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

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. 

Futures Planning on June 20 – Summer’s here! Now what?!

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, June 20| 10:00 am – 12 pm

Topic: Summer’s here!  Now what?!

At this workshop, you will learn about local family fun, vacation planning tips and tricks, local enrichment activities, and much more.  Come meet local vendors. Your entire family is welcome. 

Location:  ALLY “A Life Like Yours” Advocacy Center | 601 Catoctin Circle, NE, Bldg #625, Leesburg, VA 20176

Workshop is FREE for Arc of Loudoun Members and Loudoun County residents.  Suggested $10 donations appreciated. REGISTER HERE.

Workshop is FREE for Arc of Loudoun Members and Loudoun County residents.  Suggested $10 donations appreciated. REGISTER HERE.

Questions: Contact Eileen Shaffer: eshaffer@thearcofloudoun.org

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Future Topics:

July 25:  Guardianship and Alternatives to Gaurdianship – Register here

August 22:  Tools for a smooth reentry to a New School Year – Register here

September 30:  Collaborating and Communicating with Schools to Build Resilience in Children Impacted by Trauma

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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 

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

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