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Intellectual Disabilities Agency (dba)

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IDA began in 1965 by a group of parents with children with special needs that wanted to provide more opportunities for their children. 

Many participants have no means of transportation to access activities in the community. IDA offers limited transportation to help overcome this barrier. The fact that a program or service exists doesn’t help if one can’t get there.
As a non-profit agency, funding is generated entirely by the community, from area United Way agencies,
donations and local foundations. The volunteer Board of Directors organizes fund-raising events which include an Oktoberfest, a spring golf tournament and a Silent Auction with Wine/Beer Tasting.
We educate the public about intellectual disabilities and the impact on family members. We inform families of resources and services available in the community, for example, Medicaid Waivers.
 Include cooking classes, craft classes, walking club, volleyball league, swimming programs, bowling leagues, basketball league, fishing rodeo, several dances, track & field training, softball league, and until 2009, a summer day camp for school age children which will be resumed this summer, pending funding. Partnering with many other community organizations such as NRV Superbowl, NRV Senior Services, Special Olympics, Blacksburg Parks, Christiansburg Parks, area aquatics centers, area school systems, etc. keeps the cost of programming as low as possible.

Mission Statement:
Intellectual Disabilities Agency of the New River Valley provides therapeutic recreational, educational, and social programs for persons with intellectual disabilities which provide opportunities to develop skills needed for integration into and acceptance by the community; to inform the public regarding the needs of persons with Intellectual Disabilities and enabling them to access resources and participate more fully and actively in the community.

Vision Statement:
Intellectual Disabilities Agency of the New River Valley enriches the quality of life for persons with Intellectual Disabilities by offering an array of community-based recreational, educational, and social programs. Such programs address the human need for a balanced life that combines not only rest and work but also meaningful leisure pursuits.
We believe individuals with Intellectual Disabilities deserve access to opportunities and resources available to all others. Therefore, our agency also provides advocacy supports to promote such access.
We are a recognized, reputable organization whose services enhance the health and well-being of its clients and families. 

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