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 […]

We Salute and Celebrate Family Caregivers

  Celebrated every November, National Family Caregivers Month is a time to recognize and honor family caregivers across the country. It offers an opportunity to raise awareness of caregiving issues, educate communities, and increase support for caregivers. This observation offers an opportunity to raise awareness of caregiving issues, educate communities, and increase support for family […]

November’s Transition Lunch & Learn Sessions

  Here is the schedule for November’s Transition Lunch & Learn sessions:   November 2nd 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.   November 16th Lunch & Learn with The Arc of Northern Virginia’s […]

Celebrate National Disability Employment Awareness Month

  October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM). Observed annually NDEAM celebrates the contributions of America’s workers with disabilities past and present. The observance also showcases supportive, inclusive employment policies and practices.   This effort to educate the public about the issues related to disability and employment began in 1945, when Congress enacted Public […]

Perspective: My First 60 Days as a Fellow

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 article, Joe shares some observations from his time on the job so far.   ———-   I became a fellow at the Arc of Northern Virginia in July […]

October’s Transition Lunch & Learn Sessions

  Here is the schedule for October’s Transition Lunch & Learn sessions:   October 5th 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.   October 19th Lunch & Learn with a Supported Decision Making Expert […]

Emergency Interaction event allows disability community to practice encounters with law enforcement and fire/rescue personnel

According to Time Magazine, people with disabilities or who are experiencing episodes of mental illness likely comprise between one-third and one-half of total police shooting fatalities. Compliance with law enforcement can present many challenges for members of the disability community, whose anxiety is also likely to exacerbate an already stressful situation. These encounters with law […]

Summer Tech Camp gives participants real-world support and social connection

  Technology has become a critical component of improving the lives of people with disabilities. Advances in mobile technology, GPS, speech augmentation and instructional programs have opened doors to individuals looking for more and better supports to enable more independent lives.   The Arc of Northern Virginia’s Technology for Independent Living team has again brought […]

Virginia DMV Comes to The Arc of Northern Virginia

  Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) personnel will be at The Arc of Northern Virginia on Monday, October 3rd from 9:30-3:30. Appointments are required and are offered every 15 minutes. DMV Connect teams are equipped to conduct all DMV transactions except vital records and testing. This includes obtaining your REAL ID driver’s license. Other […]

September’s Transition Lunch & Learn Sessions

  Here is the schedule for September’s Transition Lunch & Learn sessions:   September 7th 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.   September 21st Lunch & Learn with a Recreation Expert This session […]