A Life Like Yours

for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

A Life Like Yours

for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

2023 Virginia General Assembly

The Virginia General Assembly is in Session

The 2023 Virginia General Assembly is in Session and The Arc of Virginia is in Richmond lobbying for DD rights. We are very active right now, sending Action Alerts once or twice a week, asking our mailing list to reach out at strategic times as bills make their way through the General Assembly. Right now, we’re celebrating the successful passage of SB492 through the Senate and keeping our fingers crossed for its passage by the House next week. Sign up to join our advocacy!

New River Valley Self-Advocates Alliance introduced to the House of Delegates January 19, 2023

The New River Valley Self-Advocates Alliance was introduced to the Virginia House Chamber as part of an annual tradition by Delegate Jason Ballard of Giles and the 12th District. Chris Cadwallader and Nancy Camajani (of The Arc of the New River Valley) and Self-Advocates Matt Hudgins and Anita Ehrhardt waved from the balcony wearing The Arc’s brilliant orange.

New River Valley Self-Advocates, Franklin Lawson, Matt Hudgins, Anita Erhardt, and George Rogers

New River Valley ALLY’s

The A Life Like Yours Self-Advocacy Alliance works to increase the availability of inclusive supports for people with Developmental Disabilities, through changes to policy, expectations and support systems. Our goal is for people with disabilities to live a life like yours in a home that they choose, working in a job that they choose, and participating in their communities. Watch the Declaration of A Life Like Yours video.

Who We Are


The Arc of the New River Valley is an all-volunteer non-profit advocacy group dedicated to promoting and protecting the human rights of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families.

The Arc of the New River Valley is a local chapter of The Arc of Virginia and The Arc of the United States, the nation’s leading advocacy and service organization for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The Arc of the New River Valley chapter serves the counties of Floyd, Giles, Montgomery, Pulaski and the City of Radford, Virginia.

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What We Do


Advocate

We work with local and state legislators to support the Arc of Virginia’s agendas. We keep our members and friends informed about disability issues before the Virginia General Assembly.

Celebrate

We believe in inclusion for people with disabilities in community life. The Arc fosters social connections and relationships throughout the year through parties, gatherings, and community events. Join us!

Educate

We work to inform and educate the community about DD issues. In 2020, we went virtual and hosted a number of free educational Zoom webinars, with plans for more.

Our Mission


We advocate for the human rights of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, inform and educate the community about issues affecting people with disabilities and their families, advocate for full participation in community life, and facilitate opportunities for social connections and relationships.

The Arc


The Arc of the New River Valley

“We envision people with disabilities leading full, rich lives as active, contributing members of their communities.”

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