Central Virginia: Self-Advocacy Organizations/Groups

Organization/Group What they do
Greater Richmond Arc
3600 Saunders Avenue
Richmond, Virginia
(804) 358-1874
www.richmondarc.org
Person of Contact:
N/A?
Info@RichmondARC.org
The Greater Richmond Arc provides some opportunities for people with developmental disabilities to get together.
Meetings:  varies
Membership:
Fees:  some of the events have fees and others are free
Transportation:  limited availability
Arc of the Piedmont
509 Park Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902
P: (434) 977-4002
www.thearcofthepiedmont.org
Person of Contact:
John Santoski, Executive Director,  jsantoski@arcpva.org 
The Arc of the Piedmont provides for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities to get together to socialize and to identify advocacy opportunities.
Meetings:  the 3rd Tuesday of the month.
Membership:  open
Fees:  no
Transportation:  yes
Greater Richmond Chapter of the Virginia Association of the Deaf
www.vad.org           
Person of Contact:
Byron Heath, President, grcpresident@gmail.com
The Greater Richmond Chapter of the Deaf provides opportunities to get together to promote, protect and preserve the rights and quality of life of deaf and hard of hearing individuals. 
General meetings: held on the 1st Saturday of each month at Purple Communications, 1504 Santa Rosa Rd, Henrico, Virginia 23224
Silent Dinners: held at various locations on 1st Friday at Chesterfield Towne Center; 2nd Friday at Virginia Center Commons; 3rd & 4th Friday at Regency Square Mall. The time will be from 5:30pm to 9:00pm.
Silent Lunches: held at Regency Square Mall on every Wednesday from 11:00am to 2:00pm.
The Arc of South of the James
P.O. Box 272, Colonial Heights, VA 23834
(804) 446-1705
www.thearcsoj.org
Person of Contact:
Lia Tremblay, President,  thearcsoj@gmail.com
The Arc of South of the James provides opportunities for people with developmental disabilities to get together for social and recreational activities
Henrico Area Mental Health and Developmental Services
10299 Woodman Road
Glen Allen, VA 23060
(804) 727-8500
http://henrico.us/mhds/
Person of Contact:
Mary Beth Schutte – ID Intake
The Henrico Community Services Board provides opportunities for people with developmental disabilities to get together for social activity skill building and discussions about hot topics and statewide issues.
Meetings:  meets once a month. There is no meeting in August. The meetings are normally held on the third Thursday of each month at 6 p.m. The Board holds its meetings at various locations throughout the three county area and occasionally changes the date or time of a meeting. If you are interested in attending, it is suggested that you call the Office of the Executive Director [804-727-8585] to verify the time and location of a meeting. These are public meetings and interested citizens are welcome to attend.
Membership:  have to be a recipient of the agencies services
Fees:  no fees
Transportation:  yes
People First of Chesterfield
(804) 748-6006
Person of Contact:
James Holdren, Advisor
holdrenj@chesterfield.gov
People First (Arc of Virginia)  provides opportunities for people with developmental disabilities to get together to practice advocacy skills. Third Thursday of the month, at 6:30 p.m.
Chester United Methodist Church, 12132 Percival Street, Chester, VA
Four Seasons (Richmond)
804) 358-2211
Person of Contact:
Cindy Minto, mintoc@rrsi.org
Bob Larkin, larkinr@rrsi.org
Eric Drumheller, drumhellere@rrsi.org
Four Seasons (Arc of Virginia)  provides opportunities for people with developmental disabilities to get together to practice advocacy skills and for social and recreational activities
Meeting Time & Place: First Tuesday of the month at 6:30pm – 7:30pm.
Ridge Baptist Church
1515 Eastridge Rd, Richmond, VA
Henrico, VA 23229
Resources for Independent Living
4009 Fitzhugh Ave.
Richmond, VA 23230
(804) 353-6503   or (804) 353-6583  TTY  
www.ril-va.org
Info@RIL-VA.org
The Resources for Independent Living provides opportunities for people with developmental disabilities to get together to share issues, support one another,- and participate in community outings. 
Richmond Chapter of the National Federation of the Blind
(804) 674-4944
www.nfbv.org
Person of Contact:
Jeanette Gholson, President  jigholson.din@gmail.com
The Richmond Chapter of the Virginia Chapter of the National Federation of the Blind provides opportunities for people to come together who want to improve the lives of blind people  Meetings take place on the 4th Monday of every month at the conference room of the Virginia Department of the Blind and Vision Impaired (DBVI) Library & Resource Center. 395 Azalea Avenue, Richmond, VA 23227 from 7:00 – 9:00 PM