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									                                                                                                                                     Board of Directors
                                                                                                                                        RAY BURMESTER

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      The Arc Report
                                                                                                                                         LAURIE KUSEK
                                                                                                                                         Vice President
                                                                                                                                         SONYA STONE

                                           Upcoming Events                                                                                 Treasurer
                                                                                                                                        MICHAEL TOOBIN
                                                                                                                                        SHEILA BILLINGSLY
                                                                                                                                          CARRIN BRANDT
                                                                                                                                        LESLIE BRAUNSTEIN
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      The Arc Newsletter
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Vol. 42, No. 1
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Summer 2007
                                                                                                                                           JOHN BURKE
                                                                                                                                          RUSSELL GARTH
                                                                                                                                           RICK HODGES
                                                                                                                                           MARISA LAIOS
                                                                                                                                         JORGE MARTINEZ
                                                                                                                                       AMBER NIGHTENGALE
                                         September                                                                                       EDWARD O’BRIEN

Your support is the key to               9/24:   11th Annual Opportunities Open Golf Tournament.                                   Foundation Trustees
making everything possible!              For more information go to:                                       ALAN HARBITTER
        Join The Arc                     October: Employing people with disabilities month.                                               ALEX YELLIN
                                                                                                                                                                       Advocacy                                       Education         Information & Referral                     News & Events                     Services
       Call Our Office at                                                                                                                SONYA STONE
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        703.532.3214                     November
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      or Visit Us Online at              11/3:  The Circle of Support Conference in Prince William County                                  DOUG CHURCH
                                                                                                                                            JOAN FLIPPIN                                   o   rthern                          8:30-3:30 @ Hylton High                                                                    MARK RUSSELL                          Arc
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                                         11/6:  Election Day                                                                             JEFFREY WILKLOW                  Th

                                         11/12: The Arc of Northern Virginia Annual Meeting                                                Arc Staff
                                                                                                                                                                             Y                                           Welcome to The Arc of Northern Virginia
          Volunteer                                                                                                                        NUMAN ASLAM
        Donate your car.                        Fairfax Marriot at FairOaks. More information TBA,                                     DDWaiver Assistant
 Give to the United Way #8035                   Go to                               JENNIFER BAKER
                                                                                                                                           Client Advocate
 Designate The Arc in your Will.                                                                                                        GEORGE EDWARDS                                              ik e Y
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 s”             The Arc of Northern Virginia is a private          community about how best to provide
                                         December: Happy Holidays!                                                                                                                         “A Life L
                                                                                                                                      Companion/Rep Payee
                                                                                                                                               JILL EGLE
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                non-profit organization that celebrated its        access and lifelong support to their loved-
                                         January: Coalition Rally and kick off for 2008 Legislative                                  Administrative Assistant        This edition of The Arc Report is                          45th anniversary this year. With a                 ones who have developmental/intellectual
                                                                                                                                            CARRIE FREY
                                                 Session theme: "Who else waits in line for equality?"                                  Director of Services         modeled after our website – The Arc                        membership of over 1500 individuals, we            disabilities. The Arc of NoVa believes that
                                                                                                                                             TIA MARSILI
                                                                                                                                 Information & Referral Specialist   of Northern Virginia’s “new look.”                         work to provide over 7,000 citizens with           access to the community cannot simply be
                                         May                                                                                              NANCY MERCER                                                                          developmental/intellectual disabilities in         achieved by building a ramp or widening
                                         5/4:    30th Annual Patriots’ Cup Corporate Challenge, George Mason University                 Executive Director
                                                                                                                                                                     Manuel Liban, designer of the “new
   Design and Printing Provided by:                                                                                                         MIKE MILLER              look” met with The Arc of Northern
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Northern Virginia with the resources to live       a doorway – it is achieved through building
                                                                                                                                           Client Advocate
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                "A life like yours!" In 2007, The Arc of           an array of lifelong relationships one
                                      For more on our calendar of events go to:                LYNN RUIZ              Virginia to create a website that is:
                                                                                                                                 Director of Community Relations                                                                NoVa created the first "Visitor Center" for        person... one family at a time.
      703-818-2700                                                                                                                         CHERYL SWIFT                   Accessible, filled with
                                                                                                                                           Client Advocate                                                                      people wanting to learn how to build                                                                                                                     JAMIE TROSCLAIR                  resources and always                                                                                     We hope you enjoy this edition of The
                                                                                                                                           Lead Advocate
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                opportunities for individuals with disabilities.
                                                                                                                                           SAIMA ZAMAN                    current!                                              Through coalition-building, advocacy,              Arc Report.
                                                                                                                                                                     Please enjoy the newsletter as you                         personalized information and referral,
                                                                                                                                                                     learn more about how The Arc of                            community events and services like                 For up-to-date information about The Arc,
                                                                                                                                                                     Northern Virginia looks better at 45                       guardianship, Developmental Disability             its services, events, and advocacy initiatives
                                                                                                                                                                     than it ever has... and become                             Waiver Services, the Special Needs Trust           please visit our website:
                                                                                                                                                                     familiar with how to negotiate and                         program –The Arc of NoVa has become a
                                                                                                                                     U.S. Postage
                                                                                                                                                                     enjoy the new website!                                     leader in terms of educating the larger      
                                                                                                                                 Jefferson City, MO
98 North Washington St. • Falls Church, VA 22046                                                                                   Permit No. 210
United Way/CFC #8035
                                                                                                                                                                     You can check out our NEW website at:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               News & Events
                                      Message from Our Executive Director
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                                            en·tou·rage (ŏn'tʊ-räzh') n.                                                                                                                        The Arc of Northern Virginia “Moves to Main Street”
                                                                                                                                                                                                  AND Over 200 Folks Show Up to Move That Bus!
                                      1.   A group of attendants or associates; a retinue.
                                      2.   One's environment or surroundings.                                                                                                                   Jill Eglé and Nancy Mercer

                                      I was driving home from Richmond one day and                                                                                                              The Arc of Nova had a wonderful grand opening and        Some of the notables in attendance included
                                      wondered what it would take to serve as an “elected                                                                                                       a “Move that bus” moment on Sunday March 4th             Congressman Tom Davis along with his wife Senator
                                      official”—my question was:                                                                                                                                2007 as they celebrated their “Move to Main Street!”.    Jean Marie Devolites Davis who greeted guests at the
                                                                                                                                                                                                There were a lot of important self advocates in
                                               “How would I have all the answers?”                                                                                                                                                                       door with bright smiles and warm hugs. Our list of
                                                                                                                                                                                                attendance that day — over 200 people showed up
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                                                                                                                                                                                                despite the cold and wind. The Redskin’s band,           dignitaries did not stop there. We were joined by
                                      The answer was quick to come—I would do what I                                                                                                            dressed in their burgundy and gold, entertained the      Delegate Jim Scott, Delegate Bob Brink and Delegate
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                                      have done at The Arc of Northern Virginia for the last                                                                                                    guests with medley of songs including “Hail to the       David Bulova. Julie Dime of Delegate Tim Hugo’s
                                      four years: surround myself with great people — my                                                                                                        Redskins” and “When the Saints Come Marching In!”        office was in attendance as well as Mary Dotson of
                                      entourage.                                                                                                                                                Jeannie Cummins of The Arc of Virginia Board             Delegate Steve Shannon’s office. Lee Price, Director of
                                                                                                                                                                                                joined the band and led the rest of the guests in a
                                      I took this thought a bit farther and started thinking                                                                                                                                                             MR Services even made it up for the morning dressed
                                                                                                                                                                                                wonderful rendition of “The Star Spangled Banner.”
                                      that this “Entourage” theory actually works well with                                                                                                                                                              in a suit and tie, as well as board memer and Gala Co-
                                      our constituent base—The Arc of Northern Virginia                                                                                                         The Mayor of Falls Church, Robin Gardner took over       Chair John Burke in his tuxedo!
                                      is in the business of “Entourage Development” — we              The 29th Annual Patriots’ Cup Corporate Challenge                                         and set the tone for the rest of the morning with her
                                                                                                      on the campus of George Mason University. Several                                         wonderful energy — Mayor Gardner introduced              The elected officials presented The Arc of Northern
                                      help individuals and families find a group of attendants        of The Arc of NoVa staff and friends formed a team.                                       the “Design Team” (the folks who had played an           Virginia with a wonderful proclamation that cele-
                                      or associates and we work to create environments that                                                                                                     important roll in building our new office space):
                                      provide opportunities for individuals with Intellectual                                                                                                                                                            brated the 45th anniversary of The Arc of Northern
                                      Disabilities/Developmental Disabilties to live “A Life          29th Annual Patriots’ Cup                                                                                   STEVE RUIZ
                                                                                                                                                                                                        Berry Rio Architects & Interiors
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Virginia. Twenty three Senators and Delegates signed
                                      Like Yours!”
                                                                                                      Corporate Challenge 8k                                                                                     RICK HODGES                             on as patrons for the proclamation. Nita Grignol, out-
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                                                                                                                                                                                                  Parent, The Arc of Northern Virginia Board             going President of The Arc of Virginia traveled to the
                                      As The Arc of Northern Virginia enters into its 46th                             May 6, 2007                                                                                  Member                               event from Richmond and presented the team with a
                                      year — it is exciting to see how the playing field is being   “The Patriots’ Cup event was spectacular. It was such a warm sunny
                                      leveled, as well as the old ways of doing business.                                                                                                                       PHIL PEDLIKIN                            wonderful basket filled with celebratory champagne as
                                                                                                    day. There were a lot of different people there. I personally was psyched                    Down Syndrome Association of Northern Vir-
                                      Individuals with ID/DD regardless of ability are              about running on my team – it felt like going the extra mile to suport                                                                               a way to say “Congratulations on a very successful leg-
                                      participating and contributing back to the community
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                                                                                                    the disability population. Also thanks to the different legislators and all                                                                          islative effort!”
                                      along side their peers without disabilities in school, at                                                                                                                 NORMAN HILL
                                                                                                    the participants who helped raise 50 thousand dollars during this years                                        Volunteer
                                      work, and at play. The days of segregating people with        race. I can’t wait to celebrate next year as The Arc approaches its 30th                                                                             Many thanks were given the donors who helped to
                                      ID/DD are disappearing as our community leaders                                                                                                                            TOM & LANCE                             make the “Move to Main Street” possible —
                                                                                                    anniversary of the race.”
                                                                                                                                                                                                            Community Residences
                                      gain a better understanding of “what it takes” to create                                     Jill Eglé, Self-Advocate & 1st Time Runner                                                                            including families, organizations and individuals. A       Fastran of Northern Virginia provided a
                                      access to the community for somebody with ID/DD.                                                                                                                     DONNA GOLDBRANSON                                                                                        “Move that Bus” moment to unveil the
                                                                                                                                                                                                      Parent, Executive Director of SPARC                pitch was made for The Arc of Northern Virginia’s first    new office.
                                                                                                    With 120 volunteers, 16 corporations and 6 community teams - over 445 runners,
                                                                                                    The Arc of Northern Virginia grossed over $50,000 to help support those with                                 TONY WYKES                              ever gala “Mardi Gras in April” and SunTrust
                                      In 2006 our Northern Virginia legislators became
                                      members of The Arc of Northern Virginia’s                     intellectual, cognitive and developmental disabilities in Northern Virginia.                                SunTrust Bank                            supported the gala by providing a check for $10
                                      entourage—as they took the time to “associate” in                                                                                                                       MICHAEL BEHRMAN                            thousand that morning. Staff of The Arc ran around
                                                                                                    Next year The Arc of Northern Virginia will celebrate the 30 year anniversary of                     George Mason’s Kellar Center                    meeting and greeting dressed in Mardi Gras attire. A
                                      different “environments” in a journey to better
                                                                                                    this race. We are already beginning to plan on how to make this our biggest and best             STEVE FROMAN & HOWARD FRANK
                                      understand how to create policies and resources that          race—and hope that you have already put us on the calendar for May 4th, 2008!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         lot of work had gone into making this move happen and
                                      would allow all Virginian’s, regardless of ability, to live                                                                                                      HF Restoration, Our Contractors                   everyone felt good to be a part of the morning’s events.
                                                                                                    Creating a life like YOURS for Virginians with disabilities is a gift that we all benefit
                                      “A Life Like Yours” outside of the traditional                from… and we could not make this happen without YOUR support, time                          After the introduction and cheers for the design team,
                                      institutional walls.                                                                                                                                      the crowd joined Mayor Gardner in her call to            Additional contributions for the event included dona-
                                                                                                    and energy.
                                                                                                                                                                                                “MOVE THAT BUS!” and the Fastran bus that had            tions from Waddell and Reed, costumes from the

                                      Who does The Arc of Northern Virginia represent?                                                                                                                                                                   Mardi Gras Committee, three Falls Church City
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                                                                                                                     Photos by Manuel Liban,                                 been provided by Fairfax Therapeutic Recreation
                                      Individuals with ID/DD who can speak up for                                         & Joe Laniak, Monumental Photography                                  pulled away and we all entered the new Visitor           Police officers and Coffee that was provided by Saxby’s
                                      themselves and work with minimal supports in place,                        To see more photos and view results from the race go to:                       Center for the program, great conversation and           “The new bean in town!”
                                      people who experience the world through sounds                                                  wonderful food.                                             Photos by Manuel Liban;
                                      and communicate without ever saying a word,
                                      and individuals who have lived over thirty years in a
                                      state facility.

                                      The Arc of Northern Virginia is in the business
                                      of entourage development for all of these individuals
                                      — and if we are doing our job right we represent YOU
                                      as well—because you are a member of someone’s

                                      entourage and committed to building “A Life
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                                                                                                    Raytheon, a long time sponsor, won             ArgonST, the Platinum sponsor of                                                                                                                                 Dressed for the upcoming gala, past
                                      Like Yours!”                                                  1st Place in the Mens Division.                the race, won an Honorable Mention                                                                                                                               president John Burke speaks to the
                                                                                                                                                   for the Coed Division.                                                                                                                                           audience of about 200 people.
                                                                                                                                                                                                Members of the Redskins band warm up the crowd at The Arc grand opening.
                                      Nancy Mercer
                                      Executive Director                                            2           All NEW news and events pages with photos!                                                        
                                      News & Events                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  News & Events
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                                                                                                                                                                                        What Are We Doing for Others – Making A Life like Ours
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Michael. J. Carrasco
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            On July 14, 2007, I spent a wonderful hot July        Dream – that through hard work, courage and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            afternoon meeting and talking with many of the        determination one could achieve prosperity
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1,000 people who attended a summer time picnic        allowing us to have pride in our successes,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            in Fairfax, Virginia. Candidates for elected office    accomplishments and independence. We can live
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            mingled and passed out flyers. Children enjoyed       anywhere in the Commonwealth, in housing we
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            a moon bounce. Everyone ate hamburgers, hot           can afford, near loving family and friends, in
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            dogs, and drank lemonade. However, there was          caring community, and with a good job we
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            more to this community of people gathering on         wanted. Now imagine barriers placed in your
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                            that hot July afternoon other than having a good      way, challenges that everyone faces and others
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            time. It was to show those 60 candidates for          may not think about or take for granted. Imagine
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                            elective office that an alliance is developing.       trying to goto a grocery store after a snow storm
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            An alliance that with one voice, individuals          to restock on food and other necessities, only to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            with disabilities and their family members,           find you can’t park where you normally do
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            professionals and providers, intend to use as a       because in an effort to clean up their parking lot,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            resource to educate elected leaders for improved      the snow was shoved into the designated
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            services and supports for people with disabilities.   handicapped parking space? Or imagine difficulty
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  trying to visit a friend in their apartment only to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            We are defined by the fact that we are citizens of    realize there is no access ramp near the front
                                                                                                                   Photos by Will Schermerhorn.                                                      the Commonwealth first and consumers of the           entrance and having to enter around the back of
                                                           Annual Picnic                                                                                                                                                    healthcare system secondly. Being citizens affords
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            us the right to follow our vision of the American
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  the building where deliveries are sent?
                                         Fairfax Government Center, Fairfax, VA
                                                     July 14th 2007
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            We would like to thank Michael Carrasco for his
                                      The Virginia Ability Alliance all came together to host a summertime
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            article and ask each of you to read it in its etirety at
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                                      picnic. The Virginia Ability Alliance is a newly formed coalition of local                                                         Fairfax County proclaims: “ March is Including People with Disabilities Month” to
                                                                                                                                                                               help organize the 2008 proclamation in your area call The Arc office.                        The Arc website:
                                      non-profits that serve people with intellectual and developmental
                                      disabilities. Members of the Alliance include Eddie’s Club, Special                                                                                                                                                                   Michael has outlined how people with disabilities
                                      Olympics of Northern Virginia, Autism Society of America-Northern                                                                                                                                                                     face barriers in the community EVERY day!
                                      Virginia Chapter, Down Syndrome Association of Northern Virginia,
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Citizens of Virginia (one of the wealthiest states in
                                      Parents of Autistic Children of Northern Virginia, Access Ministry, Brain                                                                                                                                                             the antion) are no longer happy to know that our
                                      Injury Services, and CAREFAX, LTC, and The Arc of Northern Virginia                                                                                                                                                                   Commonwealth         falls   47th     in    funding
                                      The event was enhanced by beautiful weather, free food, live music by                                                                                                                                                                 community services for people with disabilities...
                                      Gonzo’s Nose and 50 + local and state legislators. Welcoming a crowd of                                                                                                                                                               This type of investment, or lack of investment,
                                      over 1000 people, was Elliot Benham singing his patriotic rendition of the                                                                                                                                                            perpetuates the many barriers that are created when
                                      Star Spangled Banner. Here are some other ingredients that were added to                                                                                                                                                              people of all abilities are left to live in
                                      create the VAA's first fabulous picnic:                                                                                                                                                                                               the community without the right supports
                                                      2 MONTHS OF PLANNING/PERMITTING
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            and services.
                                                                   1000 GUESTS
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            On July 14, 2007 The Virginia Ability Alliance
                                                                  60 CANDIDATES
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            came together to deliver the following message:
                                                           100 MOTIVATED VOLUNTEERS
                                                        1 FANTASTIC BAND--GONZO'S NOSE
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            “A person is only disabled as a
                                                       A MODERATOR WITH A GREAT VOICE
                                                                  COOL T-SHIRTS
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            community allows... It is time to invest
                                                                    SUNSCREEN                                                                                                                                                                                               in building accessible and adequately

                                                              MEDIA...MEDIA...MEDIA                                                                                                                                                                                         resourced communities – for all of
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                                                            FIRE TRUCKS AND FIREMEN                                                                                                                                                                                         Virginia’s residents... regardless of abil-
                                                                   MISTING TENT                                                                                                                                                                                             ities”!
                                                   MOON BOUNCE, SLIDES AND PARACHUTE RIDES
                                                                  FACE PAINTING                                                                                                                                                                                             In the words of Martin Luther King, Jr. and our
                                                       BARBECUE CREW "EXTRAORDINAIRE"                                                                                                                                                                                       guest author, Michael Carrasco:
                                                                 VOTING BOOTHS
                                                         MEDICAID WAIVER INFORMATION                                                                                                                                                                                              What are you doing for others?
                                                            RESOURCES FOR EVERYONE
                                                                 NURSING ON SITE
                                                           PEOPLE...PEOPLE ...PEOPLE!!!
                                      This spectacular event would not have been possible without our
                                      generous sponsors. A full listing of these sponsors is listed on page 10.
                                                                                                                                                                                                Above: The Arc advocates strike a pose at the Fairfax Hearings.
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                                                                                                                                                                                                Left: Sheridan & Tia Marsili testify at the Fairfax County Budget
                                                                                                                                                                                                hearings in January.

                                             To see Michael Carrasco’s “A Life Like Mine” article in it’s entirety, go to “A Life Like Mine” go to:                                                                                                           5
                                        Services                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Services

                                                                   What have we been up to lately?
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                                                                                                                                                                                                               Preparing for the Future with a Special Needs Trust
                                                                                     Updates from Services & Programs                                                                                                                         The Special Needs Trust is         trust program or a d(4)C trust. A pooled trust is
                                                                DD Waiver                                                         Information & Referral                                                                                      designed to assist with leaving
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              money or assets to your loved
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 managed by a non-profit organization; such as The
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Arc of Northern Virginia. The pooled trust can be
                                      The Arc of Northern Virginia currently serves 29 individuals and               You’ll be happy to hear that the Information and Referral pages on our
                                      families receiving Developmental Disabilities Waiver Services. In              website are being updated. The Arc of Northern Virginia wishes to make                                                   one. Families choose to use the    established at any age and can be set up by the
                                      addition, we have 76 individuals who are on the DD Waiver Waiting list.        information accessible to all people of all (dis)abilities. In an                                                        trust as a resource to not         individual themselves. However, with the self funded
                                                                                                                     endeavor to do this we have initially partnered with SeniorNavigator                                                     jeopardize their family mem-       trusts, there is a Medicaid Payback Provision. For
                                      In the state of Virginia, there are over 700 people on the DD Waiver wait-                                                                                                                                                                                                                          The Arc of Northern
                                                                                                                     ( and George Mason University (                                                      bers’ benefits or impact the       Pooled Special Needs Trusts, in lieu of paying back
                                      ing list and this upcoming year 100 slots have been allocated.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Virginia and SunTrust
                                                                                                                     to create an online resource database. There is currently no centralized                                                 services they receive. In a        Medicaid, the beneficiary can choose to leave the
                                      Individuals can apply for the DD Waiver as early as 5 years and 9 months!                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Bank partner together to
                                                                                                                     site available for Virginians that provides information for all individuals                                              Third Party Trust you may          remaining assets to the pooled trust to benefit other
                                      To get this message out, we have been working with schools to provide                                                                                                                                                                                                                               provide the ‘Special Needs
                                                                                                                     with disabilities, their families, agencies, non-profits, etc. Our centralized                                           decide how you want the            participants.                                            Trust’ program.
                                      educational seminars called the “Nuts and Bolts of Medicaid Waiver,” as
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                                                                                                                     online system would provide immediate answers that match your search                                                     assets to be distributed and
                                      well as being present at each of the school transition fairs.                                                                                                                                           used. A family may establish       The Arc of Northern Virginia has been managing a special needs
                                                                                                                     criteria. Our plan is to establish a target group and gather relevant data
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              the trust and put assets in        trust program for seven years. We currently have 83 trusts set up with
                                      Direct Services:                                                               for all individuals with disabilities and introduce the concept and web-
                                                                                                                                                                                                      New brochures, funded by SunTrust immediately (funded) or                  over 3.5 million dollar in assets. We have partnered with SunTrust
                                                                                                                     based system to other organizations serving individuals with disabilities
                                                                                                                                                                                                      bank, help explain the benefits of a continuously over time or you         Bank to serve as Trustee and manage the investments. We work to
                                      We serve in the roles of Case Managers and Service Facilitators. Case          in Northern Virginia.                                                            Special Needs Trust.                    can establish the trust with the   provide individualized services and are creative in implementing
                                      management services are provided to all DD Waiver clients and                                                                                                                                                                              disbursements that work best for each participant.
                                                                                                                     Initial funding for this important initiative has been provided by Fairfax       assets to be put into the trust upon your passing (unfunded).
                                      involve developing, implementing, and modifying the Plan of Care with
                                      the individual and his/her family. As well as linking individuals and their    County Incentive Fund and in-kind by SeniorNavigator and George
                                                                                                                                                                                                      There are several occasions when an individual comes into money            To learn more about our trust program, please contact Carrie Frey at
                                                                                                                     Mason University.
                                      families to community resources, and other supports. Services                                                                                                   that will make them ineligible for benefits. This money may come           703-532-3214 ext 102 or via email at or visit
                                      Facilitators are for those choosing consumer directed services.                From the Virginia Department for Aging we learned of “No Wrong                   from an unplanned inheritance, social security back-pay or lawsuit         our website at :
                                      Consumer-directed care involves attendant, companion and/or respite            Door” ( which is the Commonwealth of                settlement. In these scenarios, an individual may establish a Self-
                                      care workers that are directly hired and managed by the individual. We         Virginia’s approach to one-stop for adult health and human services. Our         Funded Special Needs Trust. This can be set up through a pooled
                                      provide training and skill development opportunities as requested and/or       intent is to influence this process to create a single all-encompassing one-
                                      needed that help you be successful as an employer; secure authorization        stop resource that would link all individuals with disabilities.                                                                                            Yesterday's Rose Celebrates 25th
                                      for your consumer-directed services; and monitor your services to ensure       Virginia Assistive Technology Systems (VATS) and GMU have also
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Anniversary: Here's to 25 More!
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                                      that the services provided are authorized and appropriate. Other services      provided us with a personal computer and assistive technology (AT).
                                      available under the DD Waiver include Attendant Care, Companion                                                                                                                                                                        Long time readers of this newsletter will recall The Arc is one quarter
                                      Care, Respite Care, In Home supports, Day Supports and Supportive              While this information could be accessed anywhere there is internet access                                                                              owner of Yesterdays Rose, a friendly neighborhood thrift shop. As a
                                      Employment                                                                     and an online computer, The Arc of Northern Virginia would continue                                                                                     person who has volunteered at the Rose for The Arc since week one, I
                                                                                                                     to function as a Visitor’s Center for people who prefer to receive infor-                                                                               find it astounding that the Rose is celebrating its 25 anniversary this year.
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                                      For more information about the DD Waiver and how to apply, visit our web-      mation in person. Not only will you be able to access a multitude of in-
                                      site and look under services or call Carrie Frey at 703-532-3214 ext 102.      formation, you will also be able to access it in the way most comfortable                                                                               The Rose has a great enclave of people from Service Source, Edison,
                                                                                                                     for you.                                                                                                                                                Anthony, Tom, Jennifer, Meagan and Shawn who are a great asset to the
                                                            Guardianship                                                   Durable Medical Equipment                                                                                                                         Rose and work very hard at their jobs. They are also a cheerful bunch of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             people who enliven our days. Calvin, their supervisor, keeps a close eye on
                                      Since 1995, The Arc of Northern Virginia has served as a state-designated      Since the beginning of this year The Arc of Northern Virginia has been                                                                                  them.
                                      Guardian of Last Resort (GOLR) Project for Northern Virginia. We               working on a mini-grant for a Durable Medical Equipment (DME)
                                      currently act as Guardian and Conservator for 8 individuals and several        Recycling Program in Northern Virginia from Virginia Assistive                                                                                          My particular job places me between a rack and a hard place, to
                                      who privately purchase services from The Arc.                                  Technology Systems (VATS).                                                                                                                              paraphrase an old saying. Generous donors bring us an unending stream
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             of goods to sell. You may have seen the description of “the pile” in the
                                      The Arc believes that a guardian is only as good as the relationship that      DME is equipment such as power wheelchairs, lifts, hospital beds, canes,                                                                                Washington post recently. The donation pile is sorted, priced and placed
                                      is built with the individual. Our client representatives visit individuals     wheelchairs, bathroom equipment, etc. This equipment is costly and                                                                                      on our sales floor. Trying to keep the clothing racks shoppable is my task
                                      to monitor their quality of life and the services they receive. We let the     having such equipment can make the difference between living                                                                                            - not too empty as to look lonesome; not to full as to be unable to move
                                      individual express their wishes and desires and let the individual make        independently and productively or living a life of dependence and                                                                                       the hangers about. I try to discard the less saleable pieces of clothing:
                                      as many choices as possible. By being a guardian we assume responsibility      immobility.                                                                                                                                             frayed collars crumbling elastic waistbands, long, thin 1980’s skirts, wildly
                                      for making everyday decisions as well as major life assessments;                                                                                                                                                                       patterned acrylic sweaters and the like. Our discards are sold by the pound

                                      including end of life plans and resolutions and petitions for involuntary      Robin Ramsey, the Executive Director of, Foundation for Rehabilitation
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             and turned into astroturf or otherwise recycled.
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                                      hospitalizations.                                                              Equipment and Endowment (FREE), approached The Arc of Northern
                                                                                                                     Virginia offering to be the umbrella organization for the local project.                                                                                The Rose always needs donations and shoppers! Volunteers who can
                                      It is important to remember that Guardianship takes away all legal rights      FREE's Mission is to help provide mobility related rehab equipment to                                                                                   regularly work a shift or two each week would be great, and a great help
                                      of an individual. We encourage individuals and families to look at all         enhance independence and improve quality of life. Our local program                                                                                     to boosting The Arc’s required volunteer hours. So if thrift shopping
                                      alternatives to serve the individual’s needs. Alternatives include limited     will be volunteer-run and is in need of a champion to organize the                                                                                      “makes your heart sing” give working in the Rose a try-there’s a 20%
                                      guardianship of the person, conservator only, representative payee,            equipment.                                                                                                                                              discount on one’s own purchase, and you will find wonders to buy.
                                      medical power of attorney, durable power of attorney, and authorized
                                      representative for individuals in state facilities.                            We plan to have more details on our website for you to help: donate DME                                                                                          Yesterday’s Rose is a venerable institution which benefits The Arc,
                                                                                                                     or make a cash donation; volunteer your time; or become an ambassador
                                      As we form relationships with families, individuals and service providers,     for your community. Stay tuned!                                                                         Coalition Members                                        its partners, the greater community and all those who volunteer
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      and work there.
                                      we strive for best practices to be a role model to future guardians and pro-                                                                                                     THE ARC OF NORTHERN VIRGINIA
                                      fessionals working with guardians.                                                                                                                                    THE AMERICAN RED CROSS OF THE NATIONAL CAPITAL AREA                                             Yesterday’s Rose
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                                                The “A Life Like Yours” Campaign                                                                         Chapter Tour 2007
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        “‘A Life Like Yours’ means having a                                                                                                                                    “
                                                               Walk A Day in Our Shoes 2007                                                                                                                                             job, a home and independence, along                                                                                                                                You What d
                                      In 2006, The Arc of Virginia created the phrase "A Life           Walk in Our Shoes such a                                                                                                        with friends and family to share it                                                                                                                               dre s’ mea oes ‘A
                                      Like Yours" as a way to engage both legislators and the           success! Whether it was                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              am             n         Lif
                                      community in understanding the challenges people with             through phone calls, letters,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        with and make it more meaningful.”
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           dre ing an to me? e Like
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Delegate Charles Caputo                                                                                                                                       am            d fo       It m
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              up n and n llowin eans
                                      intellectual and developmental disabilities face in achieving     emails, attending hearings or
                                      equality of opportunity, social inclusion, and independence.      personal visits with legislators                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        e         g
                                                                                                        – members rallied this year in
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        “To paraphrase my college-age sons:                                                                                                                                  ma o matt ver giv your
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        ‘The Arc of Northern Virginia                                                                                                                                             ny o          er h      i
                                      In August of 2006, The Arc of Northern Virginia initiated         full force for the “A Life Like      The Arc of Virginia has asked us to take a road
                                                                                                                                             trip for them this summer and we invite YOU to                                             Rocks!’ We could not have been so                                                                                                                                    Sen
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         bsta        ow ng
                                      the “A Life Like Yours” Campaign-a grassroots advocacy            Yours” cause!                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                r Ja       cles
                                      effort aimed at educating our state legislators about the                                              join us! Our journey will take us across the Com-                                          successful in the budget this year                                                                                                                                                net       .”
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                                      needs of people with intellectual and developmental               Help keep the “A Life Like           monwealth as we visit local chapters, providing us                                         without The Arc’s help.”                                                                                                                                                              ll
                                                                                                                                             with the opportunity to see the many faces of The
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                                      disabilities who live in the community. While many of these       Yours” momentum…                                                                                                                        Delegate Thomas Davis Rust
                                      elected officials have toured institutions such as the                                                 Arc of Virginia. While on this tour, we will also be
                                      Northern Virginia Training Center, few have had the               While the 15% Northern Vir-          learning about the many ways other local chapters
                                                                                                                                             are working to promote "A Life Like Yours" for
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        “I really had fun. I had a great time
                                      opportunity to “tour” community-based services provided           ginia Differential and new
                                                                                                                                             citizens with intellectual and developmental                                               with the women who were residents
                                      under the MR and DD Waivers. The “A Life Like Yours”              MR and DD Waiver slots
                                                                                                        were steps in the right direction,   disabilities in their communities. Through the                                             there and I look forward to spending
                                      Campaign helped to illustrate that there are services
                                                                                                        the fight continues to make “A       journal entries and pictures featured on a website                                         time with them again soon.”
                                      available in the community, where 97% of Virginians with                                               (, enjoy
                                      intellectual and developmental disabilities live!                 Life Like Yours” a reality for                                                                                                          Delegate Kristen Amundson
                                                                                                                                             the convenience of riding side-by-side with The                                                                                                                                                                                                        “A Life Like Yours” is one of the most effective advocacy campaigns
                                                                                                        Virginians with intellectual
                                                                                                                                             Arc of Virginia without having to step away from
                                      From August through November, self-advocates, family              and developmental disabilities!                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             in Northern Virginia. Advocates are deeply involved in the
                                                                                                                                             your computer!.
                                      members, and support staff met with our elected officials in      Help keep the momentum of                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   community life of men and women who live with disabilities. They
                                      public and private settings, inviting them to see what “A         the Campaign going, ask your         On these visits, what each chapter has told me is                                                                                                                                                                                                      have a passion to educate legislators and the entire community on
                                      Life Like Yours” looks like in the community! Members of          elected officials to support         that the grassroots movement must be local, must                                                                                                                                                                                                       how individuals benefit from increased independence. I am happy to
                                      The Arc of Northern Virginia visited with legislators at          the following:                       be consistent, and must work towards achieving “A      “ ‘A Life Like Yours’ gives in three ways.                       “ ‘A Life Like Yours’ gives everybody in our community                                                                         report that we were able to get a 15% mental retardation/
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                                      home, work, and in settings such as Metro 29 Diner, a local                                            Life Like Yours”. This road trip is simply the first
                                                                                                        Access to                                                                                                                                                    the chance to enjoy the simple pleasures of day-to-day                                                                         developmental disabilities Medicaid waiver through this year to
                                      pool, Whitlow’s on Wilson, and Burke Pumpkin Patch.                                                    step in this process. Stay tuned as it is shaping up   First, it provides essential services to maximize
                                                                                                        adequately funded,                                                                                                                                           living, and to grow by meeting the challenges we face                                                                          increase care available to people with special needs. I also co-
                                      Steven L. Miller, a professional photographer, partnered                                               to be an exciting year!!!                              the potential for each person in need.
                                      with The Arc of Northern Virginia for this endeavor.              community-based                                                                                                                                              day in and day out.”                                                                                                           sponsored successful legislation to provide support and
                                      Volunteering hundreds of hours, Mr. Miller took                   services                                                                                    Second, it offers the opportunity for Arlington                                      Delegate Bob Brink                                                                                         information to women whose babies are diagnosed with intellectual
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                                      photographs during each visit to document and portray             supported by                                                                                citizens generally to help people with intellec-                                                                                                                                                or developmental disabilities during pregnancy.
                                      the message of “A Life Like Yours” in a moving and                adequately compensated                                                                      tual and developmental disabilities – fulfilling                 “ ‘A Life Like Yours’ gave me a better and more
                                      engaging manger.                                                  direct-care workers.                                                                                                                                         personal understanding of the difficulties parents face                                                                        I want to congratulate the ARC of NoVA on a very successful
                                                                                                                                                                                                    the responsibility that all of us have to each
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     when trying to find appropriate housing and                                                                                    advocacy campaign this year.
                                                                                                        • Access to the community is a civil right. The Arc of                                      other.
                                      Through these visits, legislators had the opportunity to                                                                                                                                                                       support for their children, and how important it is to                                                                                                  Senator Ken Cuccinelli
                                      "walk a day in the shoes" of our members, hearing                 Northern Virginia asks the Commonwealth to provide
                                                                                                                                                                                                    Third, it helps all of us to understand that as we               have adequately-funded community services.”                                       “What does ‘A Life Like Yours’ mean to me? It is
                                      testimonials along the way of successes and struggles. A          individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities
                                                                                                                                                                                                    focus on the physical and mental challenges                                     Senator Mary Margaret Whipple                                      the chance to challenge yourself and be challenged
                                      total of 29 legislators from the Northern Virginia region         with access to the community through consistent, multi-
                                      participated in the campaign, with the majority staying
                                                                                                                                                                                                    among our community, we also recognize that                                                                                                        by others to do better. It means being able to share
                                                                                                        year funding for MR and DD Waiver slots, beginning with:
                                      over 2 hours on each visit. Over 100 members (self-                                                                                                           no matter how profound the challenges among                      “I really enjoyed getting to spend time with my                                   both your successes and failures with your family
                                      advocates, family members, direct-care workers) hosted                  1. 1600 MR Waiver Slots over the biennium                                             us, all of us have abilities that allow us to con-               special constituents during the ‘A Life Like Yours’ cam-                          and friends. It means knowing that you are loved
                                      visits with these elected officials. Thousands of other indi-           2. 600 DD Waiver Slots over the biennium                                              nect to one another as giving, caring people.”                   paign. It is always inspiring to see how they are fight-                          and that you are part of something special. The Arc
                                      viduals kept the momentum going, letting their legislators                                                                                                                   Delegate Albert Eisenberg                         ing for and really appreciate the things so many of us                            of Northern Virginia is truly something special.”
                                      know how important “A Life Like Yours” is to them as well.        • When you value the direct-care workforce, you value the                                                                                                    take for granted.”                                                                                     Delegate David Bulova
                                                                                                        people they support. The Arc of Northern Virginia asks                                                                                                                           Delegate David Albo

                                      What was so exciting about The Arc of Northern Virginia’s         the Commonwealth to provide adequately funded community                                                                                                                                                                                        “The Arc of Northern Virginia is making ‘A Life
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                                      “A Life Like Yours” Campaign was that evolved in to being         based services, supported by adequately compensated                                                                                                          “ ‘A Life Like Yours’ put a human face on the need for                            Like Yours’ a reality for many people who live in
                                      about much more than budget amendments or legislation-            direct-care workers through funding Medicaid MR/DD                                                                                                           Virginia to do more for our citizens with intellectual                                                                                                    “Thank you for many years of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       this area. Congratulations to the staff of the Arc,
                                      it became about relationships. Through getting to know                                                                                                                                            ’
                                                                                                        Waiver reimbursement rate increases and the                                                                                 urs                              and developmental disabilities. It’s always easier to                             its many supporters, and to the people who are                         dedicated service and advocacy
                                      their constituents with intellectual and developmental dis-
                                                                                                        implementation of a cost of living on the reimbursement                                                               e Yo the                               dismiss people you don’t know, but this campaign
                                      abilities and establishing relationships with them, legislators                                                                                                                   Lik        th
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       served by the great work of this organization.”                         for Virginians throughout the
                                      learned that it is a relationship that makes the community
                                                                                                        rate structure.
                                                                                                                                                                                                               ‘A Life at, wi r t,                                   helped each legislator appreciate the impact of their                                                   Delegate Adam Ebbin                                 Commonwealth. The Arc
                                                                                                                                                                                                             “         t h          o
                                      accessible for people with intellectual and developmental                                                                                                                   ves         upp         e                          decisions on the lives of real people. That human touch
                                      disabilities and how critical these relationships are to expe-
                                                                                                        • All individuals with ID/DD want and deserve “A Life                                                 pro oper s can liv                                     is what made this campaign such a success.”                                       “It has been my pleasure working with The Arc of                            of Northern Virginia is
                                                                                                        Like Yours”. The Arc of Northern Virginia asks the                                                        pr          e      lles
                                      riencing “A Life Like Yours”…in the community!                                                                                                                                    yon                                                             Delegate David Englin                                          Northern Virginia. Not only will this benefit the                           a powerful example of
                                                                                                        Commonwealth to provide community access to all                                                           ever o its fu rity.”                                                                                                                 members of The Arc but it will also benefit the                            grassroots organization
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          t          g
                                      Many thanks to our legislators who took the time to walk a        individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities                                                life h inte                                      “I think everyone should have the opportunity to enjoy                            families and friends of these great individuals. The                             at its best.”
                                                                                                        through funding services for people with ID/DD who are                                                            i t          Hug
                                      day in our shoes and a big THANKS to all of YOU who
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    &w                                               life to its fullest and achieve whatever their goal is with
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Tim                                                                                                                 Arc is a truly inspiring organization that works                               Senator Richard Saslaw
                                      help to make the “A Life Like Yours” Campaign…Take A              ineligible for the MR and DD Waivers.                                                                                   te
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            ega                                      their greatest potential.”                                                        tirelessly to help the needs of many individuals.”
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Delegate Vincent Callahan                                                               Senator Jay O’Brien

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                                                                                                                                                                                              Benefactors, Major                       CHARLES & LINDA              MARC & JENNIFER CADIN                   LINDALYN HUTTER                   PAUL ROBICHAUX                                             The “R” Word
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   People First of Northern Virginia –a self-advocacy                                                                            “A Life Like Yours
                                                                                                                                                                                               Benefactors & Pre-                         O"CONNOR                       JAMES CARROLL                      ICON COMMUNITY                    STACEY RODGERS                                                                     developmental disabilities do not like the “R”
           2007                                                                                                                                                                                  mier Benefactors
                                                                                                                                                                                                        ABE POLLIN
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         YAHYA CHAUDRY
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             ROSE CHU
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              VALERIE JENSEN
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             KATE & JOHN RYAN
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               TIM & ANN RYAN
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   group for adults with disabilities met recently for a
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   discussion on “The ‘R’ Word”. Facilitator Jill Egle
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 word which is labeled as retarded. They don’t
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 like it because it hurts their feelings and it puts
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2007 Care Package”
                                                                                                                                                                                                       ACCENTURE                      PROSPECTIVE INC.                  MICHAEL CLARKE                        JOB DISCOVERY                SEN. RICHARD SASLAW     gave her audience of 25 advocates several questions           them down in their lifetime. 40 years ago,
April 21, 2007 The Arc of Northern Virginia celebrated its 45th                                                                                                                                      BEARINGPOINT                    MR. & MRS. ROONEY               JIM & SHEILA CONNOR              KEVIN & CATHERINE KELLY               SHARON SCHOELLER       about the use of the “R” word – how it makes them             doctors used to label us as retarded because it          Ingredients
Anniversary with a first ever “Mardi Gras in April” gala. If you missed the                                                                                                                            JOHN BURKE                     SERVICE EMPLOYEE                JEANETTE CUMMINS                         JANE KEOUGH                 KAREN SCHROEDER,K.      feel personally when used in the media and by others.         was accepted in society when an adult was born           One University President with Vision
fun, we hope to see you in April 2008 for the next Mardi Gras in April!                                                                                                                          JESSICA & RAYMOND                INTERNATIONAL UNION                      EISENHOWER                 SCOTT & LISA KIRKPATRICK               SEN. PATRICIA TICER                                                                 with a disability it was okay to say the “R” word.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             (SEIU)                                                                                                                Their responses below:                                                                                                 An abundance of Strong Leadership,
                                                                                                                                                                                                       BURMESTER                                                        L. KAREN DARNER                        CELIA LECKEY                    ARASH SHIRAZIN                                                                    In today’s society, it is NOT okay to use the R          Professors, and Staff
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       SERVICE SOURCE                   KELLEY DORFMAN                BRUCE & RACHAEL LEFLER                                                                                                     word. We want to be known as a person first –
                                                                                                                                                                                                   SUSAN & WILLIAM                                                                                                                               FRED SMITH              “Makes a person feel very uncomfortable.”
…I've volunteered with countless organizations                                                                                                                                                        BUTTERFIELD                   SEVILLE WATCH CORP.              JIM & SUSAN DYKSTRA               MR. & MRS. LOKHAMMER                                             “Using the “R” word makes others feel bad.”              a person a name not a diagnosis. If you must             A wide selection of Educational
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 GARY SMITH                                                                                                                               Opportunities with Supports in place
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over the years, yet The Arc is the one and ONLY one                                                                                                                                              JOAN & FRED FLIPPIN                                                    DEL. ADAM EBBIN                       LONG & COUTTS                SPORT & HEALTH CLUB              “People use the “R” word to make fun                 describe my disability use intellectual or
                                                                                                                                                                                                 FOUNDATION OF THE                  SILVERWOOD HOMES                                                                                                                                   of other people.”                                                                                  Mix in a Diverse Student Body
that really motivates me these days – the rest pale                                                                                                                                                                                                                      MR. ECHEVARRIA                   LONG & FOSTER REAL              ST. JOHNS COMMUNITY                                                                    developmental disability.
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                                                                                                                                                                                                      ARC OF NOVA                                                            DON EGLE                            ESTATE INC.                      SERVICES               “Do not support using it in a way that hurts
in comparison. This gala has demonstrated to me                                                                                                                                                                                  THE LIVINGSTON GROUP                                                                                                                            others and to degrade them.”                  People First meets on the second Thursday of every         Spread Community Events to add excitement, as
                                                                                                                                                                                                   STAN GUTKOWSKI                                                           JOHN EGLE                      MR. & MRS. LOPINA                 KEN & ALICE STARR                                                                                                                            well as
beyond a doubt that I've made the right decision!                                                                                                                                                                                    MICHAEL D. TOOBIN                                                                                                                    “Makes us frustrated because I am equal.”            month at The Arc of Northern Virginia, 98 N.
                                                                                                                                                                                                   ALAN HARBITTER                                                        JUDITH ERDHEIM                     WILLA & TED LUTZ               JOHN & DIANE STEINER
                             L. Braunstein                                                                                                                                                        HORIZON BUSINESS                      JOE F. & BONNIE
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        FERN CARR EWING                     DONNA MARTINEZ                      SONYA STONE
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            “We can contribute to our community                Washington Street, Falls Church, VA 22046. Please          A Large measure of Campus Activities
                                                                                  Tom Gavin & Rockin’ Dopsie Jr. lead the parade.                                                                                                      VIAR JR. & CHRIST                                                                                                                           and want the chance to.”                    join them in their efforts to educate and advocate for
                                                                                                                                                                                                        ADVISORS                                                          MARY FLEURY                       SHARON MAYRIAN                MARC & CAROL SUTTON
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   WACHOVIA SECURITIES                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Rich Employment Opportunities complete
                                                                                                                                                                                                      JERRY HULICK                                                                                      NORIS & VICKIE MCCALL                                      Jill Eglé writes:                                           people with disabilities. Call Jill Eglé to be a part of   the package
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        DANIEL & MEGAN                                                   CAROLYN & MIKE SUTTON
                                               ….the dignity extended from everyone at the                                                                                                           LEHMAN BROS.                        WEST GROUP
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             FLIPOVIC                        JEAN MCGUINESS                                             A lot of adults with or without intellectual and       this grassroots group. 703-532-3214 x101.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          DAVID & LYNN SWENSON
                                               Gala including the band and hotel staff to                                                                                                           MELTZER GROUP                     MANAGEMENT LLC
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     CATHERINE FORESMAN                       MR. MCLELAND                THE MONUMENT GROUP
                                               Eric and his fellow Arc members gives me                                                                                                        MARK & HELEN RUSSELL              WINMAR CONSTRUCTION
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          & VILLEGAS
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            PEGGY FOX                        DANIEL & NORMA                   AT SMITH BARNEY             18th Annual Education Leadership Awards                                                                         Distribute all ingredients on several Accessible
                                               great hopes that Eric will live a life full of the                                                                                                   SUNTRUST BANK                                                       GREG & ANN FRITZ                        MCMORROW                   THE POTOMAC GROUP       On June 1, 2007, The Arc of Northern Virginia              representatives from Alexandria, Arlington, Fairfax         Campus sites
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   ALEX & SHEILA YELLIN
                                               joys, challenges and successes that he will                                                                                                      JEFF & SALLY WILKLOW
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        & BELLINGSLEY              MARK & JANICE FULLER &                   MR. & MRS. MEYER                   AMELIA THOMAS       proudly awarded the winners of The Arc’s 18th              and Falls Church city: Anne Lipnick Victoria
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          With a dallop of Dormitory Options
                                               initiate and his community will support. Op-                                                                                                                                                                                   DUDLEY                          MEYER & MEYCO                  BRUCE & JUDY TRIA     Annual Education Leadership Awards at the Ernst            Menke, & Deborah Hammer from Alexandria City
                                                                                                                                                                                               Donors & Patrons                            Friends                                                                                                                 Cultural Center, Annandale campus of the                   Public Schools, Kip Davis, and Barbara Brown from
                                               portunities do abound thanks to the Arc of                                                                                                                                                                               FUSION PARTNERS                         CONSULTING               FRANK & LINDA TRIPPETT                                                                                                                           Whip it together and Celebrate regularly
                                                                                                                                                                                                  MIKE & JUNE BEYER
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      DIANE ANDERSON                        MR. GARBER                         BRIAN MORAN                                         Northern Virginia Community College.                       Arlington County Public Schools, Hafsa Rahman,
                                               Northern Virginia.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               TERRY TUCKER

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                                                                                                                                                                                                 BOSTON PROPERTIES                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Ensure that ALL students will understand what it
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  J. FERNANDO BARRUETA                OSCAR & ERNESTINE                      MOUNT VERNON                     VIRGINIA SEXUAL
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              from Falls Church City Public Schools, Jennifer Ellis,
                                                                   E. Michael Latcheran                                                                                                       MITCH & CARRIN BRANDT                                                                                                                                                The Arc’s Education Leadership Awards were                                                                             takes to have
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     MR. & MRS. BASTIAN                       GARCIA                         LEE ENTERPRISES               & DOMESTIC VIOLENCE                                                                Janet McGriff, Pamela Jones and Jack Pitzer and his
                                                                                                                                                                                                     DOUG CHURCH                                                                                                                                                   geared specifically to individuals who have shown          team from Fairfax County Public Schools, as well as
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                BAUGHMAN & NEIGHBORS                  TRISH & CAM GIBSON               JOAN & BRUCE NEMIROW                   ACTION ALLIANCE                                                                                                                                           “A Life Like Yours”
                                               Congratulations on a spectacular event. I am                                                                                                    KEVIN & KATHY CONLEY
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     BELTWAY CLEANING
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   immense leadership in the area of Special                  three community awards to Dr. Michael Behrmann
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   MICHAEL & PATTY GILLIES            MARGARET & PAUL NOLAN              CHRIS & TERESA WADDELL
                                               proud to be a part of such a great organiza-                                                                                                           J. RICK CREED                        SERVICES                                                   DAVID & BETSY O'CONNOR
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Education. The award winners were individuals              of George Mason University-Kellar Center, Steve

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        JOHN GILMARTIN                                                    MARY LOUISE & RICHARD
                                               tion. The work that you do helps me to feel                                                                                                              DOMINION                         RYAN BENSON
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   who have been recognized by parents and students           Hibbard of Connection Newspapers, and Delegate
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         JAN DAY GRAVEL                     MR. & MR. OWENS                         WALL
                                               that someone is out there fighting to make                                                                                                         DON BEYER VOLVO                                                                                                                                                  within the school and community settings for               Chuck Caputo.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 PEGGY BERGIN-HUBBELL               STEVEN & KARIN GREGG                      CARNEY PEARCE                KIMBERLY & BENJAMIN
                                                                                                                                                                                             FANNIE MAE FOUNDATION                                                                                                                                                 an outstanding job in working to create an
                                               our lives better. Thank you.                                   JoLyn Eglé with friend                                                                                                     MR. BERTHIER                      HAIR DESIGN                      PERFCET ENDINGS                         WELLS
                                                                                                                                                                                                        FINANCIAL                                                                                                                                                  infrastructure of learning communities and                 A Special Lifetime Achievement Award was given
                                                                              J. Katz                         Brian Mitchell.                                                                                                      CHAS & MARY BETACK               HELEN HANSON HANSON                   JANET & GREG PILLER            ALBERT & EDNA WHEATLY
                                                                                                                                                                                                    DIRECTORS, LLC                                                                                                                                                 opportunities for students with disabilities that truly    to George Mason University for its contribution to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 HEATH & JENNIFER BILLS              HAPPY 18TH BIRTHDAY                    EDWARD & EILEEN                       & TURNER
                                                                                                                                                                                              FITZGERALD PROPERTIES                                                                                                                                                allow students to work, learn and compete side by          people with disabilities through its employment pro-
                                               Congratulations on a remarkable and suc-                                                                                                                                         CHARLOTTE BOLLINGER, C.                  TO TOM PIZZANO                            RABBITT                   JONATHON WILLEN
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   side with their peers without disabilities. This token
                                                                                                                                                                                                GREG AND ANNE FRITZ                                                                                                                                                                                                           grams, the LIFE program and other initiatives. This
                                               cessful evening. Blessing to you all for your                                                                                                                                         LESLIE BRAUNSTEIN                MR. & MRS. HARTLEY                       MATTHEW RAY                    TOMMY WILLIAMS       of appreciation honors members of the education
  Sen. Janet Howell greets other                                                                                                                                                                   H.F. RESTORATION                                                                                                                                                                                                           award was presented by Jerry Hulick, general agent,
  guests, Marisa Laois and                     continued brilliant work in this Community                                 Gala Committee                                                          AND REMODELING
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    ALLISON & GARDNER                DIANE & MARIE HAYEK                    JANET & BARBARA              DONNAN WINTERMUTE (IN     community who have worked intensely to take the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              emeritus, The Washington Group/Mass Mutual.
                                                                                                                                   JOLYN EGLÉ                                                                                      BROWN & HUMPHREYS                    LEONARD HAYNES                         REMS & BECH                HONOR OF BILL BURKE)     “special” out of “special education” — truly
  Katherine Montgomery.                        and for the vital impact it has on this family.                                     Gala Chair
                                                                                                                                                                                               PAT & FAMILY HAMMEKE                                                                                                                                                                                                           This event was generously sponsored by The
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      HOWARD & BONNIE                  LISA & PHIL HERGET                  RESTON LIMOUSINE                WOODY & GINNY WITT      preparing students with lifelong disabilities for
                                                                          J. Stearns                                              JOHN BURKE                                                       SHARON HAYMAN                           BURCHELL                                                                 SERIVE                       JOHN WOOD                                                                    Washington Group Special Care Planning Team,
                                                                                                                              Special Gifts Chair                                            WILLIAM & JULIE HOWARD                                                         MR. HOGAN                                                                              living A Life Like Yours once they enter into the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        BURKA STUDIOS                                                         JOHN & JESSICA              MR. & MRS. WOODCHEKE     adult community.                                           Fairfax VA. Special Thanks to the actors of the Art-
                                                                                                                               SHEILA BILLINSLY                                                 JERRY KOHLENBERGER                                                      KENT HOLTGREWE
                                                                                                                             LESLIE BRAUNSTEIN                                                                                         JENNIFER BURKE                                                          RICHARDSON                      GRADY WRIGHT                                                                   Stream Program who opened up the education
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    CAROLYN SCOTT HUBERT
  The food was superb, the company wonderful,                                                                                     BRYN BURKE                                                   JOSEPH & BETH MALINE                  JAMES BRIAN BURKE                                                          MARY RILEY                                         This year’s award recipients proudly included              awards with their rendition of "A Thing Called Love".
                                                                                                                              SUE BUTTERFIELD                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             George Mason University is awarded the
  and the music great. Especially touching was
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Jill Eglé Accepts Co-Executive Director Internship

                                                                                                                                  JULIE COHEN                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Lifetime Achievement Award 2007 during
  when all the people with disabilities came                                                                                         JILL EGLÉ                                                                                          Thanks to This Year’s Picnic Sponsors!                                                                                                                                                                                                            The Arc of Northern Virginia’s Education

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                                                                                                                                THOMAS GAVIN                                                                                                                                                                                                                       The best way to predict the future is to invent it.        Nancy and Jill are going to share everything from
  parading out to the dance floor - that brought                                                                                                                                                     Liberty Bells                      CENTRAL FAIRFAX SERVICES                       MERICA HOUSE                                                                                                                                                                                       Leadership award ceremony on June 1st.
                                                                                                                                 JERRY HULICK                                                                                                                                                                                       Eagles                                            Alan Kay                               office space to work assignments! The ladies                 Pictured top l to r, GMU President Alan
  tears to my eyes…..                                                                                                           VALERIE JENSEN                                                FAIRFAX COUNTY THERAPEUTIC               COMMUNITY LIVING ALTERNA-                      METRO 29 DINER                    BLUEBERRY SHOES PRODUC-                                                                              have created a twelve month curriculum                       Merten, Michael Behrman, Catherine Ford,
                                                                                                                               LAURA JOHNSON                                                                                                       TIVES                              MICHAEL TOOBIN
                                                                                                                                NANCY MERCER
                                                                                                                                                                                                  RECREATION SERVICES                                                                                                             TIONS                            The Arc of Northern Virginia is inventing the             that will include learning and working to                    Karen Ingram; bottom, Erin Thompson, and
  ….You all in NOVA know how to do it – reaching                                                                                    LYNN RUIZ                                                      FAMILIES & FRIENDS                        COMMERCE BANK                                  MVLE                              DAR UL HUDA                          future for people with disabilities in 2008 as we         master the following skills: Role                            Nancy Mercer.
  so many people and are the leaders in making a                                                                                MARK RUSSELL                                                       OF SERVICE SOURCE                             CAREFAX                              KIDZ CLUBHOUSE                         SERVICE SOURCE                        start our very first "Co-Executive Director               Clarification, Daily Scheduling, Serving
                                                                                                                                 JEFF WILKLOW
  life like yours a reality for so many people.                                                                                                                                                   THE ARC OF NORTHERN                 DELTA SIGMA PI ALUMNI ASSOC.                 KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS                          SUNTRUST                           Internship" program. From September 2007 to               as an Ambassador for the Arc, Developing
                              N. Grignol                                                                                  Host Committee                                                                VIRGINIA                                 DIDLAKE                               RED HOT & BLUE                     WHOLE FOODS MARKET                       August 2008 Jill Eglé, former administrative              a Network of Support, Working with
                                                                                                                            STANLEY GUTKOWSKI                                                   THE WASHINGTON GROUP –                       DON BEYER VOLVO                          SAFEWAY STORES                                                               assistant and self advocate leader, will serve as "Co-    multiple Boards, Budgeting, Fund Raising,
  Thank you for giving our son Ryan a "night like
                                                                                                                               Accenture, Chair                                               SPECIAL CARE PLANNING TEAM              FAIRFAX COUNTY FIRE & RESCUE              ST. JOHNS COMMUNITY SERV-                          Friends                         Executive Director" with The Arc of Northern              Special Event Planning, Public Speaking,
                                                                                                                              DOUGLAS CHURCH                                                                                                                                                                             AAA RECYCLING AND TRASH                                                                             Team Building and Taking care of self !
  yours." From the fabulous fancy dinner, to the                                                                            Virginia Heritage Bank                                                         ALLY’s                         FAIRFAX COUNTY POLICE                             ICES                                                                   Virginia's current Executive Director Nancy
                                                                                                                                                                                                           AARP                        HARRIS TEETER / HARTWOOD                            SPARC                                 AR-JON                            Mercer. The internship is a full time paid position       Neither Nancy or Jill are job coaches, but
  joyous Mardi Gras parade, to dancing his heart                              Gala committee members Bryn Burke,              JOANNE GRUSZKOS
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             we believe that the two of them will learn
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                                                                                                                                 Mass Mutual                                                         ACCESS MINISTRY                    HEIDELBERG PASTRY SHOPPE                         VAACCSES                               GONZO’S NOSE                       with benefits most folks know the role of
  out with lovely young ladies, this was truly a                              Nancy Mercer, JoLyn Eglé, & John               DR. ALAN HARBITTER                                                                                                                                                                                PANDA EXPRESS                       executive director is not exactly a 9-5 position – but    a great deal from each other--as will all
                                                                                                                                                                                                      ALAN WOOTEN                              KOOL SMILES                               WEGMANS
  moment in Ryan's life he will always remember.                              Burke, enjoy the party.                         JAY MERIWEATHER                                                                                                                                                                                 RONDAVID.COM
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             those who choose to participate in
                                                                                                                                                                                                   BRAIN INJURY SERVICES                       MCDONALD'S                                                                                                          Jill has agreed to take on the challenge and her
                                                                                                                             RHI Executive Search                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            "dreaming with their eyes open!"
                               R. Garth                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            workmates are ready to support her!

                                                                                                                             JOSEPH VALANZANO
                                                                                                                         Exceptional Parent Magazine
                                                 Photos by Manuel Liban.                                      JOE VIAR, JR.                                               To view more photos of the Mardi Gras in April, go to:                                                                               Our Community Education Pages:
                                                                                                                                  Viar & Co.
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                                                                             GILPIN R FEGLEY                      JUSTIN KING        DONALD & VICKI PELLECCHIA         CHARLES WILLIAMS                      MALCOLM GARROW                GALE & ANNE SOMMERS
                                            Believers                    PETER & JUDY FELDMAN                  MARGARET KING         DANIEL & FLORENTINA PEREZ          PAULA WILLIAMS               RICHARD & JEAN BLAIR GENTRY           ALEX & SUSAN SOROKO
                                            (Up to $99)               DOMINIC & ARLYNE FETTERER            BLANCHE KORNFELD                     TED PHILLIPS            STEVEN WINKLER                VINCENT & ELAINE GIACHETTE               CAROLYN SPOM
                                            EDARDO M. ALAMILLA                                                                                                                                                                                                                   ARGON ST
                                                                           RICHARD & JILL FINCI                AMY KRUMBEIN         GERALD & CATHERINE PISARCIK          HELEN WODYKA                     JOHN & GLORIA GIBSON       ST. JOHN'S COMMUNITY SERVICES
                                               MARK A. ALBOSTA                                                                                                                                                                                                                 BIT SYSTEMS
                                                                            KEVIN FITZPATRICK                    WILSON KUMI                MARJORIE PLESS           WOLF RUN FOUNDATION                      ROBERT GRIFFITH                 VICTORIA STARR
                                        CHARLES & ROMETA ALSTON                                                                                                                                                                                                       RAYMOND & JESSICA BURMESTER
                                                                              KAREN C. FOLEY                 SUSAN D. LACROIX       ALBERT & PATRICIA POKLEMBA         CAROLE WOLINSKY                   TOM & MARILYN GRODEK                   H. J. STEARNS
                                        JOHN AND MALIA ANDERSON                                                                                                                                                                                                                DATATEL, INC.
                                                                          CATHERINE FORESMAN                  JAMES LEMMOND                KEVIN M. QUINLEY        WORLD BANK COMMUNITY CON-               MARK & ELLEN GROSS              SYDELL (TERRY) STONE
                                            ALAN & KAREN ASMAN                                                                                                                                                                                                       DOMINION COUNTRY CLUB LEAGUE
                                                                                 W. C. FUCHS           GEORGE & VIRGINIA LESTER             KATHRYN REBACK                  NECTIONS                STANLEY & CYNTHIA GUTKOWSKI                 SONYA STONE
                                               LUCYANN ATTNER                                                                                                                                                                                                         DOWN SYNDROME ASSOCIATION
                                                                       DONALD & DEBORAH FULTZ                    LAURA LEWIS             MARGARET REYNOLDS            FREDERICK G. WRIGHT               EBRAHIM HADJIESMAILOO                CHERIE TAKEMOTO
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             OF NORTHERN VA
                                                  JILL AULICINO             ED & LINDA GABRIS          ERIC & AUDREY LIEBERMAN              ROBERT REZABEK              WINIFRED WYNNE                 STEPHEN & MILDRED HALEY        THE FIMS TEAM OF THE REZNICK
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                                                  ETHAL BAKER           JAMES & SUSAN GAMBLE           GARY & KAREN LIEBERMAN                 REZNICK GROUP               STEVEN YAFFE                          BARBARA HARR                        GROUP
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         ALAN & ROYCE FRIEDMAN
                                          PETER & KIMBERLY BAKER               JOHN GANEY               TED & JANET LILLESTOLEN             BARBARA RHODA           HECTOR & BEATRICE YANEZ             HARTWOOD FOUNDATION            THOMPSON GREENSPON & CO.
News & Events

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             JEFFERY GOERSS
                                           JENNIFER LORIEN BAKER     GUSTAVO & MARY ANN GARCES           JOSEPH & LINDA LIPARI        PAUL & ANNA MAE RHODES            WALTER ZACKULA                          DAVID HILLIARD                 WILLA TRIFIATIS
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             ALAN HARBITTER
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                                               ANDREW BALDWIN           RUSSELL & JUDITH GARTH                   ANNE LIPNICK         BRITT & ANNE RICHARDSON                                              HOLY CROSS HOSPITAL             HELENE VOIGTSBERGER
                                         ARDWIN & HELEN BARSANTI     MITCHELL & RHONDA GAYNOR        DAVID & JOSEPHINE LOMBARD            GERALDINE RICHTER             Champions                          DAVID & KAREN HOPPE            CHRISTOPHER & THERESA
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      THOMAS & ELIZABETH HEFFERON
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          KELLY A. THOMPSON PLC
                                         STUART & PATRICIA BEATTY             LINDA GEISNER                     TENNY Z LONG               CHRISTINE C. RINN            (Up to $499)               CHRISTOPHER & REBEKAH HUSKER                   WADDELL
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                                           PAUL & MYRNA M. BECK                 JEAN GILLEN                    DEBORAH LONG                     JILL ROBBINS                                                L. FARNUM JOHNSON                    JAY WEINER
                                                                                                                                                                       ALAN & MARSHA ABESON                                                                              PORTO CARAVAN NO. 104
                                                   CHERYL BEIL          WILLIAM & MARIA GILLEN        BERNARD & ROBERTA LUBLIN                MINDY ROJAHN                                                      SUSAN KASSELL                LOUIS O. WHITNEY
                                                                                                                                                                            SPENCER ALLAIN                                                                               ROTARY CLUB OF DULLES
                                      JOSEPH & ELIZABETH BELMONTE       DANIEL & BETH GILLIGAN                ANNE LUGINBYHL        HOWARD & MARSHA ROLSTON                                                  VERONIQUE KEEFE             DONALD & JOAN WILKLOW
                                                                                                                                                                         LEO & BETTY ALONSO                                                                              WILLIAM & SARA SONNTAG
                                                 ANN BENDHEIM       MICHAEL & EMMY LOU GLASSMAN        J.W. & JUDITH MAC MURRAY     JAMES & KATHLEEN RUBINGER                                                     MARY KEELS                    FRED WRIGHT
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                                               MONICA BENTELER               MICHAEL GLAZIER                    LORINDA MAES          JOEL & JUDITH RUBINSTEIN                                       RICHARD & ELIZABETH KEEVEY               LARRY W. YATSKO
                                                                                                                                                                     ARCHITECTURAL WINDOWS                                                                                        SPARTA
                                                AUGUST BEQUAI             ALVIN & JEAN GLAZIER      ROBERT & MARGARET MAHURIN       KIMON & CHRISTINE RUMANES                                                     NIKKI KOCH
                                                   ETHEL BERG              VIRGINIA GORSEVSKI             JACQUELINE MAIORCA               MARK M. RUMOHR
                                                                                                                                                                    SCOTT & ANNE MARIE ARNOTT
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 LAURIE KUSEK                 Heroes                   SPECIAL CARE PLANNING TEAM
                                                                                                                                                                     PETER & COLETTE ARNTSON                                                                                 SUNTRUST BANK
                                           MARY BERGIN-HUBBELL       RICHARD L. & DEBRA F. GRAUEL               BRIAN MALONE         DAVID N. & GERTRUDE SCARR                                                   THOMAS F. LEE            (Up to $1499)
                                                                                                                                                                          PAUL & JOAN BAKER                                                                           THE FEATHERSTON FOUNDATION
                                               JOSEPHINE BIELER               SHAWN GRAVES                     JOE MARHOEFER            PHILIP & LISA SCHULAN                                                    DORI LEHMAN
                                                                                                                                                                       DAVID & SANDY BARKER                                          AMERICAN APPAREL & FOOTWEAR              STEPHEN TOTH
                                               MICHAEL BIGMAN        JERROLD & KAREN GREENBURG             STEPHEN MARSHALL                  CAROLYN SCOTT                                             DOUGLAS & MARTHA LUTZ                   ASSOCIATION
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                                            RONALD & ANN BILLES              HILDE K. GREENE                    GLENN MARTIN                     JULIE SEGEL                                                    ROBERT LYFORD                   BIT SYSTEMS
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                                                                                                                                                                            KAREN K. BEATTIE
                                        GILLES-ARNAUD BLEULLAINE          STEVE & KARIN GREGG              JANET MCCLAFFERTY                JAMES W. SEMLER                                          CHARLES & CAROLINE MARTIN            CITY OF FALLS CHURCH
                                                                                                                                                                     GEOFFREY & LESLIE BECKER
                                                DIAN BOETTCHER               ALEX GROSSMAN            JAMES & JOANN MCCRACKEN           ALBERT & ALICE SHEAR                                           JOHN O. & DIANNE MARTIN           JOHN & MARCIA CLUKEY
                                                                                                                                                                       HENRY & ELENA BORGES
                                              RICHARD W. BOWERS             DEBRA GUENTHER                 GEORGE MCDONALD           ALMIRA ARCIAGA SHEPPARD                                              JOHN & KATHLEEN MAY             MICHAEL A. COLEMAN
                                                                                                                                                                        EUGENIE R. BRADFORD
                                            TED & JOANN BRENNER         RICHARD & LESLIE HAGAN            E. JERRY & E. L. MCFAUL   MICHAEL & CYNTHIA SHUSTER                                            LEILA MCDOWELL-HEAD                JAMES DELVECCHIO
                                                                                                                                                                        BRAIN INJURY SERVICES
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                                               ANTHONY BRODE               CHRISTOPHER HAGAN                  RENATA MCHUGH           DAVID & ZELDA SILBERMAN                                      ROBERT & KATE MCDONALD MEIER               TODD DRISCOLL
                                                                                                                                                                           SUSAN C. BRANDT
                                          NEAL & ELLEN SUE BROWN                HAIRSTITICS                  KENNETH M. MEAD             GLENN L. SIMOLUNAS                                                     NANCY MERCER                    LISA DUDLEY
                                                                                                                                                                             JUDITH BRANDT
                                                   TIM BROWN          CLINTON & KATHERINE HALL           HOLLEY COUSINS MEERS            NEIL & NATALIE SIMON                                                NEAL METZENDORF             DYNALECTRIC COMPANY
                                                                                                                                                                              JOHN BRAUNE
                                                   C.A. BROWN                CASEY HAMMEKE               GENE & VELMA MERCER             TOM & CAROL SKELLY                                                     W. KIRK MILLER         DAVID & ELIZABETH FLEMING
                                                                                                                                                                          ROGER BRAUNSTEIN
                                             JENNIFER BURMESTER            BRENDAN HAMMEKE             NORBERT & MARY MICHAUD         GILBERT & MARLENE SMITH                                                   STEVEN MILLER                  KEVIN FRENCH
                                                                                                                                                                             WILLIAM BROCK
                                      RAYMOND & JESSICA BURMESTER     VICTORIA L. HARDY-MURRELL         CHARLES & NANCY MILLER          GALE & ANNE SOMMERS                                                    JAMES MOLONEY             MARK & BARBARA FRIED
                                                                                                                                                                    CAPITAL GASTOENTEROLOGY
                                                ELIZABETH BURR                   LYNN HARR             ROBERT & VIRGINIA MILLER                  ROB SPEAR                                               PAUL & CONNIE MURRAY              MIKE & PATTY GILLIES
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                                        LARRY & SUZANNE BUTCHER                EDYTHE HART               JACKIE MILLS-FERNALD         DONALD STERNOFF BEYER                                                     AHMED NAWAZ           GOLDS HOLDING CORPORATION
                                                                                                                                                                        PATRICK R. CAPORIZZO
                                               SUE BUTTERFIELD          HARTWOOD FOUNDATION            GERALD & MARIA MITCHELL              S. JEAN STEWART                                                    ANDREA NELSON                    AYANO HISA
                                                                                                                                                                     CENTRAL FAIRFAX SERVICES
                                                  MARY BYRNE            MARK & SHARON HAYDEN                TOM & SUE MOBLEY             CHARLES M. STEWART                                          CALVIN & GEORGETTE NELSON            HOLY CROSS HOSPITAL
                                                                                                                                                                       JOHN & MARCIA CLUKEY
                                               DIANE CALABRESE         LOUIS & PHYLLIS HEACOCK              JAMI MONTGOMERY                      BOB STUMP                                              J. MANUEL OCASIO-COLON          DONALD & BARBARA JONES
                                                                                                                                                                  COMMUNITY LIVING ALTERNATIVES
                                         CAMERON MEDICAL GROUP               CHERYL HERMAN                 RICHARD MORIN, FICF      WILLIAM & BEATRICE SULLIVAN                                         DAVID & BETSY O'CONNOR          DAVID & MOLLIE LAMBERT
                                                                                                                                                                      COMMUNITY SYSTEMS INC.                                                                             People give in so many ways
                                               HUONG MINH CAO               BARBARA HERRING                   ELIZABETH MOYA                   T.P. SWANTON                                                DAVID & LYNN OLIVER         HENRY & MARJORIE LATIMER
                                                                                                                                                                          SHARON H COOPER                                                                                we work hard to ensure all of
                                          LARRY & EDNA CHANDLER                MARY E HERTZ                DOUGLAS & JOANNA                 KARIN SWISSMAN                                              P.E.O. CHAPTER E. VIRIGNIA     DAVID & JULIANNA MALONEY
                                                                                                                                                                      WESTON JOSEPH COULAM                                                                               our donors are given proper
                                       ROBERT & AURORA CHARNOFF                NORMAN HILL                      MUNDSCHENK                   IRA TANNEBAUM                                           DONALD & KATHLEEN PISHOTTI             OLD PRESBYTERIAN
                                                                                                                                                                        WILLIAM & PAT CREGAR                                                                             credit. If you think your

                                           CHRIST CROSSMAN UMC              SUSAN B. HILLMER                  PATRICK MURPHY         THE LOUDON ARTS ACADEMY                                       MANSOOR & UMEMA POONAWALA                 MEETING HOUSE               name is missing, please give
                                                                                                                                                                              CAROL CRETAL
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                                          MARY NELL & JOHN CLARK               MARC HILTON                      JUDY MURRETT                    OF LEESBURG                                                  THOMAS RAMIREZ                SUZANNE REARDON               us a call so we can
                                                                                                                                                                           JOHN B. CRISHI JR.
                                           JOHN & MARCIA CLUKEY        ADAM & SUSAN HINSDALE              JOE & KATHY MUSKETT                  PATRICE TIGHE                                                      RAYTHEON                  SKJEI TELECOM INC.           recognize you next time.
                                                                                                                                                                           JEANNIE CUMMINS
                                                 ERIC COUTURE           RICK & ELEANOR HODGES              DEBRA NADJMABAD             JOHN & EDNAMAE TREVEY                                                     DAVE REDMAN                   ALBERT SMALL
                                                                                                                                                                          KATHLEEN CURRAN
                                          DAVID & BARBARA CYPES                  AMY HUNT                  MARGARET NEWMAN                PHILIP S. TROUTMAN                                                  WRIGHTLY T. REED          WILLIAM & SARA SONNTAG
                                                                                                                                                                            SHARON A. DAVIS
                                            JOHN & LEAH DAZIENS           INTERNATIONAL PAPER          STEPHANIE NIEDRINGHAUS              NESTOR R. TRYTIAK                                           ROBERT & JUDITH REXRODE                  SPARTA, INC.
                                                                                                                                                                         MARK B. DESROSIERS
                                          HAROLD & SALLY DEELEY               JOHN W. JACEY                  GAIL NORDHEIMER               ELEANOR UEHLING                                                         LYNN RUIZ               VIRGIL K. SPURLOCK
                                                                                                                                                                     ROBERT & MARY DUSSAULT
                                             ADELSO S. DELACRUZ                DIVID JACOBS                MARGUERITE OAKLEY               MARTHA VASQUEZ                                                       ALLAN SAMPLE         DOUGLAS & STEPHANIE STARRETT
                                                                                                                                                                          MARILYN EDWARDS
                                         MARVIN & JUDITH DENNEN          KEITH & VIRGINIA JAMES             MARGARET O'BRIEN            HELENE VOIGTSBERGER                                                STEPHANIE SAMPSON               CRISTINA LOUISE SY
                                                                                                                                                                            CAROL EDWARDS
                                         ALAN & CAROL DESROSIERS              KAREN JEROME           THEODORE & CYNTHIA OGREN              EILEEN WASHBURN                                          JOYCE & PHILIP SCHEINDER, M.D.               VAACCSES
                                                                                                                                                                   FAMILIES & FRIENDS OF SERVICE
                                            PETER J. DIBENEDETTO        GAIL KIMBERLY JOHNSON                   EARL R OHMAN                  DAVID WASSER                                           WLLIAM & PATRICIA SCHNEIDER            CLARISSA VENEZIA
                                            ELIZABETH G. DIERCKS             LAURA JOHNSON                PAUL & MARY O'KEEFE          THOMAS & DONNA WEISE                                          KEVIN & MARY DUBOIS SEXTON         VIRGINIA ASSOCIATION OF
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                                            JUDITH A. DIESENHAUS                                            KATHLEEN OLIVERIO       DAVID & JANET WEISENFREUND                                                                         COMMUNITY REHABILITATION
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                                              HAZEM ELDARWISH                   JANE KEOGH                JOHN & OLGA PAVLICK                                                                         GEOFFREY & DURINDA SMITH
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                                                                                                                                                                       July is membership renewal month.
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                                      has joined forces to effect systems change in Virginia. This advocacy initiative
                                      will result in policy change that promotes consumer-responsive programs.                                                              DD Waiver newsletter?
                                                                                                                                                                          • Rely on The Arc staff to visit your legislators?
                                      The VAA’s intent is to empower individuals with disabilities to achieve greater
                                      interdependence, integration and inclusion within the community and                                                                 • Rely on The Arc staff to speak on your behalf or
                                      the workforce.                                                                                                                        coordinate speakers on your behalf at public hearings
News & Events

                                      Our awareness campaign targets the abolishment of having to wait for services                                                         or town meetings?
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                                      and access to the community. The VAA will educate its members about                                                                 • Do you have a client advocate?
                                      Medicaid Waivers and encourage them to apply. By applying for Medicaid                                                              • Benefit from our Advocacy Action Alerts?
                                      Waivers the waitlist numbers will increase. This will fully reflect the number
                                      of individuals with disabilities who need services but are not receiving them.                                                      • Call our office for help or information?
                                      With hard numbers we will alert legislature of the dire situation in Virginia and                                                   • Ever nominate someone for a The Arc
                                      stress they take action to right this wrong.
                                                                                                                                                                            Education Leadership Award?
                                      It is of paramount importance that individuals with disabilities and their                                                          • Have a trust at The Arc?
                                      families, service providers, and community members make an organized effort
                                      to be heard.
                                                                                                                                                                    Providing all of these services and more requires staff time,
                                      We must educate policy makers and the community of this inequality, this                                                      technology upgrades and maintenance, rent, ostage, etc. PLEASE JOIN THE
                                      prejudice. People must understand that the core of the issue is a civil rights issue.                                         Arc TODAY and make a generous contribution to help build communities for
                                                                                                                                                                    citizens with disabilities. Call Lynn Ruiz at The Arc at 703-532-3214 x114 or email
Information & Referral

                                      If Virginians must wait, the wait must be made predictable and services provided
                                      in a timely manner to those who require them.                                                                                 her at or use our ONLINE DONATION link on our
                                                                                                                                                                    website at!
                                         Who Waits in Line for Equality?
                                          Virginians with Disabilities.
                                                                                                                                                                                                     Why Become a Member?
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                                                Create the Change!
                                                                                                                                                     The Arc of the United States                 When you become a member of The Arc of Northern
                                                                                                                                                                                                  Virginia, you become a part of something even bigger. You
                                                   Photos by Will Schermerhorn.                                                     The Arc of Virginia                    are helping to build a nationwide “grassroots”movement
                                                                                                                                                                                                  which seeks to promote a better life for people with
                                                     Hats Off to Our Interns!                                                                                  The Arc of
                                                                                                                                                                                                  intellectual and development disabilities. As a local chapter,
                                              Education consists mainly in what we have unlearned.                                                          Northern Virginia
                                                                  Mark Twain                                                                                                                      we serve as one of 22 chapters who are affiliated with The
                                      Sponsorships com in many forms...and The Arc of Northern Virginia could not
                                                                                                                                                                                                  Arc of Virginia and one of over 1,000 chapters who are
                                      be as succesful as we have been without the support of our local Universities                                                                               affiliated with The Arc of the United States.
                                      and Schools. Working with people who have Intellectual Disabilties is an area
                                      that, historically, has not received much attention at the college level – over the
                                      last three years The Arc of Northern Virginia would like to commend

                                      Marymount University, Virginia Commonwealth University and George Mason
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                                      University for pursing and supporting undergraduate and graduate internships
                                      at The Arc of Northern Virginia.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       This Issue We Commemorate:
                                      An internship at The Arc of Northern Virginia is demanding and rewarding                                         Commemoratives                                                                FRED THIEBERGER
                                      and we would like to take this opportunity to thank our 2006-2007 interns                                                                                                                       WALTER WODYKA
                                                                                                                                                               Lives of great men all remind us
                                      who have together provided over 1000 hours of service:                                                                                                                                           WILLIAM LASH
                                                                                                                                                               We can make our lives sublime,
                                                             Mary Gunderson, Marymount University                                                              And departing, leave behind us                                         MAGGIE OFFURO
                                                                        Laura Johnson, VCU                                                                     Footprints in the sands of time.                                       CORNELL MAYER
                                                                        Michael Miller, VCU
                                                                     Shamima Sidiquee, VCU                                                                            Henry W. Longfellow                                             ROSE GROSSMAN
                                                                        Tiffani Pullin, GMU                                                                                                                                           ELINOR FAWCETT
                                                                     Sasha Keller-Tripp, GMU                                                      Commemoratives are used at the Arc of Northern Virginia                          SARAH J. HEILBRONNER
                                                                       Erin Thompson, GMU                                                         to honor birthdays, anniversaries, and weddings of those who
                                                               Teri O'Brien, Marymount University                                                                                                                                    HANNAH WILKLOW
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                                                             Jessica Bronson, Marymount University                                                have had a significant impact on our lives. Commemorative                           AMON SHANNON
                                                                        Saima Zaman, GMU                                                          gifts help us remember the people we love and help the Arc                        RUSSELL WOODMAN
                                                                                and                                                               of Northern Virginia with its mission to support and advocate
                                                              Numi Aslam, Falls Church High School                                                                                                                              BIRTHDAY(S)- BAILEY BRANDT
                                                                                                                                                  for people with cognitive, intellectual, and developmental
                                      14                                                                                                          disabilities. All contributions are tax deductible.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    RANDY BURMESTER
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                SPECIAL THANKS: EVAN JONES

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