Social Skills Groups – Tuesdays Feb 6-May 22, 5:30-6:30pm

Social Skills Groups for students ages 5 to 18 years old

We have weekly Social Skills Groups all school year long. Students meet every Tuesday evening from 5:30pm to 6:30pm. 

How to Sign Up

Spring Social Skills is full, if you would like to be put on the waitlist, please email Tammy Goddard at 

About Social Skills Groups

Our Social Skills Groups are designed for students who need coaching in peer relationships and conversations. If your child is able to converse with others but may need prompting to initiate or respond to peers, he or she is our ideal participant.

During Social Skills Groups, we use the principles of Verbal Behavior and Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). 

Each group session consists of fun social games and activities. However each activity includes learning opportunities that are specifically designed to focus on intensive instruction that supports peer-to-peer socialization. Intensive instruction is embedded into activities. And it is derived from evidence-based concepts of verbal behavior and behavior analysis. Moreover, intensive instruction focuses on developing the necessary skills needed to initiate with and respond to peers.

Each session is supervised by a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA). And the group conversations and verbal skills are facilitated by applied behavior therapists.

We have created 2 types of specialized social skills groups to best fit different student’s social needs. One group is a best fit for children who are conversational but require extra help and prompting to socialize. And the second group facilitates basic social skills for students who need more intensive instruction to interact with peers.

We are also developing a social skills class which will focus on more subtle issues such as bullying, personal space, perspective taking, etc. All classes will meet on Tuesdays from 5:30pm to 6:30pm. An interview with parents will help determine the best group for your child.


Cost: $200 for this Spring Session 2/6-5/22 Tuesdays 5:30-6:30 pm



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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:

Ability Fitness Center Grand Opening – April 10

Ability Fitness Center Grand Opening

In gratitude of your support, we invite you to our
Ability Fitness Center Grand Opening Celebration
on Tuesday, April 10, 2018 from 5-7 pm.

Join us for the ribbon cutting, open house, and light refreshment as
we celebrate our new home in the Williamson Cottage located
at The Arc of Loudoun at Paxton Campus.

RSVP here. 

FBA & BIP Workshop April 10, 5:30-6:30 pm

Join us at our Functional Behavior Assessments (FBA) & Behavior Intervention Plan (BIP) Workshop 

Does your child tantrum? Do they scream, cry, or drop to the floor? At this workshop you will learn how to interpret Functional Behavior Assessments and Behavior Intervention Plans. 

A Functional Behavior Assessment is a tool used to determine why a child is engaging  in challenging behavior. A Behavior Intervention Plan is used to help a child’s team learn how to manage challenging behavior needs. 

Our workshop is on Tuesday evening, April 10 at ALLY Advocacy Center (Building #625) in Nora’s Room at The Arc of Loudoun at Paxton Campus, from 5:30-6:30 pm.

$15 for the General Public. 

Register online HERE.

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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 

50th Anniversary Celebration Gala – April 21

50th Anniversary Celebration Gala for The Arc of Loudoun

The Arc of Loudoun celebrates its 50th Anniversary — 50 years of creating a lifetime of opportunities for children with disabilities and their families! Join us for this inspiring celebration, as we rally together to recognize this momentous achievement and impact in this community.

 Chair: Ara Bagdasarian, CEO and Co-Founder of Omnilert

Saturday, April 21, 2018 with silent auction and cocktails starting at 6:00 pm
Lansdowne Resort and Spa in Lansdowne, VA

Five-course dinner, featuring special performance by
Carlos Ibay and A Place to Be performers,
ALLY “A Life Like Yours” awards presentation,
live and silent auctions, dancing

Dress: Black-tie optional


Featuring Carnegie Hall and Kennedy Center Performer: Carlos Ibay                 

Ibay is a classically trained Filipino-American concert pianist and heroic tenor from Fairfax, Virginia who has been blind since infancy.  He began playing piano when he was two years old and began singing at the age of three.  A child prodigy, Ibay made his first public performance at age ten.  Fluent in seven languages, he is a versatile performer who has performed in over a dozen countries. Ibay studied piano under Thomas Schumacher from the Eastman School of Music and studied voice with Harry Dunstan from the American Center for Puccini Studies.  He also studied piano at the Mannes College of Music in New York City under Jerry Rose and with the late Thomas Mastroianni, former president of the American Liszt Society. Ibay made his debut at Carnegie Hall on October 1, 2005 and his Kennedy Center debut on November 30, 2006.  He has performed for Vice President Al Gore, President George W. Bush, and Pope Francis.  Ibay has also performed with the McLean Symphony, the Manila Symphony Orchestra, the Manassas Community Orchestra, and the Reston Community Orchestra.  Ibay was the cantor, organist, and chorister at Saint Michael’s Catholic Church in Annandale, Virginia for nine years.  He also regularly performs at local venues, churches, fundraisers, and private events. Watching Ibay’s performances here. 

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Ability Fitness Center Golf Tournament – May 10

The 6th Annual Ability Fitness Center Golf Tournament is on Thursday, May 10th!

Your participation in the golf tournament will help each AFC client have an improved quality of life and optimal physical and emotional health; have maximum functional independence; improve flexibility, muscle strength, balance, posture, and bone density; decrease muscle spasms & all over better quality of life!

When: Thursday, May 10th | 12:00 PM –  9:00 PM

Where: Loudoun Golf & Country Club, Purcellville, VA 

Online Registration and sponsorship information here. 

Paper registration form here. 


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