February’s Transition Lunch & Learn Sessions

  Here is the schedule for February’s Transition Lunch & Learn sessions:   February 1st 12:00 noon – 1:00 p.m. Lunch & Learn – Open Round-Table Join giving you the chance to ask your questions and learn from the answers to other’s questions.   February 15th 12:00 noon – 1:00 p.m. Lunch & Learn with […]

Perspective in Advocacy: A Conversation – Part II

A few weeks ago, Communications Associate and parent advocate Rob Hudson sat down with Joe Albert, the 2022 Inaugural Recipient of the Frank Trippett Advocacy and Outreach Fellowship here at The Arc of Northern Virginia. They spoke about both the conflict and opportunity for partnership between parent advocates like myself and self-advocates with disabilities. (You […]

Let Us Access SOME Services While Waiting for our DD Waiver to be Funded

   In this series of posts, we present the testimonies our advocates have bravely shared in various Town Hall meetings held in conjunction with the 2023 Virginia General Assembly session. In each case, these stories highlight the real-world, everyday impact that current policies have on thier lives, and the importance of enacting our Legislative Agenda […]

Share Your Caregiver Experience to Improve Future Policy and Supports

  Caregivers of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities have unique experiences and needs in their roles compared to caregivers of other populations. Now is your chance to share your input.   The Family and Individual Needs for Disability Supports (FINDS) survey seeks to understand these experiences and perspectives to better support families like yours. […]

Ensure Access to Curbside Voting for Virginians with IDD

    Earlier this year, The Arc of Northern Virginia launched The Frank Trippett Advocacy and Outreach Fellowship, and Joe Albert was hired as our first Fellow. In this series of articles, Joe shares his perspectives on the Legislative Agenda items for the 2023 Virginia General Assembly session.       ———-   Legislative Agenda […]

January’s Transition Lunch & Learn Sessions

  Here is the schedule for January’s Transition Lunch & Learn sessions:   January 4th 12:00 noon – 1:30 p.m. Lunch & Learn – Open Round-Table Join giving you the chance to ask your questions and learn from the answers to other’s questions.   January 18th Lunch & Learn with “expert” Ariel Matz from Matz […]

Perspective in Advocacy: A Conversation – Part I

I’m Rob Hudson, Communications Associate at The Arc of Northern Virginia. It’s my privilege to work closely with Joe Albert, the 2022 Inaugural Recipient of the Frank Trippett Advocacy and Outreach Fellowship here at The Arc of Northern Virginia. Joe is a 2020 graduate of California University of Pennsylvania with a BA in Political Science. […]

Ensure DD Waiver Users Don’t Lose Services Based on Other Benefits

    Earlier this year, The Arc of Northern Virginia launched The Frank Trippett Advocacy and Outreach Fellowship, and Joe Albert was hired as our first Fellow. In this series of articles, Joe shares his perspectives on the Legislative Agenda items for the 2023 Virginia General Assembly session.       ———-   Legislative Agenda […]

Allow the Voices of ALL the People to Be Heard and COUNT

    Earlier this year, The Arc of Northern Virginia launched The Frank Trippett Advocacy and Outreach Fellowship, and Joe Albert was hired as our first Fellow. In this series of articles, Joe shares his perspectives on the Legislative Agenda items for the 2023 Virginia General Assembly session.       ———-   Legislative Agenda […]

The Arc of Northern Virginia Announces New Executive Director

Melissa Heifetz chosen to lead respected disability advocacy organization   The Arc of Northern Virginia is very pleased to announce the selection of Melissa Heifetz as our next Executive Director. Ms. Heifetz is an experienced leader of non-profit organizations, and a passionate and dedicated advocate for the rights of people with disabilities. She will assume […]