Webinars, Workshops, and Conferences

Upcoming Webinar and Workshop Topics:

The Power of Roles – A Path to a Life Like Yours

Transition Series 2021

Workshops and Webinars on Special Needs Trusts



On-going Information & Education Opportunities:

Transition Lunch & Learns

First Fridays Futures Planning – Presented by Special Needs Trust Program

Trust Talk Tuesdays – Presented by Special Needs Trust Program

Thank Goodness It’s Finan¢ial Fitne$$ Friday



Listen to Recordings of Past Workshops:

Click HERE for a full list of past webinar and workshop topics

Upcoming Workshops



Webinar: The Power of Roles

A Path to a Life Like Yours

Sat, September 18, 2021
10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.










The Arc of Northern Virginia and the congregation of Unity of Fairfax team up to present this interactive workshop for parents and caregivers of those with intellectual and developmental disabilities.


Belonging, purpose, meaningful relationships, and a strong sense of identity: these are just some of the universal “good things of life” that all people aspire to. But for many people living with intellectual disabilities and other marginalized conditions, access to these universal good things has been cut off due to a long history of social devaluation. Segregation and negative stereotypes—along with many other difficult life experiences—have contributed to a reality of few possibilities and narrow opportunities for people living with disabilities.


Please join us for this virtual workshop where we will explore the power that valued social roles—such as employee, beloved older brother, and member of a club baseball team—have to lift people out of devaluation and open up the doorway to what the typical life of a valued citizen has to offer.


This training is being provided by the Keystone Institute.


Registration fee for this day-long training session is $25 per person. But you can save $10 if you register before September 7th.


About the Facilitator
Elisa ParmerElisa Parmer is an education specialist. She joined the Keystone Institute in 2017, and has over 10 years of experience in direct service to people with intellectual disabilities, with a focus on understanding the negative life experiences that accompany devaluation and assisting people to grow into valued roles in order to create positive change, one person at a time.


Elisa has a particular interest in utilizing graphic facilitation to assist people in building visions for themselves with big, bright futures, improve visual elements for educational events, as well as assist service providers in planning initiatives. She desires to bring families and direct support staff together to cultivate strong, collaborative relationships.


About our Co-Host
Unity Fairfax logoUnity of Fairfax is a Spiritual Center for Education, Practice, and Service in Oakton, Virginia. Unity offers extensive opportunities to connect deeply with our inner selves and with others through classes, events, service projects, and small groups. In addition, Unity of Fairfax holds regular services on Sundays at 11 a.m., as well as a noon prayer service every Wednesday.


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On-going Information & Education Opportunities



Transition Lunch & Learns


Transition Lunch and learn

Planning for the transition from school to adult services can be an overwhelming task. Once your child exits the school system, adult services are based on eligibility criteria and funding availability. Presented bi-weekly, These small group sessions are an opportunity to begin creating a plan for the future. Learn what kinds of employment and meaningful day support services are available, how to explore post-secondary options, what transportation supports exist, how to help your child make decisions and advocate, when to apply for SSI and manage benefits, and what recreation activities are available.





Click HERE for the Full Schedule and to Register to Attend


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First Fridays Futures Planning Workshops


first fridays workshopsOn the first Friday of almost every month Tia Marsili, Director of Trusts for The Arc of Northern Virginia Special Needs Trust Program, (SNT) and her guests present information and share resources on the tools, programs, and action steps to consider when developing a plan for the future.  First Friday Futures Planning workshops are open to families, siblings, adults with disabilities, and others interested.


Location:  While restrictions on indoor public gatherings in place, all of The Arc of Northern Virginia’s informaton and training sessions are presented as live, online Zoom webinars. The link to join the webinar will be provided upon registration.




Click HERE for more information and to see the full schedule of sessions.


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Trust Talk Tuesdays


small group discussionHeld twice a month on Tuesday mornings, these small-group discussions will focus on Special Needs Trusts.  Tia Marsili, our Director of Trusts, 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, how to help those who cannot manage their own money.  and other critical services and programs that you should consider.







Click HERE for more information and to see the full schedule of sessions.


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Thank God It’s Finan¢ial Fitne$$ Friday


Thank Goodness Its Financial Fitness FridayAre you taking care of your own financial future? Do you have retirement savings set aside? Have you considered the distribution of your assets upon your death? Our Special Needs Trust team hosts a monthly session to help you answer these questions. Thank Goodness It’s Finan¢ial Fitne$$ Friday (TGIFFF) is an online round-table for finance queries. Hosted by Director of Trusts Tia Marsili, each session will feature a certified professional answering your questions on financial futures planning.


When:  3rd Friday of (almost) every month  –  10:00-11:30 a.m.




Click HERE for more information and to see the full schedule of sessions.



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For further information on The Arc of Northern Virginia’s Information & Referral program contact:
Lucy Beadnell, Director of Advocacy at 703-208-1119 x116 or email LBeadnell@TheArcofNoVA.org.


For information about sponsorship opportunities to help support and present our workshops , please contact:
Howard Stregack, Director of Development, at 703-208-1119 x102 or email HStregack@TheArcofNoVA.org.