Fall Football Dance: Friday, September 15th; 6pm-8pm

REGISTER HERE

WHAT: Fall Football Dance & Social Opportunity

WHO: Adults 18+

WHEN: Friday, September 15th from 6pm to 8pm

WHERE:  The Aurora School on Paxton Campus –  601 Catoctin Circle NE Leesburg, VA 20176

COST: FREE!

REGISTER HERE

Come join us and have a great time with light refreshments, dancing, great music and social opportunities!

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

REGISTER HERE

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

REGISTER HERE

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

 

iCanBike Camp- June 26th-30th

The Arc of Loudoun at Paxton Campus has partnered with Tuscarora’s Husky Buddies Program to present iCanBike Camp! This is a program offered to help people with disabilities learn to ride a two-wheel bicycle independently.

Register for iCanBike Camp today here: Rider Registration Form 

 

The Camp is from June 26-June 30 at Tuscarora High School. The cost of the program is $200.  

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 Tammy Goddard at tgoddard@paxtoncampus.org 

DMV comes to Paxton Campus; July 12th; 10am-2pm

ALLY Advocacy Center is bringing DMV to you!!! We are thrilled to announce that DMV-Connect will be setting up shop in the ALLY Advocacy Center building on the Paxton Campus on Wednesday, July 12th from 10am-2pm (by appointment only)**Please contact Eileen Shaffer at eshaffer@paxtoncampus.org or 703-777-1939, ext. 208 for an appointment. To be eligible for an appointment, you must have a family member with a disability.

DMV-Connect is an outreach program of the Department of Motor Vehicles that connects Virginians to services who may not be able to travel to or wait in line at a traditional DMV office. If you have a family member with a disability and would like to get them an Identification Card (even if they are under 15 years old), they now offer the opportunity to get an indicator on the card designating the following categories: Autism Spectrum Disorder, Intellectual Disability, Hearing Impairment, Speech Impairment and Insulin-dependent diabetic. This a great, proactive way to insure that First Responders are notified of the disability. Please note that in order to do this, you must bring a doctor’s evaluation or note that lists the diagnosis.

They will also be able to conduct other services including: Virginia State IDs, Veterans IDs, Child IDs, Driver’s licenses, Disabled parking placards and Vehicle titles and registrations. To avoid long waits, we are scheduling appointments for this service.

**Please contact Eileen Shaffer at eshaffer@paxtoncampus.org or 703-777-1939, ext. 208 for an appointment. To be eligible for an appointment, you must have a family member with a disability.

Documents to download before your appointment:

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

iCan Bike Spring Poker Run April 22

Paxton Campus has partnered with Leesburg Moose Lodge to host “iCan Bike” Spring Poker run on Saturday, 4/22. Funds will support iCan Bike Camp, a program that teaches children and adults with disabilities how to ride a two-wheel bicycle independently.

More information about iCan Bike HERE 

We hope you can join us!

Pathways to Justice Training; May 23rd

Pathways to Justice Training

Addressing key barriers to justice for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and discussing practical solutions that work best for them

REGISTER HERE (select LEESBURG)

DATE: May 23, 2017

TIME: 9am-5pm

WHO: Training is for those working in the criminal justice system, including: law enforcement, attorneys, victim/witness services, disability advocates and families.

FREE, WITH REGISTERATION REQUIRED:

REGISTER HERE

HOSTED BY: The Arc of Loudoun on Paxton Campus

TRAINING PROVIDED BY: The Arc of the US National Center on Criminal Justice & Disability

LOCATION: Ida Lee Recreation Center, Leesburg, VA

 

CANCELED Making Your Own ‘Kyle’ File: Rising Kindergarten Students: May 24th

Due to low registration the Making Your Own Kyle File workshop is CANCELED. 

However, ODLC director, Tine Favreaux ,and ALLY Advocacy Director, Eileen Shaffer, would be happy to meet with you individually to give you resources and tips on creating a file for your child!

You can contact them here:
Tine Favreaux’s email: cfavreaux@paxtoncampus.org
Eileen Shaffer’s email: eshaffer@paxtoncampus.org

 

Information that should be included in your child’s file: 

  • Your child’s Allergies
  • If your child has a sibling
  • How your child communicates
  • Your family pet’s name
  • And much more! 

Come to the workshop and learn more helpful tips of what information you should include in your child’s file, and WHY it should be included! 

 

Volunteer Orientation June 19th

Interested in volunteering for The Arc of Loudoun on Paxton Campus? Then come to our VOLUNTEER ORIENTATION, on Monday, June 19th from 6:30-8:00pm in ALLY Advocacy Center. 

At the orientation you’ll tour the campus, learn about the different 2017 volunteer opportunities, and learn more about Paxton’s mission and various programs! 

RSVP REQUIRED HERE!  

Please contact Tammy Goddard with any questions: tgoddard@paxtoncampus.org 

*NOTE* if you only volunteer at Shocktober you do NOT need to attend this session. There will be a separate orientation at “Ghoul School” for Shocktober volunteers. 

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.

Spring Festival

 

 

Paxton Campus presents our 2017 Spring Festival!

SUNDAY, APRIL 2nd, 1 – 3pm

FREE EVENT

FUN for the whole family!

Egg Hunt with  10,000 eggs!

Some activities include: 

  • Trike- a -thon 
  • Awareness Walk around campus
  • Silent Art Auction (art pieces were created by fellow students and staff!) 
  • Easter Bunny Visit (with pictures!) 
  • Music! Food! And More!

Come join us on PAXTON CAMPUS in Leesburg for this FREE event.

To RSVP or for more information contact Tammy Goddard

EMAIL: tgoddard@paxtoncampus.org

CALL: (703) 777-1939 ext 207

Paxton Campus is located at 601 Catoctin Circle, NE, Leesburg, VA 20176

 

Transition Series 2017: Canceled

Due to low registration, the Transition Series workshop is canceled. However, every month at our Futures Planning meeting we cover several of the same topics that would’ve been discussed at Transition Series. Anyone with a particular need is welcome to join the Futures Planning meetings and/or contact the ALLY Advocacy Directors for an individual consult, free of charge!
 
More info about Futures Planning here: http://www.paxtoncampus.org/futures-planning/

 

Paxton Campus will be holding its next TRANSITION SERIES for families with young adults (ages 14-22) who will soon be transitioning out of school. The seminars will have one track only, for parents (and/or guardians, caretakers, or adult siblings).  

**Attendance for both sessions is required for the parent/caretaker

This program is free for members of The Arc of Loudoun (click HERE to learn about membership) and $45 for non-members.

This 2-day workshop is a structured educational event designed to empower families and individuals with disabilities as they transition from school services to the maze of systems in “the real world.”  Each series provides educational programming in the areas of Medicaid Waivers, Social Security Insurance, Employment, Special Needs Trusts, legal authority, transportation, Law Enforcement Safety, LCPS Transition Services, Recreation, Social Relationships and Futures Planning for families with young adults with disabilities.

Last year’s program was a huge success… the parents/caretakers truly enjoyed the time they spent in the program.

Space is limited.  Click HERE for an Application.

Snowflake Celebration

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REGISTER HERE

Each winter season, Paxton Campus has a holiday celebration… the Snowflake Celebration!  Join us for a visit from Santa, food and drinks, holiday music, and more!

Check out last year’s photos HERE.

Please join us at this FREE family friendly event for the community! Saturday, December 10th from 1pm to 3pm on Paxton Campus.

Our annual celebration of kids of all ages, all who are unique – just like a snowflake!  The Snowflake Celebration will include Santa, music, food, holiday movies, and holiday crafts to make!

SOCKtober – sock drive during October

SOCKtober

A sock drive for people in need through the month of October.

Shocktober meets SOCKtober at Maggie’s Closet on Paxton Campus. We will be collecting SOCKS all October long to give to people and families in need.

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Please drop off new, warm SOCKS at Maggie’s Closet dropbox (the blue drop box) located on Paxton Campus near the first stone building on the right.

Maggie’s Closet is a non-profit store for families in need. The store   provides quality clothing to families and individuals in a store-like   setting at no cost. Shoppers can come by appointment, and take   what they need, no questions asked.

Social Skills Group; Ages 11-18; FULL

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**Please contact Kendra McDonald for your child to be put on a Waiting List

TUESDAYS; All School Year, starting October 4th

5:30pm-6:30pm

Who: Students ages 11 to 18

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

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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.

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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.

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Cost (for entire year):

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

$175 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.

Speak Up! Discussion Group – Tues, Aug 16th; 12pm-1pm

Speak Up Summer 2016

Speak Up is a self-advocacy and discussion group focused on empowering adults with disabilities to speak for themselves.

You do not need to be good at public speaking to join; You just have to be willing to try!

Some of the goals for the group are:

  • Telling YOUR story: Connecting and Sharing About Self and Community
  • Social Opportunities: Increasing Social Opportunities and Outlets
  • Understanding Speech Components and Effective Communication Styles
  • Impacting YOUR World for Systems Change

Speak Up!

Please RSVP to Melissa Heifetz, Director of Advocacy, ALLY Advocacy Center: mheifetz@paxtoncampus.org or 703.777.1939, ext 206

WHAT: Speak Up!  Self-Advocacy and Discussion Group

WHO: Adults 18+ of ALL abilities

WHERE: ALLY Advocacy Center on The Paxton Campus

Waiver Redesign Workshop – July 26th; 7-9pm

Becky King

REGISTER HERE

Tuesday, July 26th; 7pm-9pm

GUEST SPEAKER: Becky King, Director of Policy and Advocacy at
The Arc of Virginia.

The Medicaid Waiver is undergoing significant changes, all going into effect on August 1st. Join us at the ALLY Advocacy Center as Becky King from The Arc of Virginia gives us the most up-to-date information on these changes.Bring your questions or feel free to send your questions ahead of time to Eileen Shaffer at eshaffer@paxtoncampus.org

REGISTER HERE

 

Before the Bus Starts Coming; June 7th; 9:15am-10:30am

Before the Bus Starts Coming: A workshop for parents of soon-to-be kindergartners

REGISTER HERE

Before the Bus Starts Coming

TOPICS COVERED: What is the Parent Resource Center and How Can They Help? How parents can prepare for the transition to kindergarten, how half-day kindergartners can benefit from afternoon enrichment class.

Tuesday, June 7; 9:15am-10:30am

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

Speakers:  Pam Spiering, LCPS Parent Resource Center and Christine Favreaux, Open Door Learning Center

REGISTER HERE

*CHILDCARE provided with registration*

Questions:   Eileen Shaffer, Advocacy Coordinator, 703.777.1939, ext 208 or eshaffer@paxtoncampus.org

 

Food Drive for Loudoun Interfaith Relief: 6/6 to 6/16

ALL PAXTON CAMPUS PROGRAMS (OPEN DOOR LEARNING CENTER, ALLY ADVOCACY CENTER, STEP UP, THE ARC OF LOUDOUN, THE AURORA SCHOOL, MAGGIE’S CLOSET)

June 6th – June 16th

SUGGESTED WISH LIST ITEMS TO DONATE THIS SUMMER ARE:
Cereal, 100% Juice, Fresh Fruits & Vegetables, Canned Meats (tuna or chicken), Mac & Cheese, Peanut Butter, Hearty SoupsFood Drive 2016

Teen/Young Adult Social Group- June 9th Picnic and Outdoor Games

To attend any of these events, please contact Katie at kwilcox@paxtoncampus.org to RSVP today!

Teen and Young Adult Social Group 2016

WHO SHOULD JOIN US?  Young Adult (ages 16-20) who  are interested in making friends!  We accept teens and young adults with and without disabilities who are looking to foster new friendships and interested in trying new activities!

What we do: Every other week we get together and have fun  doing various activities in the community.

 

OUR NEXT EVENTS ARE HELD FROM 5PM to 6:15PM

Date Activity Location Cost
April 14th Photography Class with Ms. Tine Paxton Campus FREE
April 28th Boxing/Fitness Class with Ms. Paula Paxton Campus FREE
May 12th Hiking Red RockRegional Park FREE
May 26th Dining Restaurant- TBD $10-$15
June 9th Picnic and Outdoor Games Ida Lee Park Bring a dish!

Please contact Katie at kwilcox@paxtoncampus.org to RSVP  today!

Facilitated by: Katie Wilcox, M.A., BCBA, LBA

 

Katie Wilcox

Katie Wilcox

Katie Wilcox, M.A., BCBA, LBA  kwilcox@paxtoncampus.org

Katie began working with children and adults with autism and related disabilities in 2009 at The Faison School for Autism in Richmond, VA.   Following her graduation from University of Richmond in 2011, Katie went on to continue working in the field in a variety of settings including Kennedy Krieger Institute’s LEAP Program, consulting in D.C. and VA public schools, and conducting therapy in various in-home settings.  While in VA, Katie received her Master’s Degree in Applied Behavior Analysis with an emphasis in Autism.  Katie is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and holds a provisional special education teaching license.  Katie’s interests include reduction of problem behaviors, feeding, natural environment teaching, and increasing functional life skills needed for a successful transition to an independent lifestyle.

 

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

 

 

 

 

Town Hall Meeting, Monday, May 9; 7pm to 9pm

Paxton Campus and Loudoun County Public Schools Career and Transition Services

Town Hall Meeting

REGISTER HERE

When: Monday, May 9, 2016; 7pm-9pm

Town Hall Meeting

Where

Paxton Campus

ALLY Advocacy Center

601 Catoctin Circle NE

Leesburg, VA 20176

WHY

This Town Hall is an opportunity for families to voice their needs and wishes for post-high school vocational training and day support services.

We want to hear your stories!

A discussion will be facilitated by Janet Clarke, LCPS Transition Specialist and Melissa Heifetz, Director of Advocacy at Paxton Campus.  We will be providing information on the status of the County’s programs to support recent graduates with disabilities who are in need of vocational training and day support services.

REGISTER HERE

Workshop on Providing Meaningful Experiences in Community Settings – April 29

REGISTER HERE

How to Effectively Provide Meaningful Experiences for Individuals

 

WHO SHOULD ATTEND:   Professionals who work with people with disabilities

WHEN:   Friday, April 29;  10am-12pm

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

Registration required. REGISTER HERE

 

FACILITATOR: 

Kendra McDonald, a Board Certified Behavior Analyst at The Aurora School on Paxton Campus in Leesburg, VA.

 

DETAILS:   Individuals with disabilities  in our community want to participate in activities that enhance their education and promote community involvement.  Providers of these activities often face barrier behaviors that may prevent meaningful experiences.  This workshop will focus on teaching providers on how to work with individuals with challenging behaviors so that all individuals in our community can enjoy interacting with providers and participate in therapeutic and social activities within their community.

 

Music Therapy for Adults: Wednesdays and Fridays

Music Therapy for Adults 2016

WHAT: Music Therapy for Adults

WHO: Adults

WHEN:

Adult Intermediate Learners:
Wednesdays: 10am-11am

Adult Beginner Learners:
Fridays: 10am-11am

COST: FREE for members of The Arc of Loudoun (CLICK HERE TO READ MORE ABOUT BECOMING A MEMBER)

$10/per participant per week for non-members of The Arc of Loudoun

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

SIGN UP: Call Tammy (703) 777-1939 x207 or email her tgoddard@paxtoncampus.org

IEP Roundtable – Thursday, January 21; 1pm-3pm

REGISTER HERE

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This roundtable is facilitated by  Melissa Heifetz, Director of Advocacy on Paxton Campus, and Tia Marsili educational consultant and mother to two children with special needs, sponsored by the the Down Syndrome Association of Northern Virginia.

Roundtable is FREE for Members of The Arc of Loudoun, *For information on becoming a member, CLICK HERE. and for members of the Down Syndrome Association of Northern Virginia (DSANV).

$10 for Non-Members, registration require.

REGISTER HERE

This is your opportunity to:

  • Learn: Prioritize questions regarding your child’s education and IEP & get answers
  • Network: Meet others with similar issues
  • Grow: Become a more powerful advocate for your child

IEP Roundtable

REGISTER HERE

 

Holiday Giving Program: Help make this season special for EVERYONE

Holiday Giving Program 2015

At Paxton Campus, we want everyone to have opportunities to live “A Life Like Yours”.

During the holiday season people in group homes and our families who need our support also need to be remembered and celebrated! 

Elves! We need your help to make the holidays special for them too!

What we need: Civic Groups, Families and Individuals willing to make this season special for a group home and/or family in need by providing items off of their “Wish List”.

Please contact Tammy Goddard if you are interested in participating tgoddard@paxtoncampus.org or 703.777.1939, ext 207

Thank you for your support!

 

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Paxton Holiday Giving 2014-  The 2014 Holiday Season was Paxton’s first year to organize this wonderful giving program. We had more than 20 civic groups, families and individuals willing to be “Elves” and help us make the holiday season special for EVERYONE. We had 17 group homes, clients and families who were in need to feel extra special over the holidays and they gave us their “Wish Lists” and we tried to give them those gifts.

Here are some pictures from last Holiday Season!

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Public Safety: Law Enforcement & People with Disabilities – Canceled

Public Safety

 

Public Safety: Law Enforcement and People with Disabilities

Tuesday, October 6,  6pm-7:30pm

Scott Campbell will present on Public Safety Considerations: Guidance for Parents and Caregivers

•Public Safety Risks;
•Common Reasons for First Responders;
•Proactive Community Involvement;
•Safety Items;
•And more.

Questions?  Email Melissa Heifetz at: mheifetz@paxtoncampus.org

LOCATION:

ALLY Advocacy Center on Paxton Campus

601 Catoctin Circle, NE

Leesburg, VA 20176

 

Music Therapy by A Place To Be, starting in September!

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WHAT: Music Therapy – individual sessions

WHO: For Ages 6-20

WHEN: 30 minute and 50 minute sessions available. Call (540) 687-6740 or visit www.aplacetobeva.org to check dates and times

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

SIGN UP: Call (540) 687-6740 or visit www.aplacetobeva.org to check dates and times

Check out A Place to Be‘s website or call 540 687 6740 for more information!

IFSP Grant Applications- September 15th

If you have a family member on the ID Urgent or Non-Urgent or DD Medicaid waiver wait list, it is time to apply for the $1,000 Individual and Family Support Program (IFSP) grant.

MUST BE POSTMARKED FOR SEPTEMBER 15TH. 

Click here for Directions on How to Fill out Your Application
Click here for the Application 

 

Changes from last year:

1. There is only ONE funding period for FY2016; all money will be distributed during this round.

2. To assist more individuals, the maximum amount of funds per person will be $1000 for the entire year.

 

Guidelines: 

1. Applications must be postmarked on September 15, 2015
(applications posted before September 15th will not be eligible for funding)

2. Applications from any previous funding periods will not be accepted.

3. Applications faxed to the IFSP office or dropped off at the DBHDS building also will NOT be eligible for funding.

4. If individuals/families have not turned in all receipts from any previous IFSP Funding Period, they will NOT be eligible for funding

5.PLEASE NOTE THAT DUE TO THE HIGH VOLUME OF APPLICATIONS, The Individual and Family Support Program CANNOT ACKNOWLEDGE RECEIPT OF ANY APPLICATIONS.
Individuals and families may contact the IFSP program regarding the status of applications beginning December 15, 2015.

 

Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Development Services Website

 

 

Adult Football Dance- Friday, September 11th; 6-8:30pm

Football Season is here! Let’s celebrate with a DANCE!

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Wear your favorite team’s jersey and join us and have a great time with light refreshments, dancing, great music and social opportunities!

WHAT: Adult Football Dance

WHO: Adults 18+

WHEN: Friday, September 11th  from 6 pm to 8:30 pm

COST: FREE!

RSVP: For more information or to RSVP, please contact Tammy Goddard at tgoddard@paxtoncampus.org or 703.777.1939, ext. 207

 

 

Sibshops

CLICK HERE to download an application

We are looking for more siblings, ages 8-12 years!

To check for the next dates, please contact Tammy Goddard tgoddard@paxtoncampus.org or 703.777.1939 ext 207

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Email Tammy Goddard tgoddard@paxtoncampus.org with any questions!

Sibshops acknowledge that being the brother or sister of a person with special needs is for some a good thing, others a not-so-good thing, and for many, somewhere in-between. They reflect a belief that brothers and sisters have much to offer one another — if they are given a chance. Sibshops are a spirited mix of new games (designed to be unique, off-beat, and appealing to a wide ability range), new friends, and discussion activities.

$10/participant per session

PURPOSE:      A fun and safe space for children with siblings with special needs to meet other children in the same situation, who can share their experiences and feelings, discuss their joys and challenges.  FUN, FOOD and FRIENDS!

COST:             $10 participant per session

APPLICATION:    CLICK HERE

QUESTIONS:    Email Tammy Goddard tgoddard@paxtoncampus.org

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

For children ages 8-12 years old who have a sibling with a special need.  This is not a therapy group but a fun and safe space for children with siblings with special needs to meet other children in the same situation, who can share their experiences and feelings, discuss their joys and challenges.  FUN, FOOD and FRIENDS!

CLICK HERE to download an application