The Arc of Loudoun

  • VA


601 Catoctin Circle, NE
United States

About Us

We are The Arc of Loudoun, one of over 700 affiliates of The Arc of the United States. Since 1967, The Arc of Loudoun has been Loudoun County’s only advocacy organization dedicated to serving people with disabilities and their families.

We provide advocacy services to people with disabilities and their families by promoting individual support and equitable participation with their non-disabled peers in all aspects of community life, including education, residence, vocation, and healthcare.

We work to secure the full range of human and civil rights for children and adults with disabilities. We are the only community-based non-profit working for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities throughout their lifetimes. We encompass all ages and all spectrums from autism, ASD, Down Syndrome, Fragile X, intellectual disabilities, and various other developmental disabilities.

Combined with the support of The Arc of Loudoun, the Paxton Campus has become a relentless promoter of disability rights for children throughout the community with special needs.

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Located in Leesburg, Virginia, the historic Paxton Campus has been serving children and families in need for 90 years.

In 1922, founder Rachel Paxton had a vision to turn her home and property into safe and welcoming environment for underprivileged families. Over the years, the property had served as a convalescent center, daycare, and an orphanage.

In 1967, a group of parents whose children had special needs formed The Arc of Loudoun, a 501(c)3 organization, to start a preschool for their children when no one else would.

Since then, the Paxton Campus has grown into a full-service organization with multiple programs that together provide an integrated and innovative learning environment for children of all ages and abilities.

Our growing list of programs include:

  • Open Door Preschool
  • The Aurora School
  • ALLY Advocacy Center
  • Step Up
  • Maggie's Closet

Special needs students are children first with all of the needs, desires, and feelings of children without disabilities. Our programs and services enable children to grow into adulthood and move out into the world with skills and confidence.