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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December 6:  Ticket to Work and SSA Work Incentives, 10am-12pm

The In-person workshop has been cancelled. The Webinar will still be held.
• An overview of the SSA Disability Programs (SSDI, SSI, Concurrent)
• The Myths & Facts about the Ticket to Work Program

three open chairs for a stay and chat information session
This workshop includes a “Stay & Chat” session. If you have questions The Arc of Northern Virginia staff will be available for an informal chat afterwards. To RSVP please use the in-person registration link and select the Stay & Chat option.

• Common SSA Rules and Work Incentives

Presented by Lauren Parker,  Ticket to Work Program Director and Claudia Barrios from The SkillSource Group.

The SkillSource Group is a non-profit organization serving Northern Virginia employers and job seekers. The organization offers a wide range of free job placement, training, and educational services to employers, job seekers, and incumbent workers.

Register for the Workshop In-person

Register for the Webinar  



January 4, 2018:  Skill Development for Families with Children with Autism or Related Disorders, 12pm – 2pm

presented by Therapeutic Alliance, LLC,

For families and caregivers of children with autism or related disorders.

This workshop will cover:
1) Research on previous parent training models
2) Teaching pro-social behaviors
3) Providing Clear and Effective expectations
4) Setting Limits and Following Through with Demands​

presented by Therapeutic Alliance, LLC,


Register for the In-Person Workshop

Register for the Webinar  





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.


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.


Stay & Chat ~

three open chairs for a stay and chat information session
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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.




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

October 12 – Strategies for Developing Healthy Relationships

October 16 – Creative Post High School Options: Self-Directed Services and Family Networking Event

December 6 – Ticket to Work and SSA Work Incentives