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Arc of Southern Virginia to focus on expansion / May 30, 2013
The Arc of Southern Virginia, which usually meets first Tuesdays of the month, will not meet during June, July and August in order to turn its attention to establishing Chapter clusters in Charlotte and Mecklenburg Counties and to introduce the community to its mission of advocacy and support for citizens with Intellectual Disabilities (ID) and Developmental Disabilities (DD), their families, caregivers and service providers.

During its first eighteen months the chapter has offered a wide range of programs in support of the ID/DD community, including Special Education, Guardianships, Housing, Supportive Employment, Therapeutic Interventions for Young Children, Recreation, Support for Caregivers, Wounded Warrior Veterans, Financial Planning, Transition to Adult Services for Youth with Disabilities, Social Security Disability, Medicaid and related disabilities specific services and supports available in Virginia. The chapter has provided individual assistance with accessing special needs services for over fifty families. A highlight of the year was hosting a December Information Session at the Southern Virginia Higher Education Center offered by U.S. Department of Justice Civil Rights Attorneys concerning the August 2012 United States vs. Virginia Settlement Agreement to close Virginia’s Training Centers (residential institutions) and to ensure the Civil Rights of persons with ID and DD to live a full in their communities.

“Halifax Regional Hospital’s support of our fledgling organization has made a difference in the lives of many special needs children, adults, and their families” according to charter member Elsie May Gladding. “We’re enormously grateful for the invaluable support of Halifax Regional Hospital in providing us with a first-rate meeting space in Leggett Auditorium and their very fine support with publicity.”

While there will be no monthly meetings over the summer the Arc of Southern Virginia will be available by phone to assist callers needing information, referral or individual assistance. Speakers from The Arc of Southern are available to meet with groups and organizations within the greater community to introduce them to the organization’s purposes and programs. The Arc of Southern Virginia welcomes new members or “drop-ins” to their meetings and activities. Membership is free of charge and meetings are informal.

Serving Halifax, Mecklenburg and Charlotte Counties, The Arc of Southern Virginia advocates for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, working to foster full inclusion and active participation in the community for the enrichment of the lives of these individuals and their families by providing community education, support, information and referral with a strong emphasis on youth and adult self-advocacy.

The group will begin meeting again in September on the first Tuesday of each month at 6:30 in the Leggett Auditorium at Halifax Regional Hospital. The meetings are free and advance registration is not required.

For more information email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or call 434.222.8931.

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