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Archived News: Across Virginia
September 2013

Public Meetings Scheduled to Discuss Changes to VA Waiver Programs

My Life, My Community
Re-designing Supports for Virginians with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

The Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services is making changes to the service system for people with developmental and intellectual disabilities. Changes are being made to improve the service system and help the people who receive services to live and participate in their communities. Many of these changes will focus on Virginia’s Home and Community Based Services Waiver programs. To provide input on the changes needed, we want to know what you are thinking!

Virginia is hosting 16 meetings in eight sites across the state. At each site there are two session times. Each session will include a short presentation about the anticipated changes to the system and discussion. The evening session will also include one breakout session designed especially for people with I/DD. There is no registration required to attend the meetings.
Sign language or Spanish interpreters are available but you must let us know if you need either service a minimum of 72 hours before the meeting.

Who Should Attend:
*People with Disabilities
*Family Members and Friends
*Service and Support Providers
*Case Managers/ Support Coordinators
*Direct Support Professionals
*Concerned Citizens

Where & When:
Danville - September 23, 2013 - Danville Institute for Advanced Learning and Research, 150 Slayton Avenue
Abingdon - September 24, 2013 - SW Virginia Higher Education Center, One Partnership Circle
Lynchburg - September 25, 2013 - Lynchburg Public Library, 2315 Memorial Avenue
Norfolk - October 1, 2013 - Endependence Center, 6300 E. Virginia Beach Blvd.
Hampton - October 2, 2013 - Crowne Plaza Hotel Hampton, 700 Settlers Landing Road
Colonial Heights - October 8, 2013 - American Legion, Post 284, 505 Springdale Avenue
Manassas - October 9, 2013 - Holiday Inn Manassas Battlefield, 10424 Balls Ford Road
Alexandria - October 10, 2013 - West Potomac High School Room 507, 6500 Quander Road
Two sessions will be held in each location:
3:00 – 5:00 p.m.
6:00 – 8:00 p.m. (An additional breakout session for people with I/DD will also be held during the 6-8 pm meeting)

Light refreshments will be served.
Questions? Email: or Call: (804) 828-0352


Students with disabilities ACE-IT at VCU - VCU places students with disabilities in standard classes

In 2010, Virginia Commonwealth University was one of 27 universities across the U.S. to receive funding for a 5-year demonstration grant from the federal US Department of Education, Office of Postsecondary Education. ACE-IT in College is a collaborative effort between the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center (RRTC) and the Partnership for People with Disabilities in the VCU School of Education. ACE-IT in College provides an inclusive, on campus, college experience for young adults with intellectual disabilities. The main outcome of the program is competitive employment in an area of interest for students which is developed through VCU coursework, internships, and employment. Please visit the ACE-IT in College website to meet the students, hear from faculty and families, and learn more about this comprehensive program.

More information:

Students with disabilities ACE-IT at VCU - VCU places students with disabilities in standard classes February 4, 2014 BY KARIN KAPSIDELIS Richmond Times-Dispatch


News from Hampton City and the Northern Neck Regional Special Education Program…

Teachers, administrators, and support staff in Hampton City and the Northern Neck Regional Special Education Program are gearing up for a great 2013-2014 school year! This year these divisions will begin to work towards implementing evidence-based practices with lessening support from Noel Woolard, VCU-ACE Technical Assistance Associate, so they have been planning how they will best use their available division resources to support those who instruct students on the autism spectrum. Several initiatives will be replicated in new buildings and with new staff members across most of these divisions. One of the most successful initiatives across all divisions has been professional development in the form of Professional Learning Groups (PLCs) or Collaborative Learning Teams (CLTs). These groups meet as often as once a month and are led by teachers who have taken a leadership role in their building. Meetings consist of a short presentation on a pre-selected topic with the remainder of the meeting consisting of discussion and demonstration. Jessica Rogers, a teacher at Northumberland Elementary School, enjoys this Type of professional development. She shared, “I have found the discussion between teachers during these meetings very helpful! It’s always nice to see how other people are implementing evidence-based practices. I get many great ideas from these meetings.” Professional Learning Group meetings in these divisions will begin in October and end in May.


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