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The Arc of Loudoun in the News


Seeing the silver linings: While coping with the new reality, special education community longs for person-to-person engagement, Loudoun Times Mirror, May 29, 2020

Loudoun County Nonprofit Adjusts Services to Help Adults and Children with Disabilities – Amy Metaxa and Lisa Kimball on WJLA Channel 7, May 18, 2020

Virginia Calls for COVID-19 Volunteers – The Arc of Loudoun’s CEO, Lisa Kimball on Fox5 News, April 15, 2020.

How Lisa Kimball turned her resume upside down to run the Arc of Loudoun

Claude Moore Foundation grants $2.4M to Loudoun organizations for 2020

$250K Claude Moore Grant to Boost Arc of Loudoun’s Early Intervention Preschool

Kidd Around Town: My Bloody Valentine Event to benefit The Arc of Loudoun



Leesburg’s Award Winning Haunted House, Shocktober, Opens for its 10th Season on October 4th 


Shocktober Wins Twice at Annual Tourism Awards, 10 May 2019, Loudoun Now, 10 May 2019, Loudoun Now


Singing to Help Others: Loudoun Musicians Give Back with Performances Saturday, 10 May 2019, Loudoun Now 

The Arc Celebrates Efforts to Help Disabled Residents Enjoy ‘A Life Like Ours’, 23 March 2019, Loudoun Now 

Loudoun Chamber Foundation Awards $24K to Nonprofits, 10 January 2019, Loudoun Now 



The Arc of Loudoun returns to its original brand, Karen Graham 5 December 2018, Loudoun Times Mirror

LightUP Festival Proceeds Benefit The Arc of Loudoun, Molette Green 29 November 2018, NBC4 Washington

The Arc of Loudoun Celebrates Opening of New Aurora Clinic, Renss Greene 16 November 2018, Loudoun Now

The Arc of Loudoun’s Shocktober Scares for Kids, 12 October 2018, Local DVM

Haunted House Stop #1: My Paranormal Experience at the Only Real Haunted House in Northern Virignia, 12 October 2018, Our Community Now

Do You Want Scary Good Fun This October? Hit Up DC’s Top Haunted Trails, 9 October 2018, DC Fray

Four Levels of Terror, Escape Room Part of Shocktober at Paxton Manor through Nov. 4, 7 October 2018, Loudoun Tribune

Haunted Mansion Delivers Scares in Service to Kids with Disabilities, 5 October 2018, WTOP

Everything you need to do in DC this weekend, 5 October 2018, Thrillist

The Arc of Loudoun’s Shocktober Returns Beginning October 5, 29 September 2018, Loudoun Tribune

We Scare Because We Care: Shocktober, Oct. 5, 14 September 2018, Fairfax Times

Shocktober to Take Over Loudoun With New Theme, Partners, Renss Greene,  29 August 2018, Loudoun Now

Shocktober to terrorize patrons in Leesburg starting Oct. 5, 29 August 2018, Loudoun Times Mirror

Leesburg Zip Trip: The Arc of Loudoun, 24 August 2018, Fox 5

The Arc of Loudoun’s Ability Fitness Center Changes Lives, Rebecca Burnett, 6 June 2018, Local DVM 

iCan Bike Camp comes to Leesburg for second year, Rebecca Burnett, 27 June 2018, Local DVM 

Ability Fitness Center boasts a special kind of gym culture, Michael Balderston, 2018 June, Northern Virginia Magazine

iCan Bike Camp Grows in Second Year, Renss Greene, 25 June 2018, Loudoun Now 

Moving Beyond Expectations at Ability Fitness Center, Beth Rasin, 1 June 2018, Middleburg Life 

Mother Helps Hundreds of Kids After Learning How to Care for Her Autistic Son, Leon Harris, Michelle Rivera, Perkins Broussard, 1 June 2018, NBC Washington

A photo emerges and a Va. school system’s use of seclusion comes under scrutiny, Debbie Truong, 26 May 2018, The Washington Post

Leesburg Fitness Center with the Ability to Change Lives, Leonard Shapiro, 23 May 2018, Country Spirit 

Supervisors Approve $25k in Grant Applications , Renss Greene, 22 May 2018, Loudoun Now

Music at the Manor May 19 Supports Arc Of Loudoun Programs, by Joseph Dill, 15 May 2018, The Loudoun Tribune

All Abilities Night at iFly Loudoun: Uplifting and Charitable Experience, by Joseph Dill, 7 May 2018, The Loudoun Tribune

100WomenStrong Announces Grants for 28 Loudoun Programs, by Danielle Nadler, 2 May 2018, Loudoun Now 

Physical therapy and spinal cord injuries on WUSA9, 17 April 2018

Get involved with the Ability Fitness Center on WUSA9 17 April 2018

Ability Fitness Center: Improving life for those with disabilities on WUSA9 17 April 2018

Moose Supreme Governor Visits Leesburg, by Renss Greene, Loudoun Now, 6 April 2018

Ability Fitness Expands Potential, Floor Space, by Renss Greene, Loudoun Now, 5 April 2018

Ability Fitness Center: A gym for those facing neurological conditions, by Diane Helentjaris, Loudoun Times Mirror, 4 April 2018 

Sheraton Tysons to host All-Star Comic Con, Fairfax Times, 30 March 2018

Parents Share Stories of Isolation for Special Needs Children, by Renss Greene, Loudoun Now, 27 February 2018

Arc of Loudoun: What Is It? by Joseph Dill, Loudoun Tribune, 22 February 2018

My Bloody Valentine: February Haunted House Experience Aids Arc of Loudoun Programs, by Joseph Dill, Loudoun Tribune, 5 February 2018

Love is Always in the Air in Loudoun , by Jennifer Sigal, Destination Hotels January 2018



New Ability Fitness Center Serves Loudoun’s Physically Challenged, by Danielle Nadler, Loudoun Now, 20 November 2017

Paxton Breaks Ground on Aurora Behavior Clinic, by Renss Greene, Loudoun Now, 11 October 2017

Advocates Say Disability Forgotten in Nonprofit Assessment, by Renss Greene, Loudoun Now, 9 October 2017

At Shocktober, Scaring Is Caring by Jan Mercker, Loudoun Now, 4 October 2017

Extraordinary Collaborations, Loudoun Now, 25 May 2017

Arc of Loudoun Paxton Campus Announces New Executive Director, by Veronike Collazo, Loudoun Tribune, 25 May 2017

Arc of Loudoun holds first Pathways to Justice training , Shaheed Morris, Local DMV 24 May 2017

Loudoun Criminal Justice System Receives Disability Training, by Veronike Collazo, Loudoun Tribune, 23 May 2017

Easy on the Senses: Inova Loudoun Rolls Out Specialized Approach for Autisic Patients, by Norman K Styer, Loudoun Now, 14 May 2017

Autism-friendly pediatric E.R. unveiled at Inova Loudoun Hospital, Chantalle Edmunds, Loudoun Times Mirror, 12 May 2017

Loudoun Volunteerism Celebrated with Awards Ceremony, Loudoun Now, 28 April 2017

Ability Fitness Plans Paxton Service Center, Readies for Golf Fundraiser, Loudoun Now, 14 April 2017

School Funding, Employment Services Take Center Stage at Budget Public Hearings, by Renss Greene, 06 March 2017 

New Pilot Program Helps Individuals With Special Needs, by Sierra Fox, 23 Feb 2017

The Arc of Loudoun Executive Director Lassiter Resigns, by Danielle Nadler, Loudoun Now, 12 Jan 2017

Old Barn Gets New Life Helping Children with Disabilities, by Renss Greene, Loudoun Now, 12 Jan 2017



VIDEO – Paxton Campus strengthening the community, interview with Eileen Whelan on GOOD MORNING WASHINGTON, WJLA7, 15 Nov 2016

VIDEO – Paxton Campus helps disabled give back to community, interview with Eileen Whelan on GOOD MORNING WASHINGTON, WJLA7, 15 Nov 2016

Deputies Train to Spot Mental Illness and Avoid Tragedies, by Renss Greene, Loudoun Now, 20 Oct 2016

Loudoun deputies learn how to identify, respond to people with autism, by Jim Barnes, Washington Post – Loudoun Local Section, 10 Oct 2016

Sheriff’s Office and Paxton Campus Push New Program to Help People with Disabilities, by Veronike Collazo of The Loudoun Tribune, 5 Oct 2016

(Shocktober) There’s A Haunted House In Virginia That’s So Terrifying You Have To Sign A Waiver To Enter, Beth Wellford, 18 Aug 2016

Old Ox Brews the Flavor of Shocktober, by Renss Greene, Loudoun Now,  12 Aug 2016

Jamming for a cause in Leesburg, by Alison Cuevas, Loudoun Times-Mirror on 4 Aug 2016

Community Action Results in New Home for Leesburg Mother, Son, Loudoun Now, 2 Aug 2016

(Shocktober) My Bloody Valentine offers fear, romance in Leesburg, by Tiffany Arnold, 12 February 2016.

(Shocktober) VIDEOS: Shocktober’s ‘My Bloody Valentine’ Feb. 12-14, with Eileen Whelan of WJLA News Channel 7. 11 February 2016

(Shocktober) Dare to scare for a unique Valentine’s Day, by Adrienne West, Northern Virginia Magazine. 9 February 2016.

(Shocktober) A bloody Valentine’s Day adventure at Paxton Campus, by Hannah Dellinger, Loudoun Times-Mirror. 29 January 2016

PRESS RELEASE: Shocktober Opens its Doors for Three Nights in February and One Night in March!



Young People With Disabilities Thriving In Job Opportunitiesby Mike Stancik of Leesburg Today on 3 Nov 2015.

(Shocktober) BLOG: Halloween haunt review: Shocktober (Paxton Manor): Warning:  Just reading this post may scare you!  Read at your own risk! by Patricia Hall, 17 Oct 2015

(Shocktober) D-Line, Linebackers Reflect On Getting Super Scared This Week At ‘Shocktober’Jake Kring-Schreifels, Associate Writer,, 16 Oct 2015

(Shocktober) VIDEO: Shocktober’s Paxton Manor in Leesburg, Va., By Meaghan Mooney at WUSA9’s Great Day Washington, 16 Oct 2015

(Shocktober) Redskins linebackers tackle haunted house in Va., By Michelle Basch | WTOP 16 

How I … Give people the creeps for a good cause: Leesburg’s The Aurora School turns into haunted house to raise wicked amounts of money, by Chase Cabot of Washington Business Journal on 16 Oct 2015

(Shocktober) Redskins’ Linebackers Get Spooked In Leesburg, by Danielle Nadler, Leesburg Today, 15 Oct 2015

(Shocktober) Redskins defensive line got very scared at a haunted house, by Extra Mustard |Sports Illustrated, 14 Oct 2015

(Shocktober) Redskins’ defensive line visits haunted house, gets scared, Scott Allen, Washington Post, 13 Oct 2015

(Shocktober) Redskins’ D-Line Gets A Good Scare At ‘Shocktober’, Stephen Czarda,, 13 Oct 2015

(Shocktober) Even Redskins D-linemen get scared at haunted houses, CSN Mid-Atlantic, 13 Oct 2015

(Shocktober) BLOG: Shocktober is a Spooktacular Haunt Supporting a Great Cause! Amy Pope Fitzgerald of Twingles Mom Blog, 10 Oct 2015

(Shocktober) Halloween 2015: Shocktober’s Paxton Manor haunted house in Leesburg, Virginia,, 9 Oct 2015

(Shocktober) These 12 Haunted Houses In Virginia Will Terrify You In The Best Way (Paxton Manor #4), Only In Your State, 9 Oct 2015

(Shocktober) Shocktober Aims To Scare For A Good Cause, by Mike Stancik, Leesburg Today, 7 Oct 2015

(Shocktober) VIDEO: Haunting Season Begins at Virginia Estate: Paxton Mansion Begins New Season, by NBC4 News. 2 Oct 2015

(Shocktober) VIDEO: DIY Zombie Makeup on Let’s Talk Live on Channel 8 News. 2 Oct 2015 (Minute 19:25)

Stolen Paxton Campus Golf Cart Back In Serviceby Mike Stancik of Leesburg Today on September 15, 2015

VIDEO: Community Rallies to Help Paxton Campus, by NBC4 on September 15, 2015

Leesburg Thrift Shop Donates To Nonprofits, by Mike Stancik of Leesburg Today on August 15, 2015

4 NBC WASHINGTON: Vandals Strike the Heart of a Leesburg Non-Profit
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Community Rallies to Aid Paxton after Golf Cart is Stolen

Melissa Heifetz named Director of Advocacy at ALLY Advocacy Center (page 31)

Adults with Autism May Be Loudoun’s Next Agribusiness Workforce

Visit Loudoun celebrates its 20th anniversary at annual awards ceremony

Loudoun’s tourism champions honored at Visit Loudoun awards

Paxton Campus Launches May Concert Series With Voodoo Blues

Area Dancers Donate $12,000 to Local Charities

Paxton Campus Holds Annual Celebration Monday



Paxton Campus Dedicates School To Longtime Supporter

Constructing a legacy: The Aurora School in Loudoun dedicated to “Butch” Miller

Open Door Learning Center at Paxton Campus

A Running Start For 2014



Radio-Thon Ready to ‘Ring In’ the 28th Annual Chain of Checks!

Maggie’s Closet in Leesburg turns 2

Maggie’s Closet Marks Two Years Of Service

This Holiday Season, Gift For Good

Remember Gifts for Good this holiday

Willowsfordramblings: Paxton Manor Experience

Paxton Mansion in Leesburg will squeeze one more Halloween fright from you this weekend

Haunted Paxton Manor’s Shocktober Scaring Up A Crowd

28th Annual Chain of Checks beneficiaries announced

Paxton Campus Joins Monarch Butterfly Initiative

Aurora School celebrates 10-year anniversary

Paxton Campus Won the 2013 Leesburg Patriot Cup

The Battle to Educate the Autistic

100 Women Strong Announces 2013 Grant Recipients

2013 Leesburg Business Award Nominees Announced

The Arc of Loudoun Raises Autism Awareness

Autism awareness walk set for April 7 in Leesburg

Claude Moore Charitable Foundation awards $889k to Loudoun charities



UPDATE: Paxton Manor Transforms into Haunted Attraction

Students, Staff Celebrate Grand Opening of Paxton Attraction

Art Exhibit and Live Auction to Benefit Paxton Manor

Paranormal Sleepover to Take Place at Paxton Manor

Run for Independence 8K to Benefit Arc of Loudoun

Sterling Women Hosts The Arc of Loudoun Director

Autism Bill Unanimously Approved



Interview with Jennifer Lassiter, Executive Director of Paxton Campus

Maggie’s Closet Holds Open House

Maggie’s Closet Prepares For Those in Need

Governor appoints Loudoun residents to boards

Paxton Manor Prepares for Halloween

Non-Profit Boot Camp Offers Networking, Learning Opportunities



Paxton haunt a success

Paxton Manor in Leesburg turned into haunted house for Halloween



Aurora School Targets 2009 Opening At Carlheim

Mansion to Again Serve Needy

Aurora School To Move To Paxton In Leesburg

Aurora School Inks Deal For Paxton Center; $9M Renovation Planned



New lease on life

Aurora School Plans Expansion