Parent Support Group meets May 1; 5:30pm-6:30pm

 

Interested in joining our Parent Support Group? Please contact Eileen Shaffer at: eshaffer@paxtoncampus.org

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: eshaffer@paxtoncampus.org

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.

June 25-29 | 8:30am-5:00pm | Tuscarora High School 

Cost: $200 

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 eshaffer@paxtoncampus.org 

iCan Bike 2017

Futures Planning on August 30- Understanding Special Education

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, August 30 | 10:00 am – 12 pm

Topic: Understanding Special Education

At this workshop: 

-Identify your child’s learning strengths and challenges as well as organize your important information about your child so it will be helpful in educational planning

-Learn the seven phases of the special education process

– Identify the specific actions you may take during the special education process

–Familiarize yourself with due process rights and learn ways to work as partners with teacher and other school personnel.

Speaker: Jessie Valdez

Jessie Valdez joins PEATC after working collaboratively for several years with doctors and schools to get the care and services needed for a daughter with both a rare disease and special educational needs. She has a passion for helping children with special needs reach their full potential in life and wants to share the knowledge she’s gained with families facing these challenges for the first time. Jessie earned her J.D. from the Sandra Day O’Connor School of Law at Arizona State University and currently serves as the Outreach

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:

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 

50 Faces of The Arc- Lauren

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 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.”

Learn more about Maggie’s Closet here: www.paxtoncampus.org/maggies-closet