The Arc of Loudoun, a Leesburg-based nonprofit organization that helps people with disabilities, announced Tuesday it is returning to its original name.
The program will be known simply as The Arc of Loudoun, rather than the recent Arc of Loudoun at Paxton Campus.
The Arc of Loudoun serves children in need, their families and caregivers from the "17-acre safe haven" belonging to The Margaret Paxton Memorial Trust, informally known as Paxton Campus.
Officials at The Arc of Loudoun said the shift allows the organization to embrace the national brand’s "rich, 65-year history and national credibility so familiar to many families who have loved ones with special needs." It also gives the local group the opportunity to collaborate with the greater Washington area Arc chapters to help all people with special needs.
Arc officials said they maintain their commitment to advocate for people with disabilities by promoting individual support and equitable participation with their non-disabled peers in all aspects of community life, including education, residence, vocation and health care.
“We're confident that this return-to-brand process will not only help us to continue to grow as an organization, but that it will enable us to better serve our community, supporters and partners,” said Lisa Kimball, chief executive of the Arc of Loudoun.
Through The Arc of Loudoun’s five programs on campus, she said they will continue to be the community resource for families that have children and adults with disabilities in Loudoun County.
There are more than 244,200 children with intellectual and developmental disabilities in the greater Washington area, with 18,890 of those in Loudoun County.
The Arc of Loudoun's new website is TheArcofLoudoun.org.