Share Your Story

We all have stories to tell. Big or small, significant or trivial, individual or far-reaching.  Our stories capture the magic in our lives.  Here at The Arc of Northern Virginia, know that the most effective way to win hearts and minds, to influence policy-makers, and to motivate supporters, is to share the real-life stories of the people we serve.  YOU inspire us every day!  And we’re inviting you to share your best stories — and photos! — with the community.


Ever since we launched “A Life Like Yours”, we have been working to show our community that people should not be defined by a disability.  We all can and deserve to be seen as whole, complete individuals, with ABILITIES to succeed in the world we live in.  Certainly life with a disability has its challenges, for both the individual and for caregivers, but the disability is not the whole story.  In fact, YOUR story is whatever YOU decide it is.


So we’re giving you the chance to share.  Not everyone feels the need to do so, and that’s fine.  But for those of you who are willing to speak out, to share, and to show the community at large that we are ALL worthy, this portal is way to start.  Simply fill out the form below, and be sure to include photos.


We’ll be curating the stories, and formatting them to be shared publicly; perhaps in our ReSources newsletter, maybe as part of one of our workshops and webinars, possibly on social media, or even from the speaker’s podium at one of our fundraising events.  In all cases, we’ll speak with you about how we want to share your story, and honor any wishes or special requests you may have.


Not a storyteller? Don’t worry! Tell your story in your own words, and our expert editor will help with editing if your story is chosen. To help get your thinking cap on, see our story suggestions on the right sidebar.

Questions:  Contact Larry Rockwell, Director of Communications and Community Relations at (703) 208-1119 ext. 114 or email


Share YOUR Story

Who are the people in your story?
Where did the story take place?
When did it take place?
What happened?
Did something happen at some point that was a turn in events or perspective?
What makes this story memorable or important?




  • Please provide your contact information, in case we have questions about your story.
  • Please provide your contact information, in case we have questions about your story.
  • "A picture is worth a thousand words." Please share at least one, or as many as four pictures to illustrate your story.
    Drop files here or
    Accepted file types: gif, jpg, png.