IDA of the NRV

Intellectual Disabilities Agency of the New River Valley

Programs and Activities

All of our programs are inclusive, for people with and without intellectual disabilities. All participants are challenged to improve skills, develop friendships, and understand each other's capabilities through a spirit of equality and team unity. Click here to see current activities being offered in partnership with Special Olympics in our area.


Our bowling program is our most popular one, filling the entire bowling alley at NRV Superbowl in Christiansburg every Thursday evening for two eleven-week sessions each year. The program is run as a typical bowling league, with Special Olympics volunteers as equal members in each of our teams that also include clients with intellectual disabilities (following the Special Olympics philosophy of "Unified Sports"). For additional information please click here.

Holiday Dances

Dances are held several times during the year, usually at the Christiansburg Recreation Department building. Families of clients frequently attend together with their family member with special needs. Please visit our picture gallery to get an idea of all the fun we have! Dances are intended for teens and older, unless parents are present to supervise closely.

Basketball Program

Our basketball program attracts folks at all levels of proficiency. Some participants prefer to work on their individual skills (shooting, dribbling, etc.), while others participate in formal games. Usually, our best teams are invited to the state-level Special Olympics games in Richmond. For additional information please click here.

Swimming Program

Our Aquatics program is for participants eight years old and up. It is held at the Blacksburg Aquatic Center on Patrick Henry Drive, in Blacksburg. Participants are paired up with a volunteer to work on individual swimming skills. This program is co-sponsored with the Blacksburg Parks and Recreation Department. Click here for additional information.

Crafts Classes

These classes usually have a holiday theme and are limited in size.

Fishing Rodeo

This event is sponsored by the RAAP Conservation Club at one of its on-site ponds, which is stocked with fish for this unique event. Held on a Saturday in the fall, all the participants are able to catch their dinner for that day!

Cooking Classes

Softball Program

Walking Club

Summer Enrichment Program

Held during the summer, this daycamp is for children aged 6 through 21. The duration and exact dates for the session vary each year. Based at a local elementary school, activities include daily swimming at one of the local outdoor pools, field trips, and lots of fun activities. Transportation is provided from various central points in the New River Valley.