IFSP Application Training – September 17, 5:30-7:00pm

Individual and Family Support Program (ISFP) Application Training 

Learn about the IFSP online application process at The Arc of Loudoun!

Monday, September 17, 2018 | 5:30pm-7:00pm 
At The Arc of Loudoun 
601 Catoctin Circle, NE 
Leesburg, VA 20176

Register for the training HERE. 

What is ISFP funding?
The Individual and Family Support Program (IFSP)Funding provides cash assistance for services, supports, and items for individuals with a developmental disability that enhances or improves their quality of life and promotes independence and community-based living.

Who can apply?
Individuals with a developmental disability or their family member and who are on the DD waitlist.

For more informationn about the waiver waitlist, please visit or contact your local community services board (CSB).

Just like last year, all applications must be submitted on‐line using the IFSP Application web portal located at https://ifsponline.dbhds.virginia.gov.

September 10, 2018 is the first day to save an application draft. You will be able to review the application, fill in your information, and save a draft copy. If you need to make changes, you will be able to correct or edit your information. You will not be able to submit your application before the submission date.

On October 10, 2018 at 9:00 am, applicants will be able to submit a completed application. You will not be able to submit your application before the submission date. Remember, the IFSP Funding Remember, the IFSP Funding Program provides assistance on a first‐come‐ first‐served basis. Early applications are encouraged

All applications must be submitted online by November 8, 2018

Register for the application training HERE. 

FBA and BIP Training

FBA and BIP Parent Workshop Training

The Virginia Department of Education announces


Functional Behavioral Assessments (FBA) and

Behavior Intervention Plans (BIP)

The FBA/BIP training is designed specifically for parents who have

students who exhibit difficulties in managing their behavior at school.

Section 504

The Section 504 training is designed to provide parents of

children who have disabilities but are ineligible under IDEA 2004 criteria.


The workshop will repeat at four locations across the

Commonwealth. See below for specific dates and locations:

Tidewater Area – August 13, 2018, 10am-2pm

Location: Holiday Inn and Suites North Beach

3900 Atlantic Avenue, Virginia Beach, Virginia 23451

Richmond Area – August 16, 2018, 10am-2pm

Location: Hilton Garden Inn Richmond Airport

441 International Center Drive, Sandston, Virginia 23150.

Roanoke Area – September 5, 2018, 10am-2pm

Location: Holiday Inn Tanglewood

4468 Starkey Road, Roanoke, Virginia 24018.

Charlottesville Area – September 6, 2018, 10am-2pm

Double Tree by Hilton

9900 Hilton Heights Road, Charlottesville, Virginia 22901

Cost FREE:

Registration deadline is one week before the selected training date. 

Register here


Roommate i-Match Workshop

Roommate i-Match Expo | September 20, 2018 | 9:30am – 3:30pm

Loudoun County Mental Health, Substance Abuse & Developmental Services (MHSADS) 906 Trailview Boulevard SE, Leesburg, VA 20175 in the Aspen Room

The Northern Virginia Housing & Supportive Services Team invites individuals in the Settlement Agreement population and others with a disability who are looking for a roommate or who have a room to rent, their families, support coordinators and/or service providers to the Expo.
The Expo will be split into AM and PM sessions with a lunch of pizza and drinks provided by Loudoun County MHSADS.  Participants can attend one or both sessions.
Roommate iMatch survey here. 
RSVP here. 

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

Social Skills Groups – Tuesdays Jan. 8-April 30, 5:30-6:30pm

Social Skills Groups for students ages 5 to 18 years old

We currently full for Spring 2019 Social Skills, we will re-open for Fall 2019  Social Skills in May. 

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.


Social Skills Group for older studentsSocial Skills Group for younger students





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

REGISTRATION IS NOW FULL! Stay updated on future The Arc of Loudoun events by subscribing to our email list here.

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

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