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.
June 25-29 | 8:30am-5:00pm | Tuscarora High School
Bikers register online here OR register through the hard copy formhere.
Volunteers register online hereOR register through the hard copy form here.
In order to sign up, rider must meet ALL of below criteria:
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 email@example.com
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.
Taught by Darcy Swope and Trent Carbaugh, owners of and instructors at Birds of A Feather Art School
Adults 18+ of ALL abilities are invited to take part in this exciting instructional class that will allow you to discover your inner artistic voice. Darcy and Trent are skilled art instructors and therapists, with a great deal of experience working with people of all abilities. 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!).
WHAT: Expression Through Art: Adaptive Art Classes for ALL Abilities
Drew is a hard-working employee at The Arc of Loudoun on Paxton Campus. He’s been a member of the STEP Up (Supported Training & Employment) Program for two years, which is a day support program that teaches vocational skills to adults with disabilities. He first discovered Paxton Campus after he and his mom attended the ALLY Advocacy Center’s Transition Series, a workshop that helps families with young adults with disabilities transition out of the public school system at age 22.
Drew, who has high-functioning autism, says he’s incredibly grateful for STEP Up, and is always excited to go to work every morning! He takes pride in his daily tasks, which range from changing light bulbs to mulching and mowing the 17-acre grounds of Paxton. Once his morning shift is over, Drew participates in STEP Up’s afternoon enrichment activities.
“I enjoy visits from Nic the therapy dog and taking field trips to places like the National Air and Space Museum,” he says. “But going to Top Golf is my personal favorite!”
Not only is Drew an employee at Paxton, he’s also an advocate for people with special needs. Since participating in The Arc’s self-advocacy and public speaking group Speak Up, Drew has learned how to advocate for himself. Last year, Drew and other members of Speak Up traveled to Richmond; where he had the opportunity to speak directly to state lawmakers about transportation and group homes for people with disabilities.
Drew says he’s also learned how to be safe in the community through programs like ALLY’s ‘PILE’ (Positive Interaction with Law Enforcement) initiative on campus. This program teaches law enforcement personnel how to interact and with people with disabilities. Drew explains that programs like these are one of the reasons why The Arc of Loudoun is important to him saying,
”Being here helps to keep me safe. I have special needs, I have high-functioning autism. There are a lot of people with special needs around here, and Paxton benefits the whole community!”
Meet Lauren. She works at Maggie’s Closet (named after the founder of Paxton Campus’ daughter, Margaret) a non-profit store located on Paxton Campus that provides free clothing and accessories for families in need. After one year of volunteering, Lauren was given the opportunity to work part-time at Maggie’s Closet through STEP Up; a program of The Arc of Loudoun on Paxton Campus that teaches vocational skills to adults with disabilities. Maggie’s Closet accepts shoppers by appointment only and features all sizes of quality, seasonal clothing. Lauren recently began taking on more responsibility; answering phone calls, and scheduling shopping visits. She greets each shopper with a smile when they arrive for their appointments.
Lauren says working at ‘Maggie’s’ has been an amazing experience,
“I have a lot more confidence talking to people now and have become more independent. I’ve learned skills that I’ve never learned before!”
Skills such as answering the phone and interacting with customers were challenging for Lauren at first, but now she’s able to do both tasks easily. In fact, she’d love to do more public speaking. Lauren says,“I’d like to be on TV or the news. Advocating and being able to talk at The White House about Paxton would be my dream!” Lauren especially enjoys meeting all the families who shop at Maggie’s,“I love seeing them smiling. It makes me happy knowing that I’m bringing happiness to all of the people who are shopping.”