’s classes, think of a group fitness class taught within the framework of an obstacle course whose focus is building confidence, strength, balance, mobility, coordination, and social skills all while receiving individualized attention and coaching.
The idea for these new teens’ classes came to RCIG staff last spring while hosting the Down Syndrome Fun Quest group. After such an energetic event, staff members were still riding the wave of endorphins and adrenaline when they realized that if they wanted to have this much fun on a weekly basis then they needed to create a class for teens just like the ones that came with the Fun Quest group. This set the gears in motion and River City’s first inclusive Teens class was launched this past summer. This first class was such a success that all the athletes signed up again in the fall which then lead River City to add a second class on Saturday mornings.
If anyone is interested in finding out more information about this or another of the other classes being offered by River City Inclusive Gymnastics, please contact the gym at (804) 784-1990. Any prospective athlete can always participate in a free trial class before signing up, just call the gym at the number listed above to schedule your trial. If you would like to see photos and videos of some of the amazing athletes from River City you can visit their website at www.rcig.org and visit their Facebook page facebook/rcig.org.
Congrats to Diane Pelkey, RN, Palliative Medicine, Patti Zavitz, RN, Hospice, and Marc Flickinger, MD, Pallative Medicine are the 2017 winners of the Sr. Elizabeth Durney awards for providing outstanding care to patients facing the end-of-life.
This award is given in memory of Sr. Elizabeth Durney, a Sister of Bon Secours who helped to found Bon Secours St. Mary’s Hospital. Sr. Elizabeth’s most enduring legacy is the hospice program.
Saturday, June 17 at 4 PM – 9 PM
13412 Jefferson Davis Hwy, Woodbridge, Virginia 22191
Cancer Survivors’ Day is a free community event to honor all those touched by cancer.
Join us on Sunday, June 11th from 4-7 p.m. at the Bon Secours Washington Redskins Training Center for live music by Lawrence Olds Band, food and children’s activities. Featured speaker, Garth Callaghan, Napkin Notes Dad, will be recounting his touching story. Learn how a father’s powerful daily notes to his daughter have inspired a nation.
Over the past year there have been quite a few changes to the Virginia Medicaid Waiver program. Even before the changes many families caring for an individual with developmental, cognitive, and/or physical disabilities were unaware of the waiver programs and uncertain about how to apply. In June the Autism Society of Central Virginia will be offering two workshops to help explain the waivers and other Virginia programs that support the elderly and disabled.
Max’s Positive Vibe Café supports employment for people with disabilities.The Positive Vibe Foundation (formerly the Get Lost MD Foundation) will create an evolving model for training and employing people with disabilities in order that they enjoy the satisfactions of being gainfully employed and fully contributing members of our community. This focus will allow their confidence to self-actualize through the development of their diverse talents.
“Wine down Wednesday” for adults.
A Kids Summer Series.
Summer Fest that now spans three days.
Those are among the events to be enjoyed soon at ARCpark, a 2.4 acre all-inclusive recreational area with unique features like three state-of-the-art playgrounds for people with and without disabilities adjoining the Greater Richmond ARC at 3600 Saunders Avenue.