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The Arc of Loudoun


CONTACT



601 Catoctin Cir NE

Leesburg, VA 20176


JOINED

Joined on October 25, 2022


INDUSTRY

Non-profit





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DESCRIPTION

The Arc of Loudoun advocates for, educates, serves, and supports people with disabilities and their families. We define disability as any condition that prevents, delays, or interferes with a person's typical development or optimal achievement. Disabilities include behavioral/emotional, developmental, intellectual, learning, physical, and/or sensory. Disabilities may be temporary, and disabilities may be invisible.


We strive to bring about a just, equitable world for people with disabilities.


OUR REVIEW

The Arc of Loudoun has demonstrated an incredible willingness to partner with, support, and advocate for the LGBTQ+ community. They were active, enthusiastic, and affirming partners at the 2022 Loudoun Pride Festival.


As an early adopter of the Equality Allies program, the Arc of Loudoun demonstrates a commitment to the ideals of diversity, inclusion, and equality. With a thorough review of their business activities, we found no history of discriminatory practices or exclusive reviews.


General Survey

Question: How many of your employees or volunteers are members of the LGBTQ+ community?

Answer: Unknown


Question: Are your leadership, human resources, employees, or volunteers provided or required to utilize LGBTQ-specific training or educational content each year?

Answer: All of our staff are required to have LGBTQ-specific training.


Question: How often do you believe your leadership, human resources, employees, or volunteers utilize LGBTQ-specific training or educational content each year?

Answer: We require annual training.


Question: Do you feel that your policies and procedures cover LGBTQ-specific needs for all of your employees, staff, and volunteers?

Answer: We have a general anti-discrimination clause that covers LGBTQ and other marginalized groups.


Question: Do you feel that your policies and procedures cover LGBTQ-specific needs for your those who rely on your service?

Answer: We have a general anti-discrimination clause that cover LGBTQ and other marginalized groups.


Question: How well do you feel that you and your staff are doing at creating an accepting and affirming presence for the LGBTQ+ community?

Answer: Our staff and space are generally friendly, non-hostile, and open to all people, but nothing LGBTQ+ specific.


Industry Survey

Question: What type of non-profit organization do you represent? Briefly describe your mission.

Answer: The Arc of Loudoun advocates for, educates, serves, and support people with disabilities and their families.


Question: Do you have any LGBTQ+ board members? Include any information, if possible, about how they represent LGBTQ+ issues in your organization.

Answer: Yes - our Board actively represents the people that we serve - and we serve people from every demographic in the region.


Question: Do you supply any training materials to individuals in your organization, or outside of your organization? If so, what do those materials entail?

Answer: Yes - disabilities awareness, how to enforce / access rights, benefits, entitlements for people with disabilities


Question: How do you make your organization a safe and affirming place for LGBTQ+ people to be?

Answer: We strive to make our organization a safe and affirming place for ALL staff, students, clients, and families, regardless of demographic(s)


Question: How can Equality Loudoun best support your organization?

Answer: Keep doing what you're doing!


Question: How can your organization best support Equality Loudoun?

Answer: Being LGBTQ+ is tough. Being LGBTQ+ with a disability is even tougher. The Arc of Loudoun is here to advocate for, educate, serve, and support everyone with any type of disability. Please refer to us - we're here to help!

Question: In your fundraising activities, do you solicit funds from non-affirming organizations? If so, which organizations?

Answer: Not if we know that they're non-affirming. In other words, we receive donations from hundreds of people and a dozens of organizations; it's unlikely that we'll know their position on inclusion, diversity, accessibility, and equity for all when we receive their donations.


Question: Are there other Non-Profit organizations that you recommend as allies?

Answer: Other than some of the faith-based orgs in the region (Tree of Life in particular), we recommend most other NPOs based in Loudoun. St. Gabriel's Church is an outstanding ally, for instance!

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