The Arc of Northern Virginia serves Arlington and Fairfax Counties and the cities of Falls Church, Fairfax, and Alexandria. We focus on issues that affect large portions of our disability community, like waivers, job supports, and early intervention. We perform systems level advocacy mainly focused at the state and local level, with some federal work. Our efforts are concentrated on creating change for everyone, not individual cases. Help us to promote and protect the human rights of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Our Advocacy Committee is always looking for people with a passion for making change. We welcome anyone who would like to come to our bi-monthly meetings and discuss advocacy needs, as well as lead or work on advocacy campaigns. We meet at 11 AM on even numbered months at The Arc of Northern Virginia.
Contact Lucy Beadnell,Director of Advocacy, Director of Advocacy, if you have an interest in joining.

By Phone: 703-208-1119  x116
By Email


Get To Know Our Advocacy Efforts


Advocacy Priorities – We work hard to stay up to date on all issues of concern to the disability community, so our priorities shift with time. However, our fundamental focus is ensuring that all people with intellectual and developmental disabilities have the right to “A Life Like Yours.”
2017 Proclamation ceremony  by the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors.

2018 Legislative Agenda– Coming soon from The Arc of Virginia is the  Legislative Agenda outlining our priorities for 2018.


Budget Hearing Toolkit – Coming soon!   The January 4-5th budget hearings provide an opportunity for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, families, providers and concerned citizens to provide public input on the state budget. The goal of this budget hearing toolkit is to support your advocacy at these hearings.


DD Advocacy Day – Scheduled for January 17, 2018, As we make plans for a bus. Make sure you mark your calendars. More details SOON!


Virginia Ability Alliance – (VAA) – The Virginia Ability Alliance is a coalition of non-profit organizations representing people with disabilities in Virginia. The VAA advocates for community opportunities for people with disabilities, and supports investments of state, local, and private resources in building access to the community in all settings. Our members include The Arc of Northern Virginia, the Autism Society of Northern Virginia, the Down Syndrome Association of Northern Virginia, and many others.


People First – and ALLY Toastmasters – People First is our chapter of a national self-advocacy group. We have combined the mission of People First with an adapted chapter of Toastmasters. We support self-advocates in learning about issues that affect them, then learning to speak up and advocate for change. We welcome anyone to join us for this free program.

About Our Advocacy

Join Our Mission – Help us to promote and protect the human rights of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

It is estimated that there are over 16,000 people intellectual and developmental disabilities in the Northern Virginia region. This number continues to grow as rates of autism rise and more families come to this area for Special Education services. We know that I/DD touches everyone at some point in their lifetime though a family member, friend, neighbor, or co-worker. We welcome everyone to join our efforts to make Northern Virginia a better place for people with disabilities.

Be a part of an organization that advocates for the creation of “A Life Like Yours” for Virginians of all ages who have intellectual and developmental disabilities. Here are some ways you can join us:

    • Become a member of The Arc of Northern Virginia
    • Attend a local or state-wide hearing or forum on disability issues
    • Speak to an elected official to tell your story (we can help you!)
    • “Like” our page on Facebook
    • Attend a meeting of People First/ALLY Toastmasters
    • Contact Lucy Beadnell , for more information on how you can help be a part of the civil rights movement for people with disabilities.