Shocktober is an award-winning fundraiser for the nonprofit, The Arc of Loudoun at Paxton Campus.

The Arc of Loudoun at Paxton Campus is a Loudoun-based nonprofit that serves people with disabilities and their families. The Arc’s mission is to maximize the potential of children while supporting families and individuals with disabilities so that they may thrive in the community. There are multiple programs and services on campus that provide an integrated and innovative environment for children and adults with disabilities in Loudoun County and beyond.

Programs on the campus include The Aurora SchoolOpen Door Learning Center preschool; ALLY Advocacy Center (“A Life Like Yours”) Advocacy Center; and BRAND NEW THIS YEAR Advantage Behavior Clinic and Ability Fitness Center all devoted to serving people with disabilities and their families, as well as helping children of all abilities thrive in our community.

The Aurora School, a private day school licensed by the Virginia Department of Education, teaches students with special needs, particularly those with Autism.  Currently we are at our maximum attendance with 35 students, from ages 5 to 22 years old, from all over the Greater Washington Area.  Open Door Learning Centeris a preschool that serves children with and without disabilities. “A Life Like Yours” ALLY Advocacy Center fills the unmet needs of the community by providing free information on disability rights, guidance, support, events, and workshops to families and caretakers of those with disabilities and the professionals who work with them. Advantage Behavior Clinic provides individualized therapeutic options for children with autism and other related disabilities, with a specialized curriculum focused on verbal behavior and increasing social interactions. Ability Fitness Center is therapeutic fitness and wellness center for people with neurologic and developmental disabilities.


Shocktober won Visit Loudoun’s Humanitarian Award in 2015, due to the shear amount of community who come together and volunteer for this annual event.

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All proceeds from Shocktober events go to The Arc of Loudoun at Paxton Campus, a nonprofit that helps children and adults with disabilities.