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August 06, 2015

The Arc of Northern Virginia is a 53-year old local nonprofit that today represents and serves more than 16,000 individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (ID/DD) — such as autism, Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, epilepsy and rare chromosomal disorders — and their families throughout Northern Virginia. Their programs, services and advocacy provide critical support through the entire lifespan of an individual, from diagnosis and early intervention services to aging with a disability. They have been instrumental in achieving legislation and funding that has made great strides in the quality of life for individuals with ID/DD and their families.

Everyone should have the chance to participate in a diverse and inclusive workforce. The Arc of Northern Virginia’s Transition POINTS (Providing Opportunities, Information, Networking, and Transition Support) Employment program serves Northern Virginians with ID/DD by growing vocational opportunities and connecting individuals and their families with employment resources.

At MAXIMUS, we believe reducing poverty requires a holistic approach to support the diverse needs of job seekers, their families and their communities. Our solutions include a variety of case management, employment, training and economic development programs that help individuals achieve self-sufficiency and meet the needs of local employers. The Arc of Northern Virginia shares these values and provides important support for people with disabilities in our communities.

In Fairfax County, Virginia alone, 70% of adults with cognitive disabilities are unemployed and the rate of unemployment for people with ID/DD is high throughout the Northern Virginia region. With the support of a recent MAXIMUS Foundation grant, The Arc of Northern Virginia is developing and connecting families to employment resources and tools along with providing guidance to employers on hiring people with ID/DD to build a network of employer partners.

The Arc of Northern Virginia strives for a society where people with ID/DD can live “A Life Like Yours." They share the commitment of MAXIMUS in creating meaningful employment opportunities for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and achieving solutions that help people with disabilities get the support and opportunities they need to succeed.

For more information about The Arc of Northern Virginia, visit www.thearcofnova.org.

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