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Some news about disabilities

Comment on proposed autism services: JLARC published an assessment of services for Virginians with autism last summer. This study suggested 21 improvements to services. After the survey, the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services held workgroups to draft a reply. This reply will be given to the General Assembly on Nov. 30. Before that, the public can weigh in on the draft. You have until Oct. 15 to publicly comment. First, read the draft. Then comment by sending an email to

Bingo Buddies for People with Developmental Disabilities: This is held the first Thursday of the month (Oct. 7 is the next one), 6-8 p.m. at the VFW Post on Princess Anne Street in Fredericksburg. For details, call Michelle Sullivan at 540/424-8043.

Rappahannock Community Services Board will host open clinics: The events will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

  • Tuesday, October 12th at the Stafford County Clinic, Charles A. Cooper Building, 15 Hope Rd., Stafford, VA 22554
  • Wednesday, October 13th at the King George County Clinic, Marie O. Kunlo Building, 8479 St. Anthony’s Rd., King George, VA 22485
  • Wednesday, October 20th at the Fredericksburg Clinic, Ronald W. Branscome Building, 600 Jackson St., Fredericksburg, VA 22401
  • Thursday, October 21st at the Caroline County Clinic, Patricia K. Spaulding Building, 19254 Rogers Clark Blvd., Ruther Glen, VA 22546

Event to help young adults transition to life after high school: For youth with disabilities, leaving high school can be difficult. Having a plan in place is essential. The Fredericksburg Transition Council will host its annual transition fair on Saturday, Nov. 13, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The free informational conference will be at James Monroe High School.

To register for the event, log onto There is no deadline to register. However, individuals requiring accommodations should contact Peggy Dougherty no later than Nov. 1, at 540-582-7583, ext. 5 or