Interested in joining our Parent Support Group? Please contact Eileen Shaffer at: email@example.com
Are you the parent or caretaker of a child with a disability or special needs? Do you wish you could talk with other parents who are in similar situations? Please consider joining our Parent Support Group!
Parent Support Group will meet the first Tuesday of each month of the School Year and coincide with Social Skills Group. While your child attends Social Skills Group, you are welcome to join a network of other parents. PLEASE NOTE: Your child does not need to be enrolled in Social Skills to attend.
Tuesdays from 5:30pm to 6:30pm
Parent groups can serve many purposes, but one of their most important can be to introduce families to others like themselves, building a sense of community and of understanding.
For more information on this group, please contact Eileen Shaffer at: firstname.lastname@example.org
People with Disabilities
Meet Lauren. She works at Maggie’s Closet (named after the founder of Paxton Campus’ daughter, Margaret) a non-profit store located on Paxton Campus that provides free clothing and accessories for families in need. After one year of volunteering, Lauren was given the opportunity to work part-time at Maggie’s Closet through STEP Up; a program of The Arc of Loudoun that teaches vocational skills to adults with disabilities. Maggie’s Closet accepts shoppers by appointment only and features all sizes of quality, seasonal clothing. Lauren recently began taking on more responsibility; answering phone calls, and scheduling shopping visits. She greets each shopper with a smile when they arrive for their appointments.
Lauren says working at ‘Maggie’s’ has been an amazing experience,
“I have a lot more confidence talking to people now and have become more independent. I’ve learned skills that I’ve never learned before!”
Skills such as answering the phone and interacting with customers were challenging for Lauren at first, but now she’s able to do both tasks easily. In fact, she’d love to do more public speaking. Lauren says,“I’d like to be on TV or the news. Advocating and being able to talk at The White House about Paxton would be my dream!” Lauren especially enjoys meeting all the families who shop at Maggie’s,“I love seeing them smiling. It makes me happy knowing that I’m bringing happiness to all of the people who are shopping.”
Learn more about Maggie’s Closet here: www.paxtoncampus.org/maggies-closet
Meet Masih, a bright and cheerful eight-year-old student at The Aurora School. Vanessa, his lead Applied Behavior Analysis instructor, has seen tremendous growth in Masih since the beginning of the school year in September. Before coming to Aurora, Masih struggled going to new places, but now he looks forward to visiting the public library or stopping by the grocery store. He continues to learn lifelong skills at Aurora: from learning to share with others, to washing his hands independently, to allowing peers to be physically near him– now, he’s always asking for hugs! Vanessa believes it’s important for kids who are on the autism spectrum, like Masih, to have the opportunity to attend schools like Aurora that provide different learning strategies for all types of students. Vanessa is extremely proud of Masih’s progress saying,
“I enjoy knowing and working with everyone at Paxton Campus, but what an honor to work closely with Masih…the skills he learns at Aurora he will keep for a lifetime.”
Thank you to all those who donated to Paxton Campus and participated in our Selfies for Good contest. We had so much fun! THANK YOU!
On Thursday, June 4th we can all Do More to help our community.
Paxton Campus has partnered with United Way of the National Capital Area and 600 other local nonprofits in the greater DC area in this annual day of giving.
We need your help to make this year’s campaign successful. Here’s what you can do:
1) Mark your calendar for Thursday, June 4th.
2) Bookmark this giving link. https://www.domore24.org/#npo/paxton-campus
3) Spread the word! Post our giving link and your support on your social media channels.
4) Donate on June 4th. You can help us to win additional cash prizes!
Your donation on June 4th will help us continue to support and grow these programs and the communities they serve.
We are grateful for your support. Thank you for helping us Do More for our community.