Fantastic Free Local Resources for Kids with Developmental Delays

logo_arcRecognizing that your child is developing at a slower pace than expected can be overwhelming and frightening for some parents. These parents need information, support, and resources.

At one time, there were limited resources for children with developmental delays. But today, we recognize that developmental delays can be overcome or lessened with the proper intervention at the right time. The Arc of Virginia is a local non-profit organization focusing on delivery of resources for parents who are searching for support with children challenged with developmental needs.

Welcome “New Path”

“New Path” is a program of The Arc of Virginia, a non-profit organization advocating for individuals with developmental disabilities.  The New Path program has been developed to focus on supporting families who have children receiving early intervention services.  Early Intervention (EI) is a Federally mandated program that provides services and supports to children age 0-3 and their families, who have developmental delays. These services are for children who have diagnosed disabilities and children who may just need a little boost to “catch up.”

New Path guides parents as their children move through EI and transition to the next step. New Path helps parents understand all of the jargon and connects you with other parents dealing with the same challenges.  They will make sure you know what your rights are and will direct you to programs and resources.  They will share success stories as well as tips for dealing with challenges, making it easier for you to navigate through the process and provide the most help for your child.

To learn more about this program, visit this link. If you have any questions about your child’s development and whether or not he/she needs Early Intervention services, you’ll find answers and resources on the website. You can request that your child be screened to see if he/she is eligible for services if you’re not sure.

Annual Convention in Richmond

The Arc of Virginia’s Annual Convention was held right here in Richmond at the Hilton Short Pump August 8-10th, 2013.  They offered sessions focused on topics geared for early intervention families. Some include Inclusive Playgroups and Coaching in Early Intervention.

Sharing ideas, gaining fresh perspectives, networking and discovering more about the “A Life Like Yours” movement in Virginia was the theme! The 2013 State Convention  featured keynote presentations and breakout sessions on a range of topics covering:

  • Public Policy Advocacy
  • Accessing Community-Based Supports and Services
  • Best-Practices
  • Self-Advocacy and more

There was a Silent Auction held on August 8th during the Welcome Reception from 6:30 — 8:30 p.m. with dozens of items for the whole family, including gift cards for shopping and dining, passes to theme parks and popular destinations, gift sets and more! Proceeds support advocacy on behalf of “The New Virginia Way.”

View the schedule or read about the sessions that were offered at this year’s Convention.

2147 Staples Mill Road, Richmond, VA 23230
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