Neighborhood Conference Oct. 29 Focuses on Residents with Special Needs

Speakers and exhibits on aging, disabilities, mental health, autism and more

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Does someone in your family need special care? An aging parent? An autistic child? A disabled spouse? Someone suffering from mental illness? Special education transitions? An upcoming conference offers help.

The Virginia Beach Council of Civic Organizations and the City of Virginia Beach will co-host a neighborhood conference with the theme Meeting the 'Special Needs' of Our Community. It's Saturday, Oct. 29, from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Virginia Beach Convention Center, 1000 19th St.

The conference will feature speakers and exhibits from many community groups that help residents with special needs. Participating groups will include Virginia Beach Human Services, the Virginia Beach Human Rights Commission, Virginia Beach City Public Schools, Virginia Beach Police, the Parent Resource Center, Hampton Roads Transit, Children's Hospital of The King's Daughters, Arc of Virginia, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the Endependence Center, Sentara Healthcare, Special Olympics, the Autism Society of Tidewater, the Fleet & Family Support Center and many more.

Free continental breakfast and light lunch will be served. Andrew M. Friedman, director of the city's Housing and Neighborhood Preservation Department, will be the keynote speaker. He will discuss the city's new Housing Resource Center and other housing services.

A limited number of tickets are available. To reserve a spot, visit:

For more information, contact Sam Reid at (757) 284-1067 or

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