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.
Come join us Saturday, May 27th at Innsbrook Pavilion for the 15th Annual 5K Run/Walk! This is an exciting morning full of family-friendly fun, entertainment, food, exhibitors, and a fantastic Kid’s Fun Zone!
Camp Baker summer program for children and adults with disabilities focuses on fun
It is hard to believe that when Quarese, now 19, first began attending Camp Baker years ago, he was shy and introverted.
Especially since nowadays he says what he enjoys most about camp is talking to the staff, and making friends with them.
Quarese also enjoys other Camp Baker activities including horseback riding; boating at Pocahontas State Park; and participating in the weekly talent show.
Summer overnight sessions for 2017 for adults with disabilities ages 18 and up are: June 18- June 23; June 25- June 30; July 16 – July 21; July 23- July 28; July 30- August 4; August 6- August 11; and August 13- August 18, 2017.
Two overnight camp sessions for children with disabilities ages 6 to 17 will be held on July 2-July 7, and July 9 – July 14, 2017.
One weekly session of overnight camp is $900 or 120 Medicaid Waiver Hours. There are also day camp sessions available for $450 a week or 44 Medicaid Waiver Hours. For more information about Camp Baker, call (804) 748-4789 or visit richmondarc.org.
For Quarese, attending summer camp has been beneficial. “He’s come out of his shell,” said one ARC staffer, adding that Quarese also enjoys swimming in the camp pool and shooting hoops at the basketball court. For him, Camp Baker offers fun and friendship.
And if he didn’t have the option to attend? Quarese says he’d probably “stay home.”
KNOWDifferent.Net partners with SPARC, the School of the Performing Arts in the Richmond Community, on their LIVE ART program. In LIVE ART, nationally known recording artists and 200 SPARC students with and without disabilities take the stage together for a night of music, dance, visual art, and inspiring human connection for what has become one of Richmond’s favorite and most anticipated annual performances.
This year’s guest artists include: Rob Thomas, Paul Williams, Jason Mraz, Colbie Caillat, Rayvon Owen, Justin Willman, Chris Caswell, Ben Lee, Daniel Clarke, Desiree Roots, Steve Bassett, Samson Trinh and Susan Greenbaum! And of course, over 200 of the most inspiring young people you’ve ever seen!
Thanks to our participation in the program, you can get tickets before the general public. Go to http://www.sparconline.org/liveart, follow the links to buy tickets, and use the presale code SPARCDREAM. You can also purchase tickets at the Altria Theater Box Office, 6 North Laurel Street, Richmond, VA 23220.
The presale runs from Monday, April 3, at 10am, through Monday, April 10, at which time the tickets become available to the general public. So don’t wait!
A few weeks ago, Amanda Malkowski with 8News came to our home to talk about how and why I started this site as part of a series she is doing on women making a difference in Richmond.
I was so honored to have been selected as one of these woman making a difference.
Amanda was incredible to work with and I love seeing 2 of my 3 kids on TV!
Want to learn about the transition of our kids into adulthood? The 55th Annual Children’s Mental Health Symposium: “Crossing the Threshold” will focus on youth age 16-24yo who have special needs, including Autism, intellectual disability and mental illness, and will include living situations of kids including family, in foster care, and even juvenile justice.
Richmond OB-GYN, an obstetrics and gynecology provider of Bon Secours Richmond Health System, will open a new office at Bon Secours Heart and Vascular Institute building in Henrico County. The building, which serves as an extension of Bon Secours St. Mary’s Hospital, is located in Reynolds Crossing at Forest and Glenside Avenues. The practice will be open and operational for patients on March 20.
We are pleased to share that for 17 years, The Ladybug Fund has provided children with disabilities the best possible start in life by providing much needed funding for Greater Richmond ARC’s programs.
The annual Ladybug Fund Winetasting & Silent Auction has raised over $1M to provide things like therapy session scholarships, specialized and adaptive equipment like wheelchairs, eyeglasses and hearing aids, iPads for communicating while in their programs, interpreters for non-English speaking children and families, and seed funding for innovative programs while more sustainable funds are raised. These important dollars create life-fulfilling opportunities for kids with disabilities!
Ladybug Fund Winetasting & Silent Auction March 25, 2017 | 6:00 – 9:30pm |The Torque Club – Richmond Raceway Complex
“Restaurant Row” – delicious food provided by Richmond restaurants
Wine pairings by Thom Horsey, a 30+ year veteran of the wine industry
“The Cellar Auction” stocked with your favorite wine selections of the evening
A spectacular silent auction offering vintage wines, elegant jewelry, exciting trips and more
Tickets: $80 in advance – visit www.richmondarc.org
More about THE LADYBUG FUND
Founded in 2001 by parents of a child with special needs, The Ladybug Fund benefits children served through ARC programs, including Infant and Child Development Services, Summer Camp and Respite Services, and After School Care. Liam’s story is just one of many.
More about Greater Richmond ARC
Founded in 1954 by families, for families, The Greater Richmond ARC is a leading provider of services in the greater Richmond area for individuals with disabilities.
Across the life span – from infants to seniors
Across all levels of disability – from mild to profound
Across the community – families receive the best help wherever they live in the metro and Tri-Cities areas, without geographic limits
Time to gear up for the Autism Society Central Virginia 15th Annual 5K Run/Walk for Autism!!!
We are excited to be celebrating a milestone anniversary this year – the 15th Annual ASCV 5K Run/Walk for Autism will take place on Saturday, May 27, 2017!