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Ages 6-11

Attend trainings & workshops

One of the best pieces of advice we can offer is to never stop learning! Sign-up for our email newsletter and/or text message alert system to keep up to date with local workshops.

Access services

Are you accessing all the services available to your child? Consider the following services that may be beneficial:

Get organized

One of the most important things you can do during this time period is to get & stay organized.

  • Create an IEP organizer
  • Create a service organization binder
  • Create a medical services binder

Connect with other families

Have you connected with other families yet? There are plenty of parents out there just like you! One of the best resources is Parent to Parent Virginia, which will match you with a parent who has many experiences similar to yours.

Discuss development

Your child will likely enter puberty during this stage. It is important that you and your child both understand the changes that are occurring with his or her body. 


Click here to access a health handbook for women with disabilities.


Click here to receive text alerts of upcoming disability & sexuality workshops offered by The Arc of Northern Shenandoah Valley.


Click here for a woman-specific website on sexuality and disability.

Next steps

priority actions

Schedule an assessment for community-based waivers

By age six, you should contact your local community services board for an evaluation for the Building Independence, Family & Individual Support waiver or Community Living waiver. Visit our section on waivers for more detailed information.

Who do I contact for an assessment?

For those living in the Northern Shenandoah Valley, you will need to contact Northwestern Community Services Board

Please call:

Warren County Clinic 

209 West Criser Road, Suite 100  

Front Royal, VA 22630 

(540)636-2931 


If you live outside the Northern Shenandoah Valley, you can find your local Community Services Board by clicking here.

Why is it so important to have an assessment?

There are currently over 12,000 individuals waiting for developmental disability waivers. Only a small number of waivers are allotted per locality per year, as funded by the General Assembly. Your child may wait over ten years to access waiver services. To fund supports after your child exits high school, including day programs, employment and residential services,  you will need the support of one of these waivers.


We strongly urge you to contact your local CSB for an assessment on your child's sixth birthday.