The Arc of Loudoun

The Arc of Loudoun The Arc of Loudoun maximizes the potential of children while supporting families and individuals with disabilities so that they may thrive in the community.
The Arc of Loudoun is home to The Aurora School, a school for students 5-22 with disabilities (primarily autism); Open Door Learning Center, am inclusive preschool for children age 2-7 of all abilities; ALLY (A Life Like Yours) Advocacy Center, a legal clinic that helps families secure the full range of services available to help those in need; Aurora Behavior Clinic which provides individualized therapeutic options for children with autism and other related disabilities, with a specialized curriculum focused on verbal behavior and increasing social interactions; and Ability Fitness Center, a therapeutic fitness and wellness center with expert clinicians and specialized equipment that provides access to innovative, customized, and activity based interventions for people with neurologic and developmental disabilities.
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Rachel Paxton left her property to serve the needy children of Loudoun County in 1922. In 1967, parents of children with disabilities founded The Arc of Loudoun seeking supports and services for their children. In 2009, those two visions united to bring the programs of The Arc of Loudoun to the Paxton Campus. Today, Paxton Campus is a community resource for individuals with disabilities and their families, as well as serving the needy children and supporting families in our community.

Mission: The Arc of Loudoun empowers, embraces, and engages people with disabilities and their families.

The Arc of Loudoun's cover photo
06/11/2020

The Arc of Loudoun's cover photo

Important Announcement:  As Loudoun County and Northern Virginia start to reopen, The Arc of Loudoun is putting into pla...
06/11/2020

Important Announcement: As Loudoun County and Northern Virginia start to reopen, The Arc of Loudoun is putting into place safety measures and protocols to safely serve you, your family, and the community. As our staff continues to provide virtual counseling and support to all clients and families and distance learning to students in the Aurora School and Open Door Learning Center, Ability Fitness Center ONLY will be open as of June 15, 2020. Please visit our website for updates as we safely reopen and welcome everyone back to all programs on our campus. We miss you and can't wait to see you in person! #ArcLocoTogether

Erica and Ben are "living a life like yours"....A great example of why The Arc of Loudoun hosts dances, social gathering...
06/09/2020
Couple Prove Down Syndrome, Autism No Barrier To Marriage

Erica and Ben are "living a life like yours"....A great example of why The Arc of Loudoun hosts dances, social gatherings, "Let's Chat", and all kinds of opportunities for adults with disabilities to connect. Friendship, fellowship, and to be known are things we all long for. Enjoy this special story!

She has Down syndrome. He has autism. Together they have 10 years of wedded bliss.

06/09/2020

We need your input to help people with disabilities!

The Virginia Board for People with Disabilities (the Board) is developing its strategic priorities for the next five years. The Board has limited resources, so we need you to help identify the three most important issues that are affecting people with disabilities across Virginia.

The Board is the Commonwealth's Developmental Disabilities Council, established by the Developmental Disabilities and Bill of Rights Act. The Board engages in policy, grant, and training activities to help people with disabilities fully participate in the community.

Please plan to set aside up to 15 minutes to complete this survey by Tuesday, June 30. Your answers will be anonymous, so please feel free to answer honestly. Thank you for your assistance in helping people with disabilities!

http://survey.constantcontact.com/survey/a07eh2vodqmk9x29pij/a014mkb12htrc/greeting

06/08/2020
Loudoun County Fire and Rescue

StoneSprings Hospital Center and Loudoun County Fire and Rescue are working together to ensure Loudoun residents and visitors are not delaying critical emergency care because of COVID -19 fears. If you have a medical emergency, call 911 right away. Loudoun's first responders and local hospitals are prepared and specifically trained to safely treat patients during the current COVID-19 pandemic.

Don't wait to seek emergency medical attention. Dr. Laura Cook of StoneSprings Hospital Center and Chief Micah Kiger of Loudoun County Combined Fire and Rescue System discuss when to seek emergency medical attention and precautions being taken to keep everyone safe.

Please share this important message and help us keep our community safe and healthy.

The Arc of Loudoun's cover photo
06/03/2020

The Arc of Loudoun's cover photo

Thank you Loudoun Times-Mirror for sharing how The Arc of Loudoun continues to serve people with disabilities and their ...
06/03/2020
Seeing the silver linings: While coping with the new reality, special education community longs for person-to-person engagement

Thank you Loudoun Times-Mirror for sharing how The Arc of Loudoun continues to serve people with disabilities and their families during COVID-19.

Take a moment to check out the article and share a big thank you to our committed staff for continuing to passionately and fervently advocate for, educate, serve and support our students, clients, and their families. #ArcLocoTogether

Similar to Loudoun County Public Schools, the Arc of Loudoun — which has had to physically close its campus until Gov. Ralph Northam’s (D) stay-at-home order lifts — has had

06/02/2020
COVID-19 won't stop our staff from serving people with disabilities and their families!

The Arc of Loudoun staff take a moment to say hi to all of our students, clients, and families. We miss being with you in person and celebrate all we have accomplished together with you these past three months. COVID-19 won't stop our staff from serving people with disabilities and their families! Check out the video and read our families notes of encouragement!

The Arc of Loudoun staff says hi to all of our students, clients, and families. We miss being with you in person and celebrate all we have accomplished toget...

Join us for a special "Let's Chat" on Monday, June 1 at 1:00 pm with guest speaker Dr. Jill McCabe, INOVA Director of Ch...
05/29/2020

Join us for a special "Let's Chat" on Monday, June 1 at 1:00 pm with guest speaker Dr. Jill McCabe, INOVA Director of Children’s Services.

Topic: ‘Staying Safe’ in the Era of COVID-19. At this Let's Chat session, you'll learn:
- How to safely navigate the COVID -19 rules in the community,
- Making mask-wearing understandable, and
- What is Social/Physical Distancing?

For more information and to register, visit https://thearcofloudoun.org/lets-chat/

Sharing this great opportunity hosted by The Arc of Virginia this Monday, June 1 at 6:30pm to learn how to "live your li...
05/29/2020

Sharing this great opportunity hosted by The Arc of Virginia this Monday, June 1 at 6:30pm to learn how to "live your life your way" through inclusive services provided by Developmental Disability Waivers.

Inclusion First on June 1st!

Join us for a Conversation about Inclusive Services in the DD Waiver. Register here: https://tinyurl.com/y7gpwanf

Life is full of transitions. For families of children with disabilities thinking about the future can bring mixed emotio...
05/27/2020
Summer 2020 Transition University Virtual Training

Life is full of transitions. For families of children with disabilities thinking about the future can bring mixed emotions. Join us for the Summer 2020 Transition University Virtual Training.

Transition University will offer a 5-session self-paced online series to help parents/guardians navigate the transition process for their school age child and prepare for the adult world.

Learn more: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/summer-2020-transition-university-virtual-training-registration-80303508957

Transition University will offer a 5-session self-paced online series to help parents/guardians navigate the transition process for their school age child and prepare for the adult world. Life is full of transitions. For families of children with disabilities thinking about the future can bring mixe...

05/22/2020
Creative Creations by Saul and Abe!

Vocational training is an important aspect of the Aurora School. When at school, Saul (white shirt), one of our Aurora students, practices being a barista using our mobile coffee cart. But, with distance learning, our team has innovated new ways to deliver our students' IEPs at home. Using the same textural schedule approach as she does at school, our OT Kate Anderson coached Saul on finishing his projects this week. Check out these creative creations Saul completed with a little help from his twin brother Abe (also an Aurora student), his mom Bonnie, and caregiver Britney. Per mom, "It is amazing and helps Saul to learn at home!"

Congratulate them on a job well done! Lovin' the lion!👍

We want to make sure our families raising children with special needs are aware of this opportunity: ADVOCACY & ACCOUNTA...
05/22/2020
ADVOCACY & ACCOUNTABILITY IN THE IEP PROCESS: A MOTHER'S JOURNEY

We want to make sure our families raising children with special needs are aware of this opportunity: ADVOCACY & ACCOUNTABILITY IN THE IEP PROCESS: A MOTHER'S JOURNEY, next Tuesday, May 26 at 3:00. Please share this with other families you know who would benefit from this conversation.

A passionate mother's 12-year journey through the IEP process, striking the balance between persistence and possibilities

The need for what we do is tremendous!  If you know of someone who has an adult with Autism, please introduce them to Th...
05/20/2020
CDC Researchers: Over 5 Million US Adults Have Autism

The need for what we do is tremendous! If you know of someone who has an adult with Autism, please introduce them to The Arc of Loudoun's ALLY "A Life Like Yours" Advocacy Center. Tomorrow from 1-3pm, ALLY hosts a special online workshop called "Employment: Life After High School". All are welcome! Register at https://thearcofloudoun.org/futures-planning/

For the first time ever, researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are estimating the number of American adults who have autism.

Looking for a way to reconnect with friends? Join us for our Virtual Adult Social Station: Let's Chat! Adults with disab...
05/19/2020

Looking for a way to reconnect with friends? Join us for our Virtual Adult Social Station: Let's Chat! Adults with disabilities ages 19+ are invited to this virtual event starting on Monday, May 18th from 1 PM - 2 PM. Eileen Shaffer at the Arc of Loudoun’s ALLY Advocacy Center will moderate each social station event. Learn more here: https://thearcofloudoun.org/lets-chat

In case you missed it we were featured on ABC 7 News - WJLA with Kidd O'Shea talking about #pivot and #distancelearning ...
05/18/2020
Loudoun County nonprofit adjusts services to help adults and children with disabilities

In case you missed it we were featured on ABC 7 News - WJLA with Kidd O'Shea talking about #pivot and #distancelearning #loveloudoun - Great job Lisa and Amy! https://wjla.com/news/local/loudoun-county-non-profit-adjusts-services-to-help-adults-and-children-with-disabilities

The Arc of Loudoun is a nonprofit that has been helping children and adults with disabilities for the past 50 years. They're currently continuing to serve the community through online services and have seen a huge success from their students and clients. They offer many free video online to help ass...

05/18/2020
The Arc of Loudoun

The Arc of Loudoun creates a lifetime of opportunities for people with disabilities and their families. Here's just a glimpse into the impact you make when you support The Arc of Loudoun. Visit arcofloudoun.org

05/18/2020
The Arc Knows We All Count! Complete the 2020 Census!

The 2020 Census is here, and it is important that people with disabilities and their families are ready to be counted!

Why is it important that everyone is counted? Because the census data impacts many key things. For example, the census data is used to figure out how much money state and local governments get for Medicaid, housing vouchers, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), and education programs. When there isn’t enough money, services and programs for people with disabilities can be cut. Submit your census information today!

https://vimeo.com/410762264/6107b39543

This is "The Arc Knows We All Count! Complete the 2020 Census!" by NBC4/T44 Washington on Vimeo, the home for high quality videos and the people who love…

Watch our very own Amy Metaxa and Lisa Kimball on ABC7 at 4:00 today as Kidd O'Shea interviews our team about how The Ar...
05/18/2020

Watch our very own Amy Metaxa and Lisa Kimball on ABC7 at 4:00 today as Kidd O'Shea interviews our team about how The Arc of Loudoun is advocating for, educating, serving and supporting our students, clients, and their families during COVID-19! #ArcLocoTogether

Happy Sunday Fun day! We miss our students so much, but we are thrilled when we get messages from our wonderful parents ...
05/17/2020

Happy Sunday Fun day! We miss our students so much, but we are thrilled when we get messages from our wonderful parents showing us the progress our students are making at home. Ava, one of our Aurora School students, is using remote instruction with her therapist as part of our continuing education during COVID-19.

Go Ava!

The VCU Autism Center for excellence will be hosting a 4- week "Lunch and Learn" series. An interactive and secure Zoom ...
05/14/2020
Lunch and Learn - VCU Autism Center for Excellence

The VCU Autism Center for excellence will be hosting a 4- week "Lunch and Learn" series. An interactive and secure Zoom meeting that will address different topics each week. There will be a short presentation with a time for Q&A.
Learn more: https://vcuautismcenter.org/te/lunchandlearn.cfm

During these uncertain times, VCU-ACE is working to provide resources for families. Weekly, VCU- ACE will provide an opportunity for parents to join us for Lunch and Learn. An interactive and secure Zoom meeting that will address different topics each week. There will be a short presentation with a....

Thank you to the Autism Society of America for preparing this COVID -19 Resource Page. https://www.autism-society.org/co...
05/13/2020
COVID-19: Autism Society Response

Thank you to the Autism Society of America for preparing this COVID -19 Resource Page.
https://www.autism-society.org/covid-19/

The Autism Society of America understands the ongoing concerns surrounding COVID-19, and the added challenges it brings to the autism community. Here, we will continually update relevant and reputable resources and information surrounding Coronavirus, and provide support during this crisis, and alwa...

Looking for a way to reconnect with friends? Join us for our Virtual Adult Social Station: Let's Chat! Adults with disab...
05/12/2020

Looking for a way to reconnect with friends? Join us for our Virtual Adult Social Station: Let's Chat! Adults with disabilities ages 19+ are invited to this virtual event starting on Monday, May 18th from 1 PM - 2 PM. Nyteisha Stith, Disability Advocate at the Arc of Loudoun’s ALLY Advocacy Center will moderate each social station event. Learn more here: https://thearcofloudoun.org/virtual-adult-social-station-lets-chat/

Thank YOU 100WomenStrong for making it possible for The Arc of Loudoun to continue to provide support to people with dis...
05/11/2020
100WomenStrong Grants $85.5K More for COVID-19 Response - Loudoun Now

Thank YOU 100WomenStrong for making it possible for The Arc of Loudoun to continue to provide support to people with disabilities and their families during the COVID-19 Pandemic. You and your members are a gift to not only The Arc but to our entire Loudoun Community as we serve each other together.

Philanthropic organization 100WomenStrong has announced a second round of grants to help nonprofit organizations respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. In

Thank you Loudoun Cares for the many ways you partner with us at The Arc of Loudoun to help us advocate for, educate, se...
05/11/2020
Loudoun Cares

Thank you Loudoun Cares for the many ways you partner with us at The Arc of Loudoun to help us advocate for, educate, serve and support people with disabilities and their families!

Loudoun Cares Answering Loudoun's Needy, One Phone Call at a Time

Happy Monday! Check out this list of questions from our amazing ALLY Advocacy Center Program Manager, Nytiesha. The goal...
05/11/2020

Happy Monday! Check out this list of questions from our amazing ALLY Advocacy Center Program Manager, Nytiesha. The goal of these daily quarantine questions are to help us keep a positive mindset through this tough time.

Happy Mother's Day to all of our moms today!
05/10/2020

Happy Mother's Day to all of our moms today!

05/08/2020
Special Agent Bobbi = Special Needs Mom + Real Estate Agent

This Sunday is Mother's Day! We celebrate all moms but especially those who have children with special needs, like Bobbi Desai with her son Ryan. Enjoy her inspiring story! Happy Mother's Day moms!!
Special Agent Bobbi = Special Needs Mom + Real Estate Agent

Hello there. I'm Special Agent Bobbi Desai - a special needs mom and a real estate agent, and I'm here to make a difference in not only the real estate world but also with special needs parents and their children.

My son was diagnosed with a heart defect and had his first open heart surgery when he was just 2 days old. He would go on to have 2 more open heart surgeries before he was diagnosed with an extremely rare bone disease. Our life has grown around doctors, nurses, and hospitals.

I always say, "You can't change your child, but you can change the world for your child," and that's why I do what I do. I work with families of those with special needs to help them navigate the world of real estate as it applies to disabilities. It's my calling - it's what I know because it's what we've known since Ryan was born.

This video is a little glimpse inside my life, my family's lives, and why I'm driven to do what I do. I'm Special Agent Bobbi - a special needs mom and your real estate agent.

05/08/2020

Dancing with Kate Zumba Style is live! Join us!!

05/07/2020
The Arc Knows We All Count! Complete the 2020 Census!

The 2020 Census is here, and it is important that people with disabilities and their families are ready to be counted!

Why is it important that everyone is counted? Because the census data impacts many key things. For example, the census data is used to figure out how much money state and local governments get for Medicaid, housing vouchers, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), and education programs. When there isn’t enough money, services and programs for people with disabilities can be cut. Submit your census information today!

https://vimeo.com/410762264/6107b39543

This is "The Arc Knows We All Count! Complete the 2020 Census!" by NBC4/T44 Washington on Vimeo, the home for high quality videos and the people who love…

Calling adults with disabilities ages 19+.  Today at 3:00, join us for Charades Online.  Login information and instructi...
05/06/2020

Calling adults with disabilities ages 19+. Today at 3:00, join us for Charades Online. Login information and instructions will be sent to you upon registration. Register here: https://tinyurl.com/y9pmd44j

Just two more hours left in today’s Give Choose campaign.  Thank you for those who have already donated.  We’re just a f...
05/06/2020

Just two more hours left in today’s Give Choose campaign. Thank you for those who have already donated. We’re just a few dollars away from reaching our $10,000 goal! Help us get there and help those who need you the most! https://www.givechoose.org/TheArcofLoudoun

05/06/2020
The Aurora School- Kayla's Journey - The Arc of Loudoun

Kayla is one of our students at the Aurora School! Did you know there are 22,062 children 3-17 diagnosed with intellectual and developmental disabilities in Loudoun County? The Arc of Loudoun provides a lifetime of opportunities for people with disabilities and connects their families to much-needed resources and guidance to help them “live a life like yours.” Partner with us and give through Give Choose today! https://www.givechoose.org/TheArcofLoudoun

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9vdVE-OFy08

Kayla’s been attending The Aurora School for the past three years. Before Aurora, she did not look forward to coming to school. Now, Kayla is excited to lear...

Whether your gift is $10 or $100 or even $1000, your gracious donation through Give Choose will immediately provide dire...
05/05/2020

Whether your gift is $10 or $100 or even $1000, your gracious donation through Give Choose will immediately provide direct support to people with disabilities and their families to help them live "a life like yours." https://www.givechoose.org/TheArcofLoudoun

Today's Give Choose is on track to far exceed last year’s fundraising total, which set a record at the time.  If you hav...
05/05/2020
It's Give Choose Day: Loudoun's Biggest Day of Nonprofit Giving - Loudoun Now

Today's Give Choose is on track to far exceed last year’s fundraising total, which set a record at the time. If you haven't given yet to support the Arc of Loudoun, please join the movement. Visit www.givechoose.org/TheArcofLoudoun and click on "Add to Cart." Help us get bonus bucks by giving between 6:00 - 7:00 pm - the organization with the most donors gets an extra $500!!

Today is Loudoun’s largest day of giving. More than 85 area charities are joining forces for Give Choose, a 24-hour fundraising campaign

Address

601 Catoctin Cir NE
Leesburg, VA
20176

General information

The Arc of Loudoun is a full-service non-profit organization with multiple programs and services that together provide an integrated and innovative environment for children with disabilities and their families.

Opening Hours

Monday 08:00 - 17:00
Tuesday 08:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 08:00 - 17:00
Thursday 08:00 - 17:00
Friday 08:00 - 17:00

Telephone

(703) 777-1939

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Our Story

In 1967, parents of children with disabilities founded The Arc of Loudoun because they had a vision to help their family members live “a life like yours.” In December 2009, The Arc leased the Paxton Campus and, on this property, created a seven acre "safe-haven" for all people with disabilities and their families.

Today, The Arc of Loudoun, a local chapter of The Arc National, is home to five, integrated programs that serve the most vulnerable and underserved in Loudoun and the Greater DC Region—children and adults with disabilities, their families and caretakers, and the professionals who work to help them achieve their greatest potential. We are the only community-based non-profit working for people with intellectual, developmental, and physical disabilities throughout their lifetimes. We encompass all ages and all spectrums from autism, ASD, Down Syndrome, Fragile X, intellectual disabilities, various other developmental disabilities, and neurophysical disabilities including brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, effects from stroke, Parkinson’s disease, and cerebral palsy.

The Arc of Loudoun serves more than 6,000 people with disabilities and their families each year through its five, integrated programs:


  • Open Door Learning Center equips preschool children ages 2-7 of all abilities with the social and developmental skills they need to thrive in mainstream kindergarten.

  • The Aurora School, a year-round private day school, helps significantly challenged students ages 5-22, primarily with autism, achieve personal excellence, gain independence and vocational skills to maximize their potential. Students come from nine different school systems including MD, VA, WV, and DC.

  • Ability Fitness Center is for people with neurological disorders—stroke, brain injury, spinal cord injury, cerebral palsy, parkinson's disease, down syndrome—giving them a one-of-a-kind place to workout using specialized equipment and expert clinicians.

  • Aurora Behavior Clinic provides individualized 1:1 Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) therapy for children ages 2-22 with autism and other related disabilities, with a specialized curriculum focused on verbal behavior and increasing social interactions.

  • ALLY "A Life Like Yours" Advocacy Center fills the unmet needs of the community by providing free information on disability rights, guidance, support, events, and workshops to families and caretakers of those with disabilities and the professionals who work with them, plus social activities for adults with disabilities.
  • To learn more about how we can support you and your family, get involved, or other ways to donate, please visit www.thearcofloudoun.org. We welcome you to our Arc of Loudoun family!

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