Workshops & Trainings

Information and referral is an integral part of our Transition POINTS program and critical piece of our work. When families have questions about how to access the complex maze of services, we point them in the right direction, connect them to providers and resources, and share helpful tips. We offer workshops based upon feedback from our families. We also partner with many professionals in the field to offer the finest speakers and the most up-to-date information.  To keep everyone connected, we offer live and recorded webinars, and videos on popular subjects like, Special Needs Trusts, and Waiver services and Legal Authority. Visit our Media Library page for access to these alternatives to a traditional workshop.


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April 18 – How Dementia Affects Adults with Intellectual Disability – 10:00am – 12:00 noon

Adults with an intellectual disability require the same early and periodic diagnostic services, community education, and community-based supports for themselves, their caregivers, and the organizations working with them, as do other adults affected by dementia. Early identification is possible with the use of a standard screening instrument that has been developed for people – beginning at age 50 for adults with an intellectual disability and at age 40 for adults with Down syndrome and others at early risk.


Our presenter, Marisa C. Brown, MSN, RN, is retired from the faculty of the Georgetown University Center for Child and Human Development, University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities in Washington D.C. She specializes in the health care of individuals with ID/DD, an has over 38 years of experience.


This seminar will review basic information about the types of dementia that affect adults, who is most at risk, and review the use of a screening tool that can be used by anyone familiar with the person to screen for dementia.


Pre-registration is required.  Click one of the following links to RSVP:


Attend In Person                     – or –                            Watch the Live Webinar



ONGOING Information Sessions


Small Group Trust Discussions ~

Once a month, 10am-11:30am – These QUARTERLY sessions will focus on Special Needs Trusts (SNT). Tia Marsili, Director of Trusts, The Arc of Northern Virginia, will walk you through the importance of planning for the future of your loved one with a disability, why SNTs are important, who may establish SNTs, how they are funded, how you can protect means-tested benefits, and help those who cannot manage their own money. Located at The Arc of Northern VA offices: 2755 Hartland Road, Suite 200, Falls Church, VA 22043. Registration required. Registration can be found on our Trust Presentation Page.



three open chairs for a stay and chat information sessionStay & Chat ~


Stay & Chat is an informal small group Q&A session that will allow your questions to be answered with informal discussions about disability issues. These sessions immediately follow an already scheduled workshop. Look for the Stay and Chat Icon attached to selected workshops. You do not have to attend the workshop to attend “Stay & Chat.” To RSVP,  select the Stay & Chat session link on the registration page.



For other workshops in our area visit your VAA Community Calendar.


If you’re a professional who would like to learn more about resources in the disability community,
visit our “For Professionals”  page or  contact us to request a private presentation.