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In partnership with families, the Greater Richmond ARC creates life-fulfilling opportunities for individuals with disabilities.

Meet Hailey

As a baby, Hailey didn't babble. By the time she was three, she could only say five words.

Everyone said, "one day she'll just wake up and talk."

But she didn't, and that's when her mom Sarah turned to ARC.

"I was so worried about what would happen in kindergarten," if Hailey couldn't communicate, she said. Children were already asking why Hailey wasn't more talkative.


Her diagnosis of childhood apraxia of speech meant she needed help in forming and then saying words. So every week, Hailey and her speech therapist meet at ARC to practice --with some dramatic results.

Hailey now speaks in full sentences.

"I know a lot of her improvement came from ARC" says Sarah. "And her therapist. I love her."