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Arc to participate in Transition Expo
SoVaNow.com / October 29, 2012The Arc of Southern Virginia has cancelled the November meeting to allow participants time to go to the polls to vote. The group’s next meeting will be on Tuesday, Dec. 4 at 6:30 p.m. in the Leggett Auditorium at Halifax Regional Hospital.
Between meetings the Arc remains busy advocating for local Virginians with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) and their families. Experienced special needs parents are ready to extend a helping hand to families with I/DD children or adult children with one on one coaching through the complex process of accessing essential Virginia and Federal disabilities programs, laws and services on behalf of their loved one.
The Arc recently participated in the Tri County Transition Council’s 2012 TRANSITION EXPO: LIFE AFTER HIGH SCHOOL. The Expo was designed for Halifax, Brunswick and Mecklenburg County high school special education students with disabilities and hosted by Park View High School in South Hill. This is the first Transition Expo held in this region.
“This was an excellent event,” states Elsie Gladding, charter member of the Arc of Southern Virginia. “The fact that this was the first such event is a very big deal and it will be repeated in the future.”
During the event students were introduced to resources and linking agencies available to help them prepare for adult life. According to Gladding, when the school bus no longer comes, these students lose entitlements to special education services.
“Careful planning tailored to student and family needs and preferences will make all the difference for them between a lifetime of languishing house bound versus a rich full life in the community that could include enrichment opportunities, community living, transportation, supportive employment, health care and income security,” Gladding says. “The Arc calls this ‘A Life Like Yours.’”
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 meets 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.
No time for supper? If desired, participants may bring a bag supper or purchase a carry out supper form the hospital’s Bellwood Café.