Activities and Programs for Persons with Intellectual Challenges in Southwest Virginia

Intellectual Disabilities Agency of the New River Valley

We have a long history of service to families in the New River Valley of Virginia who have members with intellectual challenges. The agency, started by parents who were seeking services and programs for their loved ones, was operating previously under two names: New River Valley Agency for Persons with Mental Retardation OR Leisure Directions,, but we have changed our name in response to the nation-wide movement to not use the word retardation.

We offer a variety of programs, many in collaboration with our local Special Olympics. Most are offered at a minimal cost and we offer scholarships for participants with special needs whenever possible.

We are a United Way partner agency

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Be sure to Golf with us at the 23rd annual Golf Classic August 10, 2020 
1 pm tee-off, lunch at noon.
Blacksburg Country Club

$75 per person fee; if you need team members we can help.
Contact us at 540-381-0310 or email
Prizes for top scorers and closest to pin. Golf with us at this gorgeous course.

Help support programs for folks with intellectual disabilities in the New River Valley

Due to Covid 19 IDA will be offering limited programs starting this fall. We will be following CDC guidelines to maintain a safe environment for our participants and volunteers. We will keep you informed as we finalize plans for the programs we will offer.