RVA Different Abilities Day
EVENT DATE: Dec 03, 2018
Hey Richmond! Join us for a FREE evening of celebration, education, socializing, and fun on Monday evening, December 3, from 6-8 pm. Click here to register! The Children's Museum of Richmond (Chesterfield location) will be host to Richmond's first celebration of The United Nations' Persons with Disabilities Day! Why should you join us?
We’ve discovered so many organizations, caregivers, and people within the world of special needs. Many leaders of these non-profit groups will be present, so this event is also a great opportunity to meet them in-person and get support for your family or learn how you can help to support their cause. Also, watch local Richmond celebs share their message of inclusion! Kids and families welcome! We are over-the-moon-excited about our partnership with the Children’s Museum of Richmond for this event, because they provide a child-friendly venue, where kids of all ages have a safe place to play while we celebrate. (Volunteers are needed to help supervise! Contact us if you know someone who can help!) Learn something!
We're going to get social up in here! Learn quick and easy ways that you can support inclusion at home and work! Enjoy light refreshments as we learn about what Richmond is doing for people with special needs! Sponsors from the Commonwealth will be on-site to answer questions about Virginia services. Join our new social media campaign to promote inclusion!
Watch our film!
The celebration will also feature the release of a new (3-5 minute) short film made for Project: Just Like You. Our film is designed to spread awareness by showcasing more than 30 children sharing their interests and hobbies. Some are neuro-typical, some have special needs, some speak in different languages at home, some have machines or siblings who speak for them, but ALL are children, deserving of love, respect, dignity, and care.
Celebrate Jacob’s birthday!
Every parent of a child with special needs probably wonders at some point if they’ll have a typical childhood. Project: Just Like You was created with the very transparent hope that we could help to blaze a trail of inclusion to prepare the world for our own son, Jacob, who was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Life with Jacob is a joy and source of pride for our family, and we’re delighted that his 4th birthday falls on such a special day! (No, Jacob doesn’t need any birthday gifts, but maybe consider a donation in his name to Project: Just Like You?)
Project: Just Like You is leading RVA's response to the United Nations' call to celebrate a world disabilities day. Since 1992, the United Nations International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD) has been celebrated annually on 3 December around the world. It's a day of acknowledgement of how far we've come and how much remains for people with disabilities. It's a day to celebrate inclusion and highlight the many organizations who support people with disabilities in various ways. If we can normalize inclusion around the world, people will no longer be "different" - just differently-abled.
The United Nations has made the call. Richmond, WE are going to answer that call.
Our celebration event is free, but registration is required for headcount and planning purposes. RSVP here See you there!