The Arc of Northern Virginia

The Arc of Northern Virginia The Arc of Northern Virginia is a civil rights movement working to ensure people with disabilites and their families have "A Life Like Yours!" Be proud to become a member of The Arc and say "I belong"...

From The Arc's roots as a group of concerned parents 50 years ago, we have spawned a national movement that has led to services where there were none, legal protections recognizing our human rights, and feelings of pride and dignity instead of shame. Clearly, our struggle is ongoing, but we have come a long way.

Mission: The Arc of Northern Virginia is known as the leader in providing effective advocacy and indispensable direct services for families, children and adults living with intellectual and developmental disabilities to enable full, welcoming community participation.

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11/04/2020
Supported Decision Making: The Expert Panel for All Your Unanswered Questions

ICYMI: Supported Decision Making (SDM): The Expert Panel for All Your Unanswered Questions

The Arc of Northern Virginia's Director of Advocacy Lucy Beadnell and Jonathan Martinis, national Supported Decision Making attorney and expert, provided a brief overview of SDM, followed by stories by self-advocates and families using it. The experts answered tricky audience questions about guardianship, bad decisions, and teams that disagree.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r8amgrYcH8M&app=desktop

The Arc of Northern Virginia and Jonathan Martinis, national Supported Decision Making attorney and expert, give a brief overview of SDM followed by stories ...

Virtual Wine Tasting & DiscussionFriday, November 13th from 5:30 pm - 6:30 pmwith Optional Q & A Session: 6:30 pm – 7:00...
11/04/2020

Virtual Wine Tasting & Discussion
Friday, November 13th from 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
with Optional Q & A Session: 6:30 pm – 7:00 pm

A portion of the event proceeds and additional purchases will go to The Arc of Northern Virginia.

Participating states for shipping: AK, AZ, CO, DC, FL, GA, HI, IA, ID, IL, IN, KS, LA, MA, MD, ME, MN, MO, NC, ND, NE, NH, NM, NV, NY, OH, OR, PA, SC, TN, TX, VA, VT, WA, WI, WV, WY

For more information and to register:
https://thearcofnova.org/events/wine/

College 101: A Webinar for High School Students with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities and Their ParentsNEXT T...
11/03/2020

College 101: A Webinar for High School Students with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities and Their Parents

NEXT THURSDAY, November 12th from 12:00 noon to 1:30 pm

Discover questions you should consider to begin the college conversation to determine if college is the correct path. Explore the differences between the high school and college experiences, plus crucial skills needed for college success. Learn about college options and how to choose the one that may be the best fit, how to navigate disability services, and how to request college accommodations.

Presenter: Beth Felsen, Executive Director, Spectrum Transition Consulting, LLC

To learn more and register: https://thearcofnova.org/workshops/#college-101

“People with disabilities feel like they don’t have a voice in the voting process,” says Justin Dolan, a Fairfax voter w...
11/03/2020
For Voters with Disabilities, Another Barrier to the Polls - Arlington Magazine

“People with disabilities feel like they don’t have a voice in the voting process,” says Justin Dolan, a Fairfax voter with cerebral palsy. “We just want to have a seat at the table like everyone else.”

Lucy Beadnell, Director of Advocacy at the Arc of Northern Virginia, an organization that works to protect the rights of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, says the constituents she works with “are overwhelmingly choosing to vote by mail.”

https://www.arlingtonmagazine.com/for-voters-with-disabilities-another-barrier-to-the-polls/

Voting is more complicated when you have a disability. Now add the threat of Covid.

11/03/2020
11/02/2020
ALLY Alliance

The A Life Like Yours Self-Advocacy Alliance has developed a wonderful video that includes their Declaration of A Life Like Yours.

https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=861750531298741

Please watch our "Declaration of A Life Like Yours" and join us in fighting for our right to live life on our own terms! ~ Alliance Members

11/02/2020
Meet Our Trustee: KeyBank - FREE WEBINARS THIS WEEK!Wednesday, November 4 - 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. OR Thursday, November 5 - ...
11/02/2020

Meet Our Trustee: KeyBank - FREE WEBINARS THIS WEEK!

Wednesday, November 4 - 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
OR Thursday, November 5 - 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon

Whether you are a current special needs trust client, looking to find out more about The Arc of Northern Virginia’s trust program, or have general questions regarding the work of a trustee, we’re inviting you to join one of our online seminars. Two sessions are being offered to give more people the opportunity to participate, you need only choose one.

Each session includes a brief introduction to The Arc of Northern Virginia Special Needs Trust team’s partnership with KeyBank, followed by a Q & A. In the past, questions ranged from trust administration, fiduciary duties and responsibilities, trust taxation, investments, legal documentation, real estate and more.

KeyBank Presenters:
Cindy McDonald, Senior Vice President
Vincent Miles, Senior Vice President, Senior Relationship Manager
Linda Hall, Tax Manager

The Arc of Northern Virginia Presenter:
Tia Marsili, Director of Trusts

Register here: https://thearcofnovatrust.org/events/

THIS THURSDAY!!Please join us for our Virtual Annual Meeting on Thursday, November 5th from 7:30 to 9:00 pm!!We have a w...
11/02/2020

THIS THURSDAY!!
Please join us for our Virtual Annual Meeting on Thursday, November 5th from 7:30 to 9:00 pm!!

We have a wonderful program planned. This is your chance to hear about the accomplishments of the past year, celebrate individuals who have gone "above and beyond" in service to our mission, and to learn about plans for the upcoming year, especially with regard to our service delivery and advocacy efforts.

One of the highlights will be the presentation of two prestigious awards:

* The 2020 Jessica Burmester Volunteer Award to Michael Thomas
* The 2020 Rusty Garth “You Are the Change” Advocacy Award presented posthumously to Doran Coady

Register today: https://thearcofnova.org/events/annual-meeting/

Happy Halloween from all of us at The Arc of Northern Virginia!!
10/31/2020

Happy Halloween from all of us at The Arc of Northern Virginia!!

October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month
10/31/2020

October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month

"He remains proud of five years in business with zero employee turnover and knows his employees with Down syndrome and a...
10/30/2020
Ice-cream store with special-needs employees overcomes pandemic’s business obstacles

"He remains proud of five years in business with zero employee turnover and knows his employees with Down syndrome and autism have a place in the economy, in any industry."

#CreativePathstoEmployment

https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2020/10/29/howdy-homemade-ice-cream-pandemic/?fbclid=IwAR1RY_BXG7LTQVLSr__xkcD4w630lHtyJ1SonKdO5Sw6_WbzGH_9AmUNO80

The Dallas store Howdy Homemade stayed in business thanks to a $100,000 fundraiser and is now looking nationwide for expansion opportunities.

NEXT FRIDAY, November 6 from 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 noonPlacing Real Estate in a Special Needs Trust - WEBINARDuring almost ...
10/30/2020

NEXT FRIDAY, November 6 from 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon
Placing Real Estate in a Special Needs Trust - WEBINAR

During almost every consultation, parents wish to discuss future housing. Parents are worried about where their child will live when they can no longer live with them. They’re seeking a long-term solution. Frequent questions are, “How can I ensure that my child with disabilities has a place to live after we’re gone?” and “Can we put property in their trust?”

For parents, ensuring a safe, longstanding home for their child is a pre-eminent and predominant concern. During the thought and planning process, it is necessary to consider cost, availability, location, property management, roommates, drop-in vs. live-in services – and how it will all be handled?

Placing property in a trust is one solution. This presentation will show you how property and real estate can be handled and leveraged in Special Needs Trusts to increase housing options for individuals with disabilities. In addition, information regarding key housing resources in Virginia, preparing for the transition to housing, and creative housing solutions will be presented.

Presenters:
Cindy McDonald, Senior Vice President, KeyBank
January Phillips, Trust Real Estate Officer, KeyBank
Jeannie Cummins Eisenour, Virginia Department of Behavioral Health & Developmental Services
Tia Marsili, Director of Trusts, The Arc of Northern Virginia

All webinars presented by The Arc of Northern Virginia are FREE to attend, but pre-registration is required.

Register here: https://thearcofnovatrust.org/events/

October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month
10/30/2020

October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month

2020 United Way and CFC Campaigns are UnderwayDesignate The Arc of Northern Virginia as your beneficiary charityWorkplac...
10/29/2020

2020 United Way and CFC Campaigns are Underway
Designate The Arc of Northern Virginia as your beneficiary charity

Workplaces around the region are launching their 2020 United Way Campaigns and in federal facilities and military bases, the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) has also begun, with virtual rallies and online donation forms now available. We want to remind you that you can designate your donation to be sent to The Arc of Northern Virginia to help us continue the life-transforming work we do for individuals with disabilities and their families.

Workplace giving campaigns are the simplest, most efficient and effective way to raise money. Everyone benefits – the businesses, the donors, the member organizations – and ultimately, the whole community. Giving through United Way or the CFC makes it easier to donate with smaller amounts automatically deducted from your paycheck throughout the year.

Be sure to use designation code #8035 when you donate through the United Way, or designation code #14617 if you contribute through the CFC. Thanks for your support of our mission!

TOMORROW!! FRIDAY, October 30 from 12:00 noon – 1:00 p.m.Supported Decision Making: The Expert Panel for All Your Unansw...
10/29/2020

TOMORROW!! FRIDAY, October 30 from 12:00 noon – 1:00 p.m.
Supported Decision Making: The Expert Panel for All Your Unanswered Questions - FREE WEBINAR

Supported Decision Making (SDM) is a way to empower someone with a disability to form a team of trusted supporters to help them identify and navigate choices in their life. Through our work on SDM, The Arc of Northern Virginia has seen some self-advocates become amazing experts, family members become champion supporters, and professional experts emerge to help them on this journey.

Join us to hear from users of Supported Decision Making, their support networks, and an attorney with SDM expertise speak about their experiences. Ask all of your questions to figure out how this empowering option for building a support team and making choices can work for anyone.

Register here: https://thearcofnova.org/programs/info-referral/workshop-series-sdm/#workshop4

October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month
10/29/2020

October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month

U.S. Attorney Announces Establishment of Civil Rights Enforcement Unit“I am proud to announce that EDVA is the first U.S...
10/28/2020
U.S. Attorney Announces Establishment of Civil Rights Enforcement Unit

U.S. Attorney Announces Establishment of Civil Rights Enforcement Unit

“I am proud to announce that EDVA is the first U.S. Attorney’s Office nationwide to have multiple Assistant U.S. Attorneys 100 percent dedicated to enforcing the rights of persons with disabilities under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and another Assistant U.S. Attorney dedicated full-time to enforcing the rights of servicemembers and veterans under statutes like the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act and the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act,” said Terwilliger.

https://www.justice.gov/usao-edva/pr/us-attorney-announces-establishment-civil-rights-enforcement-unit?fbclid=IwAR0e8nrTLY8_a_8tHnGtXALRR66SSIREtvDg1yDKvhMVMrgAgDLNMDQHFL0

Today, U.S. Attorney G. Zachary Terwilliger announced the establishment of a new Civil Rights Enforcement Unit in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia (EDVA).

College 101: A Webinar for High School Students with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities and Their Parents Thurs...
10/28/2020

College 101: A Webinar for High School Students with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities and Their Parents

Thursday, November 12 from 12:00 noon to 1:30 pm

Discover questions you should consider to begin the college conversation to determine if college is the correct path. Explore the differences between the high school and college experiences, plus crucial skills needed for college success. Learn about college options and how to choose the one that may be the best fit, how to navigate disability services, and how to request college accommodations.

Presenter: Beth Felsen, Executive Director, Spectrum Transition Consulting, LLC

To learn more and register: https://thearcofnova.org/workshops/#college-101

October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month
10/28/2020

October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month

Please join us for our Virtual Annual Meeting on Thursday, November 5th from 7:30 to 9:00 pm!!We have a wonderful progra...
10/27/2020

Please join us for our Virtual Annual Meeting on Thursday, November 5th from 7:30 to 9:00 pm!!

We have a wonderful program planned. This is your chance to hear about the accomplishments of the past year, celebrate individuals who have gone "above and beyond" in service to our mission, and to learn about plans for the upcoming year, especially with regard to our service delivery and advocacy efforts.

One of the highlights will be the presentation of two prestigious awards:

* The 2020 Jessica Burmester Volunteer Award to Michael Thomas
* The 2020 Rusty Garth “You Are the Change” Advocacy Award presented posthumously to Doran Coady

Register today: https://thearcofnova.org/events/annual-meeting/

Virtual Wine Tasting & Discussion Friday, November 13th from 5:30 pm - 6:30 pmwith Optional Q & A Session:  6:30 pm – 7:...
10/27/2020

Virtual Wine Tasting & Discussion
Friday, November 13th from 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
with Optional Q & A Session: 6:30 pm – 7:00 pm

A portion of the event proceeds and additional purchases will go to The Arc of Northern Virginia.

Participating states for shipping: AK, AZ, CO, DC, FL, GA, HI, IA, ID, IL, IN, KS, LA, MA, MD, ME, MN, MO, NC, ND, NE, NH, NM, NV, NY, OH, OR, PA, SC, TN, TX, VA, VT, WA, WI, WV, WY

For more information and to register:
https://thearcofnova.org/events/wine/

Meet Our Trustee: KeyBank - FREE WEBINARS NEXT WEEK!Wednesday, November 4 - 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. ORThursday, November 5 - 1...
10/27/2020

Meet Our Trustee: KeyBank - FREE WEBINARS NEXT WEEK!

Wednesday, November 4 - 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. OR
Thursday, November 5 - 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon

Whether you are a current special needs trust client, looking to find out more about The Arc of Northern Virginia’s trust program, or have general questions regarding the work of a trustee, we’re inviting you to join one of our online seminars. Two sessions are being offered to give more people the opportunity to participate, you need only choose one.

Each session includes a brief introduction to The Arc of Northern Virginia Special Needs Trust team’s partnership with KeyBank, followed by a Q & A. In the past, questions ranged from trust administration, fiduciary duties and responsibilities, trust taxation, investments, legal documentation, real estate and more.

KeyBank Presenters:
Cindy McDonald, Senior Vice President
Vincent Miles, Senior Vice President, Senior Relationship Manager
Linda Hall, Tax Manager

The Arc of Northern Virginia Presenter:
Tia Marsili, Director of Trusts

Register here: https://thearcofnovatrust.org/events/

October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month
10/27/2020

October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month

"People with disabilities have lifetimes’ worth of experience navigating the United States’ systems of health care, soci...
10/26/2020
Why Voting Matters for the Disability Community - Center for American Progress

"People with disabilities have lifetimes’ worth of experience navigating the United States’ systems of health care, social services, and employment—systems that historically have been slow to evolve to meet their needs. With 1 in 4 people in the United States having a disability, politicians should be looking to this population to help determine what a future America looks like, including bringing disabled people into conversations about how a post-COVID-19 society should function."

https://www.americanprogress.org/issues/disability/news/2020/10/22/492066/voting-matters-disability-community/

A lot is at stake in the 2020 elections—and voter turnout among Americans with disabilities must be supported before and after the polls close.

TOMORROW!! TUESDAY, October 27th, 5:30-6:30 pm!!Parents in a Pandemic: A parent support group dedicated to maintaining f...
10/26/2020

TOMORROW!! TUESDAY, October 27th, 5:30-6:30 pm!!

Parents in a Pandemic: A parent support group dedicated to maintaining family cohesion and development in the midst of global change.

Our partner Developmental Support Associates (DSA) is offering a virtual family support group for local families who care for children, youth, and young adults with developmental and/or behavioral challenges. The immediate goal is to help families collaborate with professionals and with each other in order to break out of isolation and share experiences, thoughts, feelings, and novel strategies for promoting personal and social growth.

Meetings are free, but pre-registration is required. Log-in information for the Zoom meeting will be sent to registrants prior to the meeting.

Register here: https://thearcofnova.org/october-dates-for-virtual-parent-support-group-meetings/

THIS FRIDAY, October 30 from 12:00 noon – 1:00 p.m.Supported Decision Making: The Expert Panel for All Your Unanswered Q...
10/26/2020

THIS FRIDAY, October 30 from 12:00 noon – 1:00 p.m.
Supported Decision Making: The Expert Panel for All Your Unanswered Questions - FREE WEBINAR

Supported Decision Making (SDM) is a way to empower someone with a disability to form a team of trusted supporters to help them identify and navigate choices in their life. Through our work on SDM, The Arc of Northern Virginia has seen some self-advocates become amazing experts, family members become champion supporters, and professional experts emerge to help them on this journey.

Join us to hear from users of Supported Decision Making, their support networks, and an attorney with SDM expertise speak about their experiences. Ask all of your questions to figure out how this empowering option for building a support team and making choices can work for anyone.

Register here: https://thearcofnova.org/programs/info-referral/workshop-series-sdm/#workshop4

October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month
10/26/2020

October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month

October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month
10/25/2020

October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month

"National Down Syndrome Society President and CEO Kandi Pickard said her group is grateful that the study has put a focu...
10/24/2020
People with Down syndrome have 10 times the risk of death from Covid-19, study says

"National Down Syndrome Society President and CEO Kandi Pickard said her group is grateful that the study has put a focus on the impact of Covid-19 on people with Down syndrome."

"From the beginning of the pandemic, we have been concerned about our community, especially given the complex medical histories of many of our loved ones," Pickard said. "This recent study confirms our concerns."

https://www.cnn.com/2020/10/23/health/down-syndrome-covid-19-death-risk-wellness/index.html

People with Down syndrome have 10 times the risk of dying from Covid-19 and four times the risk of hospitalization compared to those without the disability, researchers reported Thursday.

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2755 Hartland Rd
Falls Church, VA
22043

A 1/2 mile walk from the Dunn Loring Metro stop, The Arc of Northern Virginia is at 2755 Hartland Road, Suite 200, Falls Church, VA 22043

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Monday 09:00 - 16:30
Tuesday 09:00 - 16:30
Wednesday 09:00 - 16:30
Thursday 09:00 - 16:30
Friday 09:00 - 16:30

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(703) 208-1119

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Why would you have a candidate forum to advocate for the disabled and not invite either candidate from the 50th district?????? Absurd!!!! I have spoken to one - he said neither were invited. Do you represent all of Northern Virginia except for Manassas?
Hello!My son is 7. We live in Fairfax County. He has Autism Spectrum, Cognitive delay, Speech Disorder. He is fine physically, however we believe he has an Intellectual Disability. He is functioning at the 2 y.o. level child.He is in school and receives ABA. He is on DD Waiver. We don't have Medicare or any other assistance to help with expenses on babysitter/aid.We have BCBS Insurance. I would appreciate any information on the following questions: 1. How to apply for Intellectual Disability in VA?Who can diagnose the child? Autism is a broad definition and is not considered a Disability. We shall wait for the next appointment with our Developmental Pediatrician for at least 8 months. School can not test him. Private specialist charges 4,000$ for the testing. 2. What resources are available for Autistic child for Summer Break? TRS Summer camp is booked already. JCC Summer camp is really expensive and requires transportation. 3. What resources are available for an Autistic child for weekends. My son attends swimming lessons, but it is only 30 minutes twice a week. 4. There is a Jill House, but I guess it is for a rare occasion. It is faraway and I can't lieve the child for overnight there. 5. How much do you think the babysitter for Autistic child may cost in our area? Thank you for your input.
Please sign my petition, and share it on the parent FB group(s) for your FCPS! WHAT I WANT: Special education electives at FCPS secondary schools to be offered in other ways (ie, during the after-school activity period for credit) so our kids can take regular electives during their school day (band, orchestra, chorus, art, computer programming, etc.) JUST LIKE ANY OTHER STUDENT! Forcing their special education hours and IEP goal practice to take place during elective blocks IS PROHIBITED by Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1971. "Students with disabilities may not be excluded from participating in nonacademic services and extracurricular activities on the basis of disability."
Hello friends! Can you join us online next week?
House for sale by owner, designed for wheel chair accessibility ease with wide halls, elevator for 3 level access, bathroom with Kohler Rising Wall tub with heat and jets. Leesburg area. Built for my parents with Parkinson’s and no longer need. Lots of room.
I am in need of some assistance in appealing a denial for CCCplus.
If anyone is looking for therapeutic horseback riding, without a major commitment, this is in Nokesville (Prince William):
Hi - Hope this community can help me. Looking for someone near Springfield for after care for an 8 year old ASD boy. Know anyone looking for a little pocket change and a few hours work each day? Or any ideas where to look? Appreciate any ideas.
This seems to be an interesting program (in Florida)-"We provide road maps for entrepreneurs who wish to start businesses that empower individuals with autism through gainful employment." Is there something like this in Virginia? Preferably for all disabilities.
Due to inclement weather The Arc of Northern Virginia office will be closed today Friday March 2nd, 2018. The First Fridays Futures Planning presentation on " Disbursing from a Special Needs Trust and Budgeting" is therefore cancelled
Could someone offer any feedback on the guardianship process? Specifically interested in how intrusive the courts tend to be - what should we consider before starting the process? I know they do home visits. Do they interview family/friends? Do we need to have receipts, medical records, etc.?