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FREE PRESENTATION ON DISABILITY ISSUES

“Guardianship, Disability Trusts, Disability Savings Accounts, Medicaid and Special Needs Planning,” Monday, May 6, 2019, 6PM – 8:30PM at 401 West Main Street, Radford, VA 24141.

Ann Green, Attorney at law, will be giving this eye-opening introductory presentation on guardianships, alternatives to guardianships, disability trusts, disability savings accounts, and special needs planning for individuals with disabilities who have Medicaid or Medicaid Waiver.  She will also emphasize the importance of proper planning as to avoid a disruption in public benefits. This is a great opportunity for parents, caregivers, and professionals in the field to learn more about these topics. No need to register, all are welcome!

Legal Disability Issues Presentation with Ann Green flyer
The 2019 MCPS Transition Fair

Join us for the Transition Fair Thursday, April 11, 2019 from 4-6PM in the Christiansburg High School Cafeteria! Admission is free and open to the public. Download the flyer.

MCPS TRANSITION FAIR

In cooperation with the Montgomery County Public Schools

Each spring the Special Education Department of Montgomery County Public Schools sponsors a Transition Fair. Designed to help students with disabilities who are transitioning out of high school and going on either to college or to life and work in the community. Various agencies and support organizations participate to share information about the services they provide, including educational, health and home/community services.

EFFORT DAY

EFFORT Day, which stands for Enabling Friends For Our First Response Teams, is an event sponsored by the Montgomery County Sheriff’s office in conjunction with County Fire and Rescue departments and is held annually during the summer.  This field day style event is held at the Christiansburg High School track and its purpose is to educate, create awareness, and facilitate relationships between the disability community and our first responders. From its conception, the Arc of the NRV has supported this event and has had a resource table there each year.

EFFORT Day held at the Christiansburg High School football stadium.

The 2018 event was held on July 14 at the Christiansburg Recreation Department.

An advocate speaks at a legislative Forum held by Arc of the New River Valley

CANDIDATE FORUMS

During every VA Senate and VA House of Delegates election cycle, the Arc of the New River Valley holds a legislative forum.

Candidates running for elected office hear from their constituents with disabilities,  their families and advocates on issues that affect quality of life and opportunities for people with disabilities to participate fully in school and community life.

Watch the most recent video, which streamed live on the Arc’s Facebook page, September 27, 2017.

FILM PRESENTATIONS

In the Fall of 2017, The Arc staffed a table at a screening of the film Deej at the Lyric Theatre in Blacksburg, Virginia. The film tells the story of DJ Savares, a boy with autism, abandoned at birth who finds a loving family and communication through a text-to-voice synthesizer. Visit the offical movie site. Download the press kit.

In March 2019, The Arc sponsored a screening of the film Intelligent Lives at the Floyd County High School. The film stars three pioneering young American adults with intellectual disabilities – Micah, Naieer, and Naomie – who challenge perceptions of intelligence as they navigate high school, college, and the workforce. Visit the official movie site. 

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