Guidelines for Disability Inclusion in Physical Activity, Nutrition, and Obesity Programs and Policies

As part of the National Center on Health, Physical Activity and Disability (NCHPAD) in partnership with the American Association on Health and Disability (AAHD), the Center on Disability at the Public Health Institute (COD-PHI) has released Guidelines for Disability Inclusion in Physical Activity, Nutrition, and Obesity Programs and Policies.  These guidelines will assist in the updating of community health promotion programs and policies to be inclusive of the needs of people with disability.  The guidelines were generated based upon previously recommended guidelines and structured input, review, and validation from a panel of national experts.  The guidelines can be used by government and private entities and organizations that create, implement, or oversee program initiatives and policies in the areas of physical activity, nutrition, and obesity.  For more information on the Guidelines for Disability Inclusion please contact the partners on this project, Lewis Kraus with COD-PHI and Roberta Carlin with AAHD by following the link. On October 6th, the Guidelines for Disability Inclusion were highlighted at the White House Summit and Research Forum on Improved Health and Fitness for Americans with Disabilities and will be included in a Call to Action titled Commit to Inclusion to be released in October of 2014.

Recognizing Generosity and a Heart for Adults with IDD

Honoring Rev. Betty Dunlop


For over 12 years, Rev. Betty Dunlop and her husband, provided over $60,000 in funds for scholarships which were awarded to staff working at the Northern Virginia Training Center (NVTC) who wished to further their education, better equipping them to provide services to individuals with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities. Hundreds of providers and professionals today think back to the Dunlop Scholarship Funds that made it possible for them to complete their education.

With the recent closure of NVTC, Rev. Dunlop directed the remaining $31,000 in funds to the David H. Lawson Foundation, which agreed to continue the work of providing scholarships and externships to educate people on how to treat and/or support individuals with IDD. In addition, the funds may be used to provide future training opportunities or treatment to people with IDD. Rev. Dunlop has a passion to continue to support programs for adults with IDD and to help provide continuing education for staff supporting individuals with IDD.

On Monday, August 1, 2016, Joy Felegie and Roger Hartman from the David H. Lawson Foundation had the pleasure of meeting Rev. Dunlop at her home. Rev. Dunlop shared a lovely photo of her daughter, Angela, who previously had resided at NVTC. We recognized Angela’s beautiful smile instantly and enjoyed learning of Angela’s recent positive transition to a Scarlet Haven Group Home in Triangle, Virginia. Rev. Dunlop spoke of the skills and education of the staff who manage the home and/or care of Angela. She smiled when she talked about how well Angela is doing. Rev Dunlop shared “Angela was 15 when she first came to NVTC and now she is 40”. According to Rev. Dunlop, she cared for Angela at home until the medical concerns became more than she could deal with. “Angela was on a waiting list to get into NVTC for 4 years,” she mentioned.

When asked to tell how the Angela Dunlop Scholarship Fund got started, Rev. Dunlop shared the following story: “Years ago, there were many day trips and overnight vacation trips for the residents at NVTC. My husband would often go along on these trips as a parent volunteer. He got to know the direct care staff and noticed how hard they worked and realized how difficult it was for many of them to pay to continue their education. He thought ‘why not help these individuals to continue their education and further develop their skills?’” In response, the Angela Dunlop Scholarship Fund was organized and implemented with the strong support of the NVTC Training Department in developing the scholarship application form and process and helping to administer the program.

The David H. Lawson Foundation is thankful for Rev. Dunlop’s generous gift which will help us advance our mission of promoting access to health and habitation services for individuals with IDD. We look forward to continuing the work that Rev. Dunlop and her husband started years ago. We will continue to collaborate with Rev. Dunlop, ensuring the projects accomplished through the Dunlop Funds are consistent with her wishes. Thank you Mrs. Dunlop!

Volunteer Fairfax Awards Breakfast



The Board of Directors of the David H. Lawson Foundation was nominated for a volunteer award from Volunteer Fairfax early this year. Board members were pleased to attend the 24th Annual Fairfax County Volunteer Service Award Breakfast, held at the Waterford Hotel in Springfield, on April 8, 2016.

Volunteer Ffx Awards Breakfast

Board members Roger Hartman, Joy Felegie, and Dr. Anita Auerbach were joined by honored guest Peter Lawson, and Maureen Andretta of ServiceSource, Inc. who nominated the Board for the award.

Board members say that they were honored to be among the many wonderful nonprofits and volunteers recognized as “shining stars” because of the positive impact they are having in Fairfax County.

The Board wishes to thank Maureen Andretta of ServiceSource, Inc. for initiating this nomination. We were thrilled to participate in this community building event and to hear of all the great volunteer endeavors occurring in Fairfax County.

Dental Open House Success!

Thank you to all of the volunteers who helped to facilitate the check in of patients, ensuring all patient forms and consents were signed, as well as set up and serve at the refreshment table and coordinate the door prize drawing.

More details to come soon about the success of the Dental Open House.

Dental Open House Photo

An Interview with Lyubov Slashcheva

Senior VCU Dental Student

Thursday October 22, 2015

Submitted by Joy Felegie

Introduction: The David H. Lawson Foundation co-sponsored a dental externship at the Northern Virginia Training Center for a senior dental student from the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Dentistry. This is a unique externship opportunity in that 100% of the patients treated have intellectual and/or developmental disabilities.

What sparked your interest in participating in a dental externship at NVTC?

Being interested in serving individuals with intellectual/developmental disabilities (IDD) as a developing oral healthcare professional, I have interacted with NVTC staff at various regional and national professional meetings and I have been very impressed by their proactivity in pursing continued improvement of care provision (oral and otherwise) to their clients. I knew I wanted the chance to see such a clinical system at work in person as well as be immersed in hands-on clinical dentistry for individuals with IDD.

Prior to this experience, what exposure have you had in treating patients with severe to profound IDD?

Engaging with professional organizations whose goal is to support healthcare providers in serving the IDD population, I have a working framework for the challenges these individuals have with accessing care and maintaining health. Being involved with regional organizations in hosting provider training in IDD dentistry, I have had experience with providing oral hygiene instruction to clients and care givers as well as assisting with dental care provision. I have also had the honor of treating a patient of record at VCU School of Dentistry who has a mild intellectual disability. Despite these piece-meal experiences, I have not had the opportunity to treat patients with profound intellectual disability in a focused and specialized setting such as NVTC.

How is VCU addressing the need to prepare dental students to serve the disabled community?

VCU incorporates special needs dentistry content into its practice management and medical emergencies/patient management courses. The Special Care Interest Group, a dental school student club, offers students the time and space to further pursue their interest in developing the skills to serve the IDD population. Notifying students of opportunities like this externship with NVTC and facilitating their placement for such assignments is another way that VCU prepares a dental workforce equipped to serve the disabled community.

Has this externship changed your perspective on the dental needs to this population and how dental professionals can make a significant impact? If so, how?

I came to the externship with awareness about the oral health disparities that exist for the IDD population and the importance of primary care and direct support staff collaboration with oral healthcare professionals in addressing the oral health needs of the IDD population. New insights that I have gained include the great diversity of oral health needs (type of pathology and severity) and the diverse manifestation of etiologies that might be considered in working to prevent oral disease development/progression. The value and efficacy of collaborative provision of care (wit primary care and direct support professionals) is unmistakably demonstrated at NVTC.

What has been the highlight of your externship experience?

Interacting with a compassionate and committed staff has definitely been the highlight of my experience. The care with which each client is served despite various challenges inspires me to continue advocating for and developing my ability to serve the IDD population.

What will you take with you and apply as you begin your private practice?

The perseverance with which NVTC adapts oral heathcare services to meet each individual’s oral health needs will encourage me to seek out opportunities to make incorporating service to patients with IDD in my practice a reality. Keys to successfully doing so that have been demonstrated at NVTC include recruiting an engaged staff, obtaining the necessary training/certifications to competently treat the unique needs of the IDD population, and establishing strong collaborative relationships with primary care and direct support professionals.

This will be the last dental externship that will occur at NVTC due to NVTC’s closing. Please share about the value of this externship and what you have learned as a result of it.

Sitting in on the nurses’ daily report and shadowing during primary care visits even while being mainly engaged in the dental clinic, I celebrate the successfully established health home within which each individual’s needs are met comprehensively. I lament that the infrastructure of this collaborative model will be discontinued with the closure of NVTC and am brought to acknowledge the complex social/political context within which healthcare delivery to the IDD population has occurred in the past and the changes that will continue in the future of IDD healthcare. Observing dental care delivery within this strong interdisciplinary network encourages me to seek out similar cooperative settings through which to provide IDD patients safe and competent oral healthcare services.

Is there anything you would like to say as we close the interview?

I would like to extend my sincere appreciation for the welcome that I’ve experienced by staff and clients in arranging and undergoing the externship! It has been an honor to experience and contribute to the high quality services provided to the clients served at NVTC. I am grateful for the organizations that understand the value of extending such opportunities to developing clinicians and have supported my presence at NVTC financially.

Dental Open House

For Adults with Intellectual and/or Developmental Disabilities (ID/DD)
SATURDAY November 14TH 2015
9:30-5:30 PM

Co-Sponsored by:
Collaborative Partner: SERVICESOURCE, INC.
Funded by the Harry & Zoe Poole Foundation

4530 Walney Road, #102, Chantilly, VA 20151


DHLF Consent to Release of Liability Form

Medical History

Physician Authorization

Program Participant Photo Release

Registration Form

David H. Lawson Foundation Assembles “Welcome Baskets”

On March 2nd, Joy Felegie, Roger Hartman, and Pat Connell met at the Northern Virginia Training Center to assemble “Welcome Baskets” for NVTC residents transitioning from the Center into group homes and other living arrangements.  These baskets included toiletries, wash cloths, and other personal hygiene items.  Change is always hard, and it is our hope that these baskets, in a small way, are helping our NVTC friends and their new care providers with the transitions.

Basket Making

ServiceSource Open House and Resource Fair

The David H. Lawson Foundation (DHLF) participated in ServiceSource’s Open House and Resource Fair held at their new Oakton Community Resource Center office on March 27, 2015.

Along with many other partner and colleague service providers, the DHLF provided information about the Foundation to the Open House guests, and answered questions at our resource table.   Present were a number of County elected and appointed officials, as well as families and others.

Present from the DHLF were Board members Roger Hartman, Joy Felegie, and Mark Diorio.  Volunteer Pat Connell also helped to greet guests, hand out brochures and answer questions about the Foundation.