Futures Planning on March 21- Group Homes

IMPORTANT: The Arc of Loudoun follows Loudoun County Public Schools on weather closures. If LCPS is closed due to the weather, The Arc of Loudoun will be closed, and Futures Planning will be cancelled or re-scheduled. 

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, March 21| 10:00 am – 12 pm

Topic: Group Homes, Are you a family interested in exploring the possibility of creating a group home? Join us for an informal, roundtable discussion on group homes and learn about options available.

Speaker: Jen Kurtz from the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services, Office of Provider Development Community Resource Consultant and Blaire Lee, Developmental Services Support Coordinator from Loudoun County will be present to provide information from both the State and County perspectives. 

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



Questions: Contact Eileen Shaffer: eshaffer@thearcofloudoun.org


Future Topics:

April 2019: Virginia Medicaid Waivers, Register here. 

2019 Dates Coming Soon 


Past Futures Planning Videos:

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 

The Arc of Loudoun Celebration Gala – March 23

The Arc of Loudoun Celebration Gala

Join us for this inspiring celebration as we rally together to embrace, educate, engage and empower people with disabilities and their families.

What: A family* fundraising celebration for all ages to support The Arc of Loudoun’s mission. Evening includes a four-course dinner, Sherwood R. Simons Achievement Award and The Arc of Loudoun Courage Award presentation, live and silent auctions, raffle, music by Mangione & Benton Jazz Quartet, and dancing with the ‘80’s Band Sensation, The Reflex!

When: Saturday, March 23, 2019 from 6:00-11:00pm
Lansdowne Resort and Spa, 44050 Woodridge Parkway Leesburg, VA 20176

 Chair: Ara Bagdasarian, CEO and Co-Founder of Omnilert

Attire: Accessible Elegance- defined as what makes you shine – suit, tux, dress, khakis – whatever is lovely and reasonable for you


General Admission: $85

Reserved Seats: $150 – One single reserved seat, two drink tickets for beer/wine

Cocktails available for purchase.

For sponsorship opportunities please contact Denise Daffron

at ddaffron@thearcofloudoun.org or 703.777.1939 ext 112

*A calming room will be available for those with sensory sensitivities.


Leon Harris from NBC News 4 at 4 to emcee Gala!


We’re excited to announce Mangione & Benton Jazz Quartet will be performing throughout the night! 

Tucker Benton – Saxophone
Chris Mangione – Guitar
Ryan Benton – Guitar and Keys
Chris Marsh – Bass




Thank you to our generous partners! 

Mission Sponsor: 

Beatriz McNelly



Champions of The Arc of Loudoun: 


Friends of The Arc of Loudoun: 

Ellie Addae

Kathy and Jeff Lubitz


Supporters of The Arc of Loudoun: 

Halstead & Halstead | Chris Arnold | Jenni Bickerstaff | Scott Billigmeier
Kelly Carberry | Clark Carr | Stacey Cleveland | Diane Culp |
Michael Goodman | Jordan Harris | Melissa Heifetz | Bonnie Hoffman
Bernadette & Brian Ishmael | George Pellicano | Mary Shurtz



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Adult Social Station – Board Game Night – March 29

Adult Social Station – Once a Month Social!

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: Spring into Fun Board Games | March 29 | $20 Fee – Register here 

Schedule of 2019 events:

March 29: Spring Into Fun Board Games (Session Fee of $20, Register here. )

April 12: Family Bingo Night (Free)

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

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


This Business of Autism Showing – April 6

The Arc of Loudoun in Partnership with Tuscarora High School’s Husky Buddies Program Presents: This Business of Autism 

When: Saturday, April 6 | 1pm

Where: Tuscarora High School, 801 N. King Street, Leesburg, VA 20176


Join us to watch this timely and topical feature-length documentary on employment opportunities for adults with autism, at the crossroads of entrepreneurism, government programs, corporate responsibility, and family—produced by Loudoun’s own Stephen and Shannon Mackey!

Before the showing, there will be a panel discussion with the Director of the film, Stephen Mackey.

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

Learn more about the film, watch the trailers, and get your own copy on the film’s website at www.ThisBusinessOfAutism.com



Cannon’s Club- Friday Night Social – April 26

Join us for fun, food, and friendship! Play games, create crafts, and make friends at our Friday night hangout. Cannon’s Club is open for both teens (13-19) with AND without disabilities. REGISTRATION REQUIRED, LIMITED SPOTS AVAILABLE.

When: Friday, April 26 | 7-9pm | $5/person
Where: Aurora Behavior Clinic, located in the stone barns at The Arc of Loudoun | 601 Catoctin Circle, NE Leesburg, VA 20176

REGISTER to Tammy Goddard at tgoddard@thearcofloudoun.org

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

Bishop’s Events 2019 Run First Wine Later 5k and 10k; July 20

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. 

Tickets here. 

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 10. 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:
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

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