The RAISE program here at RACS is a longstanding and highly successful early Intervention program, providing comprehensive early intervention supports and services to families with infants and toddlers, birth to age three, who have developmental delays or disabilities, or who are at high risk for delay.
Our program is affiliated with the Infant & Toddler Connection of Virginia at the state level, and it's a crucial service to families in our local community.
So staff were especially happy to learn that Governor Ralph Northam has declared this month—May 2018—to be Early Intervention Month in the Commonwealth of Virginia in order to increase public awareness of the availability of early intervention services.
Today, the governor's office issued the following proclamation:
Early Intervention Month
WHEREAS, Virginia’s children are among our most valuable, precious, and vulnerable citizens, and they require proper care and attention from the time they are born and throughout their formative years; and
WHEREAS, some children are born with developmental delays and disabilities, and it is crucial that these children receive immediate intervention treatment upon diagnosis; and
WHEREAS, the Infant & Toddler Connection of Virginia provides early intervention services to the more than 19,000 infants and toddlers with developmental delays and disabilities throughout the Commonwealth; and
WHEREAS, partnerships among state agencies, physicians, other private care providers, and families with children with disabilities help ensure that the continuation of early intervention services that enhance development and promote the health and well-being of Virginia’s children and families; and
WHEREAS, it is important that Virginia’s citizens know about the early intervention services available for infants and toddlers with developmental delays and disabilities so families may utilize every opportunity to provide for the health and well-being of their children;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Ralph S. Northam, do hereby recognize May 2018 as EARLY INTERVENTION MONTH in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.