Our world is constantly changing and with the help of new technology and access to resources, people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) are utilizing the internet more than ever. With this in mind, The Arc of Harrisonburg and Rockingham began working towards developing a comprehensive, up-to-date, accessible, and fresh new website back in the summer of 2019.
And almost two years later, with the help of four specialized volunteers through Catchafire, a digital volunteer pool connecting volunteers across the world with non-profits, and funding provided by F&M Bank, we’re proud to offer a solid website for the I/DD community. We hope this channel will provide helpful resources for parents and caretakers, inspiration and opportunities for local community members to connect and volunteer, and an ever present portal for you to connect through donating, volunteering, and/or becoming an advocate.
We’ve tried our best to design the visuals and flow in order for it to be as accessible to those with screen readers, hearing and/or visual impairments, and those with cognitive disabilities. Iff there are any suggestions or additions to make our website even more accessible, especially from the I/DD community, please contact our Director of Communications at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Special thanks to our funder F&M Bank, our Catchafire volunteers Natalie K. (Usability and Design), David M. (Web Developer), Laurie T. (Accessibility), and Varad G. (Technical Specification) and our JMU interns Emily Della Rata and Aleena Raja and Talia Davis.