Arctoberfest – This Saturday – Tickets Available for the Halloween Extravaganza!

Join us on Saturday, October 21, for a fun family-friendly event for all ages and perfect for people with and without disabilities. This fun evening includes: DJ/Dancing,  Refreshments, Haunted House and Graveyard, Costume Contest, Photo Booth, A Fun Halloween Atmosphere! For more information and to buy tickets, visit our Arctoberfest Page.  NEW This Year! The Arctoberfest Grand Prize Raffle! You […]

Attack on SSI: House Approves Cutting Off Basic Income for Adults with Disabilities and Seniors

Washington, DC – Today, the U.S. House of Representatives voted 244 to 171 to revive a failed former policy that cuts off Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits for potentially hundreds of thousands of people with disabilities and seniors. The legislation targets SSI recipients with outstanding arrest warrants for alleged felonies or alleged violations of probation […]


This is not a drill, there has been action around the Graham-Cassidy bill that was introduced last week. They have until September 30thto pass the bill and there is a full court press. The time to act is NOW! The newest version of the Graham-Cassidy-Heller-Johnson Health Care bill may be on a fast track for a […]

Save the Date – 2018 Developmental Disabilities Advocacy Day

I am so pleased to announce that our 2018 Developmental Disabilities Advocacy Day will be Wednesday, January 17, 2018. In keeping with tradition, anyone is welcome to hop on a FREE bus leaving The Arc of Northern Virginia at 6:45 AM on January 17th to join our group in Richmond and advocate for disability services […]

Learn about the Application Process for ISFP

The Arc of Northern Virginia is pleased to host Erika Jones-Haskins from the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services who will overview the upcoming Family and Individual Supports Program (IFSP) application and process.  The IFSP program offers individuals who are on the waiting list for one of the Developmental Disabilities Waivers to apply for […]

Two New Guides for Families

At The Arc of Northern Virginia, we have had an increasing number of inquiries from families who are worried about the possibility of their loved one with a developmental disability being entangled in the justice system, or have called to figure out how to proceed once someone is arrested.  This is on par with national […]

The Arc Responds to the Violence in Charlottesville

Washington DC – The Arc released the following statement in response to the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia: “Our collective hearts break after witnessing the hatred, violence, and innocent death that rocked Charlottesville, Virginia this past weekend. This hatred does not represent our America; it is a shocking betrayal of the values of our nation. We […]

Grant from Walmart Foundation Will Allow The Arc to Support People with Disabilities in Building Fulfilling Careers

Washington, DC – The Arc is thrilled to announce it has received an additional $240,000 from the Walmart Foundation to encourage and support workers with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) to enter the workforce. Current research indicates that only 15% of people with I/DD are currently employed. However, with the right supports, many people with […]

The “skinny repeal” failed in the Senate last night!

As I am sure you have all seen by now the “skinny repeal” failed in the Senate last night, or I guess more accurately early this morning! This is no small part due to the AMAZING grassroots advocacy from The Arc chapters around the country. You were strong, passionate, you kept showing up, and it […]