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.

Ed Weathers was a participant in IDA's 2020 Tournament. He writes:

“My brother George died in 2008, of complications from diabetes. He faced a few intellectual challenges of his own—he wasn't good at school work and as a kid he had occasional petit mal seizures when he was nervous—but he made his way through life on his own, a hard-working taxpayer.

Most importantly, George was one of the most generous, modest people I have ever known—that rare person who never brags about his own good deeds.

At his funeral, we discovered that George had for years been doing good deeds for a scattered group of folks who had more serious intellectual disabilities, from Down Syndrome to accident-related brain damage. Sometimes one at a time, sometimes in groups, George would take them out to lunch or dinner, organize and pay for bowling outings, ferry them to medical appointments, even take them on small weekend "vacations" to see, for example, professional wrestling matches in not-too-distant cities.

George had done all this on his own, with his own money, extemporaneously—nothing organized or planned or supported by anyone else. He would just meet someone, and he would do things for them. At his funeral, we met some of these folks and their families for the first time, and they told us of his good deeds and how they loved him. Their grief over his death was profound.

Yesterday I got to play in a golf tournament sponsored by the Intellectual Disabilities Agency of the New River Valley here in Virginia. This good organization would have appreciated the good works of my brother George.“


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Congratulations to the winners of the 2020 IDA Golf Tournament!
Ed Weathers, Jimmy Williams, Toney Quesenberry, and Dale Howe

Many Thanks to our Fabulous Tee Sponsors:
River Ridge Dermatology; Bobby Thompson in Memory of Chris Robinson; Desi Sowers Realty; Ted Fleshman; Patti, Steve & Adrew Bickley; First Bank & Trust; Cabo Fish Taco; Ed Weathers in Memory of George Weathers;
 United Framing, Kenny Jenelle, The University Club, Filamina Jewelry (Susan Brickhouse), Taylor Financial, Michael Cooke, WalMart, Chris Turman, Collision Plus, Wallace Nelson, Harvey's Chevrolet, Terri Lynn & Chuck Howard, Charlie & Martha Stallings, Colin & Sandy Grant, Christina Koomen, State Farm (Chris Turman)

Also,our generous prize donors: Blacksbug Country Club, Blue Hills Golf Club, Westlake Golf Club, VT Golf, The Rivercourse, Hanging Rock Golf Club, Todd's Jewelry, Geri Yost Originals, Mary Kay Cosmetics (Annemieke Phillippi), Vintage Cellar, Sapphire Ballroom, Michael Dunn, Our Daily Bread, Applebee's, Campus Automotive, Advance Auto, O'Reilly Auto Parts, Auto Plus, Preston's Restaurant, State Farm, Texas Roadhouse, Red Lobster, Upscale Attic, Hotel Roanoke, The Farmhouse, New River Engraving

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.