Reinforcing our Commitment through Education


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.

An advocate speaks at a legislative Forum held by Arc of the New River Valley
EFFORT Day held at the Christiansburg High School football stadium.


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. This year’s event is coming up on July 14, 2018 from 10AM to 1PM at the Christiansburg Recreation Department. Read more.


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.

MCPS Transition Fair presented by the Montgomery County Public Schools

The most recent Transition Fair was held on Tuesday, April 10, 2018. Read more on the Montgomery County Public Schools’ website about upcoming events.

Deej movie poster


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,”[1Deej reflects the sort of participation that disability rights advocates insist upon: “Nothing about us without us.”

Visit the offical movie site. Download the press kit.



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