Editor’s Note- I am lucky enough to say I know Shannon, we use to work together on one of her other projects when she lived in Richmond. I am so excited for her and touched by the message in this book.
The Story of Conch by Shannon McAfee is a heartwarming story about self-acceptance. Conch experiences a series of adventures (and mishaps) as he travels across the world, landing on different beach-lined shores. With each adventure, his shell is damaged in some minor or major way, and these imperfections embarrass him and make him feel unwanted. He is eventually found by a girl who feels that his imperfections are the most interesting parts about him and she helps him see his life in a new, and positive way.
If your child is not making any effort to talk or communicate with you, it’s normal to be worried. Here’s what all parents should know about kids and speech delay.
Are you an educator, parent or administrator seeking successful ideas about how to better include children with all type of disabilities in the classroom, school activities and the community? Do you need proven behavior strategies to help students with disabilities be more successful in the classroom and school environment? Do you want to ensure that all students with disabilities have the best transition experience possible? If so,then join over 300 fellow general and special educators, parents and other professionals form throughout Virginia and beyond to discover how to better educate students with disabilities. This full day conference, hosted by the Down Syndrome Association of Greater Richmond (DSAGR), will kick off with breakfast during keynote speaker Dr. Cheryl Jorgesen, inclusion education consultant.
The staff all work to meet your needs and have your child feel comfortable.
Cutz for Guys has TV’s too to keep the kids entertained.
In addition to providing Information and Resources, sponsoring social and recreational program for all ages, and providing scholarships, the Autism Society Central VA also hosts Chapter Meetings on a monthly basis, which cover topics relevant to individuals and families, at any age and any stage.
Casino Night will be Saturday January 30th, 2016 at Maggiano’s in short pump. It is a fun filled night of gaming, pasta, fun drinks and RAISING MONEY for our club and for The Miracle League of Richmond. The night involves various raffles, silent auction items and buy-in raffle games to get people in the donation spirit. Here is a link to pictures from last year.
Starting November 2015 Virginia Eye Institute will expand its Annual Cataract Mission program. Virginia Eye Institute’s Cataract Mission program is an outreach program designed to help Central Virginians in need of free cataract surgery. Eligibility criteria for the application-based program includes a lack of insurance (including Medicare or Medicaid) lack of financial means (0-200% FPL) to pay for the surgery, and residency in the service area for at least six months. Qualified candidates may schedule an evaluation through the CrossOver Clinic West at 8600 Quioccasin Road Suite 105 Richmond, VA 23229 (804-521-8263) to receive cataract surgery and other eye care services from Virginia Eye Institute.
To date, Virginia Eye Institute’s Cataract Mission program has donated over 800 eye exams and 240 surgeries in the program’s 22 year history. Patients also get post-op follow-up at no charge. More than $5,000 worth of services are provided at no charge to each patient undergoing cataract surgery. Through our Access Now partnership, Virginia Eye Institute has been able to serve our community throughout 2015 with 30 surgeries and numerous office visits. From the front desk staff to each physician, all of VEI’s employees work with these patients throughout the year with the same goal of saving vision and providing world-class eye care to those in need throughout the Richmond community.
Community Health Needs Assessment
Bon Secours Richmond Health System is calling all Richmond residents to complete their Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) survey. This survey is conducted every three years and is a chance for the general public to influence health care in their region.
The purpose of the CHNA is to identify the areas of highest need in the Richmond area so Bon Secours may develop programs and solutions to better meet those community health needs.
In order to accurately identify the areas of need, Bon Secours needs the community’s input. The surveys are anonymous and are 20 questions long, the surveys should take between 5 and 10 minutes. It is available online in both English and Spanish at www.chna.bonsecours.com.
Thanksgiving should be a relaxing day of joy, good company, warmth, and celebration, so let Relay Foods relieve some of the stress of preparation. Here is Relay’s Thanksgiving guide to prepared foods, shopping staples, and healthier options for your holiday dinner. Still looking for the perfect turkey to grace your table? From local to all-natural and antibiotic-free to organic, Relay Foods has sourced turkeys you’ll be proud to serve and thrilled to eat.
On March 16, 2014 at the Shamrock Half Marathon in Virginia Beach, sixteen-year-old Cameron K. Gallagher passed away as she crossed the finish line from an undiagnosed heart condition. On that day Cameron struggled to finish a race that she had set as a personal goal for herself—and was victorious. But that was not the only hard fight that Cameron fought. Cameron suffered from severe depression and anxiety for several years. The ever-smiling teen was growing tired of keeping her struggle a private battle. She knew that like her, many teens were in great pain behind closed doors. As she trained for the half marathon, she took it upon herself to address the misplaced stigma held by so many about teenage depression. Her dream was to create a 5k race in her community to help raise awareness of teenage depression. She had titled that race the SpeakUp5k in order to draw attention to the issue of teen depression and to let other teens like herself know that it was okay to “Speak Up” about their personal battles. Unfortunately, Cameron did not see her dream come true but Cameron’s dream is now a legacy far greater then she ever could have imagined.