IDA of the NRV

Intellectual Disabilities Agency of the New River Valley

Activities and Programs for Persons with Intellectual Challenges in Southwest Virginia

Intellectual Disabilities Agency of the NRV announces New Executive Director

The Board of Directors of Intellectual Disabilities Agency of the New River Valley (IDA) is pleased to announce its new Executive Director, following the retirement of Sheila Roop, who served in that position for almost three decades.

Denise Helland assumes leadership of the agency after serving as an analyst with the federal government for 34 years. Her employment duties in that capacity included work with low income, elderly, and disabled citizens as well as volunteers with her agency. She is very excited to work with people with intellectual disabilites in our community and their families.

IDA is a private, non-profit agency that provides social, educational, and recreational activities for persons with intellectual disabilities in the New River Valley. We also provide advocacy programs, educate the public about intellectual disabilities, and inform families about local services available to them. Contact us for additional information at 540-381-0310 or email

Photo above: IDA President Earl Brown with incoming ED Denise Helland

Announcing the Winners of the 2022 IDA Tournament

This year was the 25th anniversary IDA Golf Tournament and the skies were full of menacing, gray clouds. But, the sun came through and allowed us to enjoy a terrific golf day at the beautiful Blacksburg Country Club course. Everyone enjoyed the lovely site and yummy lunch. At the top of our golf teams was that of Terri Lynn and Chuck Howard, Trevor Grey and Daniel Schroeder.

Many thanks to all the community businesses and individuals who supported us to make this event successful. And many thanks to all the golfers who joined us. Hope to see you again next year!

Fall Athletic Programs are Starting!

Contact Area 9 Special Olympics to sign up:

(Click on the link above to go to registration forms. Scroll down to "Upcoming Events" and click on "Athlete Sign Up")

IDA and the Christiansburg Recreation Department are hosting a

Halloween Dance

October 28th, 2022

from 7-9 pm.

Christiansburg Recreation Center

1600 N Franklin St, Christiansburg VA

Join us in your best costume! Be ready to dance to DJ Earl Brown's spooky music.

($2 per person at the door)

Craft Classes will begin in November.

Information will be sent out soon. Look for emails from IDA (they may be in your spam folder, so look there also!)

Be sure to Join us for
IDA's Silent Auction with Wine/Beer

Spring 2023 at
Blacksburg Country Club's Event Center

We are a United Way partner agency