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 2018- June 25th-29th

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.

 

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 

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Futures Planning on Nov 16 – Medicaid Waiver Changes are Coming, Are You Ready?

Futures Planning – next workshop: 

Thursday, Nov 16; 10:00am-12pm

Medicaid Waiver Changes are Coming, Are You Ready?

Come learn about changes to the EDCD Waiver (name change and new services available) and the transition to Managed Care for EDCD and DD Waivers (which starts in Northern Virginia on December 1)

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)

Social Security: The Application and Appeal Process for SSI and SSDI.  – Comprehending the intricate web of public benefits available to people with disabilities is difficult. In this presentation, learn how and when to apply for adult disability (SSI and/or SSDI), what to do if you have to appeal a decision to deny benefits, and how to leverage your benefits once you start receiving them.

Jingle Jam Dance: Friday, Dec 8th; 6pm-8pm

REGISTER HERE

WHAT: Jingle Jam Dance & Social Opportunity

WHO: Adults 18+

WHEN: Friday, Dcember 8th 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!

50 Faces of The Arc- Drew

Drew is a hard-working employee at The Arc of Loudoun on Paxton Campus. He’s been a member of the STEP Up (Supported Training & Employment) Program for two years, which is a day support program that teaches vocational skills to adults with disabilities. He first discovered Paxton Campus after he and his mom attended the ALLY Advocacy Center’s Transition Series, a workshop that helps families with young adults with disabilities transition out of the public school system at age 22.

Drew, who has high-functioning autism, says he’s incredibly grateful for STEP Up, and is always excited to go to work every morning! He takes pride in his daily tasks, which range from changing light bulbs to mulching and mowing the 17-acre grounds of Paxton. Once his morning shift is over, Drew participates in STEP Up’s afternoon enrichment activities.

“I enjoy visits from Nic the therapy dog and taking field trips to places like the National Air and Space Museum,” he says. “But going to Top Golf is my personal favorite!”

Not only is Drew an employee at Paxton, he’s also an advocate for people with special needs. Since participating in The Arc’s self-advocacy and public speaking group Speak Up, Drew has learned how to advocate for himself. Last year, Drew and other members of Speak Up traveled to Richmond; where he had the opportunity to speak directly to state lawmakers about transportation and group homes for people with disabilities.

Drew says he’s also learned how to be safe in the community through programs like ALLY’s ‘PILE’ (Positive Interaction with Law Enforcement) initiative on campus. This program teaches law enforcement personnel how to interact and with people with disabilities. Drew explains that programs like these are one of the reasons why The Arc of Loudoun is important to him saying,

”Being here helps to keep me safe. I have special needs, I have high-functioning autism. There are a lot of people with special needs around here, and Paxton benefits the whole community!”

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!

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 on Paxton Campus 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

 

 

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.

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

 

 

A Day in the Life: STEP Up Team

The Step Up team participates in Community-Based Instruction (CBIs) to learn practical job skills and show off their talents and interests in the community. During a CBI, the team goes out into the community and does a job at a local business.

We followed a cleaning team as they set out to clean at LoCo CrossFit!

1:06Everybody piles on the bus with Swiffers, cleaning spray and paper towels in hand, ready to get started!


1:10 We’re off. The conversation swirls with talk of lunch, The Jonas Brothers and playground swings. The team talks about how much longer it’ll take to get there.

1:15
We arrive at our destination. Each Step Up members gets a different checklist of their cleaning assignments.

1:15-1:40– The team is split into pairs and we divide and conquer. Each time someone completes something, they check it off their list. We vacuum. We dust. We scrub.

Compliments and excitement can be heard as each task is complete!

“I did good!”
“Great job dusting!”
“Keep up the good work”
“I did it!”

After everything was shining and dust-free, the team even had time for a little fun!

 

Drew tested out some of the equipment and we got to meet the owner’s dog!

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1:49– It’s time to head back to Paxton. Everybody piles back in the bus and we are on our way back to campus.

Thank you to LoCo CrossFit for being wonderful customers to work for!

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Right now we have four ‘microenterprises’ launched that we provide to the community: a cleaning business, a landscaping business, office work business and an art market to sell hand-made products created by the team.

STEP Up is in the process of creating a car-washing business and grocery store delivery service.

We are always looking for community partners who may be interested in partnering with our microenterprise businesses or who are interested in hiring adults with a disability. Email Katie Wilcox kwilcox@paxtoncampus.org for more information!

Self-Advocate Finds Employment, Energy and Excitement at Paxton!

One of the things that we have tried really hard to do over the last three years at The Arc of Loudoun on the Paxton Campus is to fill in the gaps where services and opportunities are lacking for adults and children with disabilities.  One area that we have identified as an opportunity for us to embrace is in providing adults with disabilities a real, meaningful and enjoyable work experience.  This spring we have hired three adults with disabilities (Self-Advocates) to work on the Campus in various capacities and it has been a wonderful experience for them and for the rest of our staff!  One of our employees, Turhan Inetas, has especially touched our hearts.
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Turhan is a young man that began working for the Campus in March.  He is an adult with a traumatic brain injury that was caused by two brain surgeries for brain cancer, and then a resulting stroke after the surgeries.  His first language is Turkish, and combined with his disability, understanding receptive language (especially English) is difficult.  Thankfully, Turhan is not shy to tell us if we are talking too fast, or if he doesn’t understand what we are trying to communicate.  He is eager, and he carries his Turkish to English dictionary with him everywhere.  He is even studying to learn to drive and get a driver’s license.

He was originally hired to work in Maggie’s Closet, our free “store” for families in need.  He washes all of the clothing that is donated, sorts it and hangs it by size for customers to shop.  He comes to us with an enthusiasm for work that we’ve never seen before, and performs each task with joy and a huge smile.  His job has expanded to include manning our convenience store, The Paxton Attraction, each morning, where he sells coffee from 8:30am to 9:30am each day.  His pride in being in-charge of the store each day is obvious and he makes all of us smile…you can’t NOT smile when around Turhan.

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When asked about his work here, he said that his life was sad before he found us.  He said he had low energy and didn’t want to do much during the day.  But, he explained that when he started working here, he realized that if you “have love, you have excitement and joy for that love.”  And he found love here, at Paxton Campus.  He has a love of his work, and our community; and it allows him to have energy to go throughout the day.  He said, “All you have to do is find your love….and I found it here!”

And, we LOVE that he loves it here…We feel so fortunate that he is here each day to greet us with his smile and remind us all why we do this work.

Feel free to visit him at our Paxton Attraction convenience store, any weekday morning from 8:30am to 9:30am for great coffee and even better company!

Blog Post Written by Darcy Cunningham.