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APSC

The Area Planning and Services Committee (APSC) on Aging with Lifelong Disabilities in Greater Richmond, in operation since 2003, has set as its purposes: Identifying existing services and service needs; Improving communication and collaboration among service providers; Providing cross-training on both aging and developmental disabilities; Offering educational forums for the community; Raising public awareness about aging with lifelong disabilities; and Planning for emerging issues related to aging with a lifelong disability.

The APSC meets monthly. Its members have been designated by their organizations as their representatives. The APSC maintains separate subcommittees for staff training and for an annual public conference. Staff training workshops are usually in November and the annual conference is in June. Workshops have focused on lifelong disabilities and: having a healthy heart, exercise, arthritis, remaining at home, etc. Conferences have addressed spirituality and loss, community supports for consumers and caregivers, self-advocacy, inclusion, consumer choice, livable communities, etc.  In addition, the APSC has produced a professional-studio DVD about healthy eating, a protocol for periodically assessing the health of consumers, and has co-sponsored with other groups events such as conferences to broaden public and professional awareness.

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