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 from 2016 that show that what we – and you, our supporters – can accomplish together. For more stories and great photos check out our blog.

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Dozens of families have taken part in the LFSVA Essential Pieces Science Club at the Virginia Air and Space Museum. Thanks to a partnership with the museum, families who have children with disabilities can take part in hands-on science in a supportive atmosphere.

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As a young mother, Gloria Oliver was challenged by her son Brandon’s disabilities, but her natural can-do spirit prevailed. Today Gloria is an LFSVA Family Care provider for Brandon, whose life is rich in music and friends.

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Jahem Logan gets a new “family tree” from LFSVA staff member Megan Raborn. With the help of LFSVA, 12-year-old Jahem became the member of a new family, complete with siblings, whose names also being with “J”!

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There were lots of smiles at the LFSVA Roanoke Minnick School at the superhero-themed spring dance, which preceded an annual field trip to the Salem Red Sox stadium to see a game.

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Katherine Johnson makes her home with the Perch family through the LFSVA Family Care home program. Being part of a family means Katherine can garden, play softball and take her beloved walks in the neighborhood.

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Each year the LFSVA Day Support Program at Lynchburg holds a dance for its participants. This year’s Beach Party theme was a hit with all!

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Marquise and nine of our other students from across Virginia got perfect scores on their alternative Standards of Learning tests last year. Photo taken by Justin McLeod of Roanoke City Schools.

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Tre left our LFSVA Minnick Vocational Program this year, but not before making great strides in learning and behavior. Here he is with a citizen of the Franklin County Humane Society, where he learned vocational skills as a volunteer.