Marymount Education Students Work with The Arc

Over 25 Marymount education undergraduate and graduate students participated in the 10th bi-annual transition workshop series with The Arc of Northern Virginia. The Arc supports families and their children with various disabilities, promoting and protecting the human rights of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities to support their full inclusion and participation in the community. Marymount hosted a group from The Arc over two weekends this fall. While parents, caregivers, and disability services professionals attended a series of workshops, young adults with disabilities were engaged in a curriculum of various lessons and activities facilitated by Marymount University education students.

The workshops were designed to educate and empower families and individuals with disabilities as they transition from school-provided services to community-based services for adults. Parents and caregivers attended presentations on social security, setting up living trusts, employment, housing etc. Meanwhile, the Marymount Education students planned and coordinated activities to support young adults with disabilities with social skills, employment skills, recreational skills and communication skills for transitioning from high school to adult opportunities. These activities are designed to address a range of transition situations they may encounter, including social, communication, employment, and recreation skills.

Marymount hosts this event twice a year.