The Arc of Loudoun at Paxton Campus has appointed Eileen Shaffer as the administrative director of ALLY “A Life Like Yours” Advocacy Center on the campus.
The ALLY Advocacy Center’s goal is to fill the unmet needs of the community by providing free information on disability rights, providing support and events for families and caretakers of those with disabilities, as well as the professionals who work with them.
“It is exciting to have someone with Eileen’s passion and knowledge as the Director of Advocacy to continue to push forward ALLY’s mission,” stated Melissa Heifetz, executive director of Paxton Campus.
As the director of advocacy, Shaffer will continue to expand ALLY’s advocacy program which includes special education consultations, advocacy services for individuals with disabilities and community outreach programs and trainings for families, caretakers and professionals. This will mean more clients served at the Advocacy Center and more attention in the community to the rights of individuals with disabilities.
Shaffer has worked in group homes with adults with developmental and intellectual disabilities. As the Resident Services Director of a continuing care retirement community in North Carolina, she worked with individuals across the spectrum from independent adults, assisted living, skilled nursing, adult day care and dementias. She works as a case manager in Loudoun and Fairfax counties. She also has experience coordinating care for her clients with community and healthcare resources.