ALLY “A Life Like Yours” Advocacy Center

ALLY advocacy center

About ALLY Advocacy Center

ALLY “A Life Like Yours” Advocacy Center fills the unmet needs of the community by providing free information on disability rights, guidance, support, events, and workshops for people with disabilities, their families, and the professionals who work with them.

ALLY is your community resource for disability services in Loudoun County. When a parent first learns that their child might have developmental delays or their child has a disability diagnosis, we are here to guide them.

We Are Here To Help

We are here from early intervention, through navigating Individualized Education Plans, to transitioning from public school and beyond. ALLY is here to help at the start of the journey and through the lifetime of ​the person with a disability.

We can help through consultations, workshops, and parent support groups. And we are also a place for fun and recreational activities.  We will make sure you know your rights. And be here for you

Information & Referrals

People with disabilities often face many hurdles as they attempt to live their lives as fully-engaged, active members of society. Finding information and support regarding education, employment, public benefits, housing, and healthcare can be an overwhelming experience.

The staff of ALLY works hard to keep up to date on public and private programming, information and disability rights services available in the community.  We work closely with clients to identify local, state and federal agencies that provide the necessary supports and services they need to function in their daily lives.  In addition, we collaborate with many social service agencies in Loudoun County to secure the best available services for our clients.  We strive to serve those families in Loudoun County who are working but struggling due to the high cost of living in the area, low wages and the high cost of dependent care.

Individualized Education Plans (IEP) Consults

The core belief of ALLY is that children benefit most from their education when parents and professionals work together as partners.

Parents and caretakers experiencing difficulties or having concerns regarding their child’s IEP or lack of an IEP, may schedule an educational consultation, 703.777.1939

Support Groups

ALLY hosts support groups for parents of individuals with disabilities. Our current Parent Support Group meets each Tuesday evening of the school year. Click here for more details: SUPPORT GROUP

Parent, Caregiver and Professional Training & Workshops

We fill the unmet need of the community by providing trainings, workshops, roundtables, town halls and more to family members and caretakers of people with disabilities and the professionals who work with them.

Futures Planning: A workshop on the tools to consider when developing a plan for the future for families, siblings and adults with disabilities

Recreational Activities and Events

ALLY hosts year-round activities and events for people with disabilities and their families. We provide a range of opportunities to help create “A Life Like Yours”.

ADAPTIVE YOGA : A fun and relaxing weekly class for teens and young adults. This yoga 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.

SENSORY SENSITIVE MOVIES: The Arc of Loudoun at Paxton Campus partners with Cobb Theatre to offer quarterly Sensory Sensitive movies for free.

iCANBIKE CAMP : We partner with Tuscarora’s Husky Buddies Program to offer a 5 day Bike Camp for people with disabilities (ages 8-18) 

ADAPTIVE ART CLASSES: Adults (18+) of all abilities are welcome at this exciting and instructional class.

NEXT CHAPTER BOOK CLUB: A book club that gives adults with disabilities the chance to read and learn together

DANCES AND SOCIAL OPPORTUNITIES: We provide quarterly dances for adults with disabilities to socialize, dance and enjoy friends!

 

Systemic Advocacy & Awareness

We help give a voice to disability advocacy issues at the local, state and national levels. We work to secure the full range of human and civil rights for children and adults with disabilities.

We build relationships and collaborate with other nonprofits and governmental agencies to provide the opportunities, services, and programming that individuals need.

 

Disability Response Team

Disability Response Team, an exciting new group of Loudoun criminal justice and disability professionals, advocates, and family members dedicated to ensuring that criminal justice professionals have the tools they need to effectively serve people with intellectual/developmental disabilities (I/DD). We are the first Disability Response team  in the state of Virginia. We already have representatives from Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office, The Public Defender’s Office, The Juvenile Detention Center, Adult Probation, DMHSADD, as well as a social worker, a family advocate and a self-advocate.