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December 2022 Newsletter

Newsletter Highlights

Golf Tournament Success    |            Education Conference 2023        |     Holiday Parties

End of Year Giving          |            Recent News                                |     New Hires 


Thank you to Billy Hamm and Jonathan Arno for making the day a success!


Education and Transition Conference - February 4, 2023

9:00 am to 4:00 pm at Hilton Richmond Hotel & Spa/Short Pump


 Event Highlights - Holiday Parties

Charlottesville Holiday Party - December 3

2-4 pm at Brooks Family YMCA.  Join for Santa, gifts, crafts and karaoke



Ornament Decorating Party hosted and sponsored by the Manchester Moose Lodge, Richmond - December 4

1-pm.  Pizza lunch, Santa, crafts and gifts.


Richmond Holiday Party - December 10

Two seatings at the Hilton Hotel/Spa in Short Pump


Williamsburg Holiday Party - December 17 

4:00-6:00 pm.  Potluck dinner, gifts and family fun


Announcing our 1st Ever Year End Giving Gift Catalog!

Give a gift this holiday season that impacts lives across Virginia. 

You can choose from gifts of education, empowerment, and engagement and adore someone in your life with a card sharing which gift you gave in their honor today. You can view the gift catalog here, and all donations support the programs and services offered by the Virginia Down Syndrome Association to impact lives across Virginia. 

Hear from 2 parents your gift impacts:

"We want Toby to have every opportunity in life. VDSA (formerly DSAGR) helps us open up all those opportunities for him." - Maria and Paris


Recent News


THEphil, Inside Virginia's Nonprofit Community

Thephil highlights name change to Virginia Down Syndrome Association.

The Daily Progress, Charlottesville, Virginia

Ask the Expert: What is Down syndrome? How can early intervention help? Dr. Valentina Intagliata

Meet our New Staff!


Welcome Jasmine Samuel as Family Care Coordinator.

Jasmine believes in the power of a strong support system, and as the proverb goes, "it takes a village to raise a child." Jasmine most recently worked as an ABA therapist working with adults and children with disabilities for over three years. Being bilingual in both English and Spanish, she strives to build community support and promote positivity and inclusivity for diverse populations. She is currently studying to achieve her Masters in Social Work. In her free time, Jasmine enjoys spending time with her loved ones, reading a good book and writing one too!

Welcome Nikida Cromartie-James as Outreach and Inclusion Specialist 

Nikida Cromartie-James is an experienced social worker, with over 15 years of experience as a school social worker meeting the needs of students with disabilities and their families. She earned both her Bachelors and Masters degrees in Social Work from Virginia Commonwealth University. She is excited to continue her life’s passion of serving and helping others on all levels in her new role. On a personal note, she enjoys spending time with her young family going to VCU basketball games, having movie nights at home, and traveling.



If you have any questions, please email us at info@virginiadsa.org or call us at 804-447-4713.

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Virginia Down Syndrome Association
1504 Santa Rosa Road, Suite 124  | Richmond, Virginia 23229
804-447-4713 | info@virginiadsa.org

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