Meet The Arc of Northern Virginia


Our Organization and Services

The Arc of Northern Virginia is a local chapter of the largest non-profit organization supporting thousands of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (ID/DD) and their families. Our service area includes the Cities of Alexandria, Fairfax and Falls Church, and Arlington and Fairfax Counties.  We are a small, grassroots 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization.  We receive some funding for the direct services we provide (like guardianship, case management, and the Special Needs Trust), but we are largely funded by membership dues and donations.  Please consider becoming a member and donating today.


Each chapter of The Arc has different specialties and services.  We offer a number of services and programs. See our “About” page for more details.

Our umbrella program is called Transition POINTS (Providing Opportunities, Information, Networking and Transition Support).

We operate a Special Needs Trust so that families may plan for their child’s future and/or people with disabilities can save money and maintain assets without losing public benefits.

We answer your questions. When families have questions about how to access services, we point them in the right direction and connect them to providers and resources, and share helpful tips.

We are advocates. We track changes in the disability world, provide comments and testimony, and represent the needs of people with I/DD on workgroups and commissions.  We work closely with legislators and county officials on crafting policies and programs that meet the needs of the disability community.

We offer two award winning apps, TravelMate and EmployMate,  as a transition suite and online curriculum to promote independence in the community.

TravelMate – is a virtual travel trainer for those to navigate their community.

EmployMate is a virtual job coach that can assist in on-the-job tasks and skill building.

We run self-advocacy groups called People First, in conjunction with a chapter of Toastmasters, a public speaking club, and People First for Young Adults.

We distribute a bi-weekly e-newsletter filled with information, resources, and opportunities for people with disabilities.

We are case managers and service facilitators for the Individual and Family with Developmental Disabilities Supports (DD) Waiver. 

We serve as public guardians for a limited number of individuals who are indigent and have no family or loved ones who can serve as their guardian.

We are representative payee for individuals who had enrolled in our Personal Support Network program before it ended and for some people whom we serve as guardian.