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December 16, 2016

Charlottesville Day Support stars show off their talents

Elvis, poetry, Phantom of the Opera, and more! On Dec. 14 the talented individuals at our Charlottesville Day Support Program showed off their skills in the annual talent show. The event was open to the public and included a reception following the performances. Enjoy more pictures below!

November 30, 2016

Smile! Our favorite photos from 2016

Seeing is believing! The look of joy and delight on a child’s face, the break-through smile from a young man, a 1000-watt smile from an individual with disabilities, a shy expression of pride – these are the things that are hard to describe in words. So we won’t try! Here are just a few pictures […]

November 22, 2016

Help your children grow in gratitude this holiday season

By Lori Long, Coordinator of southwest Virginia schools “Tis the season to get a lot of stuff” …This is not exactly the message we want to send to our children this holiday season. It is easy to get caught up in all the hubbub of the latest and greatest hot ticket items. But what message […]

November 14, 2016

Getting called back to the work

By Monica Cannon, Foster Parent Engagement Specialist I had often thought of the many children I had served at the group home and missed them. I knew there were so many children out there who still needed homes and my heart was tugging for me to get involved again in some way. So three years […]

November 3, 2016

Hungry for knowledge, but also just hungry

By Carole Todd We know that when kids are hungry, they struggle to learn. And when kids don’t learn, they can struggle in life. In Virginia, 1 out of 8 children are hungry. That means that 1 out of 8 children may not have the opportunity to live the best, most productive life possible. Thanks […]

November 2, 2016

Every shoe tells a story and we want yours!

Shoes, we all need them, and we all use them to walk through important parts of our lives. Baby shoes, dress shoes, soccer shoes, ballet shoes, sneakers, flip flops, sandals, hiking shoes, combat boots – all of them have a story that illustrates a part of our lives. Lori Long, coordinator of Southwest Virginia Schools, has […]

November 1, 2016

Data diva dives into the numbers

And kids and teachers benefit By Carole Todd “Without data you’re just a person with an opinion” could be Ferri Lockhart’s slogan. Lockhart is testing coordinator for all five Minnick Schools, and her data collecting fervor is making a difference in the way teachers teach and students learn. Lockhart is passionate about how data can […]

October 31, 2016

2016 Recognition of Staff Years of Service

We’re fortunate to have so many staff members committed to the LFSVA cause, year after year. Here are the staff members celebrating some big anniveraries this year. Thanks to all of them for their dedication! 20-Year Anniversary Anthony Stroman, Minnick Schools 15-Year Anniversaries Donna Metts, Developmental Services Tresha Lafon, Admin Cynthia Banks, Hampton 10-Year Anniversaries […]

October 27, 2016

11 Films that Increased Our Understanding of Disabilities

As cooler weather closes in, sometimes it’s nice to sit back, cuddle up, and enjoy a movie. Why not end the movie having learned something, too? We polled our staff for their favorite movies about disabilities – the ones that made them more compassionate, that helped them understand, and that changed their attitudes. Here’s what […]

October 24, 2016

Breaking down “job”stacles

By Ashley Thompson, Employment Specialist Every time I have a job development meeting with the young man who began participating in Supported Employment Services this month, I have a hard time understanding why he isn’t already employed. Sitting in front of me is a bright young man with determination, a strong work ethic, a desire […]

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