SAVE THE DATE!!!
13TH ANNUAL FAMILY FAIR 2017
SATURDAY, MARCH 11, 2017 – CAROLINE MIDDLE SCHOOL – 8 A.M. – 2 P.M.
The goal of this event is to provide information concerning families (infants, youth, teens, & senior citizens), people with special needs, and professionals. Family Fair also provides literacy, health and developmental screenings, childcare provider training, and child supervision. Through our vendor fair we also promote the services available in our community and surrounding areas. Stay tuned for more information in the coming months.
- Challenger Basketball 2017 for boys & girls ages 5-16 with special needs
December 9th is the deadline to register – $75.00
All games are played at Cool Spring Rec Center, 9283 Atlee Station Road, Mechanicsville, VA
Games are on Friday nights
Financial Aid is available – Click HERE for the Financial Aid form
Coaches and referees are always needed for this league.
Register here. Questions about the league, email challengersports@coolspr
Assistive Technology (AT):
- Gift Giving Guide for Kids with Special Needs
Everyone loves toys. Toys can be a great way for kids to use motor skills, to learn to play by themselves and to learn to share with others. But what happens when children do not have the required skills to play with their toys? Gift givers become afraid of selecting the “wrong” toy so, many children with disabilities find pajamas and socks wrapped up in those brightly-colored boxes…not the toy of their dreams.
Because some kids with special needs may not be able to play with many of the mainstream toys available, there’s a big market for adaptive toys. Click the link above to read all about it.
5th Annual Disability Education Conference
Saturday, February 4, 2017, 9am to 4pm
Hilton Richmond Hotel & Spa/Short Pump
Registration is now open. Folks – this is a really great event.Click the link above to read all about it.
- Decoding Dyslexia’s December meeting will be held Monday, December 5th from 7-8:30 pm.
Bon Air Public Library, 9103 Rattlesnake Rd, N. Chesterfield VA 23235
This months topic: The Gift of Advocacy will be presented by Robin Hegner, local Orton-Gillingham certified instructor, special education advocate and former attorney in special education law. She hopes to help parents understand how to better advocate for their child’s needs. Click the link above for complete info.
Autism Spectrum Disorders
- The ASD Mental Health Blog
This site has tons of good resources; I especially like the videos offered. Click the link above to explore their resources. This blog stems from the Chair in Autism Spectrum Disorders Treatment and Care Research at York University, led by Dr. Jonathan Weiss.
- Paragon Autism Services – part of the Rappahannock Area Autism Council (RAAC), have completed an updated resource guide which can be acquired by contacting our office, attending one of our Outreach events, or attending a RAAC Lunch and Learn meeting. As part of RAAC, we are also in the planning stages of a second Autism Conference to be held in Caroline County in late 2017. Click here for more information.
- Autism Society Central VA Newsletter – Into the Light
Click here to read their latest issue. Many topics are covered, including these:
– Through their eyes: A panel of siblings of individuals with autism – January 6th
– The Individual and Family Support Program (IFSP) Funding Period for FY 2017 – The Individual and Family Support Program (IFSP) designed to assist individuals on the waiting list for Developmental Disability (DD) Medicaid waivers to access short-term resources, supports, and services that will help them remain in their own community homes.
– ABLEnow accounts – These accounts are a new way for individuals with disabilities to save money and pay for qualified disability-related expenses.
Resources you need to know:
- Autism Society-Central Virginia (AS-CV)
Whether you’re new or have been involved in the ASD community for a while the AS-CV is the #1 resource for you and your family. They offer a wealth of information and resources, as well as, social, support and sibling opportunities. Becky Boswell, Bradford Hulcher, Tammy Burns and the rest of the team are committed, knowledgeable and passionate about helping you and your family. Be sure to check out their ‘meetings and events’ page.
- Community Services Board (CSB)
The Rappahannock Area Community Services Board (RACSB) provides prevention, treatment, employment and support services for Caroline citizens and families with mental health, substance use and intellectual disabilities. They work collaboratively with schools, law enforcement, and social services. They can also assist you with case management, counseling, crisis services, and general parenting education.
- Department for the Blind and Vision Impaired (DBVI)
The department offers a wide array of specialized services, supports, resources and programs for Virginia residents of all ages who are experiencing significant visual disabilities. The DBVI is committed to providing quality services to assist Virginia’s citizens who are blind, deafblind or vision impaired in achieving their maximum level of employment, education, and personal independence.
- Department of Social Services (DSS)
and the CSB work very closely together to serve you, your child and your family. They help to ensure that thousands of Virginia’s most vulnerable citizens have access to the best services and benefits available to them, such as: Financial Assistance, Medicaid Waivers, Health Financial Assistance, Family & Individual Services, Services for Children, and Services for Adults.
- Down Syndrome Association of Greater Richmond (DSAGR)
DSAGR is a wonderful resource. They strive to improve the quality of life for individuals with Down syndrome and their families by providing access to current and accurate information on Down syndrome and by fostering programs that focus on education, community services, public awareness, medical issues, research, advocacy, legal issues and parenting.
- Virginia Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services (DARS)
DARS can assist you with many things. They collaborate with schools in providing Transition Services. They offer Employment Services help people with disabilities get ready for, find, and keep a job. We have a residential training and medical rehabilitation center known as Wilson Workforce and Rehabilitation Center, and they process disability claims for benefits under the Social Security Disability Insurance and Supplemental Security Income Disability Programs.