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:

Annual Meeting – Feb 27

The Arc of Loudoun on Paxton Campus requests the honor of your presence for our

Annual Meeting
On Tuesday, February 27th, Two Thousand Eighteen
At Six O’clock in the Evening

The Arc of Loudoun at Paxton Campus
ALLY Advocacy Center
601 Catoctin Circle, NE
Leesburg, Virginia

Come enjoy a light dinner, drinks, and connecting with The Arc of Loudoun family. We will elect our new slate of Board of Directors,  share  “2017: Year in Review,” present the Beth Mills Special Service Award and Rick Berry Professional Award, 

Thank you for what you do to empower, embrace, and engage children with disabilities and their families. 

Please RSVP by February 22nd to

Morgan Payne
Telephone: 703.777.1939  ext 106

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Holiday Sip & Shop – Nov 11th; 12pm to 3pm


Saturday, November 11; 12pm to 3pm

Grab your friends and join us for a fun day of shopping while helping support a great cause! Our Sip & Shop features a diverse set of vendors selling everything from creative art products, delicious foods, unique clothing & jewelry items, and so much more! Don’t miss this chance to support ODLC while you enjoy some wine & appetizers and get a jump start on your holiday shopping.



Open Door Learning Center

601 Catoctin Circle, NE – Leesburg

Unique Products & Crafts, Yummy Wine & Appetizers, and Fabulous Raffle Prizes!

Direct Sale Items and/or Handmade Goods – Jewelry, Bags, Nail Products, Food Items, Home Décor, Personalized Gifts, Candles, and much more!


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!

CSI: Behavior Edition; Wednesday, Oct 25 at 7pm


Open Door Learning Center presents

“CSI: Behavior Edition”

 Discovering the “why” behind your child’s challenging behaviors and increasing positive outcomes


TOPIC:      Take the guesswork out of behavior management by observing clues to your child’s behavior and use them to solve the case of tantrums, non-compliance and other problem behaviors!

This workshop will investigate positive behavior supports to help with challenging behaviors often observed in children at home and at school.


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



12 Band Jam and Ride – August 12th; 2pm-12am

12 Band Jam & Ride

Proceeds benefit The Aurora School serving students with special needs

Saturday, August 12, 2017

10:30am Kickstands up – Riders Depart

2:00pm to Closing – 12 Band Jam Lineup


Where: Spanky’s Shenanigans
538 East Market Street
Leesburg, VA 20176


$20 for motorcycle riders/$10 for passengers, includes t-shirt and lunch

Riders, come and enjoy ½-price breakfast starting at 7:30 am!

$10 admission at door for 12 Band Jam

Win fabulous raffle prizes!

50/50 raffle, restaurant gift cards, wine tastings, area merchants, and so much more!  Win this one-of-a-kind custom puzzle-piece guitar signed by dozens of music legends!  Prizes awarded every hour!

Check out the awesome lineup!

2:00 pm   Al’s Big Truck

2:50 pm   Mink’s Miracle Medicine Show

3:40 pm   Voodoo Blues

4:30 pm   Andy Hawk and the Train Wreck Endings

5:20 pm   90 Proof

6:10 pm   Shortness of Breath

7:00 pm    Fast Eddie and the Fast Lane Blues Band

8:50 pm    Silver Lining

9:40 pm    Fresh Cracked Pepper

10:30 pm  Mike and the Cyclones

11:20 pm   Bastards of Twang

12:10 am   Ricky J. and Blue Rhythm



Social Skills Group, Ages 6-10, Summer Fun with Friends

Wednesdays from 3:30-4:30pm, June 21st-August 9th, 2017

“Summer Fun with Friends” is a once a week after school social skills program that offers a balance of brief instruction with a variety of fun indoor and outdoor games and activities to practice skills they are learning in an engaging and natural way.

  • Each group is supervised by a Board Certified Behavior Analyst
  • Skills are taught  by ABA Therapists
  • Our focus is on Peer Interaction, Conversation and Verbal Skills
  • Ideal candidates for this group are conversational but need facilitation for improved social skills

Please click here the Summer Fun with Friends Inquiry Form link to request registration.

Enrollment is determined on a first come first served basis.
Each session is $20/day or $130 for all 7 days (a $10 savings!) and is paid in advance. The Arc of Loudoun members get 1 FREE day if enrolled in all 7 days!



iCan Bike Spring Poker Run April 22

Paxton Campus has partnered with Leesburg Moose Lodge to host “iCan Bike” Spring Poker run on Saturday, 4/22. Funds will support iCan Bike Camp, a program that teaches children and adults with disabilities how to ride a two-wheel bicycle independently.

More information about iCan Bike HERE 

We hope you can join us!

Music at the Manor – May 19, 2018

Music at the Manor | Saturday May 19, 2018

Come experience Music at the Manor Festival, a day-long celebration of
family, friends, food, and of course, music—from blues to contemporary to rock. 
All proceeds benefit The Arc of Loudoun at Paxton Campus as we together
empower, embrace, and engage children with special needs and their families.

When: Saturday, May 19, 2018 from 11 am to 8 pm
Where: Historic 17-acres at Paxton Manor
What: Featuring bands, food, wine, beer,
local artisans, raffle, kid’s activities
Tickets: $20 General Admission, $60 for four
Free to Arc of Loudoun Members

The Lineup…
Juliana MacDowell
The VooDoo Blues
Rikki J and the Blue Rhythm
Willie White
Stone Cold
Never Born to Follow

Sponsorship Information

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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.




Yard & Bake Sale- May 20 Support our Preschool

Open Door Learning Center is hosting their Spring Yard/Bake Sale on Saturday, May 20th (rain or shine) from 7am-11am. We’re looking for buyers, sellers, and bakers!

Want to be a vendor at the yard sale? Fill out this form HERE!

Want to donate some baked goods? Please contact Christine Favreaux at

Location: Paxton Campus, 601 Catoctin Circle NE, Leesburg, VA 20176 


CANCELED Making Your Own ‘Kyle’ File: Rising Kindergarten Students: May 24th

Due to low registration the Making Your Own Kyle File workshop is CANCELED. 

However, ODLC director, Tine Favreaux ,and ALLY Advocacy Director, Eileen Shaffer, would be happy to meet with you individually to give you resources and tips on creating a file for your child!

You can contact them here:
Tine Favreaux’s email:
Eileen Shaffer’s email:


Information that should be included in your child’s file: 

  • Your child’s Allergies
  • If your child has a sibling
  • How your child communicates
  • Your family pet’s name
  • And much more! 

Come to the workshop and learn more helpful tips of what information you should include in your child’s file, and WHY it should be included! 


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.

WORKSHOP – On the Fence: Still Deciding If You Will Send Your Preschooler to Kindergarten?

Open Door Learning Center presents

On the Fence: Still Deciding If You Will Send Your Preschooler to Kindergarten?


TOPIC:  This is the workshop for parents and families in the community who are having a difficult time deciding on whether or not to send their child to Kindergarten

SPEAKERS: LCPS Experts & Parents who were on the fence last year

WHEN:  Wednesday, March 8, 2017; 7:00pm-8:30pm

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

FREE for ODLC Parents and The Arc of Loudoun Members

$10 for non-ODLC Parents and non-members

Questions:  Christine Favréaux EMAIL: TEL: 703.777.6010


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.


Expression Through Art

Paint, markers, pencils, American flags and paper fill the tables in the ALLY Advocacy Center.

When you arrive at Expressions Through Art taught by Darcy Swope and Trent Carbaugh, owners and instructors at Bird of A Feather Art School, you can sit anywhere and pick which ever art materials you want to work with.

You can paint on large sheets of paper or you can draw with sharpies in your notebook. You can work in color or in black and white. You are free to create and express yourself.

As you walk in the door, everyone is greeted with a warm hello. The artists are excited to see each other and catch up about their activities over the past week.

Shortly after the hellos, blank pieces of paper begin to transform in to beautiful pieces of art. For the next hour, everyone is in art mode.

Tony creates a picture to give to his sister as a gift. Emily paints a Fourth of July cake and Sophia works on a rainbow with her favorite color yellow

Stripes, mountains, bracelets and whirlwinds of colors are just a few of the other masterpieces created at last night’s class.

As everyone is deep in their work, Darcy and Trent walk around to see how each artist is doing. Everyone is excited to show off what they have been working on.

It is beautiful and inspiring to watch the class open up their minds and express themselves on the paper in front of them. This hour is a chance to show what they have been thinking about and want to show to the world.

Check out our art gallery featuring the AWESOME art from last nights class.

If you want to join in the fun… don’t miss out on our upcoming sessions.

Expressions Through Art is adaptive art classes for adults age 18 and up. ALL abilities are invited to take part in this exciting instructional class that will allow you to discover your inner artistic voice. Each week will provide a new and exciting opportunity to try different mediums (or the same one each week if that is what you would like to do!

Independence 12 Fellowship Group

Independence 12 Fellowship Group

Amy Stone Logo

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.


Sleepless in Loudoun: Helpful Strategies for Successful Bedtimes; May 11th


Sleepless in Loudoun

Open Door Learning Center presents

Sleepless in Loudoun: Helpful Behavioral Strategies for Successful Bedtime Routines

TOPIC:   Tired of being tired??  Does Suzy not want to go to bed?  Does Tommy want to be in your bed rather than his own?  Join us for this informational roundtable with parents in the community and learn some ways you can help your child go to bed and stay in bed!


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



Mandy Butler, Team Lead @ ODLC

Many Butler has been working at the Paxton Campus for almost 10 years and has been with ODLC since we opened in 2010.  As a mother of two, she is all too familiar with the challenges parents can face at nighttime.

Using her practical experience and by following the basic principles of ABA, Ms. Mandy is excited to share these workshop techniques so parents AND kids can get a good night’s sleep!


Give Choose on May 3rd


With grateful hearts, we thank you! GiveChoose 2016 was a success for the programs of Paxton on May 3rd because of your generosity and extra efforts! Not only did we meet our fundraising goal, we won two prizes totaling $1,000 for having the most donors during two separate hours of the event. Paxton has the greatest donors in the world and we cannot thank you all enough. THANK YOU!

Give Choose FB Event Profile

Paxton Campus has partnered with the Community Foundation of Loudoun and 50 other local nonprofits in Loudoun in this annual day of giving.

We need your help to make this year’s campaign successful. Here’s what you can do:

1)         LIKE our facebook post to help us win $500

2)         RETWEET our pinned tweet  to help us win $500

3)         Mark your calendar for Tuesday, May 3rd.

4)         Bookmark this giving link.

5)         Spread the word! Post our giving link and your support on your social media channels.

6)         Donate on May 3rd.  **If you donate between the hours of 8am and 9am on May 3rd, you can help us to win additional cash prizes!


Your donation on May 3rd will help us continue to support and grow these programs and the communities they serve.

We are grateful for your support. Thank you for helping us do more for our community.

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.


Food for Thought – Improving Mealtime Routines: March 9th 3:45pm-4:45pm

Workshop 03.09.16 Food For Thought


Open Door Learning Center presents

“Food for Thought”:

 Increasing food selectivity and improving mealtime routines

TOPIC:             Do you have a “picky eater”?  Does sitting at the dinner table always seem to be a challenge?  Increase appropriate behaviors during mealtime routines and combat food selectivity with strategies that’ll give you “food for thought”.


 WHERE: Davis Cottage on Paxton Campus
601 Catoctin Circle, NE
Leesburg, VA  20176


RSVP: Christine Favréaux

Presenter:  Megan Allman, BCaBA, LABA – Team Lead @ ODLC

Megan Allman has been working with kids and young adults with developmental disabilities for the past eight years.  Ms. Megan completed her BCaBA coursework through the Florida Institute of Technology and became a Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst in January of 2013.  She joined the Paxton Campus in February 2015 and has been the Team Lead at ODLC since the beginning of the school year.  Ms. Megan enjoys working in the field she loves and is excited to share these workshop techniques using the principles off Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA).


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



Paxton Campus’ Holiday Party – COSMIC BOWLING on Dec 13!


Click here to RSVPPaxton Holiday Party 2015 - Cosmic Bowling

Let the good times roll! You are invited to Paxton’s Holiday Party at Village Lanes Bowling Alley in Leesburg!

Thank you for being such a wonderful part of Paxton’s year. We want to celebrate the holidays with ALL OF OUR FRIENDS.  Please join us!

  • Free Cosmic Bowling!
  • Dinner will be catered!
  • Drink Tickets for FREE Beer or non-alcoholic drink!
  • Oldies Music
  • and Socializing!

This year’s theme is 1950s Bowling Party, but dress code is UP TO YOU!  Come as you love!

This celebration is for Friends 18 years and older.

Click here to RSVP


Giving Tuesday, December 1st

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#WEAREPAXTON on #GivingTuesday

On Tuesday, December 1st, Paxton Campus is celebrating Giving Tuesday.

We need your help to make this year’s campaign successful. Here’s what you can do:

1) Take a “selfie” and tell us why YOU give to Paxton “I (or We) give to Paxton because …”  with #WeArePaxton and #GivingTuesday – Download sign here


2) Make a donation to Paxton Campus online here:

I give to Paxton because ... #Giving Tuesday #WeArePaxton

I give to Paxton because … I am honored to be a part of this “family” and share in their voice

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We give to Paxton because… our daughter has blossomed here and loves her Paxton “family”.

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I give to Paxton because… I am thankful I have a job at Paxton.


Paxton Campus has partnered with local businesses to help raise funds for programs and to help raise awareness about what we do. Thank you to our generous sponsors!

Reston Limo

Birds of a Feather

Empower Me Fitness

Blossom and Bloom

Pittsburgh Ricks

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Your donation on Giving Tuesday, December 1st will help us continue to support and grow these programs and the communities they serve.

We are grateful for your support. Thank you for helping us do more for our community.



#GivingTuesday #WeArePaxton

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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“It’s Not Magic!”: Using Effective Behavioral Strategies to Improve your Pre-K/K Behavior -Nov 9

Workshop 11.09.15 encore presentation


TOPIC:             Learn the “A-B-C’s” of your child behaviors.  This workshop provides simple TRICKS to EXPOSING the magic behind conquering tantrums, non-compliance, bedtime issues, manners and more.  This workshop will REVEAL effective behavioral strategies that can help behavior problems (almost) DISAPPEAR at school and at home!!


WHEN: Monday, November 9, 2015


WHERE: Davis Cottage on Paxton Campus
601 Catoctin Circle, NE
Leesburg, VA  20176


RSVP: Christine Favréaux

Presenter:  Kendra McDonald, MA, BCBA
Kendra began her career in behavior analysis after her son was diagnosed with autism in 2002. Following the successful implementation of his home program, she worked as an in-home ABA therapist for other families affected with autism. Kendra has been with The Aurora School since 2009.  She completed her behavior analysis coursework at UMASS Lowell and she has a Master’s Degree in Psychology from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology.  She secured her BCBA in June 2014. Kendra emphasizes the principles and teaching procedures of verbal behavior across all teaching opportunities including communication, social skills, and academics.


Public Safety: Law Enforcement & People with Disabilities – Canceled

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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!

IFSP Grant Applications- September 15th

If you have a family member on the ID Urgent or Non-Urgent or DD Medicaid waiver wait list, it is time to apply for the $1,000 Individual and Family Support Program (IFSP) grant.


Click here for Directions on How to Fill out Your Application
Click here for the Application 


Changes from last year:

1. There is only ONE funding period for FY2016; all money will be distributed during this round.

2. To assist more individuals, the maximum amount of funds per person will be $1000 for the entire year.



1. Applications must be postmarked on September 15, 2015
(applications posted before September 15th will not be eligible for funding)

2. Applications from any previous funding periods will not be accepted.

3. Applications faxed to the IFSP office or dropped off at the DBHDS building also will NOT be eligible for funding.

4. If individuals/families have not turned in all receipts from any previous IFSP Funding Period, they will NOT be eligible for funding

Individuals and families may contact the IFSP program regarding the status of applications beginning December 15, 2015.


Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Development Services Website



Stolen Golf Cart Fund

“It makes me pretty sad that such a memorable cart got damaged and vandalized by someone. I do hope that it can be bought back to slow and safe use for Paxton.”
-Drew Gutenson
STEP Up Team



in the Drop-down menu. DONATE NOW!

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Designate Golf Cart Fund on the check.

Make your check payable to Paxton Campus, and mail to:

Paxton Campus
Attn: Meredith Lefforge
601 Catoctin Circle, NE
Leesburg, VA 20176

Paxton Campus’ beloved golf cart was stolen off our property sometime between Wednesday 8/5 and Thursday 8/6

This golf cart was used by our STEP Up team to practice driving, to deliver campus mail and to move things around the campus.

Please consider donating today!

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Read the article in the Leesburg Today 

Adult Football Dance- Friday, September 11th; 6-8:30pm

Football Season is here! Let’s celebrate with a DANCE!











Wear your favorite team’s jersey and join us and have a great time with light refreshments, dancing, great music and social opportunities!

WHAT: Adult Football Dance

WHO: Adults 18+

WHEN: Friday, September 11th  from 6 pm to 8:30 pm


RSVP: For more information or to RSVP, please contact Tammy Goddard at or 703.777.1939, ext. 207



VOLUNTEERS: Help us start a Garden!

CALLING ALL VOLUNTEERS! Are you free Saturday, July 11th? Looking for a fun and helpful way to spend your afternoon?

Help us start our garden! 

Where: Paxton Campus
When: July 11th 10am-2pm

Bring your own gloves and gardening tools!
RSVP to 

We have a new partnership at Paxton with Legacy Farms (Legacy Farms is a nonprofit dedicated to providing support services and agrarian based vocational training to adults with autism, as well as those with developmental and social challenges).

Legacy is working to one day have a farm for their staff to work and reside at, and in the meantime build relationships with other businesses in Loudoun.  They have reached out to Paxton to build a vegetable garden on our grounds for our Step Up program!

This is something that would be meaningful and a great business opportunity – the Step Up team can work the garden and eventually sell the veggies at the farmers market!

If so, come ready to work, get dirty and have fun! Refreshments will be provided.  Even if you can only work part of the time, we will take it

Hope to see you there!


Bluemont Concert Series- July 5th

Paxton Campus is the non-profit partner at this Sunday’s Bluemont Concert Series! We will be selling refreshments.

Come by and see us!


When: Sunday, July 5th- 7pm
Where: Courthouse Building in Downtown Leesburg
What:Music and refreshments

Check out the band:

Preschool Graduation and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony of Open Door Learning Center’s New Accessible Playground


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Preschool Graduation and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony of Open Door Learning Center’s New Accessible Playground


Friday, June 12, 2015; From 1pm to 2pm


Open Door Learning Center

On Paxton Campus

601 Catoctin Circle NE

Leesburg, Virginia



Please RSVP by Tuesday, June 9th

To Christine Favreaux at

or 703.777.6010






Leesburg, Virginia – May 21, 2015 – On Friday, June 12, at 1:30pm, Open Door Learning Center (ODLC) will officially open its accessible playground during the preschool graduation program. ODLC is an accredited inclusive school for students, ages 2 to 7 years, with and without disabilities.

The accessible and inclusive playground was designed for children with and without developmental disabilities. The equipment was specifically chosen to incorporate different kinds of sensory movements: spinning, rocking, swinging, which are both calming and stimulating activities for children with developmental disabilities.

“What an exciting way to celebrate ODLC’s 5 year anniversary, by opening a playground designed to stimulate children’s imaginations, and create opportunities for children to develop social, physical and sensory skills while playing and exercising,” said Christine Favréaux, ODLC’s Administrative Director, “This playground exemplifies ODLC’s philosophy that children of all abilities benefit from being able to play and interact together, in an inclusive environment.”

ODLC’s new playground was funded by many generous donors, including the parents of ODLC students past and present, The Nicholas Blanco Foundation, and The Meil Family Foundation, in addition to many supporters from the greater community.

There to help celebrate the grand opening of the playground will be Leesburg Mayor Kristen Umstattd, who will be cutting the ribbon alongside the students, staff and teachers of ODLC.

ODLC is located in Leesburg, Virginia, on the historic Paxton Campus. In 1922, Rachel Paxton had a vision to turn her home and property into a safe and welcoming environment for underprivileged children and families. In 1967, a group of parents whose children had special needs formed The Arc of Loudoun, a non-profit to start a school for their children when no one else would. In 2010, those two visions combined when The Arc of Loudoun moved to the Paxton Campus. Since then, the Campus has grown into a full-service organization to provide an integrated and innovative learning environment for all ages and abilities. Programs include Open Door Learning Center, The Aurora School,  STEP Up vocational training program for adults, and ALLY (“A Life Like Yours”) Advocacy Center, all devoted to serving people with disabilities and their families, as well as helping children of all abilities thrive in our community.

For more information, visit or contact Rachel Roseberry, Communications Coordinator of Paxton Campus, at or by phone at 703.777.1939.

Do More 24 – June 4th – Day of Giving

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Thank you to all those who donated to Paxton Campus and participated in our Selfies for Good contest. We had so much fun!  THANK YOU!




On  Thursday, June 4th we can all Do More to help our community.


Paxton Campus has partnered with United Way of the National Capital Area and 600 other local nonprofits in the greater DC area in this annual day of giving.

We need your help to make this year’s campaign successful. Here’s what you can do:

1)         Mark your calendar for Thursday, June 4th.

2)         Bookmark this giving link.

3)         Spread the word! Post our giving link and your support on your social media       channels.

4)         Donate on June 4th. You can help us to win additional cash prizes!


Your donation on June 4th will help us continue to support and grow these programs and the communities they serve.

We are grateful for your support. Thank you for helping us Do More for our community.


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

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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

Painting with a Purpose for ODLC on Sunday, Dec 14


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Open Door Learning Center – PWAP – Open to Public

Sunday, December 14
1:00 PM to 3:00 PM

Painting with a Twist Ashburn, VA
43150 Broadlands Center Plaza, Suite 182
Ashburn, VA 20148

Please visit the event page for studio directions, contact information, and more!


About this class

2 hour painting class, 1 hour party

50% of the proceeds from this event will go to the Open Door Learning Center for their Playground Campaign. For more information go to:

Arrive 10-15 min early to get ready to paint! If you desire more time to unwind, visit with friends & breathe before we get twisted, we invite you to arrive up to 30 min prior to start time- it’s your Happy Half Hour!

We provide cups, plates, napkins. We do NOT provide ice or eating or serving utensils, so bring them with you.

LOCATION: 43150 Broadlands Center Plaza, Suite 182, Ashburn, VA 20148. We are near Safeway, Bonefish Grill, and Mali Thai Restaurants. The Plaza is located right off Claiborne Parkway near the Greenway Toll.

Open Air Artist Market – Fridays: August 1, 8, 15; 12pm-3pm


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Paxton Campus presents Friday Open Air Artist Market!  Our STEP Up team will be selling products made by local artists and benefiting the STEP UP team!


Fridays: August 1, 8, 15  >>>  12pm-3pm




This is a great initiative started by the STEP Up team and the artistic folks on Paxton Campus who have beautiful pieces of art, crafts, jewelry, stationery and more to sell!

We hope you will join us.

Ice Cream now at Paxton Attraction: Mon, Wed and Fri: 1pm-2:30pm

Ice Cream You Scream We all Scream for Ice Cream!

Now at Paxton Attraction!

(Open M, W, F from 1-2:30 for Ice Cream)

ice cream choices

Paxton Attraction ICE CREAM Suggested Price List:

Drumsticks (Plain or with Nuts) $1.00/each

Mini Swirls Caramel         .50/each

Pop-Ice Freezy Pops       .50/each

Good Humor Bars (Toasted Almond, Chocolate Éclair, Strawberry Shortcake)      $1.00/each

Magnum Mini’s                                $1.00/each

Magnum Full Sized (Gold and Caramel)  $2.00/each

Drumsticks Lil’ Drums     .50/each

Klondike Bars     $1.00/each

Firecracker Popsicles      $1.00/each

Run for Independence, 8K Race

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WHEN: June 28, 2014, 7:15 am

WHERE: The race starts and finishes at the Paxton Campus: 601 Catoctin Circle NE, Leesburg, VA  20176. It is a USATF certified measured course.

RUN FOR A CAUSE: The Run for Independence 8k benefits the Paxton Campus in Leesburg, which works with and advocates for children and adults with disabilities.

POST-RACE BREAKFAST AND FUN: The race will feature festive post race activities including music, food, and awards.  An awesome breakfast will be provided by Eggspectation, including a delicious yogurt and fruit bar and hot breakfast of eggs, bacon, potatoes.

PARKING: There is ample parking at the race site.

TIMING: This race will be timed by Commonwealth Race Management and will be electronically timed using the ChronoTrack B disposable tag system. Full results will be posted following the race and the =PR= Race Series Facebook page.

KIDS FUN RUN: There will be a free kids 100 yard dash starting at approximately 8:15am! All kids are welcome to join in on the fun!.

AWARDS: There will be awards to the top 3 overall male and female finishers.  There will also be awards to the top 3 male and female finishers in the following age groups:  14 & under, 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, and 75 & over.

There will also be awards for the top 3 teams! Runners can have an unlimited number of members on a team with 4 scoring  with at least one female/one male.

NOTE:  All team registrants must be pre registered.  There will be no additions to teams allowed after on line registration closes.

** Please note, race t-shirts may be limited for late and race day registrants

Autism and the DSM-5. Friday, May 23rd, 10am-12:30pm

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Autism and the DSM V
Friday, May 23rd from 10am to 12:30pm.

Registration starts at 9:30am

Light Refreshments Provided

Workshop Location:
The Aurora School
601 Catoctin Circle NE
Leesburg, VA 20176
Registration ends May 21, 2014
Cost: $40 for workshop

*Space Limited.

Workshop Description:
This workshop will provide an introduction to the DSM-5 diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and a review of the data regarding the impact of the changes in the diagnostic criteria for autism. The session will also include a description of the new diagnosis of Social (Pragmatic) Communication Disorder and will explore how the condition relates to ASD and to previous descriptions in the literature of pragmatic language impairment. Lastly, this session will include how changes in the diagnostic criteria impact recommendations for family members and service providers.

About the Presenter:
Donald Oswald is the Director of Diagnostics and Research at Commonwealth Autism Service. Dr. Oswald is a licensed clinical psychologist with over 30 years of experience working with people with autism spectrum disorders. He obtained his PhD in clinical psychology in 1989 from Virginia Tech and completed a clinical internship at the Yale Child Study Center. Dr. Oswald has been active in teaching and research related to the diagnosis and treatment of individuals with autism spectrum disorders. For the past 20 years, he was on the faculty in the Department of Psychiatry at Virginia Common-wealth. While there, Dr. Oswald collaborated with Commonwealth Autism staff in creating the Transdisciplinary Assessment Clinic to provide diagnostic assessment services to young children and their families. Dr. Oswald is an Independent Trainer for the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule and the Autism Diagnostic Interview – Revised and has provided training workshops on these instruments throughout the state of Virginia.

Ringing in Hope – Run to Support Paxton Campus

Join us in supporting Paxton Campus by running a 10K or 5K for RINGING IN HOPE on September 14, 2013.

Register today at

The early bird deadline for Saturday, September 14th’s Ringing In Hope: For the Sake of the Children is coming up on August 1st! Register by August 1st for the event taking place in South Riding and save on your race registration for the 5K & 10K races and 1K Fun Run/Walk!

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