VIA’s Director of Adult Services, Mark Seymour, will be a featured panelist in an upcoming workshop – “Funding and Services for the Lifespan” on Friday April 27th from 4:00 to 8:00 pm at City Space on the Downtown Mall. The panel provides a unique opportunity for experts from funding and support agencies as well as front-line service providers like VIA, to come together to help map the challenging and uncertain terrain of adulthood for people with disabilities.
Mark is uniquely qualified to provide that guidance. With a B.A. in Psychology from Wake Forest, and a Masters in Divinity from Eastern Mennonite University, he has devoted his whole career to human services. Before joining VIA, Mark served for 13 years in the Office of Human Rights of the Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services.
“Mark has been a steady leader for our Adult Academy program, and a valued resource for central Virginia throughout his whole career,” said VIA Executive Director Ethan Long. “He works hard every day to share his expertise, and to build a program that is truly inclusive and really delivers for our consumers and their families.”
The panel is designed to build something that many parents, and even many service providers, find lacking: a comprehensive vision of what is available (and of what should be available) to help with the transition to adulthood. Participating will be representatives from DBHDS, Region 10, ARC of the Piedmont, and WorkSource.
“Everyone who comes is going to bring information to share,” says Mark, “as well as information that they lack. So this will be a great opportunity to put together the pieces and help us move us toward a vision that can provide opportunity and support for everyone.”
The panel is free and open to the public. Please RSVP by Monday April 23 to specialneedsfamilyconnecti