Futures Planning on Sept 21st – Navigating Employment Opportunities for People with Disabilities

Futures Planning – next workshop: 

Sept 21st: Navigating Employment Opportunities for People with Disabilities –  REGISTER HERE.

Thursday, Sept 21st; 10:00am-12pm

REGISTER HERE.

Workshop is FREE for Members of The Arc of Loudoun, *For information on becoming a member, CLICK HERE.

$10 for Non-Members, registration required.

LOCATION:  601 Catoctin Circle, NE, Leesburg, VA 20176

QUESTIONS: Contact Tammy Goddard: tgoddard@paxtoncampus.org

On the third Thursday of almost every month Tia Marsili, Director of Trusts for The Arc of NoVa Special Needs Trust Program,(SNT) and her guests present the tools to consider when developing a plan for the future to families, siblings, adults with disabilities, and others interested.

LOCATION: ALLY BUILDING
601 Catoctin Circle, NE, Leesburg, VA 20176

 

 

Past Topics:

January 19:   Housing Options: Loudoun, Fairfax and Prince William –  Jeannie Cummins, Senior Integrated Community Options Specialist, DBHDS; and Lorna Ballard, Community Residences

February 16:  Higher education – post secondary – options for higher functioning individuals (colleges with the best disability offices/services, George Mason’s program, vocational programs, community colleges) – Seb M. Prohn, Ph.D., Career Education Associate, Center on Transition Innovations, Rehabilitation Research & Training Center, Virginia Commonwealth UniversityBehavioral Supports (through adulthood)

March 23:  Workshop for beginning the Rep Payee, presented by Tammy Goddard and Eileen Shaffer of ALLY Advocacy Center.  Tammy has served as a rep payee for the last 5 years to a variety of clients, she can guide families who are interested in doing this for their family member when the time comes. Eileen will give an introduction to families about the rep payee process and will be discussing important topics such as rental agreements. 

April 20:   Update on Medicaid Waivers – Lucy Beadnell, Director of Advocacy, The Arc of Northern Virginia

May 18:  Special Needs Trust to include ABLE Accounts

Creating a Financial Roadmap for the Future: We will walk you through a process to document future security for your child. Participants will organize thoughts and information that encompass concepts such as daily schedules, likes and dislikes, plans for the future, and putting the financial means in place to accomplish these future dreams and goals.s

Update on Medicaid Waiver Reform: Learn about the different types of waivers and how they help individuals with disabilities receive community based services. Discussion of eligibility requirements, what it means to be on the waitlist, and how to start the process today.

Special Needs Trusts: We will walk you through the importance of planning for the future of your loved one with a disability, why trusts are important, and other critical services and programs that you should consider.

Developing the Next Generation of Advocates for Your Child

Social Security Benefits: Our speaker will help you navigate the complex system, including a discussion on SSI, SSDI and Medicaid

Drafting a Letter of Intent –  Free Interactive Writing Workshop – A Will or a Trust will not necessarily ensure that your wishes for your child are always carried out. A Letter of Intent is a way to have your voice heard when you are not there. Find out why you need a Letter of Intent and the purpose of this critical document when planning for your child’s future.

Legal Authority – we discussed the appointment of a guardian or conservator. We will present on different alternatives so you can make an informed decision for your loved one.

Taxes (What you can write off when you have a child with special needs)

 

Decoding Dyslexia – Wed, Sept. 20th; 7pm-9pm

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The next workshop will be Wednesday, September 20th from 7pm to 9pm. 

“Effectively Working with School Teams,” Guest Speaker, Kristin Kane, a Family Support  Specialist with the Parent Educational Advocacy Training Center (PEATC) will explore ideas and strategies to help families work collaboratively with school teams by laying a foundation for successful team communication

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

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ALLY Advocacy Center has partnered with Decoding Dyslexia and will be cohosting monthly meetings on the 3rd Wednesday evening of the month in ALLY Advocacy Center from 7pm-9pm.

There will be a speaker at each monthly meeting:

 REGISTER HERE

 

WHAT:   Monthly series of speakers and discussion, aiming to raise dyslexia awareness and   empower families to support their   children with dyslexia.

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

TIME:   7pm-9pm

Future 2017-2018 Dates: 

  • October 18th
  • November 15th
  • December 20th
  • January 17th
  • February 21st
  • March 21st
  • April 18th
  • May 16th

Questions?  Please contact Eileen Shaffer at eshaffer@paxtoncampus.org or call 703.777.1939 x 206

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

 

 

Past Topics :

Jan. 20th:  “Assistive Technology Support for your Children with Dyslexia”  Ian Moore with AIM-VA

Feb. 17th: “Understanding Test Results for Dyslexia” Dr. Rachna Varia, PhD with Mindwell Psychology

March 16th:  “Executive Function Challenges for Children with Learning Disabilities” Elisabeth Miller, Speech Language Pathologist

April 20th:  “Effectively Monitoring Progress on your Child’s IEP Goals” Allyson Pate, Parent Resource Center

May 18th:”Multi-sensory Instruction for Dyslexic Students:  Roundtable Discussions with Specialists from Lindamood-Bell, Orton-Gillingham/Sounds-In-Syllables, Susan Barton & Wilson.”   Guests will have the opportunity to learn what multi-sensory instruction is, why it’s important for dyslexic students and which programs are available in Northern VA and over the summer.

Aug 17th: “Effectively Working with School Teams.

 September 21, 2016 @ 7pm:  “Assistive Technology Supports for Dyslexic Students” with Andrew Drummond from Out of the Box Accessibility Solutions”

October 19, 2016 @ 7pm:  “How Do We Promote Grit in our Children?  Your Child’s Mind ~ Promoting Motivation, Grit & Executive Functioning” with Dr. Rachna Varia, PhD of MindWell Psychology

November 16, 2016 @ 7 pm:  “Expanding our Local Advocacy Efforts for Dyslexic Kids” with Lorraine Hightower, Decoding Dyslexia VA and LCPS Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC)

 

CSI: Behavior Edition; Wednesday, Oct 25 at 7pm

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Open Door Learning Center presents

“CSI: Behavior Edition”

 Discovering the “why” behind your child’s challenging behaviors and increasing positive outcomes

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 25TH, 2017
7:00-8:30PM

TOPIC:      Take the guesswork out of behavior management by observing clues to your child’s behavior and use them to solve the case of tantrums, non-compliance and other problem behaviors!

This workshop will investigate positive behavior supports to help with challenging behaviors often observed in children at home and at school.

 

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

703.777.1939

 

 

Parent Support Group meets First Tuesday of the month

 

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; Ages 5 to 18 years

All School Year, starting September 26th

Tuesdays; 5:30pm-6:30pm

Who: Students ages 5 to 18 years old

Please fill out an inquiry form here and we will contact you as soon as we are able.

Groups are designed for students who need coaching in peer relationships and conversations using the principles of Verbal Behavior and Applied Behavior Analysis. The ideal participant is able to converse with others but may need prompting to initiate or respond to peers.

Each week consists of fun social games and activities that include learning opportunities as well as activities specifically designed to focus on intensive instruction that supports peer-to-peer socialization. Intensive instruction is embedded into activities and is derived from evidence-based concepts of verbal behavior and behavior analysis, and focuses on developing the necessary skills needed to initiate with and respond to peers. Each session is supervised by a Board Certified Behavior Analyst; conversation and verbal skills are facilitated by applied behavior therapists.

There may be 2 types of specialized social skills groups to best fit your child’s social needs. One group is a best fit for children who are conversational but require extra help and prompting to socialize, and a 2nd class 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.

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Cost (per semester):

$150 for members of The Arc of Loudoun; for membership information go to: http://www.paxtoncampus.org/about-us/membership/ to learn more.

$200 for non-members.

 

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Please fill out an inquiry form here and we will contact you as soon as we are able.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Adaptive Yoga for TEENS & YOUNG ADULTS on Saturdays

Enroll today by contacting Brigitta White at brigittawhite@gmail.com or 703.220.6239. Drop-ins are welcome!

Adaptive Yoga for Young Adults

When: Saturdays at 10:30am to 11:15am

Dates:

  • Sept 9th through Nov 18th

Cost:

Instructor:  Brigitta White, owner of Whole Me Programs

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

This course will increase social-emotional health, empathy, focus, self-expression and the ability to calm the body and mind.  Using developmentally appropriate exercises for breathing, relaxing and physical body movement, this series joyfully integrates yoga postures with dance, movement, music and song in a fun way!  *Participants must be able to follow basic directions and be physically mobile.

 

 

 

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

To Register: tgoddard@paxtoncampus.org or 703.777.1939 ext. 207

Expressions through Art

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.

WHEN:

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 Tammy Goddard at 703.777.1939, ext 207 or tgoddard@paxtoncampus.org

 

 

Next Chapter Book Club – Meets every other Monday


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? tgoddard@paxtoncampus.org 

 

NEXT BOOK CLUB MEETING IN RUST LIBRARY:

Mondays; 6:30pm-8pm (check dates below)

At Rust Library’s Story Time Room:

 

 

Dates for 2017:

Jan 9th and 23rd

Feb 6th

Mar 6th and 20th

April 3rd and 17th

May 1st and 15th

June 5th and 19th

July 10th and 24th

Aug 7th and 21st

Sep 4th and 18th

Oct 2nd and 16th

Nov 6th and 20th

Dec 4th and 18th

 

To get a feel for what our meetings are like: CLICK HERE 

 

 

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 IMG_7261developmental 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 Tammy at 703.777.1939 extension 207 or tgoddard@paxtoncampus.org

 

Interfaith Spirituality Support Group Wednesdays 2017

We are accepting new members! 

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What: Interfaith Spirituality Support Group. Each meeting will be facilitated by a Spiritual Companion.

WhoAll parents and caregivers of people with disabilities are welcome to join any or all of the meetings.

When: Wednesdays in 2017

 

1/11 morning

1/18 evening

1/25 morning

2/1 morning

2/8 evening

2/15 morning

2/22 evening

3/1 morning – Impositions of Ashes will be available at Paxton Campus on this day.  

3/8 evening

3/15 morning

3/22 evening

3/29 morning

4/5 evening

4/19 morning

4/26 evening

5/3 morning

5/10 evening

5/17 morning

5/24 evening

5/31 morning

6/7 evening

 

Where: In the Janney Parlor of St. James Episcopal Church: 14 Cornwall Street NW, Leesburg, Virginia 20176

Contact the Rev. Daniel Velez-Rivera  of St. Gabriel’s

Telephone:  703-779-3616

Email: fr.daniel@saintgabriels.net

 

VSA Art Group for Adults; Mondays: 10am-12pm

Art Group – Targeted for ages 16 and up. These fun and creative art projects are not only a great way to express yourself, but are also an interesting way to connect with peers. Artwork will be shared and discussed with the group, offering a chance to not only discover art, but also something about yourself and each other!

Location: ALLY Advocacy Center on Paxton Campus
When: Weekly Monday 10:00 – 11:00AM
Cost: $10/session ($15 for both Studio and Group)

Open Studio – Targeted for ages 16 and up. This ongoing studio session provides an artistic outlet for people just beginning to explore their interest in the visual arts as well as those who have long enjoyed painting, drawing and other art media. Participants will enjoy meeting at area art centers to do their own work at their own pace, with an instructor on hand for tips and techniques.

Location: ALLY Advocacy Center on Paxton Campus
When: Weekly Monday 10:00 – 11:00AM
Cost: $10/session ($15 for both Studio and Group)

Creative Benefits

The growing VSA arts DaVinci Art Studio provides various exciting opportunities for people of all abilities to enjoy the multiple benefits of making art. The creative process can help focus, relax, express oneself, discover the world, and practice decision-making skills — the artist gets to chose, and they are always right!

While classes listed below are drop-in, please contact us at (540)338-7973 or contact Lisa Zimmer-Chu, VSA Artistic Director via LZimmerchu@vsaloudoun.org regarding your interest in order to help with planning.

Fees are nominal (please inquire if assistance is needed) and all programs include materials.

Our Instructures and Volunteers:

Lisa Zimmer-Chu, VSA Artistic Director for the Visual Arts is also the instructor for both the DaVinci Open Art Studio and DaVinci Group. She holds a BFA in Painting from Michigan State University as well as an MPS in Creative Arts Therapy from Pratt Institute in New York. She has also served on the Board of Directors and taught at the Round Hill Arts Center.

 

Independence 12 Fellowship Group

Independence 12 Fellowship Group

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Who? Individuals who are in wheelchairs and are 16 years old and up. There will be a waiting room available for caregivers, they are encouraged to stay.

 

What? Independence 12 is for individuals that are seeking a path towards independence and freedom and want to self-reflect in the presence of others who have similar stories.

 

Where? Paxton Campus

ALLY Advocacy Center

601 Catoctin Circle NE

Leesburg, VA 20176

 

When? Dates: To be determined  – please contact Melissa (contact details below) for more information.

 

Questions?

 

 

 

 

Contact Melissa Heifetz, Director of Advocacy

(703) 777-1939 ext. 206 or mheifetz@paxtoncampus.org

 

 

 

 

 

Annual Meeting and 50th Anniversary Celebration – Feb 27

The Arc of Loudoun on Paxton Campus requests the honor of your presence for our

Annual Meeting Celebration of 50 Years Serving People with Disabilities in Loudoun
On Monday, February 27th, Two Thousand Seventeen
At Six O’clock in the Evening

Paxton Campus
ALLY Advocacy Center
601 Catoctin Circle, NE
Leesburg, Virginia

The celebration will include Election of our new slate of Board of Directors, Dinner and Drinks, A Recognition of The Arc of Loudoun’s 50th Anniversary; Special Service and Professional Awards; and more!  

Please RSVP by February 22nd to

Rachel Roseberry
Email: rroseberry@paxtoncampus.org
Telephone: 703.777.1939  ext 106

 

**We are also accepting nominations for Community Service Awards until February 3rd: http://www.paxtoncampus.org/about-us/community-service-awards/