2018 LEAP Grant Applications Open

LEAP Application

HSC Foundation has once again named The Arc of Loudoun a Community Partner in their Life Enrichment Awards Program (LEAP).  As a community organizations partner, we work with the HSC Foundation to carry out the LEAP program, making it possible for more youth and young adults with disabilities to transition to their next step, whether it is more school, training, or a job.

The purpose of the Life Enrichment Program (LEAP) is to enrich the lives of youth and young adults with disabilities and chronic illnesses in the Washington, DC metropolitan area. This program is supported by a grant from The HSC Foundation”. LEAP provides goods and services that facilitate youth transition planning and for which resources are usually not available from public service and government agencies. These goods and services are not covered by Medicaid or private insurance and are not considered “medically necessary”.

Transition planning means a focused effort on improving the academic and functional achievement of the youth with a disability to facilitate the movement to post-school activities, including post secondary education, vocational education, integrated employment, continuing and adult educations, adult services, independent living, or community participation.

Applicants must reside in one of the following areas: Alexandria, Arlington County, Clarke County, Culpepper County, Fairfax, Fairfax County, Falls Church, Fauquier County, Loudoun County, Manassas, Manassas Park, Prince William County, Rappahannock County, Spotsylvania County, Stafford County, Warren County.

•  Must be between the ages of 14 and 26
•  Must not have received a LEAP grant within the past three years
•  Must have a documented disability
•  Requested goods and services must be directly linked to transition planning and implementation (Examples may include tutoring, laptops, career development, independent living skill development, skills camp, behavioral therapy, etc.)
•  Maximum grant amount request must not exceed $1000

The application Deadline is Monday, September 17, 2018. Applicants will be notified of results by phone and/or email by September 24, 2018.

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For more information or to ask questions about the application process, contact Nyteisha Stith, Disability Advocate at 703-777-1939 ext. 200 or email nstith@paxtoncampus.org

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

We Scare Because We Care Mini-Grant Application – Due November 6


We Scare Because We Care is a mini-grant program created from the proceeds of Shocktober, The Arc of Loudoun’s biggest fundraiser. For the second year in a row, this program will be providing five $1,000 mini-grants to human service nonprofits in Loudoun County. The Arc promotes and protects the human rights of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and actively supports their full inclusion and participation in the community throughout their lifetimes.

Grant Amount

We will be giving out 5 grants equaling $1,000 each.


Nonprofit organizations with dedicated programs in Loudoun County are eligible to apply. Funds from this mini-grant need to be used for programs helping children and adults with disabilities as well as their families.  Priority will be given to programs with an inclusive project, incorporating people with disabilities.


Applications must be electronically received on or before November 6, 2018 to be considered. Download the application here

Submission Instructions

Applications must be electronically received on or before November 6, 2018 to be considered.

  • Email Subject Line: Shocktober’ s We Scare Because We Care Grants Program
  • Submit electronically to: Eileen Shaffer at eshaffer@thearcofloudoun.org


Grants will be announced and awarded on November 16, 2018.

Presentation and Reporting

Please note that The Arc of Loudoun will invite each grantee to our Annual Meeting in late February 2019 for the grantees to present their projects.

Each grantee will need to submit a final report on or by July 1, 2019, including:

  • A one-page summary of the project,
  • How the money was spent
  • Any photos of the project

Please direct any questions to:

Eileen Shaffer, Administrative Director of ALLY Advocacy Center

The Arc of Loudoun

Email: eshaffer@thearcofloudoun.org

Tel: 703.777.1939 x 208


DMV comes to The Arc of Loudoun; February 5; 10am-3pm

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 at The Arc of Loudoun on Tuesday, February 5th from 10am-3pm (by appointment only)

How to Schedule an Appointment

**Please contact Eileen Shaffer at eshaffer@thearcofloudoun.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 or be a staff member at The Arc of Loudoun.

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@thearcofloudoun.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 or be a staff member at The Arc of Loudoun.

Documents to download before your appointment:

Decoding Dyslexia – December 12 , 7pm-9pm

Decoding Dyslexia

This is monthly series of speakers and discussion, aiming to raise dyslexia awareness and  empower families to support their children with dyslexia.

The next workshop is on Wednesday, December 12 from 7pm-9pm

Speakers: Emily Miller
The topic is “Assistive Technology 101 for Students with Dyslexia.” Our guest speaker will beEmily Miller who is an Assistive Technology Coach. Stemming from her own challenges with dyslexia, Emily has learned to use assistive technology as a life-changing tool. In this presentation, Emily will teach you the ins and outs of assistive technology and how you can use it to help your child today. Emily is currently a special education teacher and assistive technology tutor in the summer. She is also finishing a graduate certificate in assistive technology. ​
Place: The ALLY Advocacy Center, Arc of Loudoun
Time: 11am – 1pm  “Lunch & Learn” 

Register here. 


For more information on Decoding Dyslexia, please search “Decoding Dyslexia Virginia” on Facebook or email decodingdyslexialoudoun@gmail.com.

Questions?  Please contact Eileen Shaffer at eshaffer@thearcofloudoun.org or call 703.777.1939 x 208

For more information on Decoding Dyslexia, please search “Decoding Dyslexia Virginia” on Facebook or email decodingdyslexialoudoun@gmail.com.




Valentine’s Day Dance – February 22

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Meet new friends, have fun, and DANCE! Featuring the very special DJ Stephanie Rasul. Light drinks and snacks will be provided.
(Attendees must be 19 and older, Participants that need assistance for physical and behavioral needs must be accompanied by their caregiver)

When: FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 22 | 6:30-8:00PM
Where: ALLY ADVOCACY CENTER – Located at The Arc of Loudoun
601 Catoctin Circle, NE, Leesburg, VA 20176

Professional Crisis Management Workshop for Parents and Professionals; February 23rd and 24th

Professional Crisis Management Training (PCM)  

Prevent aggressive behavior before it begins with PCM (Professional Crisis Management) Training! At this training, learn de-escalation and crisis management strategies.

WHO: Parents and professionals who work and care for individuals with behavioral difficulties

DATE: February 23rd and February 24th from 9am- 6:30pm 

COST$400 – Community Members & Caregivers, $350- Indivdiuals Cert. for Aurora and Aurora Behavior Clients, $500 – Two parents Cert. for Aurora and Aurora Behavior Clients

REGISTER: Amy Metaxa, ametaxa@thearcofloudoun.org

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.

What is Professional Crisis Management? – reprinted from the link: http://www.pcma.com/pcmapcmwhatis.asp

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.




Futures Planning on April 11 – Virginia Medicaid Waivers

Futures Planning – Every month we  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 11| 10:00 am – 12 pm

Topic: Virginia Medicaid Waivers

Do you/your child have a developmental disability? Do you know about Medicaid waivers? Are you or your family member in need of services, such as respite, personal care, assistive technology, employment, residential services, nursing or behavioral support?

You are invited to an educational experience that will guide you through the Virginia Medicaid Waiver System and prepare you, your loved ones, and your entire family. You will not only learn about the CCC+ Plus and the Developmental Disability Waivers (BI, FIS, CL), but you will also learn about eligibility requirements, application process, services offered, and what to do while you wait.

Speaker: Lucy Beadnell, The Arc of Northern Virginia

Location:  ALLY Advocacy Center | 601 Catoctin Circle, NE, Leesburg, VA 20176



Questions: Contact Eileen Shaffer: eshaffer@thearcofloudoun.org


Future Topics:

2019 Dates Coming Soon 


Past Futures Planning Videos:

April 2019 Futures Planning: Virginia Medicaid Waivers

January 2019 Futures Planning: Special Needs Trusts

December 2018 Futures Planning: Social Security Benefits 

November 2018 Futures Planning on Managing Real Estate in a Special Needs Trust

October 2018 Futures Planning on DD Waivers and CCC+ 

Waiver Information/Medicaid Waivers

Futures Planning September 2018: Creative Housing Options for People with Disabilities 

Pathways to the Community – April 27

Pathways to the Community 

Addressing key barriers to justice for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and discussing practical solutions that work for them. For adults 18+

WHEN: Saturday, April 27th | 9:30am – 3:30pm

WHERE: 906 Trailview Blvd., Suite, Leesburg, VA 20176 in the ASPEN Conference Room

WHO: Individuals served who access the community at large without a support person




10-10:15 Introductions & Overview of Pathways to the Community
Roger Younker and Eileen Shaffer
10:15-11:15 Troy Grooms’ Story – Miranda Rights
Bonnie Hoffman & Genevieve Miller 
11:15-11:30 Break
11:30-12:15 “Keeping Yourself Safe” Cyber Safety
Lisa Kimball, CEO – The Arc of Loudoun
12:15-1:00 Lunch
1:00-2:00 League of Women Voters 
Voting Rights and Time to Register to Vote
2:00-2:15 Break
2:15-3:00 Personal Safety 
Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office 

Sponsored by: Loudoun County Department of MHSADS and Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office

In Partnership with:The Arc of Loudoun- ALLY Advocacy Center
Bonnie Hoffman and Genevieve Miller-Attorneys



Check out images from our first Pathways to Justice Training here.

Resources Coming to You on May 11

Before our annual Music at the Manor Festival, join us at ALLY Advocacy Center, where we’ll have helpful resources coming to YOU!

When: Saturday, May 11 | 9am-12pm

Where: ALLY Advocacy Center, Building #625

Organizations offering their services include: 

  • DMV Connect: The DMV is coming to you! 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.
  • Loudoun Hunger Relief will be distributing free groceries to those in need.
  • Women Giving Back: Women and children are welcome to collect free clothing from Women Giving Back.
  • Loudoun Free Clinic will be offering free, high-quality medical care o those in need. 


Futures Planning: State Rental Assistance Program – May 10

Learn about the State Rental Assistance (SRAP) Program – a housing assistance program (new to Loudoun) for individuals with Developmental Disabilities.  This very hands on workshop will walk you through the process, budgeting and paperwork.

Speakers: Jeannie Cummins Eisenhour, Senior Regional Housing Coordinator Virginia Department of Behavioral Health & Developmental Services and Blaire Lee, Loudoun County Developmental Services Support Coordinator

Date:  Friday, May 10, 2019

Time:  10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Location:  601 Catoctin Circle, NE, Leesburg, VA 20176
                    ALLY Advocacy Center Nora’s Room

Cost:  Free to Loudoun County Residents and Arc of Loudoun Members; Suggested donation:  $10


Adult Social Station – Creative Art at ALLY – May 17 – CANCELLED

Adult Social Station – Once a Month Social! – CANCELED

At our monthly Friday socials from 6:30-8:00 PM , adults with disabilities (19 and older) learn how to appropriately interact with others and achieve social success.

Upcoming Adult Social Station: Creative Art at ALLY | May 17 |$20 | 

Schedule of 2019 events:

May 17th: Creative Art at ALLY (Session Fee) – CANCELED

June 21: Summer Dance (Free)

July 12: Ice Cream Social and Games (Session Fee)

Where: ALLY Advocacy Center at The Arc of Loudoun, 601 Catoctin Circle, NE Leesburg, VA 20176

At the monthly socials, adults with disabilities will:

  • Practice every day appropriate conversations
  • Learn “What makes a good friend.”
  • Create peer relationship and conversations using the principles of
    verbal behavior and ABA (Applied Behavior Analysis) with an ABA Therapist

*All participants that need assistance for physical or behavioral needs must be accompanied by their caregiver.

An ABA therapist will be present at the socials to include ABA principals during activities/events.

Contact: Nyteisha Stith at nstith@thearcofloudoun.org or 703.777.1939 ext. 200


iCanBike Camp 2018- June 24th-28th

The Arc of Loudoun 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 24-28, 2019| 8:30am-5:00pm | Tuscarora High School 

Cost: $200 

Bikers register online here.

Volunteers register online 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@thearcofloudoun.org 

iCan Bike 2018

Next Chapter Book Club

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 Nyteisha Stith at nstith@thearcofloudoun.org 


Mondays; 6:30pm-8pm (check dates on flyer above)

At Rust Library’s Story Time Room

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 developmental 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 Nyteisha at 703.777.1939 extension 200 or nstith@thearcofloudoun.org