Tag: disabilities

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Governor McAuliffe announces $275,000 in grants for early intervention, education of children with disabilities

Governor Terry McAuliffe announced two federal grants for early intervention and education of children with disabilities.


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WWRC students with disabilities demonstrate manufacturing skills for industry leaders

Youth with disabilities participating in a job skills academy will demonstrate a solar-powered water filtration unit they built at WWRC.


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AgrAbility Virginia helps farmers continue to do their jobs

After suffering a carotid aneurysm in 1999 that made it difficult for him to walk, Dinwiddie County farmer Alvin Blaha needed a solution.


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JMU student-designed assistive technologies to be displayed, discussed

Prototypes of technologies designed by JMU students to assist people with disabilities in their daily lives will be on display 5-7 p.m. Wednesday at James Madison University.


virginia

Governor McAuliffe announces $3 million in grants to expand No Wrong Door program

Governor Terry McAuliffe announced today that Virginia has been awarded nearly $3 million in federal funding to help ease difficulties older adults and people with disabilities may face when they seek support services from state agencies, health care systems and community organizations.


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Youth with disabilities to participate in Ability Olympics at JMU

More than 100 youths with disabilities will participate in the Ability Olympics April 17-18 at James Madison University.


Parker Bows donates money to Vector Industries expansion

Parker Bows is first on board in assisting the nonprofit Vector Industries with its move to a new facility on Hopeman Parkway in Waynesboro.


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Senate defeats Rob Bell bill to allow school choice for parents of disabled kids

In a near-party-line vote, the Senate defeated Del. Rob Bell’s (R – Charlottesville) HB 2238, a bill to allow parents of some students with disabilities to spend taxpayer funds on alternative forms of education.


WellTran hits 1,000 trips per month

For the first quarter of Fiscal Year 15 at the Shenandoah Area Agency on Aging, WellTran staff have logged 3,000 rides for seniors and for persons 18 and older with disabilities.


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ACLU urges governor to issue immediate conditional pardon to man with autism

Today, the ACLU of Virginia renewed its call that the Governor take executive action to ensure that Reginald “Neli” Latson, an autistic man who has been in solitary confinement in state prison for more than a year, is moved as quickly as possible to a treatment facility in Florida.


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ACLU urges governor to help man with autism escape improper treatment in prison, jail

Today, the ACLU of Virginia sent a letter to Governor Terry McAuliffe asking him to review the case of Reginald “Neli” Latson, a young man with intellectual and developmental disabilities who has been held in solitary confinement in a state correctional facility for almost a year.


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UVA economists shine new light on effectiveness of vocational rehab programs

A new $2.5 million federal grant will support two University of Virginia economists and a team of colleagues who are revolutionizing how to measure the effectiveness of vocational rehabilitation services.


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Sen. Warner statement on award of $17.5M federal preschool grant

U.S. Sen. Mark Warner released this statement today following the announcement that Virginia will receive a $17.5 million Preschool Development Expansion Grant to serve children in 11 Virginia school divisions.


Waynesboro First Aid Crew provides lunch to Vector Industries

The annual Christmas lunch prepared and provided by the Waynesboro First Aid Crew Ladies Auxiliary is a special day for the employees at Vector Industries.


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University of Richmond, Commonwealth partners to research return on investment of vocational rehabilitation programs

Governor Terry McAuliffe announced a nearly $2.5 million federal grant to the University of Richmond and its partners to assess the effectiveness of vocational rehabilitation programs for people with disabilities.


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DARS offers tips for Virginians on Medicare Open Enrollment period

It’s time for Medicare beneficiaries to think about their health care needs and choose the best plan for them.


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Virginia employers honored for championing disability employment

Several Virginia employers were honored this month for outstanding commitment to hiring and supporting people with disabilities in the workplace.


Peace Corps volunteers share experiences at Bridgewater College

Bridgewater College is hosting a Peace Corps Symposium on Sunday, Oct. 26 and Monday, Oct. 27. Both presentations will be held at 7:30 p.m. in the Carter Center for Worship and Music.


Vector Industries celebrates workers, family

Employees at Vector Industries had lunch with some special people in their lives on Thursday: their families. “We’re here today at Vector Industries celebrating our employees,” said CEO Chrissy Johnston at the end of the Employee Forum, one in a series of events that the Waynesboro-based nonprofit business is holding to mark its 45th year in business.


Ken Plum: The Age Wave

Last week, Bob Brink, a former colleague of mine who represented Arlington-McLean in the House of Delegates and who was appointed by Governor Terry McAuliffe to be Deputy Commissioner for Aging Services, spoke to the Northern Virginia Aging Network’s (NVAN) annual legislative summit.


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Medicare Part B and prescription drug premiums for Virginians are $20.4 million lower than predicted for 2015

Secretary of Health and Human Services Sylvia Burwell announced today that next year’s standard Medicare Part B monthly premium and deductible will remain the same as the last two years.


Friendship Industries celebrates 50 years of work

To mark 50 years of providing persons with disabilities employment opportunities in commercial businesses, Friendship Industries is having a week of special events featuring two events.


Vector Industries hosts government leaders at anniversary event

Representatives from City Hall all the way to Capitol Hill were at Vector Industries to learn more about the Waynesboro-based nonprofit that employs and trains persons with diverse disabilities to enable them to reach their potential as productive community members.


On Point: Vector Industries ready for 45th anniversary

This is a very special month for Vector Industries. We are celebrating our 45th anniversary! We’ve all heard the expression “It takes a village to raise a child.” Well, I believe it takes a community to sustain an organization as vital as Vector Industries.


David Hevener named Employee of the Month at Vector Industries for August 2014

Vector Industries in Waynesboro has named David Hevener its employee of the month for the month of August 2014.


Parker Bows finds solid business partner in Vector Industries

Parker Bows is one of the leading manufacturers of compound bows, crossbows and crossbow accessories in the United States. And it wouldn’t be there if not for its long-standing partnership with Vector Industries.


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Kaine joins Supreme Court brief in pregnancy discrimination case

Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine joined 126 other members of Congress in filing an amicus curiae brief to the Supreme Court on behalf of Peggy Young.


Vector Industries: A nonprofit business with a mission

Founded in 1969, Vector Industries is a unique nonprofit that is self-supporting in its mission to provide employment opportunities to local residents with different disabilities in the Greater Augusta County area through contract work for a variety of regional customers.


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Governor McAuliffe sets September as National Preparedness Month in Virginia

Governor Terry McAuliffe has recognized September as National Preparedness Month in Virginia, calling on families, business owners and communities to take specific steps to be ready for emergencies.


Tanya Richardson named Employee of the Month at Vector Industries for July 2014

Vector Industries in Waynesboro has named Tanya Richardson its employee of the month for the month of July 2014.


Devils Backbone forges business relationship with Vector Industries

The Devils Backbone Adventure 12 Pack is proving popular with consumers who want to sample several different beers from the Lexington, Virginia,-based brewery, but assembling the variety packs aren’t easy for a growing company. Which is where Vector Industries in Waynesboro comes in.


Vector Industries to celebrate anniversary in October

Vector Industries is marking its 45th year in operations with a series of events in October inviting the community to learn more about the unique non-profit business.


Waynesboro Generals, Rotary cook lunch for Vector Industries

Employees at Vector Industries got a nice treat last week – lunch provided by the Waynesboro Rotary Club, including burgers cooked by members of the Waynesboro Generals baseball team.


Brian Davis named Employee of the Month at Vector Industries for June 2014

Vector Industries in Waynesboro has named Brian Davis its employee of the month for the month of June 2014.


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AFSCME adds more than 90,000 members

AFSCME President Lee Saunders today announced that AFSCME nearly doubled the goal set in early January 2014 when the union launched its “50,000 Stronger” organizing campaign.


Miss State Fair Courtney Garrett is crowned Miss Virginia

The reigning Miss State Fair of Virginia, Courtney Garrett, was crowned Miss Virginia 2014 June 28 at the Roanoke Civic Center.


Charles Randolph named Employee of the Month at Vector Industries for May 2014

Vector Industries has named Charles Randolph its employee of the month for the month of May 2014. Randolph has been an employee at Vector, which employs and trains persons with diverse disabilities to enable them to reach their potential as productive community members, since 2011.


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Three WWRC employees honored by State Rehabilitation Council

Ellen McIlhenny, chair of the State Rehabilitation Council, and Commissioner Jim Rothrock of the Virginia Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services have announced the council’s Employee Leadership Roy J. Ward Recognition Awards.


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Medicaid expansion to help working individuals in Virginia

Almost 60 percent of the 360,000 Virginians who would benefit from the state’s Medicaid expansion—roughly 212,000 residents—are working Virginians employed in occupations that most people rely on daily and are critical to the state’s economy.


Supreme Court invalidates Virginia’s use of IQ test in administering death penalty

Today, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Hall v. Florida that states cannot rely on a rigid IQ score of 70 to determine whether an individual may be executed.