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Our Special Needs Trust program is solutions driven by empathy. A trust solves some of the problems parents worry about as they age. Our empathy makes working with us a true comfort. In this video, learn the basics. Hear from people whose lives changed after working with us.

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Planning For Your Trust

Advice on Guardianship and Social Security

Advice for Community Life

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Planning For Your Special Needs Trust

These videos cover topics you may need to know as you set up your trust.

Learn How The Arc Manages the Trust

Learn about how The Arc of Northern Virginia manages our trusts as the Trust Manager and how we help families and individuals with disabilities make their lives easier and better. Video Length: 4 minutes

Learn About Special Needs Trusts and ABLE Accounts

Learn the basics of what is a special needs trust for people with disabilities and other options such as ABLE accounts. . Video Length: 2 hours, 11 minutes

Learn How to Use the Money in a Special Needs Trust

The benefits of a special needs trust come with rules. Find out what kinds of things a trust can pay for. Learn the basics of budgeting and planning in order to make the trust funds last an entire lifetime. Video Length: 2 hours, 20 minutes

Learn About Housing Options and Putting Real Estate in a Special Needs Trust

Learn how property and real estate can be handled and leveraged in Special Needs Trusts. The goal: give more housing choices for people with disabilities. Video Length: 1 hour, 56 minutes

Special Needs Planning for People in the U.S. Military

People in the military can steer their benefits to a son or daughter with a disability. It's important to do it right, though, so other government benefits are not put at risk. Video Length: 1 hour, 48 minutes

Who Will Advocate for My Child with Disabilities?

The Arc of Northern Virginia's advocate can be hired to provide short-term and long-term planning and support for you and your loved ones. Learn more about our Advocate Program. Video Length: 1 hour, 59 minutes

Learn How to Document Plans for the Future

Learn how to write a Letter of Intent of Long-Term Advocacy Plan for your loved one with disability. Video Length: 46 minutes

Advice on Guardianship and Social Security

These videos cover topics you may need to know as you set up your trust.

Follow These Steps to Apply for Social Security Benefits

Learn how and when to apply for adult disability benefits through the Social Security Administration. Find out how the benefits work and how to use them. Learn about the appeals process in case your application is denies. Video Length: 2 hours, 15 minutes

Decide if Guardianship is Right for You

Learn when guardianship is the right choice and when it might not be. The video covers supported decision making, advance health care directives and powers of attorney. Video Length: 2 hours, 6 minutes

Get Answers to Legal Questions - Ask an Attorney

Learn about the legal aspects of special needs trusts, guardianship, powers of attorney, advanced medical directives, wills, as you are planning for the future. Presented by a panel of expert special needs attorneys. Video Length: 2 hours, 11 minutes

Advice for Community Life

Get tips and plans for thriving in the community.

Find Work in the Community

Embrace the transition from high school to employment. Learn what services can help you and how to sign up. Video Length: 1 hour, 54 minutes

Find the Right Health Insurance Approach

Learn about the range of choices for health insurance for people with disabilities.  Video Length: 1 hour, 21 minutes

Learn about Safety and Justice for People with Disabilities

People with disabilities may run into tricky circumstances with police. Thinking ahead and planning can help make sure those moments go well. Video Length: 1 hour, 42 minutes

Learn About Employment and Vocational Rehabilitation Options

Learn about pre-employment transition services (Pre-ETS) and other vocational rehabilitation programs for people with disabilities. Presented by DARS and Melwood. Video Length: 1 hour, 54 minutes

Learn What Healthcare Options are Available for People with Disabilities

Learn about various Medicaid waivers, Medicare, and other private health insurance available for people with disabilities. Presented by Virginia Department of Medical Assistance Services (DMAS). Video Length: 2 hours, 3 minutes

Find Community Services for People with Dual Diagnoses

Learn how an individual with dual diagnoses can receive the services they need to thrive in the community. Presented by mental health and brain-injury professionals. Video Length: 1 hour, 8 minutes