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.

Visit this page often and bookmark it as we post frequently our latest workshops and webinars.


 Sponsored Residential Services – June 12, 11:00am – 1:00pm

The Arc of Northern Virginia is excited to announce that we’ll be offering a one-time panel presentation on Sponsored Residential services.  We’ll hold this session on Monday, June 12, 2017 from 11 AM-1 PM at our office in Falls Church AND via live webinar.

What is Sponsored Placement?
Sponsored placement is a service offered under the Community Living Medicaid Waiver in Virginia.  In sponsored residential services, a person (or two) with a developmental disability moves into the home of a sponsor.  The sponsor is a trained service provider, usually someone with a history of work in the disability field, who would like to have someone with a disability live with them and to provide supports to the person.

Why Look at this Option?
It is meant to be a very family-like model and individuals with disabilities often live with sponsors for many years.  Several years ago, an independent report of Virginia’s Waiver services said some of the most behaviorally and medically complicated individuals in Virginia were served in the sponsored residential model.  This service option provides a high level of consistent support for people with disabilities.

Who Will Join the Panel?
Our Sponsored Placement Panel will feature representatives from all four of the agencies licensed to offer this innovative service in Northern Virginia.  These providers are RIVA, ResCare, Lutheran Family Services of Virginia, and Wall Residences.  They will talk about their background in sponsored services, what makes this option successful, and how to get started.  We will also be joined by the parent of an adult child with a disability living in a sponsored home and that adult child’s sponsor.  They will talk on a personal level on how they have found this model to be the best fit for everyone involved.

You may join us live in person at our office.
Reserve a seat!

To join the live webinar OR be sent a recording of the presentation


Home Tours logoHousing Tours

Join Us to Tour a Variety of Northern Virginia Homes that Provide Integrated, Independent Housing for People with I/DD.  The Arc of Northern Virginia has been working closely with Jeannie Cummins of DBHDS and our “Regional Implementation Team” to bring you more tours of housing options for people with disabilities. Tours are on June 19 & June 21st in Arlington.

For Details see the attached flyer:  2017 Housing Tours for People with Disabilities Flyer

RSVP for the Tours

June 19, 2017, 4-6 PM
Apartment with Live In Support Person
Arlington, VA

June 21, 2017, 11 AM-1 PM
Three Clustered Apartments with Roommates Arlington, VA

Wrap Up Panel Presentation for the Parents and Individuals who have attended the Tours
July 25, 2017, 6:30-8:30 PM
The Arc of Northern Virginia
2755 Hartland Rd., Suite 200
Falls Church, VA 22043
RSVP for in person panel

RSVP for webinar (or receive materials)


Take Control: Building Financial Security – Starting May 24 

Sessions: May 24, June 1, June 12 and June 28
Doors open and dinner served from 6pm to 6:30pm.
The sessions begin at 6:30pm to 8:30pm.
The Arc of Northern Virginia recognizes that now more than ever, all families must engage in financial planning when their children are young. That is why beginning in late March, The Arc of Northern Virginia is offering, Take Control: Building Financial Security a FREE six-part financial education series. These sessions will provide families with the skills and tools to plan for a more secure financial future for themselves and for their son or daughter with an intellectual and/or developmental disability (I/DD).
Participants will:
  • Learn how to create a budget;
  • Understand credit and debt;
  • Navigate the disability benefits system in our state;
  • Use Special Needs Trusts (SNTs) and ABLE accounts to build assets while maintaining benefit eligibility; and,
  • Lay the foundation to secure a better financial future.

Eligible families must:

  • Include a child with I/DD currently in the third grade or below
  • Fall within certain income requirements- see application link below for details

The FREE training will be held on Tuesdays, beginning in March.

First Class Date:  May 24, June 1, June 12, & June 28

The Arc of Northern Virginia
2755 Hartland Rd., Suite 200
Falls Church, VA  22043


Sign up and get your APPLICATION HERE for these free trainings will open soon. If you have questions please contact Trinitas Nsabimana, Account Manager at The Arc of Northern Virginia at 703-208-1119 Ext. 119 or by email at:

To learn more about The Arc’s future planning efforts, please visit the Center for Future Planning.

2017 Financial Literacy. English version flyer
2017 Financial Literacy Spanish version flyer

Application in English   Application in Spanish

DMV Connect – July 13, 2017 – 9:00am – 2:00pm

DMV Connect is DMV’s newest service outreach program. Connection teams carry portable equipment to serve individuals with disabilities and sensory issues that have difficulty visiting the areas DMV office.
The Arc of Northern Virginia
2755 Hartland Road, #200
Falls Church, VA 22043

Registration is required. Please call Megan Rusciano for appointment time and required documentation. 703-208-1119  x120



Post Secondary School Options Workshop – July 20 –  10:00am – 12:00pm

This workshop is for parents of students with disabilities who are interested in continued education at a two or four year college or specialized training program. Learn about post secondary options and supports and services. There will be a panel of presenters from GMU Life,  CLE (College Living Experience), Northern Virginia Community College Office of Disability Services and College Steps.

  • GMU LIFE is a supportive academic university experience that offers a 4 year curriculum of study for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
  • College Living Experience (CLE) is a post-secondary program for students who require additional support with academic, social and independent living skills. CLE provides intensive assistance to students with varying abilities. Students have autism spectrum disorders, including Asperger’s Syndrome, while others have specific disabilities or social and emotional maturation issues. 
  • Northern Virginia Community College Office of Disability Services has partnered with College Steps to provide customized college supports for students with learning and social challenges. Available at the NOVA Loudoun and Annandale campuses. 

You may join us in-person at our office.
Reserve a seat!

To join the live webinar OR be sent a recording of the presentation


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.


Lunch Bunch ~

Ongoing, 12pm – 2pm Information sharing to help you navigate the complex disability systems. Informal over your lunch hour. Located at The Arc of Northern VA offices: 2755 Hartland Road, Suite 200, Falls Church, VA 22043. Registration required. Registration required. Registration can be found on our Lunch Bunch page. 

If you’re a professional who would like to learn more about resources in the disability community, please contact us to request a private presentation.The Arc of VA state convention image

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