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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Webinar: Legal Authority, October 18, 12pm – 1:30pm

This webinar will overview the range of legal authority options for individuals who are over 18 and need supports to make decisions.  The session will discuss supports like Supported Decision Making that involve a collaborative approach, Powers of Attorney, full and limited guardianship, and conservatorship. It will include information on how to determine what option is right for your loved one, how to put supports in place, who is able to help with this process, and more.

This session is sponsored by Loretta Morris Williams of Hale Ball,




ONGOING Information Sessions

First Fridays Futures Planning ~

Tia Marsili, Director of Trusts, will present to families, siblings and adults with disabilities or others interested in learning about special needs trusts and other tools to consider when developing a plan for the future. 10am- 12pm. Registration can be found on our Trust Presentation Page.


Brunch Bunch ~

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.


Stay & Chat ~

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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.


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.

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



National Convention Early Registration is OPEN!The Arc National convention image

It’s officially time to make plans for The Arc National annual Convention! This year’s will be held in sunny San Diego, CA from November 1 – 4. Sign up for updates and register to join us as we INNOVATE • COLLABORATE • MOTIVATE and rise to the challenge to protect and promote the rights of people with I/DD across the country. Book your room soon- they are available until October 10 or until the block sells out, whichever comes first!


Here is what you missed. If you would like to see a workshop repeated please contact us.

January 5 – DMV Connect 

February 17 – Writing IEPs that Reflect Transition Goals from Elementary through Secondary School

March 8 – Safety and Justice for People with Developmental Disabilities Panel Presentation

April 21 – Transition to Employment

May 12 – Military Benefits Planning Seminar

May 24 – Take Control: Building Financial Security for Families with Young Children

June 12 – Sponsored Residential Panel

July 20 – Post Secondary School Options Workshop

July 25 – Housing Options Panel Presentation

August 15 & 16 – The Future of Housing for People with Developmental Disabilities – HOUSING TOURS

August 22 – Waivers and the new Commonwealth Coordinated Care (CCC) Plus Waiver, Webinar available on our YouTube Page