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Fall 2018


Grace is a 28-year-old young woman who began receiving support from Hope House in 2015. During her admission assessment, she was clear that she wanted to have more access to and control over her money and relationships. Cerebral palsy and scoliosis require the use of a wheelchair at all times and have left her with very limited use of her arms and hands. A little over 2 years ago, she saw her then roommate using an iPad that Hope House purchased through grant funding. She became curious about whether or not her limited dexterity would allow her to use one and if so, how it could bring her the control she desired. We researched apps that worked with the iPad’s voice-totext features. Grace is a strong advocate and volunteer

in her community, and staff soon realized she could book her transportation for activities and send/receive emails independently using only her voice and her iPad. She no longer needed to wait for staff with computer skills to be available so she could dictate to them. Grace met a gentleman that she was interested in dating, and staff helped her learn how to navigate Skype and FaceTime so they could communicate with privacy. Grace also decided she wanted to join Weight Watchers to lose weight. With the app on her iPad, she uses the voice command features to Sigmon Taylor Photography look up points for foods as well as logging those points on her own. The result is a loss of over 50 lbs. For Grace, these innovative approaches to service allow her to make her own decisions in matters that greatly impact her life.







WHAT IS ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY FOR PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES? The assistive technology field as it pertains to people with disabilities is just getting started, but Hope House is at the forefront to incorporate these advances in our service delivery model. It is a combination of thoughtful consideration of the individual, universal design and technology. Hope House Foundation’s assistive technology goals are: to enhance independence and safety for the people we serve; reduce staff time resulting in significant savings to the Commonwealth’s Medicaid Waiver system; and be a leader in the field of assistive technology in Virginia and across the U.S. A pilot project recently transformed the home of a 38-year-old man who, in addition to a primary diagnosis of developmental disability, is unable to use his arms or legs. With a relatively small investment of $12,000, a local partner organization revamped his living room, kitchen, bathroom and closet using a Control4 single-home automation system paired with interconnectivity from Amazon’s Alexa and Google Home. The technology allows him to change channels, raise and lower volume, change room temperature, control lighting, open and close doors, and unlock and lock the front door. Our vision is to incorporate assistive technology throughout Hope House that will dramatically enhance the safety and independence of the people we support.

SPOTLIGHT: ARC CONFERENCE Hope House Foundation participated in the 2018 ARC State Convention held in downtown Norfolk. The convention brought together advocates, professionals and families to build a better future for those with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Hope House Legislative Liaison, Grey Persons moderated the discussion. The panel included Virginia State Senators Emmett Hanger and George Barker, advocate Wes Fifer, and Hope House advocates Jesse Monroe and Dorothy Clark. The session provided legislators a better understanding of the issues that are most important to advocates as they navigate state policy and practices that govern opportunities for people with disabilities living independently. Likewise, the advocates gained insight on legislative issues to focus on in this next legislative session as we seek to inform the transformation of Virginia’s support system.

Left to right: Emmett Hanger, George Barker, Grey Persons, Wes Fifer, Dorothy Clarke and Jesse Monroe


Hope House Foundation invites everyone to the 5th Annual Chelsea West Fest on Saturday, October 6th from noon to 6 p.m. in the Chelsea Business District, 600 Claremont Avenue between Olney Road and Boissevain Avenue in West Ghent, Norfolk. The FREE Festival celebrates the energy of local offerings with a wide variety of handmade items from local crafters, talented local musicians, local beers, local pop-up food vendors and local products. Nomarama, a champion of local businesses, will organize new pop-up food vendors that are part of their Munchie Markets. These pop-up vendors are very successful and offer an array of fresh local delicacies. The entertainment schedule offers something for everyone including the region’s most popular performers.

Noon – 1 pm 1:30 – 2:30 pm 3 – 4 pm 4:30 – 6 pm

Narissa Bond and Company Delirious George The Storyweavers Lucky 757

StarFire Festival will provide video game tournaments and cosplay contests, and kids activities include face painting and balloon animals by Bobby the Clown. Sponsors include Old Point National Bank, TFA Benefits and Smartmouth Brewing Co. The event’s media sponsors are WHRO and VEER.


Rosa Biddle, Debra-Cunningham-Persons (Receiving Community Member of the Year Award)

Larisa Murphy, April Elizee (Receiving SEI Volunteer Award)


Mae Quirk (20 Years of Extraordinary Service)

William Jennette, Jeannie Carr (15 Years of Extraordinary Service)

Jack Ross (Receiving Jeff Miller award on behalf of Dominion Enterprises)

Whitney Katz (Receiving Board Member of the Year)

annual dinner 2018



2018 FALL ARTS FESTIVAL We welcome Union Bank & Trust as the new presenting sponsor of the Stockley Gardens Arts Festival.


SATURDAY, OCTOBER 20 11:00 a.m. 12:30 p.m. 2:00 p.m. 3:30 p.m. 5:00 p.m.

Gratiot Lake Road / Folk Who We Are Not / Indie Alternative Roebuck / Blues Buddha Council / Reggae The LifeHacks / Alternative Rock Trio

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 21 12:00 p.m. 12:30p.m. 1:45 p.m. 3:30 p.m.

Kate Stedelbauer / Singer-Songwriter Jim Newsom / Folk Singer-Songwriter Rosebird / Rock/Country Bad Weather Birds / Roots Rock

801 Boush Street Suite 302 Norfolk, VA 23510 t· 757-625-6161 f· 757-625-7775 Hope House is a certified United Way of Hampton Roads agency. Designation #5070

UPCOMING EVENTS October 6 Chelsea West Fest |


October 20 & 21 Stockley Gardens Fall Arts Festival | 10am-5pm December 11 VEER’s Golden Tap Awards |



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