July High Heeled Happy Hour on July 10

Mingle, drink, shop and get pampered at the July 10th High Heeled Happy Hour with special guest Bobbi Desai (a special needs mom and real estate agent) from Century 21 Redwood Realty. Proceeds from the event benefit The Arc of Loudoun! Register here.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DMV comes to The Arc of Loudoun; July 11; 9am-2pm

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, July 11th from 9am-2pm (by appointment only)

How to Schedule an Appointment

**Please contact Eileen Shaffer at eshaffer@paxtoncampus.org 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 eshaffer@paxtoncampus.org 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:

 

Futures Planning on July 12- Guardianship and Alternatives to Guardianship

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, July 12 | 10:00 am – 12 pm

Topic: Guardianship and Alternatives to Guardianship 

At this workshop, you will learn about guardianship and alternatives to guardianship. 

Workshop is FREE 
$10 donation appreciated

 REGISTER HERE.

Workshop is FREE 
$10 donation appreciated

REGISTER HERE.

Location:  ALLY Advocacy Center | 601 Catoctin Circle, NE, Leesburg, VA 20176
Questions: Contact Eileen Shaffer: eshaffer@paxtoncampus.org

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Future Topics:

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 

 

Bishop’s Events 2018 Run First Wine Later 5k and 10k; July 21

Come out and enjoy these scenic 5k/10k cross country courses around the gorgeous vineyard. A portion of the proceeds benefit The Arc of Loudoun at Paxton Campus. 

Runners Receive:
1 Tasting of 4 Wines from Tarara Winery, Finisher’s Medal, Technical (Drifit) Event Shirt, & A Chip Timed Event

Walkers and leashed pets are welcome to attend this event. Strollers are welcome, but course may not be suitable for the average stroller.

Now offering a virtual run option for those who cannot make it on race day. You will receive a medal.

Race Start Times
10k – 8am
5k – 8am

Registration Fees
5k – $30, until June 30 ($35)
10k – $45, until June 30 ($50)
T-shirts guaranteed to runners registered before July 4. We will order extra t-shirts for those who register after that date, but it is on a first-come first-served basis.

Tickets here. 

Course Maps can be found at:
http://www.mapmyrun.com/routes/view/1977197777
10k is two laps.

Packet Pickup
At the event (one hour before the race starts).

Race Day Registration
There will be race day registration. Participants will need to arrive around 45 minutes before the race to get registered for the event. T-shirts sizes can not be guaranteed for race day registers.

Directions to Parking
The race starts and ends at Tarara Winery (13648 Tarara Ln, Leesburg, VA 20176). Parking is on-site

 

“This Business of Autism” Film Premiere – July 28

“This Business of Autism” Northern Virginia Film Premiere – July 28 

You’re invited to the Northern Virginia Film Premiere of “This Business of Autism.”

Saturday, July 28 | 2:00pm – 4:30pm | Regal Cinemas Fox 16 and IMAX, Brambleton, VA 

Buy tickets here!

Join the producers, members of the cast, local practitioners and local dignitaries to watch this timely and topical feature-length documentary on employment opportunities for adults with autism, produced by Loudoun’s own Mesh Omnimedia!

Immediately following the film, there will be a 30-minute Q&A session with the director, members of the cast and local practitioners–including The Arc of Loudoun’s own Director of Clinical Services, Kendra McDonald!

Don’t miss this unforgettable opportunity to see what people with disabilities CAN do in the workforce! 

Buy tickets here!

Watch “This Business of Autism” trailer below: 

 

Social Skills Groups – Tuesdays Sept. 4-Dec. 18, 5:30-6:30pm

Social Skills Groups for students ages 5 to 18 years old

We currently accepting students for our FALL Social Skills groups. Students meet every Tuesday evening from 9/4/2018-12/18/2018 from 5:30pm to 6:30pm. 

How to Sign Up 

Complete the social skills inquiry form. 

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.

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Cost: $300 for this Fall Session 9/4-12/18 Tuesdays 5:30-6:30 pm

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Adaptive Yoga on Saturdays

Enroll in our Adaptive Yoga for Teens (ages 12-19) with disabilities today by contacting Brigitta White at brigittawhite@gmail.com 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!

Cost:

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 eshaffer@paxtoncampus.org 

 

 

 

NEXT BOOK CLUB MEETING IN RUST LIBRARY:

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 tgoddard@paxtoncampus.org