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.

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.

Operating as usual

SPECIAL LET'S CHAT! We've got holiday bingo and a special reading of The Night Before Christmas on Monday, December 14th at a **new time -- 4pm - 5pm!**

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The Virginia Department of Health is offering a series of community conversations to discuss how Virginia is preparing for the COVID-19 vaccine. There will be a People with Disabilities Community discussion Wednesday, December 16th.

It's free to register!

It's Wednesday - you know what that means! Let's get up and move with Miss Kate!

The Holiday spirit was in full swing at our first Sensory Santa! Check out those festive sweaters 🎅

Next week, we're doing it again! 15 minutes with you and the Big Guy - the kids loved it :) Reserve your spot with Santa here:

It's a great day to have a great day at Ability Fitness Center! Here's one of our new clients opening his hand and using his fingers to grasp a ball while using our Xcite equipment. He is a stroke survivor and working hard at AFC!

To our Let's Chat friends - don't forget our special holiday session tomorrow!

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Pandemic Helpline Launches For People With IDD, Caregivers

As the COVID-19 pandemic wears on, a new 24-hour support line is working to help individuals with developmental disabilities and those who care for them cope during this tough time. As the COVID-19 pandemic wears on, a new 24-hour support line is working to help individuals with developmental disabilities and those who care for them cope during this tough time.

Ice for all: Ion hosts adaptive skate lessons for people with disabilities

This is GREAT! Thank you for bringing this idea to life Ion International Training Center! Longtime ice skating coach and former professional skater Bruce Porter Jr. believes disabilities like blindness or autism should not keep someone from enjoying themselves in the rink.

We've got a special edition of Let's Chat happening next week! Join us for a holiday music session with a sing-a-long and 'Name that Tune'!

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We hope to see you Monday!

Santa is coming to town! We'll be taking all COVID-19 precautions and offering a safe, enjoyable and calming experience for families to get in the holiday spirit!

A special thank you to Special Agent Bobbi = Special Needs Mom + Real Estate Agent and Pride & Joy Photography!

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TOMORROW @ 12noon! Don't miss our Spotlight on Family Support!

Register for the webinar here:

*Please submit any questions in advance to [email protected]

Get up and dance with Miss Kate!

Today, millions of people around the world will give to their favorite charities.

Whether you give money, your time, your talent, or simply give a voice to people with disabilities and their families, we invite you to partner with the the Arc of Loudoun this #GivingTuesday.

You can donate right on this post or create your own fundraiser for The Arc of Loudoun:

THANK YOU for your continued kindness and support

The Arc of Loudoun's cover photo

STARTING TOMORROW! We've been selected as the beneficiary of the Giant Food Community Bag Program!!

Each time the $2.50 reusable Community Bag is purchased at the Giant Food at 61 Catoctin Circle NE, Leesburg location during the month of December, The Arc of Loudoun receives a $1 donation!

We have a lot to be thankful for! One thing being you and all your support! We hope you have a joyful day

You get more than a therapeutic training session when you come to Ability Fitness Center! Every day is full of friendly faces and good conversation. 🙂

Here's two of our new clients, Ashley and Jim, getting to know each other while working out on our FES bikes.

Upcoming Virtual Webinar! Spotlight on Family Support - December 3rd @ noon

We've got some amazing presenters - you won't want to miss it!

Register here:


Virginia Rides is amazing! Thank you for your constant support. If you needing a ride this holiday season - they can get you there!

Our many thanks continue! Virginia Rides is the only way to get to and from Shocktober. Whether we're in person or all-virtual, Virginia Rides has had our back!

Virginia Rides can get you there! Check out their website for more information and to book your holiday ride:

[11/18/20]   Here we go! A throwback with Miss Kate - have fun and happy Wednesday!



Shocktober isn't possible without our amazing sponsors! THANK YOU EssentiallyJodie!! Here's why she supports The Arc of Loudoun and Shocktober!

Visit her website here:

We've got a great update from our Ability Fitness Center client, MJ!

The straps of the litegait aren't supporting her at all. She's almost ready to try it without the harness for safety!

After she saw this video she said, "I honestly never thought I would get this far." Thank you for the daily inspiration MJ!!

Our Aurora students are rocking their masks!

Piano for Change Fall 2020 Recordings Playlist

ICYMI - Piano for Change is a newly-founded nonprofit organization focused on supporting the special needs community, specifically in Northern Virginia, through music!

It was founded by high-schooler Nathan Moldavsky, whose younger brother attends the Aurora School.

Nathan is an accomplished pianist and held a Zoom fundraiser last month with half of the donations going to The Arc of Loudoun!

Click to listen to the concert recording: Welcome to the Piano for Change Fall 2020 Recordings playlist on YouTube! On Sunday, October 25, Piano for Change held its first ever virtual piano concert f...

Our little chef is getting creative and cooking up some playdoh pancakes in Aurora Behavior Clinic! We hope you enjoy your breakfast this morning as much as we are 😄

[11/11/20]   Here's a throwback with Miss Kate to get you movin'!

We are lucky to have some amazing Veterans with us at Ability Fitness Center. Here's Jim & Bill - thank you to all who have served.

Lindsay Volkswagen of Dulles

THANK YOU to Lindsay Volkswagen of Dulles and everyone who participated in their 8th Annual Oktoberfest!

Thank you to everyone who supported our 8th Annual Oktoberfest!

Anxious to hear the car show results?? Check out our video message to see who came out on top.

Special shout out to our charity partner The Arc of Loudoun. Thanks to all of your voting, we were able to donate $3,000 to their programs!

See you all next year!

We're SO happy to have our students on campus again! This is our second week back at The Aurora School and we're going strong - see you tomorrow!

The Arc of Loudoun's cover photo

This is a wonderful opportunity for families and caregivers to engage in information sharing, learning, and collaboration!

Tuesday 11/17 @ 7 – 8pm!

Topic: Understanding Challenging Behavior

Speaker: Ashton Kohler, M.Ed., BCBA, LBA. Ashton has tremendous experience supporting individuals with ID/DD/MH across the lifespan and we couldn’t be more excited to have her join us in this discussion!


[11/04/20]   Happy Wednesday :) Let's move and dance with a throwback from Miss Kate!

7 ways to experience Halloween around the world from your couch

The Washington Post has Shocktober on it's Halloween line-up!

Three more episodes premiere this weekend - get in the Halloween spirit & support The Arc of Loudoun! Win-win! You don't have to leave your house to have a terrifying Halloween this year.

[10/28/20]   It's our new dance time! Wednesdays at noon - let's Dance with Miss Kate!

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.
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    601 Catoctin Cir NE
    Leesburg, VA

    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
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