disAbility Resource Center of the Rappahannock Area, Inc.
A Center for Independent Living working to enable people of all disabilities of all ages to reach their greatest potential of independent living. The dRC helps people with disabilities to have a voice and a choice in their life, to live as independently as possible, and to be included in their community.
Do you think your child may need school services beyond the regular school year? School breaks over Thanksgiving and Christmas are the perfect times to gather documentation at home to show schools if you believe an Extended School Year (ESY) is needed for your child. ESY is not just a three or four week program for a few hours each day created by schools. ESY is specialized services based on your child’s needs and adhering to the special education regulations. To learn more and learn how to advocate for your child’s ESY needs, come to the dRC’s Extended School Year workshop on November 17, 2017. Hank Millward, Director of the Office of Specialized Education Facilities and Family Engagement at the VA Dept. of Education and family member of individuals with special needs will discuss what ESY is and how to prepare to discus ESY with your child’s IEP team. To register, link to https://drcspedseries.eventbrite.com
Last week, the dRC’s Giving Back Sound program enabled two brothers, one a United States Veteran, to receive hearing aids from our Give Back Sound program. Giving Back Sound provides used, cleaned and refitted hearing aids to individuals in our community who otherwise could not afford them. The dRC makes a significant and positive difference in the lives of individuals with disabilities and their their families. So that we can continue to impact the lives of our community members, lLink to our donate button and make your donation on Noveber 28. #GivingTuesday
Santa will be taking some time off from his workshop again this year to visit with children with disabilities and their brothers and sisters. While festive, the environment will be calm and uncrowded, much different than the hustle and bustle of the mall. Santa will be here: Dec. 9 from 2 to 5 pm, Dec. 10 from 1 to 4pm, and Dec. 15 from 6 to 8pm. Crafts and goodies will be available for the children before and after their visit with Santa. Call Linda Galloway to reserve your child(ren)’s visit, 540-373-2559.
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