The Arc

The Arc | Equality and Dignity for All

Empower People With Disability

Our Mission

The Arc promotes and protects the human rights of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and actively supports their full inclusion and participation in the community throughout their lifetimes.

Who We Are

The Arc of Northern Virginia is a local chapter of the largest non-profit organization supporting thousands of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (ID/DD) and their families.  Our service area includes the Cities of Alexandria, Fairfax, and Falls Church; and Arlington and Fairfax Counties.  We are a small, grassroots, 501(c)(3) non-profit organization governed by a local volunteer board of directors.  We receive some funding for the direct services we provide, but we are largely supported by membership dues and donations.

Promote and Protect the Disability Community

The Arc of Northern Virginia offers many programs and services to help people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families.

Transition POINTS
The Arc of Northern Virginia is committed to being a transition resource for people with disabilities and their families. Check out our  upcoming programs and workshops for families and youth transitioning from school-aged services to adult community services.

Virginia Medicaid Waivers
If you have a family member in need of services such as respite, personal care, or modifications to their home so that they may remain there you should checkout some of the Virginia Medicaid Waiver programs offered by The Arc of Northern Virginia.

I& R Education and Strategies
The Arc of Northern Virginia offers many ways for families to navigate the complex disability service system. From live workshops and webinars, to our 24 hour available Resource Database,  The Arc of Northern Virginia keeps you connected with information at your fingertips.

Travel Training Program
The Arc of Northern Virginia begins to expand travel training capacity for people with disabilities.  A regional initiative to teach people with disabilities how to use public transportation.

The Arc of Northern Virginia has operated the Guardian of Last Resort Program since 1995, which is contracted by the Virginia Dept. of Aging. Currently, The Arc has the capacity to serve as substitute decision-makers for twenty-eight individuals with developmental disabilities, mental health conditions, and age-related impairments. Read more about Guardianship.

People First
People First is an advocacy organization designed for and run by people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. It was started in the 1990’s and continues today in 2012. Read more about our two People First groups.

Special Needs Trust Program
Our Pooled Special Needs Trust (SNT) helps families provide for the financial future of their loved one without affecting their eligibility to government benefits. This link will direct you to our “Trust site.”

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