The Arc of Loudoun at Paxton Campus provides direct services and advocates for children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Paxton Campus also works with other organizations to identify and address the unmet needs of those with disabilities living in our community and seeks to educate the community about intellectual and developmental disabilities. Since 1967, Paxton Campus has expanded its programs and services to include: The Aurora School, a private day school, that teaches students with special needs, particularly those with Autism; Open Door Learning Center, an accredited preschool and kindergarten that serves children with and without disabilities; Supported Training and Employment Program (STEP Up) offers transition services to help adults with disabilities live and work more independently through job training at on-site facilities such as Paxton Attraction, a campus convenience store, and Maggie’s Closet, a clothing store that offers families in need a chance to shop at no cost; and “A Life Like Yours” (ALLY) Advocacy Center provides free information on disability rights, guidance, support, events, and workshops to families and caretakers of those with disabilities and the professionals who work with them. For more information, visit www.PaxtonCampus.org.
The Arc of Northern Virginia promotes and protects the human rights of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (ID/DD) and supports their full inclusion and participation in the community. Through programs, services, and advocacy education, The Arc of Northern Virginia provides critical support throughout the entire lifespan. The Arc of Northern Virginia represents and serves people with ID/DD — such as autism, Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, epilepsy, and rare chromosomal disorders — and their families. It is estimated that there are over 34,000 people with ID/DD living in Northern Virginia. Over its 54-year history, The Arc of Northern Virginia has improved access to supports and services in the community, as well as housing, employment, and educational opportunities, and has been instrumental in supporting legislation and funding that improves the quality of life for those with ID/DD and their families. For more information, visit www.TheArcOfNova.org.
Every Citizen Has Opportunities (ECHO) is a private, non-profit agency created in 1974 to provide supported employment, training, support services and transportation for individuals with disabilities in the Northern Virginia area. ECHO creates work opportunities through business service contracts at U.S. Geological Survey, REHAU, Prototype Productions, Dynamic Details, ARAMARK at The National Conference Center, ECHO Mail Service, County of Loudoun, Direct Mail Marketing Group, Loudoun Public School Administration, Target Stores, Federal Aviation Administration and more. For more information, visit www.EchoWorks.org.
ServiceSource was established in 1971 and is an Oakton, Virginia–based, regional not-for-profit whose mission is to create opportunities for individuals with disabilities through valued employment, training and support services. ServiceSource has a collaborative approach that helps foster a more inclusive and supportive community where individuals with disabilities can succeed and thrive. Partnerships with local community businesses, government entities and nonprofits help bridge the gaps for individuals with disabilities, creating sustainable opportunities that benefit the entire community and result in greater independence for the individual. ServiceSource offers a variety of programs including our Family Support Services, Senior Services, Warrior Bridge Program and our Autism Spectrum Disorder Program. With operations in 10 states and the District of Columbia, ServiceSource serves over 17,000 individuals with disabilities per year. Your support of ServiceSource through the Opportunities Open helps people with disabilities in our community For more information, visit www.servicesource.org.