Conservatives from across the U-S are at the convention center at National Harbor for the annual Conservative Political Action Conference. Virginia gubernatorial candidate Ken Cuccinelli kicked off the event.
Amongst the like-minded crowd, the Attorney General wears his battle scars from the Obama Administration with pride. Besides unsuccessfully challenging the healthcare law, he also took on the E-P-A& winning a suit blocking the agency from regulating storm water runoff in Fairfax County.
Some of the state's most influential people delivered a special message at the Virginia Mentoring Partnership luncheon:
Since 1993, the Virginia Mentoring Partnership and affiliates have touched the lives of countless individuals by training 30-thousand volunteers who have donated money and time.
Governor Bob McDonnell says sometimes young people are looking for a second chance, or need someone in addition to their parents to step in. He says they often become more productive parents, employees, business owners, and mentors themselves.
Virginia is in the process of closing its state centers for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Last year the commonwealth reached a settlement with the U.S. Department of Justice on the Americans with Disabilities Act. It helped spur a movement that began decades ago to people out of institutions and into private homes, where they could receive the most compassionate, least restrictive care.
Some Roanoke County high school students are learning first-hand what it means to be disabled, as they portray adults with physical and mental limitations in an upcoming play.
Glenvar High theater students tackled the sensitive subject of Alzheimer’s several years ago, with a production of “My Father’s War”. Now they’re challenging society’s view of the mentally disabled in “The Boys Next Door”. It chronicles the lives of four men living in a group home.