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A collection of news related articles and media releases about
The Arc of Northern Virginia and disability related issues.



Under The Arc of a Lifetime of Support Fairfax County Times, April 29, 2022

“The Arc of Northern Virginia’s Board President Mark Albert and his wife were members of the organization for decades before he joined the Board of Directors. Once they identified that their daughter Cassie had a disability, they were attending The Arc’s seminars and gathering knowledge.”


Financial Planning Critical for Those with Disabilities Fairfax County Times, April 15, 2022

“Financial planning is a critical component of supporting someone with autism as they make their way in the world, and yet it is an aspect of life that is often overlooked. For clients with a disability, the answer often comes in the form of a Special Needs Trust.”


Arlington PD Hosts Event for People with Disabilities to Practice Traffic Stop Interaction WJLA 7 News, March 26, 2022

“Arlington County police officers spent time Saturday at Kenmore Middle School with partners from Arc of Northern Virginia, providing people with disabilities and their families the opportunity to practice police interactions during traffic stops.”


Latest Crop of ’40 Under 40′ Recipients Named Sun Gazette Newspapers, March 11, 2022

“The Leadership Center for Excellence and Leadership Fairfax have announced the 2022 “Northern Virginia 40 Under 40” honorees, whose achievements will be celebrated in an online program later this month. Those receiving the honor include… Ana Hughes, The Arc of Northern Virginia.”



D.C.-area Organizations Expected to Receive About $6.6 million in Grants to Improve Mobility Options for Seniors, the Disabled Washington Post, November 26, 2021

“The Arc of Northern Virginia will use the money for TravelMate, a software program that uses tablets, smartphones and other electronic devices to help individuals with intellectual disabilities navigate the region’s transportation systems independently, said Rikki Epstein, the group’s executive director.”


The Arc of Northern Virginia Hosts Practice Police Stops with FCPD – Fairfax Times, October 28, 2021

“The practice stops were held in multiple locations across the county, where officers volunteered to run through encounters like traffic and subject stops with visitors. The initiative is one among many comprehensive resources the Arc offers to individuals and family members of those with disabilities, which are often lacking during interactions with the justice system.”


2021 Melwood Ability Awards Recognize Leaders Advancing Employment For Individuals With Disabilities And Injured VeteransYahoo News, August 26, 2021

“The 2021 Resiliency Award honoree is The Arc of Northern Virginia, an organization at the forefront of identifying and addressing the needs of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) of all ages and their families.”


Arc of N. Va.’s Fong Named in Annual 40 Under 40 Class – Falls Church News Press, July 27, 2021


Virginia Governor Candidate Connected to Firm that Paid Disabled Worker 11 Cents an Hour – The American Independent, July 26, 2021

“People with disabilities deserve the same human and civil rights as the whole population. In fact, disability rights are human rights. Everyone deserves equal pay for equal work. The Arc of Northern Virginia strongly supports an end to subminimum wage.”


What ‘Free Britney’ shares with ‘Justice for Jenny’Washington Post, July 14, 2021

“January saw the release of a report that detailed a pilot project in Virginia that studied how supported decision-making impacted the lives of 10 people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their parents or caretakers. The families were chosen by The Arc of Northern Virginia, which led the study along with the Burton Blatt Institute at Syracuse University.”


NOVA Arc’s Annual Team Challenge Virtual 5K Now OpenFalls Church News Press, April 21, 2021


The Arc of Northern Virginia is hosting “A Life Like Yours”Falls Church News Press, March 24, 2021


Northern Virginia ’40 Under 40′ Recipients AnnouncedInside NOVA, March 4, 2021

“Leadership Center for Excellence and Leadership Fairfax have announced recipients of their joint 2021 Northern Virginia “40 Under 40” honors…  The 2021 class of 40 Under 40 includes… Lisa Fong, The Arc of Northern Virginia… “


General Assembly Delegation Votes on Landmark Laws, In and Out of RichmondLoudoun Now, February 11, 2021

““There are many examples, and I work closely with the ARC of Northern Virginia, and have sat down with families who have loved ones who got caught up in something that they really didn’t understand what they were doing and their lives were completely ruined because of it.” Boysko said.”


Warner Bill Would Expand Access to Affordable Healthcare CoverageAugusta Free Press, January 28, 2021

“This legislation also boasts the support of The Arc of Northern Virginia, The Autism Society of Northern Virginia, Healthcare for All Virginians Coalition, First Focus Campaign for Children, and the Infectious Diseases Society of America.”


What are You Taking for Granted?Fairfax County Times, January 8, 2021

“For those who count on the services of a nonprofit organization or a social services agency for the basic foundations of living, the idea that those services may not exist has to be the epitome of the unthinkable.”



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New Map Shows Local Organizations Seeking Help to Combat COVID-19Tysons Reporter, May 11, 2020


Guest Commentary: Crisis has Made Precariously-Balanced Lives More UnstableFalls Church News Press, April 27, 2020


Commentary: Do Not Leave Anyone Behind During COVID PandemicInside NOVA, April 22, 2020


Opinion: Commentary: Do Not Forget About People with Intellectual or Developmental Disabilities – And Those That Care for ThemAlexandria Gazette Packet, April 15, 2020


NBC4 Giveathon Continues: Help Those in Need During the Coronavirus PandemicNBC4 Washington, April 13, 2020

“The coronavirus crisis is creating incredible hardships for families caring for a loved one with an intellectual or developmental disability. Every day parents and caregivers turn to The Arc of Northern Virginia. Our programs, services, and advocacy are vitally important in these difficult times.”


Budgeting the State’s Resources: Reconciling Priorities Among Three BudgetsReston Patch, February 26,2020

Photo caption: “I was pleased that representatives from the Arc of Northern Virginia visited me in my office in Richmond.”


Fairfax County Receives Funding for Mobility Access Project – Fairfax County Times,  February 20, 2020

“One of more unique grant recipients from this year’s enhanced mobility program is a “train the trainer” program run by The Arc of Northern Virginia, a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families…”  <read more>



Fairfax County and The Arc Host Forum on Disability Inclusion –,  June 25th, 2019


Enhanced Mobility grantees share best practices to meet regional transportation needsNCR Transportation Planning Board blog,  June 25, 2019



Arc of Nova 8K Run, 2M Walk Set for SundayThe Falls Church News Press, April 25th, 2018


2018 Community Investment Fund Grantees AnnouncedThe Community Foundation of Northern Virginia,  April 23, 2018


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FAA Volunteer Helps Make Skies A Bit Friendlier for Kids with Disabilities – AVSFlyer-News foor FAA Aviation Safety Employees, March 29, 2018






Arc Seeks Participants for Annual 8K Race & 2M Walk – Falls Church News-Press, March 7, 2018









Wings for All: Travel Rehearsal Offered for Individuals with Disabilities – Reston Connection, March 29,2017







For Special Needs Kids, Wings for All is Dress Rehearsal for, March 25, 2017




The Connection Newspapers 10.25.16 – The Arc of Northern Virginia Stages Motown Experience Gala, 250 guests wine and dine to Motown hits while supporting people with disabilities.  Read Article


Inside NOVA 04.18.16- Great success story with some good quotes from our own Lucy Beadnell, Director of Advocacy. Read the article





Inside NoVA 11.21.15-  Reports about the Jessica Burmester Volunteer of the Year Award to Marymount University. Read the article.





Wings for All- Staff writer Lori Aratani, follows participants at Dulles International…read more.


Thanks so much to Kimberly Suiters, Reporter for CBS Radio, for this fabulous piece about long-time member Colleen Wright and her connection to and support for The Arc of Northern Virginia. Check it out


Non-profit Roundtable Newsletter – July edition. see newsletter


VivaTysons highlights the work of The Arc of Northern Virginia in their 2014 July/August issue. see article


Special Education Graduates Could be Impacted by Possible Budget Cuts -Families will speak against these cuts at public hearing on April 10. by Janelle Gemanos. Read More


Celebrating Inclusion – Board of Supervisors Names March Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Inclusion Month – Friday, March 21, 2014, by Supervisor John C. Cook/(R-Braddock), The Board of Supervisors has designated March “Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Inclusion Month” in Fairfax County. Both those with disabilities and those without have their lives enriched when people with disabilities are fully included in the community. This special month seeks to help those with disabilities find ways to be involved in the community, and bring awareness to others of these engaged neighbors. Read more


Appointed by Governor McDonnell of VA to the State Rehabilitation Council in the Fall of 2011, The Arc of Northern Virginia Cheryl Johnson, Director of Services, shares with you the 2012 Annual Report of the State Rehabilitation Council, which serves as an advisory Council to the Department for Aging and Rehabilitative
read report…


Services’ vocational rehabilitation and supported employment programs. The Report contains information on the effectiveness of the vocational rehabilitation program and the work of the SRC.


An Op-Ed by Rikki Epstein and Kymberly DeLoatche ~ Searching for ‘The New Virginia Way,’ Need to change the way Virginia supports people with disabilities. read article…


United Way of the National Capital Area announced this month that it is awarding 20 grants totaling $218,360 to 18 member organizations serving Fairfax and Falls Church. The funds came through designations to the Fairfax/Falls Church Community Impact Fund in United Way NCA’s annual workplace giving campaign. read more….


Families of Disabled Await Decision on Future. As a judge considers whether to close Virginia’s institutions for persons with severe disabilities, families watch, hope, and mobilize. By Maria Koklanaris Bonaquist


States Encounter Obstacles Moving Elderly And Disabled Into Community, Kaiser Health News


“My Life – A New Adventure”: A DBHDS-created video detailing stories of individuals who have moved from Virginia Training Centers to new homes in communities of their choice through the Money Follows the Person Demonstration Project.