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 & BIP Workshop April 10, 5:30-6:30 pm

Join us at our Functional Behavior Assessments (FBA) & Behavior Intervention Plan (BIP) Workshop 

Does your child tantrum? Do they scream, cry, or drop to the floor? At this workshop you will learn how to interpret Functional Behavior Assessments and Behavior Intervention Plans. 

A Functional Behavior Assessment is a tool used to determine why a child is engaging  in challenging behavior. A Behavior Intervention Plan is used to help a child’s team learn how to manage challenging behavior needs. 

Our workshop is on Tuesday evening, April 10 at ALLY Advocacy Center (Building #625) in Nora’s Room at The Arc of Loudoun at Paxton Campus, from 5:30-6:30 pm.

$15 for the General Public. 

Register online HERE.

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Annual Meeting – Feb 27

The Arc of Loudoun  requests the honor of your presence for our

Annual Meeting
On Tuesday, February 27th, Two Thousand Eighteen
At Six O’clock in the Evening

The Arc of Loudoun 
ALLY Advocacy Center
601 Catoctin Circle, NE
Leesburg, Virginia

Come enjoy a light dinner, drinks, and connecting with The Arc of Loudoun family. We will elect our new slate of Board of Directors,  share  “2017: Year in Review,” present the Beth Mills Special Service Award and Rick Berry Professional Award, 

Thank you for what you do to empower, embrace, and engage children with disabilities and their families. 

Please RSVP by February 22nd to

Morgan Payne
Email: mpayne@thearcofloudoun.org
Telephone: 703.777.1939  ext 106

Preschool to Kindergarten Transition Workshop – April 25th

Before the Bus Starts Coming: Still Deciding If You Will Send Your Preschooler to Kindergarten?

TOPIC:  This is the workshop for parents and families in the community who are having a difficult time deciding on whether or not to send their child to Kindergarten

SPEAKERS: Lori Padgett, Special Education Supervisor, ECSE and Karin Spencer, Consulting Teacher in the Office of Special Education 

WHEN:  Wednesday, April 25, 2018; 6:00 pm 

WHERE:  ALLY Advocacy Center on Paxton Campus
  601 Catoctin Circle, NE
  Leesburg, VA  20176

FREE, No registration required. 

Questions:  Eileen Shaffer

EMAIL: eshaffer@paxtoncampus.org TEL: 703.777.1939 ext. 208 


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

Ability Fitness Center Golf Tournament – May 10

The 6th Annual Ability Fitness Center Golf Tournament is on Thursday, May 10th!

Your participation in the golf tournament will help each AFC client have an improved quality of life and optimal physical and emotional health; have maximum functional independence; improve flexibility, muscle strength, balance, posture, and bone density; decrease muscle spasms & all over better quality of life!

When: Thursday, May 10th | 12:00 PM –  9:00 PM

Where: Loudoun Golf & Country Club, Purcellville, VA 

Online Registration and sponsorship information here. 

Paper registration form here. 


Music at the Manor – May 19, 2018

Music at the Manor Festival | Saturday May 19, 2018, Rain or Shine

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Come experience Music at the Manor Festival, a day-long celebration of
family, friends, food, and of course, live music—from blues to contemporary to rock. 
All proceeds benefit The Arc of Loudoun at Paxton Campus as we together
empower, embrace, and engage children with special needs and their families.

When: Saturday, May 19, 2018 from 11 am to 8 pm
Where: Historic 17-acres at Paxton Manor in Leesburg, Virginia
What: Featuring bands, food, wine, beer,
local artisans, raffle, kid’s activities
Tickets: FREE – General Admission*
$20 VIP Tickets – Includes 2 drink passes
and access to VIP Hospitality Suite

The Lineup…
11:00-12:00: Rikki J and the Blue Rhythm
12:30-1:30: Willie White
2:00-3:00: Never Born To Follow
3:00-3:30: Jack Squared
3:30-4:30: Stone Cold
5:00-6:00: Juliana MacDowell
6:30-7:45:The Voodoo Blues

*RSVP Appreciated

Free parking is available onsite. The event will occur rain or shine. Bring your lawn chairs.
Please note: No outside food or drink allowed at event. 

Thank you to our generous sponsors, vendors, and raffle donors! 



Food and Beverage Vendors

Raffle Donors

5 Tara | Anytime Fitness | Be Beauty | Benton Family | BurgerFi | Copperwood Tavern Crystal Mills | Eagan Family Exit Plan | Firework’s Pizza | Ford’s Fish Shack | iFlyJennifer Alves | Ketterman’s Jewelers | La Villa Roma   Paisano’s Pizza | Play it Again Sports | Tarara Winery | Victory Martial Arts | Wegmans

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Amazon donates .05% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to the charitable organization of your choice (The Arc of Loudoun!) 

It’s as easy as 1-2-3! Follow the steps in the Infographic below to learn how to shop with Amazon AND give back to The Arc of Loudoun. 


Kendra Scott Pop-Up at Tarara Winery, June 24

Sip while you shop for a cause at Tarara Winery! We’ll have our latest summer collection, as well as the must-haves for your Kendra Scott collection. 20% of all sales will benefit The Arc of Loudoun at Paxton Campus. 

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iCanBike Camp 2018- June 25th-29th

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 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 

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Paisano’s Leesburg Summer Bash on June 30

Come join us for a fun-filled day in the sun at Catoctin Corner as we welcome in summer and to benefit a great cause! All proceeds benefit The Arc of Loudoun at Paxton Campus. Along with delicious Paisano’s food, there will be family activities and meet & greets throughout the day: 

Live music, kid’s entertainment, special character meet and greets, prize raffles, Paisano’s gift cards, giveaways and much more! Come meet Santana Moss at his autograph signing from 4-5pm. More information here. 

July High Heeled Happy Hour on July 10

Mingle, drink, shop and get pampered at the July 10th High Heeled Happy Hour with special guest Bobbi Desai (a special needs mom and real estate agent) from Century 21 Redwood Realty. Proceeds from the event benefit The Arc of Loudoun! Register here.  





























Bishop’s Events 2018 Run First Wine Later 5k and 10k; July 21

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 at Paxton Campus. 

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 4. 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

“This Business of Autism” Film Premiere – July 28

“This Business of Autism” Northern Virginia Film Premiere – July 28 

You’re invited to the Northern Virginia Film Premiere of “This Business of Autism.”

Saturday, July 28 | 2:00pm – 4:30pm | Regal Cinemas Fox 16 and IMAX, Brambleton, VA 

Buy tickets here!

Join the producers, members of the cast, local practitioners and local dignitaries to watch this timely and topical feature-length documentary on employment opportunities for adults with autism, produced by Loudoun’s own Mesh Omnimedia!

Immediately following the film, there will be a 30-minute Q&A session with the director, members of the cast and local practitioners–including The Arc of Loudoun’s own Director of Clinical Services, Kendra McDonald!

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

Buy tickets here!

Watch “This Business of Autism” trailer below: 

12 Band Jam and Ride – August 11th; 10:30am-12am

12 Band Jam & Ride

Come out and enjoy 12 different awesome bands that will be jamming all day and night! Proceeds benefit the Aurora School serving students with special needs. 

Saturday, August 11, 2017 | Spanky’s Shananigans – Leesburg, VA

RIDE: 10:30am Kickstands up – Riders Depart

$20 for motorcycle riders/$10 for passengers, includes t-shirt and lunch

Riders, come and enjoy ½-price breakfast starting at 7:30 am!

JAM: 12:00pm to 12am – Enjoy the bands – 12 Band Jam Lineup

$10 admission at door for 12 Band Jam

Win fabulous raffle prizes!

50/50 raffle!  Prizes awarded every hour between 3pm – 10pm!

List of Bands:

  • 12 PM: Andy Hawks Train Wreck Endings
  • 1 PM: Striped Cows
  • 2 PM: Gary Hoffman Band 
  • 3 PM: Chris Timbers 
  • 4 PM: Ricky J and the Blue Rhythm
  • 5 PM: Fresh Cracked Pepper
  • 6 PM: Fast Eddie and the Fast Lane Blues Band
  • 7 PM: Stone Cold
  • 8 PM: The Hipnecks
  • 9 PM: David Lange
  • 10 PM: Bastards of the Twang 
  • 11 PM: Willie White 



Pathways to Justice Training September 20

Pathways to Justice Training

The Arc of Loudoun and the Loudoun County Community Criminal Justice Present:

INFORMING SUPERVISION: Intellectual and Developmental Disability awareness training for Criminal Justice Personnel 

WHEN: September 20, 2018 | 8:30am-4:30pm (lunch provided) 

WHERE: Ida Lee- Banquet Hall | 60 Ida Lee Drive, Leesburg, VA 20176

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




This training focuses on:

-Identifying the needs and understanding the complexities of those with intellectual and developmental disabilities

-Considerations when case planning

-Awareness when interacting and providing supervision to this population

– Effective collaboration

Speakers will include perspectives from Law Enforcement, Attorneys, Family Panelists and Consumers from the Arc of Loudoun.

Featured Presentation by Bioethicist Dr. Michael Gillette.



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

Opportunities Open Golf Tournament – October 1

Opportunity Open Golf Tournament

October 1, 2018 | 7:30am – 2:00pm | River Creek Country Club

100% of the profits from the 22nd Annual Opportunities Open help support Dulles International Airport Rotary charities, including ECHO, ServiceSource, the ARC of Northern Virginia, the Arch of Loudoun, FOP Cops and Kids and local student scholarships. 

More information here. 

ABA Therapy Training – For Parents and Caregivers – October 2 and October 4

Join us in this 2 part class on Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA)! 

Is your child engaging in challenging behavior? Applied Behavior Analysis can help you address challenging behavior.  At this workshop you will: learn the basics of ABA,  determine why behavior is occurring, and learn how to positively reinforce the behavior you want from your child. 

Part 2 includes: examples, demonstrations, and a question and answer session.  Attendance to both workshops is highly encouraged!

These classes will be on two evenings, October 2 (Part 1) at The Arc of Loudoun in ALLY Advocacy Center (Building #625 in Nora’s Room) and October 4 (Part 2) at the Aurora Behavior Clinic from 5:30-6:30 pm.

$30 for 2 classes OR $15 for Part 1 on October 2 and $15 for Part 2 on October 4

Register online HERE.


LightUp Fest at One Loudoun – November 8-January 2

LightUp Fest at One Loudoun

Date: November 8, 2018 to January 2, 2019
Time: 5:30pm to 10:30pm daily 

The LightUP Fest is an eight-week exhibition that combines the latest lighting technology and artisan crafted lanterns to showcase the rich heritage, tradition and culture of the world. 

With 77 stunning displays presented in different themes, the LightUP Fest promises to be an eventful night for everyone!

There are 4 major themes in the exhibit – Tour of Fantasy; Freedom America; Mysterious East and Magical World. One of the featured highlights unique to this exhibit is the display of the Capitol Hill Building. There are also many interactive segments well suited for Instagram worthy moments.

In addition to the incredible light displays, there are daily acrobatic performances, unique arts & craft showcase, and a wide variety of unique cuisine including street food from China available for the enjoyment of the festival goers.

This is truly a must-see extravaganza and a wonderful experience for the entire family!

Use code ILoveLoudounARC2018 and recieve a 10% discount off to LightUp Fest. If you use this code, a portion of the proceeds will also be donated to The Arc of Loudoun!  

Buy your tickets here.

Aurora Behavior Clinic Grand Opening – November 14th 5-7pm

Aurora Behavior Clinic Grand Opening 

In gratitude of your support, we invite you to our
Aurora Behavior Clinic Grand Opening Celebration
on Wednesday, November 14, 2018 from 5-7 pm.

Join us for the ribbon cutting, open house, and light refreshment as
we celebrate our new home in the Stone Barns located
at The Arc of Loudoun 

RSVP here. 

Giving Tuesday, November 27

On Tuesday, November 27, The Arc of Loudoun is celebrating Giving Tuesday.

Your donation will help to support and grow The Arc of Loudoun programs and the communities we serve. Thank you for your support in empowering, embracing, and engaging adults and children with disabilities and their families. 






Adaptive Art Classes for Adults – Thursdays: 6:00-7:00 pm

To Register: nstith@paxtoncampus.org or 703.777.1939 ext. 200

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

WHO: Adults 18+ of ALL abilities

**Drop ins are welcome.


THURSDAYS in ALLY: 6:00-7:00PM

WHERE: ALLY Advocacy Center on Paxton Campus

COST: $10/per participant* per week for members of The Arc of Loudoun (CLICK HERE TO READ MORE ABOUT BECOMING A MEMBER)

$12/per participant* per week for non-members of The Arc of Loudoun

*limited scholarships available on case by case basis


For more information, or to register, please contact Nyteisha Stith at 703.777.1939, ext 200 or nstith@paxtoncampus.org


Social Skills Group, Ages 6-10, Summer Fun with Friends

Wednesdays from 3:30-4:30pm, June 21st-August 9th, 2017

“Summer Fun with Friends” is a once a week after school social skills program that offers a balance of brief instruction with a variety of fun indoor and outdoor games and activities to practice skills they are learning in an engaging and natural way.

  • Each group is supervised by a Board Certified Behavior Analyst
  • Skills are taught  by ABA Therapists
  • Our focus is on Peer Interaction, Conversation and Verbal Skills
  • Ideal candidates for this group are conversational but need facilitation for improved social skills

Please click here the Summer Fun with Friends Inquiry Form link to request registration.

Enrollment is determined on a first come first served basis.
Each session is $20/day or $130 for all 7 days (a $10 savings!) and is paid in advance. The Arc of Loudoun members get 1 FREE day if enrolled in all 7 days!



Stolen Golf Cart Fund

“It makes me pretty sad that such a memorable cart got damaged and vandalized by someone. I do hope that it can be bought back to slow and safe use for Paxton.”
-Drew Gutenson
STEP Up Team



in the Drop-down menu. DONATE NOW!

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Designate Golf Cart Fund on the check.

Make your check payable to Paxton Campus, and mail to:

Paxton Campus
Attn: Meredith Lefforge
601 Catoctin Circle, NE
Leesburg, VA 20176

Paxton Campus’ beloved golf cart was stolen off our property sometime between Wednesday 8/5 and Thursday 8/6

This golf cart was used by our STEP Up team to practice driving, to deliver campus mail and to move things around the campus.

Please consider donating today!

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VOLUNTEERS: Help us start a Garden!

CALLING ALL VOLUNTEERS! Are you free Saturday, July 11th? Looking for a fun and helpful way to spend your afternoon?

Help us start our garden! 

Where: Paxton Campus
When: July 11th 10am-2pm

Bring your own gloves and gardening tools!
RSVP to tgoddard@paxtoncampus.org 

We have a new partnership at Paxton with Legacy Farms (Legacy Farms is a nonprofit dedicated to providing support services and agrarian based vocational training to adults with autism, as well as those with developmental and social challenges).

Legacy is working to one day have a farm for their staff to work and reside at, and in the meantime build relationships with other businesses in Loudoun.  They have reached out to Paxton to build a vegetable garden on our grounds for our Step Up program!

This is something that would be meaningful and a great business opportunity – the Step Up team can work the garden and eventually sell the veggies at the farmers market!

If so, come ready to work, get dirty and have fun! Refreshments will be provided.  Even if you can only work part of the time, we will take it

Hope to see you there!

RSVP:  tgoddard@paxtoncampus.org

Do More 24 – June 4th – Day of Giving

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Thank you to all those who donated to Paxton Campus and participated in our Selfies for Good contest. We had so much fun!  THANK YOU!




On  Thursday, June 4th we can all Do More to help our community.


Paxton Campus has partnered with United Way of the National Capital Area and 600 other local nonprofits in the greater DC area in this annual day of giving.

We need your help to make this year’s campaign successful. Here’s what you can do:

1)         Mark your calendar for Thursday, June 4th.

2)         Bookmark this giving link. https://www.domore24.org/#npo/paxton-campus

3)         Spread the word! Post our giving link and your support on your social media       channels.

4)         Donate on June 4th. You can help us to win additional cash prizes!


Your donation on June 4th will help us continue to support and grow these programs and the communities they serve.

We are grateful for your support. Thank you for helping us Do More for our community.