Richmond has such a diverse population, which is one of the things that drew me to this city, and I really think anyone can find a community here. However, I do often hear a certain group of people saying that they feel a little lost and lonely: moms of children with special needs.
Let me back up and explain my connection here. Almost four years ago, I entered into the absolute best community that I never thought I would want to be apart of when my unborn daughter was diagnosed with Down Syndrome. My daughter ,Charlotte, is my absolute joy and I wouldn't change a single chromosome even if I could, but honestly I didn't always feel that way. Finding out that your child has a diagnosis of any kind is the most lonely feeling in the world . When you have a child with different abilities, it can be hard to relate to moms of typically developing kids. Instead of talking about milestones and cute little outfits, a lot of your conversations are filled with what therapists your child is seeing or your recent hospitalization( as well as cute outfits and milestones). This is why you have to find your tribe, people who GET IT. Getting involved in the local Down Syndrome Association was the absolute best thing for my family. It's given me a community of parents who can give me medical or parenting advice as well as just plain old support. For that reason, I wanted to share some resources so that one day if it's you or a friend getting that phone call, you will know that you are not alone.
Southside Richmond, Va Special Needs Family Resources
RVA Mama Warriors
Autism Society Central Virginia
Project: Just Like You
Down Syndrome Association of Greater Richmond
The Greater Richmond ARC
JP Jumper's Foundation
"You are now in a secret world. You'll see things you never imagined: ignorance, rudeness, and discrimination. But you'll also witness so many everyday miracles, and you'll know it. You won't think a milestone is just a milestone, you'll know it's a miracle. You'll treasure things most people wouldn't even think twice about. You'll become an advocate, educator, a specialist, a therapist, but most of all, you'll be a parent to the most wonderful child."
Welcome! I’m Dannah.
I’m a full-time working mom of two young kids and a fur mom to a Boxer and a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. I’m a multi-passionate entrepreneur with my main focus being on creating community for the women of RVA. I can’t wait to meet you at an upcoming event!