Matthew Aguirre worked at a behavioral center for children with special needs, where he helped his students learn life skills. The 27-year-old from Los Angeles noticed his students, who have autism or Down syndrome, could grasp most of the skills he presented them, but time and time again they struggled tying their shoes.
Friendship Circle of Virginia will be hosting, “Evening of Acceptance.” Earlier this year, Friendship Circle of Virginia was proud to sponsor Richmond’s first ever Awareness Day, highlighting people in our community with disabilities and why this discussion is meaningful to all of us. This year we are taking the next step and are moving from awareness to acceptance.
Valentine’s Day Hangout (Ages 5-15)
Taught by local artist Dalhia Cavazos & Zipporah Levi-Shackleford of CADC
Spend some time with your Valentine while we watch the kids! We will have Valentine related arts and crafts projects and games for the kids to enjoy while you go out to dinner and spend some quality time together.
Date: Saturday February 13th 7:00-9:00 pm
Cost: $25 per participant
Bon Secours 24/7 is Market’s First for Online Physician Visits
Mobile app connects patients with high-quality medical care from virtually anywhere, anytime
Bon Secours Richmond Health System has launched Bon Secours 24/7, a telehealth app that gives the community access to the health system’s medical group providers 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, no appointment necessary. Bon Secours is the first health system to enter the Richmond market with this service.
“Bon Secours recognizes that people are increasingly engaged in their own health care and seek convenience, affordability and reliability. A 24/7 telehealth platform for non-urgent office visits for community residents and our employees is essential to help meet those changing expectations,” said Thomas Auer, M.D., chief executive officer, Bon Secours Medical Group. “We’re pleased to extend high-quality, trusted health care into the communities we serve through electronic physician visits.”
Missing Piece Awareness Inc.
As of today, January 3, 2016, Missing Piece Awareness has educated over 1200 employees, managers, and owners of “mainstream” businesses in Autism Awareness and Acceptance!!!
We are continually expanding and enhancing our training and promotional programs to bring attention to not only the challenges that many families with autism face, but more importantly, the brilliance and often masked giftedness of individuals with autism and the wonderful contributions made to the broader “mainstream” community.
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.