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.
Give Choose starts one week from today! On May 5, all gifts made to The Arc of Loudoun through this one-day of giving will be used for emergency financial assistance and scholarships to immediately provide direct support to people with disabilities and their families and help them live "a life like yours." Visit givechoose.org/TheArcofLoudoun to learn more.
Enjoy Loudoun's bounty during Farmers' Market Week! Stop by The Arc of Loudoun's community partner EatLoco Farmers Markets located at One Loudoun this Saturday from 9-1 and in Brambleton at Corner of Legacy and Olympia this Sunday from 9-1. Thank you to Dan Hine and the team at EatLoco for all you do to support people with disabilities and their families!
loudountimes.com As shoppers look for ways to avoid big box stores and localize their food sources, Virginia Farmers' Market Week is getting underway April 27 through May 3 to raise awareness
We not only have AMAZING staff but AMAZING community partners! Last week one of our therapists, Brian dropped off hand sanitizer made by our longtime community partners, Old Ox Brewery. Thank you so much!
Supplemental Security Income Recipients, Act Now!
Action Needed for People Receiving SSI with Dependents and Who Do Not File Tax Returns to Receive $500 Per Child Payment. Learn More: https://thearcofloudoun.org/news-release-social-security/
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!
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…
Thank you Target for supporting people with special needs and their families in this everyday kind of way!
disabilityscoop.com The retailer's designers are addressing the frustrations of people who have autism and other special needs with adaptive clothing that's stylish too.
Loudoun County residents can now sign up to receive text messages in Spanish regarding the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). To opt in for this service, text LCCOVIDESP to 888777.
"We Wear Masks" is an animated social story that helps that explain some of the issues we are facing right now including wearing a mask, school closure, and social distancing.
Parents can watch this video to help their children understand this very confusing and different time.
Download a FREE PDF version of this book here: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/We-Wear-Masks-Coronavirus-Social-Story-about-Wearing-a-Mask-542598...
DANCE WITH KATE LIVE TOMORROW (FRIDAY, APRIL 24)! Get your dancing shoes on at noon tomorrow for zumba-style dancing with Kate, one of our Occupational Therapists at Aurora. Grab your entire family and join us right here on our page. All invited for Fun. Fabulous. Fitness! #ArcLocoTogether #specialneeds
Take part in Virtual Social Skills Group with our friends at Social Butterfly School!
One of our terrific partners doing great work in the community! Way to go Paisano's Leesburg!!
loudounnow.com Nearly five dozen hospital workers got a free lunch on Wednesday, courtesy of Paisano’s Pizza of Leesburg. The restaurant fed
Whitney, one of our Program Directors at the Aurora School, teaches our students how to wash dishes as part of their distance learning schedule and life development skills. Since we're at home more than normal right now, helping with the dishes is a big help. Definitely a skill we all need to learn! Thank you Whitney! #ArcLocoTogether #specialneeds #intellectualdisabilities
We are SO proud to be Loudoun County Chamber of Commerce members!
$10 goes a long way! Help us Feed Loudoun’s Health Care Heroes! Donate to feed a health care worker from Inova Loudoun Hospital and Stone Springs Hospital all while supporting our local restaurants. Donate here: https://feedourheroes.loudounchamber.org/
We are pleased to announce a new campaign where you can feed our local health care heroes and support our local restaurants at the same time! 👏🥙🍲 "Feed Loudoun's Health Care Heroes" purchases meals from Chamber member restaurants, then has them delivered weekly to Inova Loudoun Hospital and StoneSprings Hospital Center! $10 covers a meal for one health care worker, and our goal is to feed 50 people at both hospitals weekly, all with yummy meals from our restaurants. ➡️ Donate here: https://feedourheroes.loudounchamber.org/ Thank you to our partners CBD-X and Copy General!
#FeedLoudounsHeroes #StrongerTogether #LoudounPossible #LoveLoudoun #GoodNewsLoudoun
Our Business Networking Event for Special Needs Parents is BACK! Starting this Friday (4/24) connect with fellow special needs parents and business owners, build your referral network, and share best practices at our virtual networking event.
Please note this networking event will take place every other Friday starting 4/24! No registration is required. We hope you will join us during this trying time and find comfort in our community.
Thank you to the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia
and Wells Fargo for their gracious support of The Arc of Loudoun Emergency Financial Assistance fund.
These funds will be used to provide emergency financial assistance to people with disabilities and to families who have loved ones with disabilities. #ArcLocoTogether
Thank you to our many donors who continue to partner with us through these extraordinary times as our staff continues to virtually serve our students, clients, and their families! Thank you too for supporting our fellow nonprofits and partners during this time as we together serve our neighbors, friends and families. Loudoun Hunger Relief A Place To Be HealthWorks for Northern Virginia @communityfoundationlf
loudounnow.com The American way of life for many people changed in a matter of days as federal, state and local agencies
Many of our families we serve have children and loved ones with Autism. We hope this comic book helps you during this time. Feel free to share!
disabilityscoop.com In an effort to help their daughter who's on the spectrum understand why her routine has been upended by COVID-19, a family created a comic book. Now, it's being published online.
Our CEO Lisa Kimball on Fox5 News calling for Virginia's Medical Reserve Corps volunteers! Thank you Lisa for the many ways you serve not only people with disabilities and their families through The Arc of Loudoun but also our community at large during your "spare time" through The Medical Reserve Corps and many other nonprofits. Neighbors helping neighbors. @VDHGov
fox5dc.com Virginia is putting out a new call for thousands of volunteers to help with coronavirus demands.
Exciting news! Thanks to the advocacy of people with disabilities and their families and friends, the Treasury Department announced today that it would automatically issue Recovery Rebate payments to people with disabilities who receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI) via the method by which they usually receive their SSI benefits.
Have muscle stimulator, will travel! Another way our team is helping our clients during COVID-19....Helen, our Ability Fitness Center Administrative Director, is making home visits during this time of physical distancing. Here are two of our clients - Cathy, a stroke survivor, and MJ, a spinal cord injury survivor - working out at home under Helen's direction. Well done Cathy and MJ!
You can help by donating "stuff" from our Ability Fitness Center wish list - especially PALS stimulator pads. https://thearcofloudoun.org/ability-fitness-center/wishlist/
"We are so grateful for the wonderful team at Aurora who are helping Mason reach his full potential. You are all heroes in our eyes! - a kind message of support to our staff at The Aurora School from Mason's family.
In this photo, Mason is learning how to shop in a local grocery store on his Community Based Instruction (CBI) field trip. The students go out just about every day to learn how to live as independently as possible in the community. Well done Mason!👏
Zach, one of our Occupational Therapists at The Aurora School, made a video of his 26 year old brother with Autism doing some of his vocational tasks around the house and how Zach sets things up for him. Zach hopes the video provides parents who have loved ones with Autism with some moral support and encouragement knowing the vocational tasks our team is teaching their students at school will carry over with time. Thank you Zach! Way to go Nick! You earned your movie time for sure!!
Our very own Janelle McDonald, Clinical Director of Aurora Behavior Clinic, hosted this webinar called "ABA Tips while Social Distancing". Hope it helps you and your family!
Today is Census Day! Are you ready?
It’s Census Day—and it is so important that people with disabilities are counted. If you haven’t already, make sure your household’s #2020Census form is completed today. Why? Because the census is used to figure out how much money state and local governments get for Medicaid, housing vouchers, food assistance, education programs, and more. You can fill it out online right at home. You Count! Be Counted! Learn more: https://bit.ly/2R2RfGO #DisabilityCounts2020 The Arc of Philadelphia
Our Ability Fitness Center client, Bill, who is recovering from a total hip replacement is taking a stroll during his afternoon workout! Even though our fitness center is closed we love seeing the progress our clients are making. 👍🏻☀️💕#arclocotogether
#TheArc #TheArcofLoudoun #ThinkLoudoun #LoveLoudoun #DisabilityAwareness #disabilities #PeopleWithDisabilities #specialneeds #inclusion #advocate #educate #serve #support #Loudounsupport
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Even though our campus is physically closed through April 10 due to COVID-19, our staff is open via videoconferencing, phone and email—dedicated to ensuring our children, students, clients, and families have the resources they need to thrive through this extraordinary time and be ready to go when everything reopens.
In the meantime,
•If you are a parent, client or caregiver and need resources, community support, or just want to talk, please contact your staff lead or let us know how we can support you by completing this inquiry form: https://thearcofloudoun.dm.networkforgood.com/forms/the-arc-of-loudoun-ally-client-inquiry-form
•Check out fun activities and other resources on our resource page: https://thearcofloudoun.org/covid-19resources/
•Most importantly, please be healthy and well
We’ll continue to communicate, share resources, and encourage you—our Arc of Loudoun family!
Share your stories! How is your family doing in our new normal? Tag us on social media #ArcLocoTogether and share your moments of creativity, fun, and encouragement with other families who have loved ones with special needs. We are in this together. We will come through this together.
The Arc of Loudoun staff continues to serve our students, clients, families, and adults with disabilities through videoconferencing, phone calls, and email.
Many of our friends and family are reaching out to see how they can support our families and staff as we walk through the Coronavirus Pandemic together. In order for us to continue serving, we need your help. Because of forced closures, we have lost significant revenue. We must retain our staff during this time so that when we do reopen, we are ready to go with our well-trained, devoted team to best serve our students, clients, and their families.
One of our dear Arc of Loudoun family members stepped up and donated a matching challenge gift of $10,000 to help The Arc of Loudoun and the families we serve weather this storm.
Any donations received between now and April 30 will be matched $1 for $1. Please consider donating today: https://thearcofloudoun.networkforgood.com/projects/96277-matching-challenge-campaign
thearcofloudoun.networkforgood.com Every dollar you give by April 30 will be matched $1 for $1! Many of our friends and family are reaching out to see how they can support our families and staff as we walk through the Coronavirus Pandemic together. In order for us to continue serving, we need your help. Because of forced closures, we...
In need of resources? Click here: https://thearcofloudoun.org/covid-19resources/
We know how hard this quarantine is on everyone. But the good news is that it looks like today might bring us a little sun !🌞 Check out this awesome picture of our Ability Fitness Center, Anthony, as he enjoys some fresh air! We miss all our clients and students terribly but we look forward to seeing them again soon. #TheArc #TheArcofLoudoun #ThinkLoudoun #LoveLoudoun #DisabilityAwareness #disabilities #PeopleWithDisabilities #specialneeds #inclusion #advocate #educate #serve #support #Loudounsupport
We may be closed because of COVID-19 but our staff is still working very hard behind the scenes. We are thrilled to announce that we have launched a resource page for our families and their loved ones with special needs. We have complied educational articles, important information, fun actives to do at home and our staff has even posted several YouTube videos!
You can find all of these resources here: https://thearcofloudoun.org/covid-19resources/
We are updating these resources daily! We hope that these links can provided comfort during this difficult time. If you have any resources you would like to share with our families drop the link in our comments and we will share it on our website! We are all in this together.
We know how hard it is to be stuck at home right now. Our lovely Occupational Therapist, Miss Kate, has filmed some dance videos for our Arc of Loudoun Families! Head to our YouTube page to watch her videos ->https://m.youtube.com/results?search_query=Arc+of+loudoun
Check out Saul, an Aurora student, dancing it out with Miss Kate! 💃🏻 🎉 Send us your videos of you and your family dancing with Miss Kate!
Look who it is! One of our fabulous Occupational Therapists, Miss Kate, wants YOU to get up and dance with her! 💃🏻 Just because we’re stuck at home doesn’t mean we can’t have a dance party. 🎊🎉
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Due to the evolving nature of federal, state, and local COVID-19 response directives, The Arc of Loudoun has closed all programs and cancelled all events through Friday, April 10, 2020.
We will continue to communicate any additional changes to closings and cancellations if they occur.
Thank you very much for your continued diligence and support.
Due to the evolving nature of federal, state, and local COVID-19 response directives, The Arc of Loudoun has closed all programs and cancelled all events through Friday, March 27, 2020. This includes Ability Fitness Center, ALLY Advocacy Center, Aurora Behavior Clinic, Aurora School, and Open Door Learning Center. We will communicate additional changes to closings and cancellations if they occur.
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Please note the following events have been canceled
-Futures Planning scheduled for March 19th
-Business Networking Group scheduled for March 17th
We will be working to reschedule both of these events. Thank you for your understanding!
Paranormal Investigations will still be held this evening! ***
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.
We are working to create a lifetime of opportunities for people with disabilities. We currently have five programs at The Arc of Loudoun. Programs include Ability Fitness Center, ALLY “A Life Like Yours” Advocacy Center, Aurora Behavior Clinic, The Aurora School; and Open Door Learning Center preschool. All are devoted to serving people with disabilities and their families, as well as helping children of all abilities thrive in our community.
The Aurora School is a private day school for students with special needs, particularly those with Autism. Open Door Learning Center is a preschool that serves children with and without disabilities. 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. Aurora Behavior Clinic provides individualized therapeutic options for children with autism and other related disabilities, with a specialized curriculum focused on verbal behavior and increasing social interactions. Ability Fitness Center is 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.
The Arc of Loudoun is a local chapter of over 700 affiliates of The Arc of the United States. Since 1967, The Arc of Loudoun has been Loudoun County’s only advocacy organization dedicated to serving people with disabilities and their families. We are the only community-based non-profit working for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities throughout their lifetimes. We encompass all ages and all spectrums from autism, ASD, Down Syndrome, Fragile X, intellectual disabilities, and various other developmental disabilities.
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