In Virginia, estimates vary on the number
of people with developmental disabilities. All estimates indicate
that over 110,000 people with disabilities need support to be included
in their communities. National statistics tell us that 60% of adults
with disabilities and the vast majority of children with disabilities
live at home with their families.
Approximately 70,000 children and
adults with disabilities received some type of support through early
intervention, special education, Home and Community-Based Waivers,
and family support funding. So who is looking out for the unmet
needs and supporting the other families in Virginia?
Parent to Parent of Virginia believes in the innate strength of
most families. Therefore, we have a philosophy that our services
should affirm parents' strengths and enable parents to obtain for
themselves the services and supports their families need. We believe
that professionals can give a family direction and ideas, but in
order for families to become empowered, they need to be confident
to explore and discover their own personal strengths. Parents need
support from other parents so that they can carry on with their
lives. To sit back and pity a family does not help them to help
themselves. The best we can offer parents is positive self-esteem,
pride in themselves and in their families, and the ability to seek
the services and supports they need.
Parent to Parent contact can help
families regain their sense of strength, of purpose and of independence.
Through its network of volunteers, Parent to Parent of Virginia
- Emotional support and understanding
- Coping skills and a model of positive family integration of children with disabilities
- Information about services, support programs and advocacy organizations
- Introduction and access to people and groups
who share their concerns and interests and who can help meet their
needs, as well as those of their children
All of the staff of Parent to Parent
of Virginia have a family member with disabilities and/or have a
college degree in the field of disabilities.
As you navigate this webpage, you will learn more
about Parent to Parent support, programs of Parent to Parent of
Virginia, networking opportunities, and community and state resources.
TO PARENT OF VIRGINIA PO BOX 38341, RICHMOND VA 23231