Decoding Dyslexia – CANCELLED – March 21, 7pm-9pm

The next workshop for Wednesday, March 21st is CANCELLED. 


For more information on Decoding Dyslexia, please search “Decoding Dyslexia Virginia” on Facebook or email

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ALLY Advocacy Center has partnered with Decoding Dyslexia and will be cohosting monthly meetings on the 3rd Wednesday evening of the month in ALLY Advocacy Center from 7pm-9pm.

WHAT:   Monthly series of speakers and discussion, aiming to raise dyslexia awareness and   empower families to support their   children with dyslexia.

WHERE:   ALLY Advocacy Center on Paxton Campus  601 Catoctin Circle, NE Leesburg, VA 20176

TIME:   7pm-9pm

Future 2018 Dates: 

  • Tuesday, April 17, 11:30 am
  • Wednesday, May 16, 7 pm 
  • No meeting in June 

Questions?  Please contact Eileen Shaffer at or call 703.777.1939 x 206

For more information on Decoding Dyslexia, please search “Decoding Dyslexia Virginia” on Facebook or email




Parent Support Group meets April 3; 5:30pm-6:30pm


Interested in joining our Parent Support Group? Please contact Eileen Shaffer at:

Are you the parent or caretaker of a child with a disability or special needs?  Do you wish you could talk with other parents who are in similar situations? Please consider joining our Parent Support Group!

Parent Support Group will meet the first Tuesday of each month of the School Year and coincide with Social Skills Group. While your child attends Social Skills Group, you are welcome to join a network of other parents. PLEASE NOTE: Your child does not need to be enrolled in Social Skills to attend.

Upcoming meetings: 

Tuesdays from 5:30pm to 6:30pm

October 3

November 7

December 5

January 2

February 6

March 6

April 3

May 1

Parent groups can serve many purposes, but one of their most important can be to introduce families to others like themselves, building a sense of community and of understanding. 

For more information on this group, please contact Eileen Shaffer at:

Futures Planning on April 19 – Finances Within a Special Needs Trust

Futures Planning – On the third Thursday of almost every month Tia Marsili, Director of Trusts for The Arc of NoVa Special Needs Trust Program, (SNT) and her guests present the tools to consider when developing a plan for the future to families, siblings, adults with disabilities, and others interested.

Next workshop: Thursday, April 19| 10:00 am – 12 pm

Topic: Finances within a Special Needs Trust 

Workshop is FREE for Members of The Arc of Loudoun, *For information on becoming a member, CLICK HERE.
$10 for Non-Members, registration required. 


Location:  ALLY Advocacy Center | 601 Catoctin Circle, NE, Leesburg, VA 20176
Questions: Contact Eileen Shaffer:


Future Topics:

May 17: CCC+ and Healthcare 

June 21: Resources for Indivdiuals with Dual Diagnosis: Navigating Mental Health and Brain Injury Services 

July (Date TBD): Guardianship and Alternatives to Guardianship   

August (Date and Topic TBD)

September 20: Creative Housing Options: Panel Discussion 

October 18: DD Waivers

November 15: Managing Real Estate in a Special Needs Trust 

December 13: Social Security Benefits 

DMV comes to The Arc of Loudoun; Jan 10th; 12pm-4pm

ALLY Advocacy Center is bringing DMV to you!!! We are thrilled to announce that DMV-Connect will be setting up shop in the ALLY Advocacy Center building on the Paxton Campus on Wednesday, January 10th from 12pm-4pm (by appointment only)

How to Schedule an Appointment

**Please contact Eileen Shaffer at or 703-777-1939, ext. 208 for an appointment. To be eligible for an appointment, you must have a family member with a disability.

About DMV-Connect

DMV-Connect is an outreach program of the Department of Motor Vehicles that connects Virginians to services who may not be able to travel to or wait in line at a traditional DMV office.

If you have a family member with a disability and would like to get them an Identification Card (even if they are under 15 years old), they now offer the opportunity to get an indicator on the card designating the following categories: Autism Spectrum Disorder, Intellectual Disability, Hearing Impairment, Speech Impairment and Insulin-dependent diabetic. This a great, proactive way to insure that First Responders are notified of the disability. Please note that in order to do this, you must bring a doctor’s evaluation or note that lists the diagnosis.

They will also be able to conduct other services including: Virginia State IDs, Veterans IDs, Child IDs, Driver’s licenses, Disabled parking placards and Vehicle titles and registrations. To avoid long waits, we are scheduling appointments for this service.

**Please contact Eileen Shaffer at or 703-777-1939, ext. 208 for an appointment. To be eligible for an appointment, you must have a family member with a disability.

Documents to download before your appointment:

Pathways to Justice Training II; Postponed until Spring 2018

Pathways to Justice Training II

Addressing key barriers to justice for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and discussing practical solutions that work best for them

DATE: December 9, 2017CANCELLED DUE TO INCLEMENT WEATHER. We are rescheduling for Spring 2018. More details to come!

TIME: 10am-3pm

WHERE: 906 Trailview Blvd, Suite A, Leesburg, VA 20175 (in the ASPEN Conference Room)

WHO: Individuals served who access the community at large without a support person

REGISTRATION REQUIRED, email Roger Younker ( for registration.

SPONSORED BY: Loudoun County Department of MHSADS


The Arc of Loudoun at Paxton Campus
Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office
Disability Response Team
Loudoun County Public Defender’s Office


Check out images from our first Pathways to Justice Training here.


  • Internet Safety
  • Miranda Rights and what to do if you are stopped by the Police
  • LUNCH (provided)
  • Role Playing Scenarios – how to respond to others in the community
  • Small Group sessions with law enforcement

Adaptive Yoga on Saturdays

Enroll in our Adaptive Yoga for Teens (ages 12-19) with disabilities today by contacting Brigitta White at or 703.220.6239. Drop-ins are welcome!

Adaptive Yoga for Teens

When: Saturdays at 10:30am to 11:15am

Dates: Check flyer for 2018 dates!


Instructor:  Brigitta White, owner of Whole Me Programs

Location:   ALLY Advocacy Center on Paxton Campus
601 Catoctin Circle, Leesburg, VA 20176

This yoga class will increase both social and emotional health. It helps with focus, empathy, self-expression and the ability to calm the body and mind.  We use developmentally appropriate exercises for breathing, relaxing and physical body movement. This yoga series joyfully integrates yoga postures with dance, movement, music and song in a fun way!  *Participants must be able to follow basic directions and be physically mobile.


Next Chapter Book Club – Meets every other Monday

The Next Chapter Book Club (NCBC) offers opportunities for people with cognitive or developmental disabilities to read and learn together, talk about books and make friends in a relaxed community setting.

Interested in joining? Please email Eileen Shaffer at 





Mondays; 6:30pm-8pm (check dates on flyer above)

At Rust Library’s Story Time Room


To get a feel for what our meetings are like: CLICK HERE 



IMG_7250Finding ways to learn and participate in the community can be challenging for adults with intellectual disabilities.  The Next Chapter Book Club offers a great opportunity to do both and have fun.

What is it?  The Next Chapter Book Club (NCBC) offers opportunities for people with cognitive or IMG_7261developmental disabilities to read and learn together, talk about books and make friends in a relaxed, community setting.

Each group is comprised of between five and eight people. The small size ensures that each participant feels valued, and facilitates the development of strong friendships between members. Anyone may join the club, regardless of reading level and abilities.  EVEN IF YOU CAN NOT READ, you can join this group! Club members take on active roles: together they decide which books to read and how they would like to structure their get-togethers. All meetings are held in local settings, such as coffee shops and the library and will take place the 1st and 3rd Monday of each month.

In partnership with the Loudoun County Public Library and generously funded by 100 Women Strong.

Interested in joining us?  Please contact Tammy at 703.777.1939 extension 207 or

iCanBike Camp 2018- June 25th-29th

The Arc of Loudoun at Paxton Campus has partnered with Tuscarora’s Husky Buddies Program to present iCanBike Camp! This is a program offered to help children with disabilities learn to ride a two-wheel bicycle independently.

Bikers register online here OR register through the hard copy form here. 

Volunteers register online here OR  register through the hard copy form here.  



In order to sign up, rider must meet ALL of below criteria: 

  • Ages 8-18
  • Have a disability
  • Able to walk without assistive device
  • Willing and able to wear a properly fitted helmet
  • Parents must remain at camp at all times 
  • Able to sidestep to both sides 
  • Able to attend all 5 days 
  • Maximum weight of 220 lbs 
  • Minimum inseams of 20″ (measure from floor while reader is wearing sneakers) 
  • Bring in own (approved) bike at at sessions 

For any questions please e-mail Eileen Shaffer at 

iCan Bike 2017

Snowflake Celebration; Dec 2nd; 1-3pm


Each winter season, The Arc of Loudoun at Paxton Campus has a holiday celebration… the Snowflake Celebration!  Join us for a visit from Santa, food and drinks, holiday music, and more!

Check out previous year’s photos HERE.

Please join us at this FREE family friendly event for the community! Saturday, December 2nd from 1pm to 3pm on Paxton Campus.

Our annual celebration of kids of all ages, all who are unique – just like a snowflake!  The Snowflake Celebration will include Santa, music, food, holiday movies, and holiday crafts to make!

Jingle Jam Dance: Friday, Dec 8th; 6pm-8pm


WHAT: Jingle Jam Dance & Social Opportunity

WHO: Adults 18+

WHEN: Friday, Dcember 8th from 6pm to 8pm

WHERE:  The Aurora School on Paxton Campus –  601 Catoctin Circle NE Leesburg, VA 20176



Come join us and have a great time with light refreshments, dancing, great music and social opportunities!

Workshop: PCM for Parents and Professionals; May 20th and May 21st


WHO:             Parents and professionals who work and care for individuals with behavioral difficulties

DATE:              May 20th and May 21st from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm (Participation is required for both full days)

COST:            $250

REGISTER:     Respond by May 1st  2017 to Kendra McDonald

LOCATION:     The Aurora School

601 Catoctin Circle, NE, Leesburg, VA 20176

  • Professional Crisis Management courses teach a range of verbal (non-physical) and physical strategies for managing crisis situations safely and effectively.
  • Training will include repetition of physical procedures, an introduction to behavior analysis and the function of behavior, real life discussions of scenarios, coursework, and problem solving of individual concerns.
  • Participants who meet the requirements of this course will be certified as a Practitioner 1. Certification is for a period of 1 year, and will be issued upon PCMA receiving testing and training materials, and participants passing a practical and written exam.

What is Professional Crisis Management? – reprinted from the link:

PCM is an advanced system of crisis management. Unlike other methods that teach intervention techniques only after individuals have become non-compliant, agitated or aggressive, PCM focuses primarily on prevention before a crisis occurs. PCM includes Crisis Prevention, Crisis De-escalation, Crisis Intervention, and Post-Crisis Intervention components. PCM utilizes “hands on” competency-based training and written tests to certify that individuals who receive instruction in PCM reach the highest level of skill acquisition. PCM is the only complete crisis management system available that can guarantee successful prevention and intervention with maximum safety, increased dignity and total effectiveness.

Crisis Prevention

The best way to handle a crisis situation is to prevent it before it happens!

The crisis prevention component of the PCM system teaches a wide range of nonphysical and verbal strategies for the prevention of crisis situations. Since PCM is based on a teaching and learning model, it integrates smoothly as well as complements and strengthens your existing teaching and treatment strategies. Furthermore, throughout the PCM course, an emphasis is placed on the importance of individual choice and basic human rights.

Crisis De-escalation

The PCM system is based on a cognitive-behavioral model of intervention that utilizes established research based techniques for verbally de-escalating disruptive and aggressive behaviors. The PCM de-escalation component benefits from the groundwork established during the prevention process. During the PCM training course, participants acquire skills that enable them to quickly and safely stabilize an escalating situation before it becomes necessary to physically intervene.

Crisis Intervention

PCM provides individuals with a continuum of painless physical procedures and techniques that can be utilized to intervene in a crisis situation. Specific procedures have been uniquely designed for children, adolescents, and adults. All of the procedures have been designed to maintain human dignity and to completely avoid awkward positioning and physical pain. The PCM training course teaches participants to respect the dignity and value of all human beings and to be sensitive to individual human rights and freedoms.

Post-Crisis Intervention

The PCM course teaches participants various methods of interacting (verbally) following the implementation of crisis intervention. Specific content for post-crisis intervention counseling is presented and practiced at all training courses. Participants gain skills that enable them to quickly reintegrate individuals back to their regular teaching or treatment activities. Participants obtain training in how to conduct post-crisis analysis which includes ways of improving future interactions in crisis situations.




Volunteer Orientation June 19th

Interested in volunteering for The Arc of Loudoun on Paxton Campus? Then come to our VOLUNTEER ORIENTATION, on Monday, June 19th from 6:30-8:00pm in ALLY Advocacy Center. 

At the orientation you’ll tour the campus, learn about the different 2017 volunteer opportunities, and learn more about Paxton’s mission and various programs! 


Please contact Tammy Goddard with any questions: 

*NOTE* if you only volunteer at Shocktober you do NOT need to attend this session. There will be a separate orientation at “Ghoul School” for Shocktober volunteers. 

Interfaith Spirituality Support Group Wednesdays 2017

We are accepting new members! 


What: Interfaith Spirituality Support Group. Each meeting will be facilitated by a Spiritual Companion.

WhoAll parents and caregivers of people with disabilities are welcome to join any or all of the meetings.

When: Wednesdays in 2017


1/11 morning

1/18 evening

1/25 morning

2/1 morning

2/8 evening

2/15 morning

2/22 evening

3/1 morning – Impositions of Ashes will be available at Paxton Campus on this day.  

3/8 evening

3/15 morning

3/22 evening

3/29 morning

4/5 evening

4/19 morning

4/26 evening

5/3 morning

5/10 evening

5/17 morning

5/24 evening

5/31 morning

6/7 evening


Where: In the Janney Parlor of St. James Episcopal Church: 14 Cornwall Street NW, Leesburg, Virginia 20176

Contact the Rev. Daniel Velez-Rivera  of St. Gabriel’s

Telephone:  703-779-3616


Transition Series 2017: Canceled

Due to low registration, the Transition Series workshop is canceled. However, every month at our Futures Planning meeting we cover several of the same topics that would’ve been discussed at Transition Series. Anyone with a particular need is welcome to join the Futures Planning meetings and/or contact the ALLY Advocacy Directors for an individual consult, free of charge!
More info about Futures Planning here:


Paxton Campus will be holding its next TRANSITION SERIES for families with young adults (ages 14-22) who will soon be transitioning out of school. The seminars will have one track only, for parents (and/or guardians, caretakers, or adult siblings).  

**Attendance for both sessions is required for the parent/caretaker

This program is free for members of The Arc of Loudoun (click HERE to learn about membership) and $45 for non-members.

This 2-day workshop is a structured educational event designed to empower families and individuals with disabilities as they transition from school services to the maze of systems in “the real world.”  Each series provides educational programming in the areas of Medicaid Waivers, Social Security Insurance, Employment, Special Needs Trusts, legal authority, transportation, Law Enforcement Safety, LCPS Transition Services, Recreation, Social Relationships and Futures Planning for families with young adults with disabilities.

Last year’s program was a huge success… the parents/caretakers truly enjoyed the time they spent in the program.

Space is limited.  Click HERE for an Application.

SOCKtober – sock drive during October


A sock drive for people in need through the month of October.

Shocktober meets SOCKtober at Maggie’s Closet on Paxton Campus. We will be collecting SOCKS all October long to give to people and families in need.


Please drop off new, warm SOCKS at Maggie’s Closet dropbox (the blue drop box) located on Paxton Campus near the first stone building on the right.

Maggie’s Closet is a non-profit store for families in need. The store   provides quality clothing to families and individuals in a store-like   setting at no cost. Shoppers can come by appointment, and take   what they need, no questions asked.

Speak Up! Discussion Group – Tues, Aug 16th; 12pm-1pm

Speak Up Summer 2016

Speak Up is a self-advocacy and discussion group focused on empowering adults with disabilities to speak for themselves.

You do not need to be good at public speaking to join; You just have to be willing to try!

Some of the goals for the group are:

  • Telling YOUR story: Connecting and Sharing About Self and Community
  • Social Opportunities: Increasing Social Opportunities and Outlets
  • Understanding Speech Components and Effective Communication Styles
  • Impacting YOUR World for Systems Change

Speak Up!

Please RSVP to Melissa Heifetz, Director of Advocacy, ALLY Advocacy Center: or 703.777.1939, ext 206

WHAT: Speak Up!  Self-Advocacy and Discussion Group

WHO: Adults 18+ of ALL abilities

WHERE: ALLY Advocacy Center on The Paxton Campus

Waiver Redesign Workshop – July 26th; 7-9pm

Becky King


Tuesday, July 26th; 7pm-9pm

GUEST SPEAKER: Becky King, Director of Policy and Advocacy at
The Arc of Virginia.

The Medicaid Waiver is undergoing significant changes, all going into effect on August 1st. Join us at the ALLY Advocacy Center as Becky King from The Arc of Virginia gives us the most up-to-date information on these changes.Bring your questions or feel free to send your questions ahead of time to Eileen Shaffer at



Before the Bus Starts Coming; June 7th; 9:15am-10:30am

Before the Bus Starts Coming: A workshop for parents of soon-to-be kindergartners


Before the Bus Starts Coming

TOPICS COVERED: What is the Parent Resource Center and How Can They Help? How parents can prepare for the transition to kindergarten, how half-day kindergartners can benefit from afternoon enrichment class.

Tuesday, June 7; 9:15am-10:30am

Paxton Campus
ALLY Advocacy Center
601 Catoctin Circle, NE,
Leesburg, VA 20176

Speakers:  Pam Spiering, LCPS Parent Resource Center and Christine Favreaux, Open Door Learning Center


*CHILDCARE provided with registration*

Questions:   Eileen Shaffer, Advocacy Coordinator, 703.777.1939, ext 208 or


Food Drive for Loudoun Interfaith Relief: 6/6 to 6/16


June 6th – June 16th

Cereal, 100% Juice, Fresh Fruits & Vegetables, Canned Meats (tuna or chicken), Mac & Cheese, Peanut Butter, Hearty SoupsFood Drive 2016

Teen/Young Adult Social Group- June 9th Picnic and Outdoor Games

To attend any of these events, please contact Katie at to RSVP today!

Teen and Young Adult Social Group 2016

WHO SHOULD JOIN US?  Young Adult (ages 16-20) who  are interested in making friends!  We accept teens and young adults with and without disabilities who are looking to foster new friendships and interested in trying new activities!

What we do: Every other week we get together and have fun  doing various activities in the community.



Date Activity Location Cost
April 14th Photography Class with Ms. Tine Paxton Campus FREE
April 28th Boxing/Fitness Class with Ms. Paula Paxton Campus FREE
May 12th Hiking Red RockRegional Park FREE
May 26th Dining Restaurant- TBD $10-$15
June 9th Picnic and Outdoor Games Ida Lee Park Bring a dish!

Please contact Katie at to RSVP  today!

Facilitated by: Katie Wilcox, M.A., BCBA, LBA


Katie Wilcox

Katie Wilcox

Katie Wilcox, M.A., BCBA, LBA

Katie began working with children and adults with autism and related disabilities in 2009 at The Faison School for Autism in Richmond, VA.   Following her graduation from University of Richmond in 2011, Katie went on to continue working in the field in a variety of settings including Kennedy Krieger Institute’s LEAP Program, consulting in D.C. and VA public schools, and conducting therapy in various in-home settings.  While in VA, Katie received her Master’s Degree in Applied Behavior Analysis with an emphasis in Autism.  Katie is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and holds a provisional special education teaching license.  Katie’s interests include reduction of problem behaviors, feeding, natural environment teaching, and increasing functional life skills needed for a successful transition to an independent lifestyle.


Independence 12 Fellowship Group

Independence 12 Fellowship Group

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Who? Individuals who are in wheelchairs and are 16 years old and up. There will be a waiting room available for caregivers, they are encouraged to stay.


What? Independence 12 is for individuals that are seeking a path towards independence and freedom and want to self-reflect in the presence of others who have similar stories.


Where? Paxton Campus

ALLY Advocacy Center

601 Catoctin Circle NE

Leesburg, VA 20176


When? Dates: To be determined  – please contact Melissa (contact details below) for more information.







Contact Melissa Heifetz, Director of Advocacy

(703) 777-1939 ext. 206 or





Town Hall Meeting, Monday, May 9; 7pm to 9pm

Paxton Campus and Loudoun County Public Schools Career and Transition Services

Town Hall Meeting


When: Monday, May 9, 2016; 7pm-9pm

Town Hall Meeting


Paxton Campus

ALLY Advocacy Center

601 Catoctin Circle NE

Leesburg, VA 20176


This Town Hall is an opportunity for families to voice their needs and wishes for post-high school vocational training and day support services.

We want to hear your stories!

A discussion will be facilitated by Janet Clarke, LCPS Transition Specialist and Melissa Heifetz, Director of Advocacy at Paxton Campus.  We will be providing information on the status of the County’s programs to support recent graduates with disabilities who are in need of vocational training and day support services.


Workshop on Providing Meaningful Experiences in Community Settings – April 29


How to Effectively Provide Meaningful Experiences for Individuals


WHO SHOULD ATTEND:   Professionals who work with people with disabilities

WHEN:   Friday, April 29;  10am-12pm

WHERE:   ALLY Advocacy Center   601 Catoctin Circle, NE,   Leesburg, VA 20176

Registration required. REGISTER HERE



Kendra McDonald, a Board Certified Behavior Analyst at The Aurora School on Paxton Campus in Leesburg, VA.


DETAILS:   Individuals with disabilities  in our community want to participate in activities that enhance their education and promote community involvement.  Providers of these activities often face barrier behaviors that may prevent meaningful experiences.  This workshop will focus on teaching providers on how to work with individuals with challenging behaviors so that all individuals in our community can enjoy interacting with providers and participate in therapeutic and social activities within their community.


Music Therapy for Adults: Wednesdays and Fridays

Music Therapy for Adults 2016

WHAT: Music Therapy for Adults

WHO: Adults


Adult Intermediate Learners:
Wednesdays: 10am-11am

Adult Beginner Learners:
Fridays: 10am-11am


$10/per participant per week for non-members of The Arc of Loudoun

WHERE:  ALLY Advocacy Center on Paxton Campus –  601 Catoctin Circle NE Leesburg, VA 20176

SIGN UP: Call Tammy (703) 777-1939 x207 or email her

IEP Roundtable – Thursday, January 21; 1pm-3pm



This roundtable is facilitated by  Melissa Heifetz, Director of Advocacy on Paxton Campus, and Tia Marsili educational consultant and mother to two children with special needs, sponsored by the the Down Syndrome Association of Northern Virginia.

Roundtable is FREE for Members of The Arc of Loudoun, *For information on becoming a member, CLICK HERE. and for members of the Down Syndrome Association of Northern Virginia (DSANV).

$10 for Non-Members, registration require.


This is your opportunity to:

  • Learn: Prioritize questions regarding your child’s education and IEP & get answers
  • Network: Meet others with similar issues
  • Grow: Become a more powerful advocate for your child

IEP Roundtable



Holiday Giving Program: Help make this season special for EVERYONE

Holiday Giving Program 2015

At Paxton Campus, we want everyone to have opportunities to live “A Life Like Yours”.

During the holiday season people in group homes and our families who need our support also need to be remembered and celebrated! 

Elves! We need your help to make the holidays special for them too!

What we need: Civic Groups, Families and Individuals willing to make this season special for a group home and/or family in need by providing items off of their “Wish List”.

Please contact Tammy Goddard if you are interested in participating or 703.777.1939, ext 207

Thank you for your support!



Paxton Holiday Giving 2014-  The 2014 Holiday Season was Paxton’s first year to organize this wonderful giving program. We had more than 20 civic groups, families and individuals willing to be “Elves” and help us make the holiday season special for EVERYONE. We had 17 group homes, clients and families who were in need to feel extra special over the holidays and they gave us their “Wish Lists” and we tried to give them those gifts.

Here are some pictures from last Holiday Season!

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Public Safety: Law Enforcement & People with Disabilities – Canceled

Public Safety


Public Safety: Law Enforcement and People with Disabilities

Tuesday, October 6,  6pm-7:30pm

Scott Campbell will present on Public Safety Considerations: Guidance for Parents and Caregivers

•Public Safety Risks;
•Common Reasons for First Responders;
•Proactive Community Involvement;
•Safety Items;
•And more.

Questions?  Email Melissa Heifetz at:


ALLY Advocacy Center on Paxton Campus

601 Catoctin Circle, NE

Leesburg, VA 20176


Music Therapy by A Place To Be, starting in September!


WHAT: Music Therapy – individual sessions

WHO: For Ages 6-20

WHEN: 30 minute and 50 minute sessions available. Call (540) 687-6740 or visit to check dates and times

WHERE:  ALLY Advocacy Center on Paxton Campus –  601 Catoctin Circle NE Leesburg, VA 20176

SIGN UP: Call (540) 687-6740 or visit to check dates and times

Check out A Place to Be‘s website or call 540 687 6740 for more information!


CLICK HERE to download an application

We are looking for more siblings, ages 8-12 years!

To check for the next dates, please contact Tammy Goddard or 703.777.1939 ext 207

sibshops logo

Email Tammy Goddard with any questions!

Sibshops acknowledge that being the brother or sister of a person with special needs is for some a good thing, others a not-so-good thing, and for many, somewhere in-between. They reflect a belief that brothers and sisters have much to offer one another — if they are given a chance. Sibshops are a spirited mix of new games (designed to be unique, off-beat, and appealing to a wide ability range), new friends, and discussion activities.

$10/participant per session

PURPOSE:      A fun and safe space for children with siblings with special needs to meet other children in the same situation, who can share their experiences and feelings, discuss their joys and challenges.  FUN, FOOD and FRIENDS!

COST:             $10 participant per session


QUESTIONS:    Email Tammy Goddard

LOCATION:     ALLY Advocacy Center on Paxton Campus
601 Catoctin Circle, NE, Leesburg, VA 20176

For children ages 8-12 years old who have a sibling with a special need.  This is not a therapy group but a fun and safe space for children with siblings with special needs to meet other children in the same situation, who can share their experiences and feelings, discuss their joys and challenges.  FUN, FOOD and FRIENDS!

CLICK HERE to download an application