Reinforcing our Commitment through Education
FILM SCREENING OF “INTELLIGENT LIVES”
Tuesday, March 19, 2019, 6:30PM – 8:30PM at Floyd County High School
Floyd County High School is happy to host a FREE viewing of Dan Habib’s new film, INTELLIGENT LIVES on Tuesday, March 19 at 6:30pm. This film is a catalyst to transform the label of intellectual disability from a life sentence of isolation into a life of possibility for the most systematically segregated people in America. INTELLIGENT LIVES challenges what it means to be intelligent, and points to a future in which people of all abilities can fully participate in higher education, meaningful employment, and intimate relationships.
Floyd County High School is located at 721 Baker Street, Floyd, VA. This free event is sponsored by the Arc of the New River Valley and is open to the public. For questions, please contact Chris Burton at email@example.com.
INTELLIGENT LIVES 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. Academy Award-winning actor and narrator Chris Cooper contextualizes the lives of these central characters through the emotional personal story of his son Jesse, as the film unpacks the shameful and ongoing track record of intelligence testing in the U.S. Read more at https://intelligentlives.org/
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, 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.
The 2018 event was held on July 14 at the Christiansburg Recreation Department.
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.
Last fall, The Arc staffed a table at a screening of the film Deej at the Lyric Theatre in Blacksburg, Virginia. This film is a rare collaboration between a veteran filmmaker and a non-speaking person with autism. It 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. Told “largely from the inside, by DJ – not by his parents or autism experts or even the camera,” Deej reflects the sort of participation that disability rights advocates insist upon: “Nothing about us without us.”
WANT TO LEARN MORE?
- Visit the Virginia Department of Education’s website to educate yourself about Special Education Laws and Virginia Regulations.
- Educate yourself on the rights and laws around disability and access at the federal level by visiting the Americans with Disabilities Act page.
- Check out the U.S. Department of Special Education’s website where you can find federal legislation, regulations, guidance, and other policy documents.
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