The Arc of North Central Virginia proudly released our disability awareness video entitled “We Are More Alike Than Different” in 2019. The video was produced by a FCPS student during an internship with us in Fall 2018. This 4-minute video features 5 local young adults with disabilities sharing about their high school experience, and highlights 5 focal points to consider when interacting with people with disabilities. While the video was developed with a primary goal of building awareness in high school, it has an appeal and message for people of all ages.
Summer Speaker Series
Social Security Benefits in Future Planning
Presenter: Cortney Heykoop, Owner Clover Leaf Wealth Strategies
During this workshop, Cortney Heykoop shares strategies on planning for your retirement and the financial future of your child, which are interwoven in many ways. Cortney also provides an overview of Social Security Basics, Supplemental Social Security (SSI), Social Security Disability, and the Adult Disabled Child Benefit (SSDI). The impact of divorce and parental retirement on benefits is discussed as well.
DIY Tech Solutions Empowering Independence, Social Engagements, Employability, and Inclusion
Presenter: Kevin Winslow, Development Director, MPower Me
MyGuide is a cognitive functioning support device that helps individuals increase independence in activities, thought processes, and social interactions. Responsive, multimedia Guides empower users to participate in any environment in more meaningful ways. Users can share remote access to their existing support system, enabling collaborative participation in Guide building, scheduling, and reviewing Guide-playing reports . Presentation will include a demonstration and explanation of how service can be covered through waiver and Medicaid benefits. https://mpm.care/myguide/
Financial Planning to Protect Benefits
Presenter: Cortney Heykoop, Investment Advisor, Clover Leaf Wealth
Participants will learn the why's, what's, and how's of ABLE Accounts, Special Needs Trusts, and other tips that help people with developmental disabilities avoid financial pitfalls. Special considerations may be necessary to plan for long term support while protecting benefits.
Tech Options for Independence and Safety at Home
Presenter: Melissa Blackburn, Community Development, Safe in Home
Participants will be invited to share current challenges to independence and "what keeps you up at night”. Presentation includes explanation of a wide variety of technology and options for covering costs though wavier and Medicaid benefits.
Medicaid Waiver Supports: Who to Contact (PDF) - This resource outlines the roles of the team of providers who support services when a family member has a CCC+ or DD Medicaid Waiver. A short description of the role(s) of the person/organization is listed, along with a fill-able area to personalize with the name and contact information for supports. Additional Contacts can be added on the reverse. You can also request a printed copy by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Helping Individuals with DD Wear Face Masks (PDF) - compiled in collaboration with PEATC and Benevolence United, this flyer was created to help individuals with disabilities learn to wear face masks. Included are links to a variety of informational videos, social stories, and other teaching resources, as well as options for motivating fabrics and styles.
In the Press
Piedmont Lifestyle - April 1, 2019
Feature Article about Arc of North Central Virginia
Piedmont Lifestyle - 2018
The Arc of North Central Virginia and the Arc of Greater Prince William teamed up to create their first ever disAbility Resource Guide