Special Education Resources and Events

All these opportunities are FREE unless noted.  
In most cases you must register if registration information is provided.
 
When other events become available they will be posted at:  https://fairfaxcountysepta.org/upcoming-community-events/

Resources for Special Education

The Fairfax County Special Education PTA has an excellent set of resources on their website: https://fairfaxcountysepta.org
In the Resources section you will find information on each of the following:
  • Acronyms
  • FCPS Behavior Intervention Services
  • FCPS Guidelines on the Use of Physical Restraint & Seclusion
  • FCPS Special Education Resource List
  • Organizations
  • Ongoing Support Groups for Youth and Parents
 FCPS Ombudsman is another valuable resource:  Armando Peri  https://www.fcps.edu/department/office-family-student-ombudsman
 

SUPPORT GROUPS

Support Groups for Youth

Support Group for Middle School Students with ADHD  meets the 1st Sunday of each month 2:00 – 3:00 pm 4031 Univ. Dr. Fairfax,  Enter on South St.  No parents!  Call 703-403-3335 to enter building.  Contact:  coach@BrainRelief.org  or call 703- 641-8940

Community of Solutions  Helping Teens Cope with Life Stress   www.facebook.com/cosdcmetro/

‘Meraki’ Teen Drop-In Group Thursdays 6:00-7:30 pm, at 1st Floor Lobby of Merrifield Center, 8221 Willow Oaks Corporate Drive, Fairfax  Contact: 703-207-7893 Peer Recovery Support Staff.

Youth and Young Adults: Stronger Together
Alternate Tuesdays, Jan. 8 through May 2019,  6:15-8:00 pm  in Fairfax.  This peer-to-peer support group is for youth ages 14 – 22.   Parents, caregivers and guardians meet at the same time.  Light dinner included.  Register:  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2018-2019-stronger-together-peer-support-groups-tickets-48128410371

Support Group for High School Students with ADHD  meets the 1st Sunday of each month 3:30 – 5:00 pm 4031 Univ. Dr. Fairfax,  Enter on South St.  No parents!  Call 703-403-3335 to enter building.  Contact:  coach@BrainRelief.org  or call 703- 641-8940.

People First for Young Adults
2nd Tue. monthly, 6:30 – 8:00 pm  The Arc , 2755 Hartland Rd Suite 200, Falls Church.  Youth with disabilities age 14-26 practice public speaking skills, plan social outings, learn from guests on topics of life skills and advocacy, and do projects to enhance social skills.  Information:  Call Diane Monnig  at 703-208-1119 x 118.

Support Group for Parents

Alpha Moms  This support group for adoptive parents meets monthly in McLean.  Contact:  robin4brady@gmail.com
 
Autism Dads meets one evening monthly in Falls Church.  Contact:  George Buzby at 571-419-1257 or gbuzby@aol.com
 
CHADD: Children & Adults with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder

Alexandria CHADD Parent Support Group  4th Mon. of each month at 6:30 pm.  Contact:  Jenny  ADHDParentMountVernon@gmail.com  or call 703-472-4678.

Burke CHADD Support Group for Parents, Caregivers and Family Members Last Thursday of the month at 7:00 pm.  Contact Kim Griffin: kimberlyrgriffin@yahoo.com

West Fairfax CHADD Evening Parent Support Group  3rd Thur. of each month at 7:30 pm Contact:  Sharon  clintob@aol.com  or 703-716-4646.

West Fairfax CHADD Morning Parent Support Group  1st Tues. of each month at 10:30 am Contact:  Sharon  clintob@aol.com  or 703-716-4646.

CSB Family Support Group at Gatlan Center  2nd and 4th Wed. of each month 6-8 pm in Alexandria Contact:  Samar.Chwairy@fairfaxcounty.gov or call 703-799-2882.
 
D.A.D.S.  Dads Appreciating Down Syndrome 3rd Thur. each month, 7-9 pm in Alexandria.  Contact:  George gbuzby@aol.com or call 703-545-6089.
 
Fairfax Juvenile Court Parent Support Group for problems including runaway behavior, truancy, alcohol/drug abuse, and serious behavioral problems at home, at school, or in the community. 7:30 pm every Tues. Room 201.1 Fairfax County Courthouse – call 703-246-2495.
 
Kinship Caregivers Support Group  2nd & 4th Thur. monthly, 6:30-8:00 pm, South County Gov. Ctr. Rm. 220, 8350 Richmond Hgwy, Alexandria.   Free dinner and resources. Register 1 week ahead:  KFI@fairfaxcounty.gov or 703-246-4653
 
Kinship Café  – meets monthly on the 2nd Wed. in Fairfax.  Free dinner.  Activities for children and discussion for adults.  Register 1 week ahead  by calling 703-246-4653 or online at https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/hscode/EReg/Registration.aspx?groupID=27
 
NAMI:  National Alliance on Mental Illness builds better lives for affected families.
Arlington Family Support Group meets two Sundays a month at 7:00-8:30 pm.  Contact:  Michelle Best at mczero@yahoo.com
 
Northern Virginia Tourette Support Group meets the 2nd Sunday of each month at noon at the Chantilly Public Library.  Contact:  mark.bramer@gmail.com
 
OCD Family Support Group   1st Mon. of each month, 7:30 pm.  Contact:  familygroupocd@verizon.net   or  call 202-215-5859.
 
Parents of Autistic Children (POAC) Bimonthly Support Group  Contact:  Nicole Zupan at nicizupan@gmail.com  Meeting times and location posted at: https://poac-nova.org/events/
 
Padres de hoy — Support group in Spanish.  Wednesdays, 6:30 – 8 pm Brookside FACE Ctr. 601 Four Mile Run Trail, Alexandria.  Call 703-824-6865 to register.  Free childcare.

EVENTS

Ongoing Events

Accommodations for Recreational Classes and Camps with Fairfax County Parks 
Accommodations include physical accessibility, ASL interpreters, assistive devices, sensitivity training for classmates, and staff training.  To request accommodations, email gary.logue@fairfaxcounty.gov or 703 324-8563

Fairfax County Parks – Adapted Recreation for Kids
Swimming, gymnastics, ice skating, fitness, park explorers.
 
Fairfax County Therapeutic Recreation
Scholarships for Classes with Fairfax County Parks
Children of families that receive public assistance (medicaid, free school lunch, SNAP, TANF) are eligible to take one set of classes per quarter for a $15 registration fee.
 
Post-Adoptive Recreation Program for Youth 10-15 with Special Needs
A once-monthly Saturday recreation and respite program open to Fairfax County residents who have adopted via public or private agencies.
Contact: Formed Families Forward info@formedfamiliesforward.org
 
Give an Hour Healthy Minds Fairfax
A new program will provide no-cost mental health services to income eligible children and youth ages 5-21.  Information:  https://giveanhour.org/initiatives-and-programs/healthy-minds-fairfax/
 
On Demand – Dyslexia & the IEP: How to Make Sure the IEP is in Tip-Top Shape
Webinar On demand, available 24/7.
*Please Note: FCPS (Fairfax County Public Schools) and ACPS (Alexandria City Public Schools) can often provide translation services for their events into Spanish, Arabic, or other languages if you contact them well in advance.

Summer 2020 Events

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May 2020 Events

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April 2020 Events

Save the Date — FCPS Special Education Conference
Sat. Apr. 18,   Hayfield SS 7630 Telegraph Rd. Alexandria
This large conference for parents and teachers will also include a student strand for youth ages 14-22.

March 2020 Events

I Can Bike After-School Program
Various weeks in March-May at some middle schools in Fairfax County
This program uses adapted bicycles, a special instructional program, and trained staff for weeklong trainings for children with disabilities.

Info. & registration: https://icanshine.org/ican-bike-fcps-fairfax-va/    

 
Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST)
Mar. 4 & 5, 8:30 am-4:30 pm, McLean Govt. Ctr. 1437 Balls Hill Rd. McLean
ASIST teaches participants to recognize when someone may have thoughts of suicide and how to help them create a plan to support their immediate safety.
 
Mental Health 101:  Navigating Mental Health Services for Your Child or Adolescent
Thu. Mar. 5, 7-9 pm, Ross Center 1595 Spring Hill Rd. Vienna
Learn about assessment and treatment options for therapy, how to choose a therapist or psychiatrist, and when to consider medication or testing.
 
Special Education: Understanding the Process 
Fri. Mar. 6, 10 am-noon, Parent Resource Ctr. 2334 Gallows Rd. # 1, Dunn Loring
Find out about special education, how children qualify for it, and the roles of various individuals in developing special education plans.
Register:  https://www.fcps.edu/node/28019/  or 703-204-3941
 
Achieving Independence Through Technology — With Webinar Option
Fri. Mar. 6, 10 am-noon, The Arc of Nova, 2755 Hartland Ave. #200 Falls Church
Learn about applications that allow people with disabilities to work and travel more independently, including TravelMate and EmployMate.
 
Fairfax County Teen Job Fairs and Resume Building Workshops
All four Saturdays in March at various FCPS High Schools
Teens can find out about after-school, seasonal, and full time jobs as well as volunteer and internship opportunities with local businesses.  
 
Become a Public Speaking Pro! — For Parents and Students
Sat. Mar. 7, 1:30-2:30 pm, StudyPro, 6849 Old Dominion Dr. #200, McLean
Learn what it takes to become an effective public speaker in an academic or work environment and also in daily life. Fun tips and practice included.
 
REVIVE Trainings
Tue. Mar. 10, 11:30 am-1:00 pm, Merrifield Ctr. 8221 Willow Oaks Corp. Dr. Fairfax
Wed. Mar. 15, 3:00-4:30 pm, A New Beginning Gym, 4213 Walney Rd. Chantilly
Learn what to do  in an overdose situation, how to administer naloxone, and what to do afterwards.  Supplies are provided for use when needed.
 
Language, Routines, Rewards, and Consequences to Support Your Child with ADHD at Home
Tue. Mar. 10, 7:00-8:30 pm, Flint Hill Sch. 3320 Jermantown Rd. Oakton
Learn language and strategies you can use at home to create positive structures that support your school-age children even during homework time.
 
Managing Stress in Children
Wed. Mar. 11, 7:00-8:30 pm, Auburn Sch. 3800 Concorde Pkwy. #500, Chantilly
Learn about the signs and symptoms of stress in children and how to avoid stressful conditions for your child. 
 
Playing with Math: Brain-Based Strategies to Improve Math Skills
Wed. Mar. 11, 7:30-9:00 pm, Lab Sch. 4759 Reservoir Rd, NW, Wash. DC
Learn how to decrease math anxiety and build math skills by using a brain based perspective to keep math fun, interactive and meaningful.
 
The Good News About Bad Behavior
Thu. Mar. 12, 12:45-1:15 pm, StudyPro, 6849 Old Dominion Dr. #200, McLean
Learn why kids are having difficulty with self-control, and both why and how to give up control so that they can learn to control themselves.
 
Supported Decision Making in Education and Vocational Rehabilitation — with Webinar and Recorded Options 
Thu. Mar. 12, noon–1 pm, The Arc of Nova, 2755 Hartland Ave. #200 Falls Church
Learn how to put supported decision making into action at all levels of schooling, as well as in pursuing employment supports. 
 
DMV Connect Comes to The Arc of Northern Virginia
Fri. Mar. 13, 9 am-2 pm, The Arc of Nova, 2755 Hartland Ave. #200, Falls Church
Plan now to get your documents in order to use DMV Connect to apply for drivers’ licenses; ID cards and other documents for adults, children, and veterans.
Information:  Allie Shelby at 703-208-1119 ext. 101
 
The ADA:  A Recap in Plain Language — with Webinar & Recorded Options
Mon. Mar. 16, noon–1 pm, The Arc of Nova, 2755 Hartland Ave. #200 Falls Church
Learn how the Americans with Disabilities Act offers protections for people with developmental disabilities.  Clear, simple language and pictures will be used.
 
Planning Ahead for Transitions:  PreK – ES – MS – HS – Beyond!
Mon. Mar. 16. 7-9 pm, Robinson SS Recital Hall, Fairfax
Following a short Special Ed PTA meeting, learn from fellow parents on how to prepare now for your child’s transition to a new grade or school next year.
 
Drugs, Alcohol, and Vaping, What Every Parent Needs to Know
Fri. Mar. 20, 10 am-noon, Parent Resource Ctr. 2334 Gallows Rd. # 1, Dunn Loring
Learn about trends in substance use, how students are impacted, paraphernalia to watch for, and how to talk with your kids.
Register:  https://www.fcps.edu/node/28019/  or 703-204-3941
 
Launching Your Adolescent into Adulthood
Fri. Mar. 27, 10 am-noon, Parent Resource Ctr. 2334 Gallows Rd. #1, Dunn Loring
Gain tips to launch your young adult successfully into adulthood and strategies to teach your child “soft” employment, and communication/self-advocacy skills.
Register:  https://www.fcps.edu/node/28019/  or 703-204-3941

February 2020 Events

Building a Community of Support: Bringing the Disability Community Together Through Group Support, Advocacy, and Education 

Sun. Jan 26 through Sun. Feb. 9
This virtual training will include video content, written content, discussion opportunities, and resources.
 
Stretching Your Dollars for Kinship Families
Mon. Feb. 3, 6-8 pm, Gum Springs CC 8100 Fordson Rd, Alexandria
Following a dinner for the family, the Financial Empowerment Center will present financial planning information.  Childcare provided.
Register by Jan. 29:  email KFI@fairfaxcounty.gov  or 703 246-4653
 
Parenting & Navigating the Teen & Tween Years — 7 week course
Thu. Feb. 13-March 26, 9-11 am, Riverside ES 8410 Old Mt. Vernon Rd. Alexandria
Join other parents of 10-16 yr. olds to address how to set routines, manage conflict and navigate exposure to drugs and tobacco.
Register:  Meg Turkson, Parent Liaison at mturkson@fcps.edu
 
La crianza y navegación de la adolescencia — taller de 7 semanas en español
5 de febrero al 18 de marzo, 6-8 pm, Poe MS 7000 Cindy Ln. Annandale
Se centra en crear un ambiente para apoyar cambios de comportamiento positivos con familias de niños mayores de 11 años.
Registrarse:  703-820-9001 x 105 
 
Anxiety and Other Emotional Problems in Youth: Understanding and Treatment
Wed. Feb 5, 7:30—9:00 pm,  Lab Sch. 4759 Reservoir Rd, NW, Wash. DC
After a review of anxiety symptoms in youth, the presentation will discuss current therapies and research which is developing novel therapies.
 
Time Management, Organization, and Attention: Your Questions Answered
Thu. Feb. 6, noon-1 pm,   Understood.org Online Chat
Bring your questions about learning skills with which your student may have difficulty, such as finishing on time or keeping track of assignments.
 
Social Stories
Mon. Feb. 10, 9:00-10:30 am, TCW, Rm. 134, 3801 W. Braddock St. Alexandria
Learn how to create social stories, which are an important tool to address specific behavioral challenges and to help prepare a child for upcoming events.
Register by Feb. 6:  email  janet.reese@acps.k12.va.us or phone 703-824-0129 
 
Special Needs Trusts and ABLE Accounts — with Webinar Option
Fri. Feb. 7, 10:00 am-noon, The Arc of Nova, 2755 Hartland Ave. #200, Falls Church
Learn how special needs trusts and ABLE accounts can safeguard government benefits while ensuring your child’s personal needs are met now and in the future.
 
When the Bus Stops Coming
Sat. Feb. 8, 8:30 am-12:30 pm, LCPS Admin. 21000 Education Ct. Ashburn 
Planning for life after high school begins in elementary or middle school for parents and caregivers of youth with some disabilities.  Learn what you need to know.
 
Diploma Options & Graduation Requirements for Students with IEPs
Tue. Feb. 11, 6-8 pm, LCPS Admin. 21000 Education Ct. Ashburn 
Learn about diploma options, graduation requirements, credit accommodations and locally verified credits for students with developmental disabilities.
 
REVIVE Trainings
Tue. Feb. 11, 11:30 am-1:00 pm, Merrifield Ctr. 8221 Willow Oaks Corp. Dr. Fairfax
Wed. Feb. 12, 3:00-4:30 pm, Gatlan Ctr. , 8119 Holland Rd. Alexandria
Sun. Feb. 16, 3:00-4:30 pm, A New Beginning Gym, 4213 Walney Rd. Chantilly
Learn what to do and not do in an overdose situation, how to administer naloxone, and what to do afterwards.  Supplies are provided for use when needed.
 
Developmental Disability Advocacy Day in Richmond! 
Thu. Feb. 13, Carpool to Richmond and back
Drive yourself, come with friends, or request to be paired with a driver to go to Richmond, meet with legislators and advocate on developmental disability issues.
 
FASD from a Trauma Lens — Webinar
Tue. Feb. 11, 6:30-8:00 pm
A child with a fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) may need a unique combination of supports.
 
Beyond ADHD and Executive Function Challenges
Tue. Feb. 11, 7:00-8:30 pm, Madison HS Lec. Hall 5, 2500 James Madison Dr. Vienna
Learn about a study program with simple, practical strategies to help students become more organized, more focused, and more efficient.
 
Plan Ahead — Parenting & Navigating the Teen & Tween Years — 7 week course
Thu. Feb. 13-March 26, 9-11 am, Riverside ES 8410 Old Mt. Vernon Rd. Alexandria
Join other parents of 10-16 yr olds to address how to set routines, manage conflict, and navigate exposure to drugs and tobacco.
Register:  Meg Turkson, Parent Liaison at mturkson@fcps.edu 
 
Fostering Protective Factors in Children and Adolescents to Promote Social-Emotional Wellness
Thu. Feb. 13, 10 am-noon, Parent Resource Ctr. 2334 Gallows Rd. Door 1, Dunn Loring
Learn about protective factors and assets:  how to foster them and how they can increase your child’s ability to respond to challenges.
Register:  https://www.fcps.edu/node/28019/  or 703-204-3941
 
Are We Helping Or Hurting Our Child’s Self-Esteem?
Thu. Feb 13, 11:45 am-1:45 pm, StudyPro, 6849 Old Dominion Dr. #200, McLean
Learn how to talk to children in a way that helps them feel “heard”, emotionally supported and worthy, all keys to developing healthy self-esteem.
 
Understanding  ACES to Build Community Resilience
Fri. Feb 14, 12:30-2:30 pm, 1 County Complex Ct. Woodbridge
Learn how traumatic childhood events can have detrimental effects and how to build community resilience to decrease negative outcomes.
 
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder in Children and Adolescents
Tue. Feb. 18, 10 am-noon, Parent Resource Ctr. 2334 Gallows Rd. Door 1, Dunn Loring
Learn about the signs and symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder in children and adolescents along with treatment options and resources.
Register:  https://www.fcps.edu/node/28019/  or 703-204-3941
 
Fortalecimiento de Familias taller de 8 semanas en español
19 de febrero-15 de abril, 6:00-8:30 pm, Glasgow MS  4101 Fairfax Pkwy. Alexandria
Únase con otros padres y jóvenes, edades 10 a 14, y fortalece el enlace familiar con discusiones, juegos, proyectos familiares. Cena gratis.
Registrarse:  703-820-9001 x 105 
Critical Decision Points for Families of Children with Special Needs
Thu. Feb. 20, 9:30 am-2:00 pm, Kelly Center 14715 Bristow Rd. Manassas
Plan now to keep options open.  This parent training program was developed by Virginia DOE in response to needs identified by the Virginia Board for People with Disabilities.
 
Parenting Your Teen While Keeping Your Sanity
Fri. Feb. 21, 10 am-noon, Parent Resource Ctr. 2334 Gallows Rd. Door 1, Dunn Loring
Learn important strategies to help form a positive relationship with your teen.
Register:  https://www.fcps.edu/node/28019/  or 703-204-3941
 
Super Transition Saturday  
Sat. Feb. 22, 8:30 am-12:15 pm, Jackson MS 3020 Gallows Rd, Falls Church
Learn about course options for students with disabilities. Members of a student/parent panel will describe their personal experiences as they navigated the transition process. 
Register:  https://www.fcps.edu/node/28019/  or 703-204-3941
 
Film Screening: “Hearts of Glass”  
Thu. Feb. 27, 6-9 pm, ServiceSource 10467 White Granite Dr. Oakton
Hearts of Glass is social entrepreneurship at the intersection of disability rights and sustainable, local food production.   A self-advocate and employer panel follow.
 
Adversity and Trauma in Childhood: Building Resilient Communities
Fri. Feb. 28, 10 am-noon, Parent Resource Ctr. 2334 Gallows Rd. Door 1, Dunn Loring
Learn about the effects of childhood adversity on development and what we can do to improve health and well-being across the lifespan.
Register:  https://www.fcps.edu/node/28019/  or 703-204-3941
 
Cecily’s Advocacy Conference 2020
Sat. Feb. 29, 8:30 am-2:00 pm, McLean Sch. 8224 Lochinver Ln. Potomac, MD
This private school conference focuses on topics for families of students with disabilities and includes nationally known experts.
Early Bird Registration before Feb. 3: https://www.mcleanschool.org/support/parents-association/cecilys-advocacy-conference-2020/  $50 includes 2 meals
 

January 2020 Events

Parenting Education Programs — 12, 13, or 14 sessions

5:30-8:00 pm starting in Jan. at various locations in Fairfax County
In Spanish or English. Learn what to expect, how to build strong family relationships, and how to better handle stress and anger.  Child care and dinner included.
 
Teen LifeSkills Training– 6 Week Class for Middle Schoolers
Wed. Jan. 9-Feb. 13, 5:30-7:00 pm, Sherwood Com. Ctr.  3740 Old Lee Hwy. Fairfax 
LifeSkills Training is an evidence-based program for middle schoolers to learn healthy habits and build skills.  Dinner served.  Attend regularly to earn gift cards!   
Register: 703 385-7858 or www.fairfaxva.gov/ParksRec   
 
Developmental Disability Advocacy Day — Bus to Richmond 
Tue. Jan. 28, 7 am-3 pm, The Arc of Nova, 2755 Hartland Ave. #200, Falls Church 
This is an annual bus trip to Richmond where we will advocate in coordinated groups meeting with legislators who represent the region. Return bus trip included. 
Register:  RSVP to lucy.beadnell@thearcofnova.org
 
Fairfax Prevention Coalition Meeting
Wed. Jan. 8, 1-3 pm, Thom. Jeff. Lib. 7415 Arlington. Blvd, Falls Church
Learn about strategies to prevent drug misuse and addiction, including vaping, opioids, and underage drinking, along with connections to treatment. 
 
Neuropsychological Evaluation
Wed. Jan. 8, 7-9 pm, Auburn Sch. 3800 Concorde Pkwy. #500, Chantilly
Learn about the information that a neuropsychological evaluation provides, and how it can be used to implement appropriate interventions at home and school.
Register:  https://www.theauburnschool.org/page/153 or 703-793-9353
 
What Parents Need to Know about Teenagers and Autism 
Wed. Jan. 8, 7:00-8:30 pm, Arc of GPW MHC, 13505 Hillendate Dr. Woodbridge
Register:  Contact Jan Russell at jrussell@arcgpwc.org  
 
What People with Autism Have to Teach the Rest of Us About Sexuality and Gender
Wed. Jan. 8, 7-9 pm, Temple Sinai 3100 Military Rd. NW Washington, DC
 
Augmentative and Alternative Communication: AAC Partner Training Strategies
Wed. Jan. 15, 6:30-8:00 pm, TCW HS 3330 King St. Alexandria
Learn about various AAC tools and how to use them to enhance your child’s ability to communicate at home, at school, and in the community.
Register by Jan. 8:   janet.reese@acps.k12.va.us or phone 703-824-0129 
 
The IEP Transition Plan: Post-Secondary Planning in Middle and High School
Thu. Jan. 9, 10 am-noon, Parent Resource Ctr. 2334 Gallows Rd. Door 1, Dunn Loring
Learn the importance of the IEP Transition Plan for effective postsecondary planning in middle and high school.
Register:  https://www.fcps.edu/node/28019/  or 703-204-3941
 
Raising Tweens:  10 Key Skills Kids Will Need in Middle School and Beyond
Thu. Jan. 9, 11:45 am-1:15 pm, StudyPro, 6849 Old Dominion Dr. #200, McLean
Learn how we can help our tweens to navigate key issues:  making good friend choices, negotiating conflict, regulating emotions, and self-advocating.  
 
Financial Planning for Special Needs Families — With Webinar & Recorded Options
Fri. Jan. 10, 10:00 am-noon, The Arc of Nova, 2755 Hartland Ave. #200, Falls Church
Learn general financial planning principles and special considerations for the unique needs of families with special needs children and young adults.  
 
Mental Health and Wellness Conference
Sat. Jan. 11, 8 am-1 pm, Independence HS 23115 Learning Cir. Ashburn
This conference for parents includes concurrent breakout sessions, presentations by school, community, and regional experts, and a resource fair.
 
Watch Party for a Presidential Form on Disability Issues
Mon. Jan. 13, 11 am, The Arc of Nova, 2755 Hartland Ave. #200, Falls Church
Join others to watch the live-stream coverage in Austin, TX of Elected for Inclusion: A Presidential Forum on Disability Issues.
 
The ADA and Developmental Disabilities Employment — With Webinar Option
Tue. Jan. 14, noon-1 pm, The Arc of Nova, 2755 Hartland Ave. #200, Falls Church
Learn how the Americans with Disabilities Act offers protections for people with developmental disabilities who are employed or looking for work.  Bring questions. 
 
SEPTA Advocacy Event & General Membership Meeting
Tue. Jan. 14, 7-9 pm, Gatehouse Admin. Cafe 8115 Gatehouse Rd. Falls Church
Learn the steps in how to advocate to bring about change for yourself, your child, and our community.
Register:  Eventbrite
 
Beyond Learning Differences and Executive Functioning Challenges: How to Solve Any Academic Problem with Study Skills and Time Management
Wed. Jan. 15, 7:30-9:00, Lab Sch. 4759 Reservoir Rd, NW, Wash. DC
This talk will highlight simple, practical ways to help your students improve their study skills and time management. 
 
Evidence-based Interventions for Children with FASD — Webinar
Thu. Jan 16, 6:30-8:00 pm
The various interventions to be covered will target behavior and self regulation, social skills, family support, and academic skills.
 
Who Gets to Tell Your Story:  Disability and Identity in a ‘Perfect’ World
Thu. Jan. 16, 7 pm, McLean Sch. 8224 Lochinver Ln. Potomac, MD
Disability advocate, John Sharon will explore how a person’s limitations impact who they are and how they are seen by those around them.
 
Bipolar Disorder in Children and Adolescents: Assessment, Treatment, and Research Update
Tue. Jan. 21, 10 am-noon, Parent Resource Ctr. 2334 Gallows Rd. Door 1, Dunn Loring
Learn about diagnostic criteria, signs and symptoms in children and adolescents, and treatment options, resources and collaborations.
Register:  https://www.fcps.edu/node/28019/  or 703-204-3941
Managing Bumps in the Road
Wed. Jan. 22, 709 pm, LCPS Admin. Bldg. 21000 Education Ct. Ashburn 
Learn how to help your teen by maximizing parent-child relationships during the middle school and high school years.
 
Parenting Youth in LGBTQ+ Adoptive Families — Webinar
Thu. Jan 23, 7-8 pm. Cost varies.
 
Calm Conversations with Your Adolescent
Fri. Jan. 24, 10 am-noon, Parent Resource Ctr. 2334 Gallows Rd. Door 1, Dunn Loring
Learn ways to set boundaries that foster loving and safe communication, and strategies to feel connected and calm rather than frazzled and overwhelmed.
Register:  https://www.fcps.edu/node/28019/  or 703-204-3941
 
Managing ADHD Medications
Fri. Jan. 24, 10 am-noon, 6849 Old Dominion Dr. #200, McLean
Learn how to manage ADHD medications, including how to manage side effects, uneven coverage, and stoping medication. Bring your questions.
 
Developmental Disability Advocacy Day in Richmond! — Bus There and Back
Tue. Jan. 28, 7 am-3 pm, The Arc of Nova, 2755 Hartland Ave. #200, Falls Church 
This is an annual bus trip to Richmond where we will advocate in coordinated groups meeting with legislators who represent the region.  
Register:  RSVP to lucy.beadnell@thearcofnova.org
 
Social Competence:  For Children with Autism or Other Developmental Disabilities
Wed. Jan. 29, 9-11 am, LCPS Admin. Bldg. 21000 Education Ct. Ashburn 
Learn strategies for promoting social skill acquisition and tools to help children understand social interactions, expectations, social cues, and social rules. 
 
Protecting Our Youth:  A Conversation About Teen Trafficking for Parents and Teens
Thu. Jan. 30, 6:30-8:30 pm, BWHS 22525 Belmont Ridge Rd, Ashburn
A panel of law enforcement will discuss how teens of every gender, race, and means are targeted locally, and the types of situations to look out for.
 
Portrait of an ADHD Graduate: Overcoming Obstacles While Optimizing Strengths
Fri. Jan. 31, 10 am-noon, Parent Resource Ctr. 2334 Gallows Rd. Door 1, Dunn Loring
Learn how to help your student with ADHD by building on existing strengths, developing executive function skills, and cultivating emotional intelligence.
Register:  https://www.fcps.edu/node/28019/  or 703-204-3941
 

December 2019 Events

Equity Town Hall
Tue. Dec. 3, 7 pm, Temple Rodef Shalom 2100 Westmoreland St, Falls Church
Parents and guardians, staff, and high school students may advocate for equity in FCPS including for educating and disciplining students with disabilities.
 
When Stimulants Are Not Enough:  Manage ADHD Beyond Traditional Pharmacology
Wed. Dec. 4, 7:30-9:00 pm, Lab Sch. 4759 Reservoir Rd, NW, Wash. DC
This talk will discuss ADHD treatments that include non-stimulant medication, diet and food supplements, sleep, and brain modulation methods.
 
Zones of Regulation
Thu. Dec. 5, 10 am-noon, Parent Resource Ctr. 2334 Gallows Rd. Door 1, Dunn Loring
This cognitive behavioral therapy helps students learn improved emotional control, sensory regulation, self-awareness, and problem-solving skills.
Register:  https://www.fcps.edu/node/28019/  or 703-204-3941
 
Understanding the Eligibility and IEP Process
Mon. Dec. 9, 9:00-10:30 am, TCW, Rm. 134, 3801 W. Braddock St. Alexandria
This workshop is designed to give parents new to ACPS Special Education services a basic understanding of the Individualized Education Program (IEP) process
 
Helping Kids with Trauma Histories Get Through Their School Day — Webinar
Thu. Dec. 5, 1:00-2:30 pm  Extended Access:  Dec. 5 – Jan. 4
Learn the trauma-informed approaches that are needed in a school environment that can help youth with a trauma history to thrive during the school day.
 
Transitions Possibilities Workshop & Resource Fair
Thu. Dec. 5, 7-9 pm, The J 8900 Little River Tnpk, Fairfax
Families of students with developmental disabilities can learn about resources in employment, housing, transportation, higher education, skill development, etc.
RSVP:  to Carey 571-378-0245 or calford@financialguide.com
 
Advocacy Training with SCAN and Voices for VA Children
Fri. Dec. 6, 8:30 am-2;30 pm, Bd. Rm 1, County Complex Ct. Woodbridge
Explore your role for fostering change for children and families in PWC and VA.  Learn to use data and stories to educate local and state decision makers.
 
Understanding Dyslexia 
Wed. Dec.11, 6:30-8:00 pm, Cora Kelly Sch. Lib.1005 Mt Vernon Ave. Alexandria
This workshop offers parents an overview of dyslexia and associated challenges, as well as tools and strategies to build their child’s reading skills and self-confidence.
Register by Dec. 6:  Email  janet.reese@acps.k12.va.us or phone 703-824-0129 
 
Raising Children with High Self-Esteem in a High Pressure Culture
Fri. Dec. 6, 10 am-noon, Parent Res, Ctr. 2334 Gallows Rd. Door 1, Dunn Loring
Learn why some strategies we usually use to improve self-esteem may backfire and other practical strategies that really work.
Register:  https://www.fcps.edu/node/28019/  or 703-204-3941
 
Kinship Café:  Dinner and Discussion
Wed. Dec. 11, 6-8 pm, Mott Community Center 12111 Braddock Rd. Fairfax
Share a meal and conversation, then hear a first-hand account of addiction and recovery, with strategies to help family members struggling with substance misuse. 
Register by Friday, Dec. 6:  https://www.fairf, axcounty.gov/hscode/EReg/Registration.aspx?groupID=27  or 703-246-4653 
 
Social Security Application and Appeals for SSI & SSDI — Webinar Option
Fri. Dec. 6, 10 am-noon, The Arc of Nova, 2755 Hartland Ave. #200, Falls Church
Learn how and when to apply for disability services for a child (SSI and/or SSDI), how to appeal a decision, and how to leverage your benefits.
 
Access to Spy:  Opening Our Doors to the Autism Community
Sun. Dec. 8,  8:30-11:00 am, Intl. Spy Museum 700 L’Enfant Plz, SW, Wash. DC 
Noise and light reduction in galleries; devoted quiet spaces; sensory map; limited attendance; specially-trained staff; no fee. 
 
Revive Training 
Dec. 10, 11, and 15, 1-hour class at various times and locations 
REVIVE! is a program that makes naloxone (Narcan®) available to lay people so they can recognize, and respond to opioid overdose emergencies. 
 
Unstuck and On Target:  Improving Young People’s Executive Function Skills
Wed. Dec. 11, 1 pm  — Webinar
Learn about this research-based program for children and teens that helps them be more flexible, set their own goals, stay organized, and plan for their future.
 
Fairfax Prevention Coalition
Wed. Dec. 11, 1-3 pm, Merrifield Ctr. 8221 Willow Oaks Corp. Dr. Fairfax
Learn about strategies to prevent drug misuse and addiction, including vaping, opioids, and underage drinking, along with connections to treatment. 
Contact:  Lori Naveda Lori.Naveda@fairfaxcounty.gov   or 703-538-7476
 
Business Networking Event for Special Needs Parents
Thu. Dec. 12, 8:00-10:30 am, ALLY Advocacy Ctr, Bldg #625; Nora’s Rm. 601 Catoctin Circle, NE, Leesburg
Connect with fellow special needs parents and business owners; build your referral network; and share best practices at our networking event.
 
Twice Exceptional Students: What Parents Need to Know
Fri. Dec.13, 10 am-noon, Parent Res. Ctr. 2334 Gallows Rd. Door 1, Dunn Loring
Learn what FCPS is doing to provide schools and families with guidance to support the identification, instruction, and social-emotional wellness of 2e students.
Register:  https://www.fcps.edu/node/28019/  or 703-204-3941
 
Understanding ACEs to Build Community Resilience
Fri. Dec 13, 12:30-2:30 pm, 1 Country Complex Ct. Woodbridge 
Learn about the importance of identifying and addressing adverse childhood experiences, and how this might be important in unexpected ways.
Register:  703-820-9001 x 117 or ahalverson@scanva.org.
 
Sibling Support Group
Sat. Dec. 14, 9-10 am, Skill Builders 1487 Chain Bridge Rd. #102, McLean
Facilitated by a speech-language pathologist, this group will help siblings of children with developmental delays to share, connect, and learn together.
Register:  elizabethm@skillbuildersllc.com  or  703-941-7757
 

November 2019 Events

Understanding Adverse Childhood Experiences
Thu. Nov. 7, 6:00-8:30 pm, Gum Springs CC 8100 Fordsom Rd, Alexandria.
Kinship families can learn how to strengthen resilience and improve the wellbeing of children you are caring for who have been affected by trauma. Family dinner & childcare.
Register by Nov.1:  703-246-4653 or KFI@FairfaxCounty.gov
Mornings Matter with ADHD — Webinar or Webinar Recording
Fri. Nov. 1,  noon-1:30 pm
Can’t attend? Register and receive the recording via email one day after the live webinar.  Learn why and how to give mornings the attention they deserve in families with ADHD.
 
Irritability in Children and Youth: How to Help Children Cope
Fri., Nov. 1, 10 am-noon, FCPS PRC 2334 Gallows Rd. Door 1, Dunn Loring
Learn about the psychological processes that underlie irritability and strategies for children and youth to use to cope.
Register:  https://www.fcps.edu/node/28019/  or 703-204-3941
 
Real Estate & Your Special Needs Trust — With Webinar Option
Fri. Nov. 1, 10:00 am-noon, The Arc of Nova, 2755 Hartland Ave. #200, Falls Church
Five panelists will discuss how property and real estate can be handled in Special Needs Trusts to increase housing opportunities for individuals with disabilities.
 
Circle of Support Conference
Sat. Nov. 2, 8:00 am-3:30 pm, Hylton HS 14051 Spriggs Rd. Woodbridge
This is a conference for families of individuals with special needs and the professionals who serve them.
Register:  www.arcGPW.org   $25-$90
 
Growing Up with Learning Challenges
Wed. Nov. 6,  7:30-9:00 pm,  Lab Sch. 4759 Reservoir Rd, NW, Wash. DC
Learn about the typical emotional and behavioral consequences of learning challenges that should be addressed for long term health.
 
Familias reunidas — 4 jueves en español
7 de nov. al 5 de dic. 6:00-8:30 pm, Kilby ES 1800 Horner Rd. Woodbridge
Unase con otros padres y jóvenes que se han reunido recientemente para hablar de temas como obtener comportamiento positivo y mejorar la comunicación con su hijo.
Registrarse:  contactar a Aurea Galvan Palacios 703-820-9001×105. agalvanpalacios@scanva.org
 
Social Emotional Learning
Wed. Nov 6, 9-11 am, LCPS Admin. Bldg. 21000 Education Ct. Ashburn
Learn about the five core competencies of social-emotional learning and how these can enhance students’ ability to manage daily tasks and challenges.
Register:  https://www.lcps.org/parentresourceservices  or 571-252-6540
 
The Arc of NOVA Fall 2019 Transition Series  $25-$50
Nov. 9, 8:30 am-3:00 pm, Rowley Hall, 2807 N. Glebe Road, ArlingtonThis 2-day event educates families for when a student transitions from school-based to community-based services for adults with developmental disabilities.
 
Kinship Café
Wed. Nov. 13, 6-8 pm, Mott Center 12111 Braddock Rd. Fairfax
Dinner and discussion for kinship caregivers and their family. Separate activities and games for children of all ages.
 
Raising a Screen Smart Kid
Thu, Nov. 7, 6:30-8:30 pm, FCPS PRC 2334 Gallows Rd. Door 1, Dunn Loring
Embrace the good and avoid the bad in the digital age by helping your kids learn various ways to navigate the digital world.
Register:  https://www.fcps.edu/node/28019/  or 703-204-3941
 
Life Stages Planning:  Financial, Quality of Life and Legal Considerations
Sat. Nov. 9, 10 am-noon, Autism Society 10467 White Granite Dr. Oakton
 
An Overview of Section 504 Plans
Mon. Nov. 11, 9:00-10:30 am, TCW, Rm. 134, 3801 W. Braddock St. Alexandria
Learn how a 504 Plan can support students with learning differences.
Register by Nov. 7:   email  janet.reese@acps.k12.va.us or phone 703-824-0129
 
Transition Boot Camp:  Practices and Partnerships to Improve Employment Outcomes
Wed. Nov. 13, 8:30 am-3 pm,  201 N 17th St. Philadelphia PA.  $119
This workshop will assist professionals in planning for school-to-work transition activities and increase employment outcomes for youth with disabilities.
 
Special Education: Understanding the Process and Collaborating with Your School
Wed. Nov. 13, 6:30-8:30 pm, FCPS PRC 2334 Gallows Rd. Door 1, Dunn Loring
Learn the basics about special education, including how children qualify, how to advocate for your child, and important roles, terms, and processes.
Register:  https://www.fcps.edu/node/28019/  or 703-204-3941
 
Bullying Behavior and Cyberbullying
Thu. Nov. 14, 6:30-8:30 pm, LCPS Admin. Bldg. 21000 Education Ct. Ashburn
Learn about bullying and cyberbullying prevention, services, and resources that are provided by school counselors and law enforcement.
 
Business Networking Event for Special Needs Parents 
Thu. Nov. 19, 9:00 -10:30 am, ALLY Advocacy #625, 601 Catoctin Cir. NE, Leesburg,
Connect with fellow special needs parents who are business owners to build your referral network, share best practices and discuss public relations.
 
Angst Movie Screening and Panel Discussion
Tue. Nov. 19, 6-8 pm, Abiding Presence Lutheran Church 6304 Lee Chapel Rd, Burke
Enjoy a pizza dinner followed by the screening and an expert panel to answer questions and offer resources.
 
Parenting Through Challenging Times
Fri. Nov. 22, 10 am-noon, FCPS PRC 2334 Gallows Rd. Door 1, Dunn Loring
Support your child through life’s ups and downs by showing how to transform feelings of being anxious and stressed to calm, confident and compassionate.
Register:  https://www.fcps.edu/node/28019/  or 703-204-3941
 
Kids Adoption Network Conference — For adults and children
Sat, Nov. 16, 9:00 am-4:30 pm, McLean Sch. 8224 Lochinver Ln. Potomac, MD
We will explore the challenges adoptees face in sharing their stories and explore using music, art, movement and story-telling.   $70-$75 includes lunch


October 2019 Events

Numerous Dates — Non-Partisan School Board Candidate Forums 

Be an informed voter on candidate views on special education and other topics.
 

Strengthening Families — 8 week course
Tue. Oct. 1-Nov.19, 6:00-8:30 pm, Hammond ES 4646 Seminary Rd. Alexandria
Parents and youth (ages 10-14) can strengthen family bonds through discussion, games, roleplaying, and family projects. Free dinner & Childcare (for ages 2-9).
Register:  Aurea Galvan Palacios agalvanpalacios@scanva.org  703-820-9001×105

Strengthening Families — 8 week course — en español
Tue. Oct. 2-Nov. 20, 6:00-8:30 pm, Key MS  6402 Franconia Rd, Springfield
Parents and youth (ages 10-14) can strengthen family bonds through discussion, games, roleplaying, and family projects. Free dinner & Childcare (for ages 2-9).
Register:  Aurea Galvan Palacios agalvanpalacios@scanva.org  703-820-9001×105
 
What to Put in the IEP — With Webinar Option
Wed. Oct. 2, noon–1:30 pm, The Arc of Nova, 2755 Hartland Ave. #200, Falls Church
Learn how to word effective long term and short term goals for an IEP.  Bring your questions.
 
Get Past Procrastination
Wed. Oct. 2, 6:30-8:00 pm, Auditorium, TCW, 3801 W. Braddock St. Alexandria

Explore practical strategies to motivate children, help develop good study habits, increase focus, and reduce procrastination… without being the bad guy!
Register:  https://www.acps.k12.va.us/Page/397 or phone 703-824-0129

CCC plus Medicaid Waiver Information Session
Wed. Oct.2, 7:00-8:30 pm, Arc of GPW 13505 Hillendale Rd. Woodbridge
Learn about the CCC Plus Waiver eligibility criteria, application process, services, EPSDT, managed care, and HIPP.
Register:  Jan Russell at jrussell@arcgpw.org or 703.730.3124
 
Parenting and Navigating the Tween and Teen Years — 7 weeks — en español
Thu. Oct. 3–Nov. 7, 6-8 pm Oakton HS 2900 Sutton Rd. Vienna
This program will help parents build positive relationships, develop effective communication, set up boundaries and discipline, and strengthen family connections.
Register: Aurea Galvan Palacios at agalvanpalacios@scanva.org or 703-820-9001 ext. 105
 
I Have Needs Too! 
Thu Oct. 3, 6:30-8:00 pm,  FFF 4031 Univ. Dr. Fairfax,  Enter on South St.
This workshop will provide strategies for managing the mixed emotions and increased responsibilities of siblings of children with special needs.
 
Caring for Yourself While Caring for Others — With Webinar Option
Thu. Oct. 3, 6:30-8:00 pm, The Arc of Nova, 2755 Hartland Ave. #200, Falls Church
Join us for a workshop to learn some simple daily practices you can implement to take care of YOU, so you can then take care of others.
 
Special Needs Tax Planning Workshop
Thu. Oct. 3, 7-9 pm, Pozez JCC, 8900 Little River Tnpk. Fairfax
Tax planning for families with an individual with special needs will be discussed, including possible deductions for expenses related those needs. 
Register:  RSVP to Carey  571-378-0245 or calford@financialguide.com
 
FCPS Mental Health and Wellness Conference
Sat. Oct. 5, 8 am-4 pm, Fairfax HS 3501 Rebel Run, Fairfax
This conference for parents, with a separate agenda for teens, will focus on social and emotional learning, and addiction prevention and treatment.
 
 
Specialized Reading Strategies for Parents
Mon. Oct. 7, 9-11 am
LCPS Admin. Bldg. 21000 Education Ct. Ashburn
 
Parenting and Navigating the Tween and Teen Years — 7 weeks — en español
Tue- Oct. 8–Nov. 19,  6:00–8:30 pm at Kilby ES 1800 Homer Rd Woodbridge
This program will help parents build positive relationships, develop effective communication, set up boundaries and discipline, and strengthen family connections.
Register: Aurea Galvan Palacios at agalvanpalacios@scanva.org or 703-820-9001 ext. 105
 
 
Kinship Café
Wed. Oct. 9, 6-8 pm, Mott Center 12111 Braddock Rd. Fairfax
Dinner and discussion for kinship caregivers and their family. Separate activities and games for children of all ages.
 
Parenting and Navigating the Tween and Teen Years — 7 weeks — en español
Wed. Oct.9–Nov. 20, 6:30–8:30 pm, Holmes MS 6525 Montrose St. Alexandria
This program will help parents build positive relationships, develop effective communication, set up boundaries and discipline, and strengthen family connections.
Register: Aurea Galvan Palacios at agalvanpalacios@scanva.org or 703-820-9001 ext. 105
 
Fairfax Area Disability Services Board Needs Assessment Survey
What are the biggest barriers to community integration that your special-needs child and family face?  Share your input before October 10.
 
 
The Arc 2019 National Convention
Fri-Mon. Oct. 11-14, Grand Hyatt, 1000 H St NW, Washington, DC
Large convention with exhibits and presentations on supporting the lives of those will intellectual and/or developmental disabilities.
Register:  https://convention.thearc.org$ Cost varies
 
ADHD and Mental Health Resource Fair
Sat. Oct.12, 8 am-1pm, ASCE HQ Bechtel Conf. Ctr. 1801 Alexander Bell Dr, Reston
This conference, sponsored by CHADD and NAMI, will include a keynote, exhibitors, and two workshop sessions with a choice of 8 topics.
 
 
More Than Sad: Teen Depression Training for Parents and Other Caring Adults
Mon. Oct. 14, 6-8 pm, ServiceSource 10467 White Granite Drive, Oakton
This program teaches about depression, demystifies treatment, and encourages those who are struggling or have a loved one who is struggling to seek help.
 
 
Cultivating Racial Awareness for Transracial Adoptive Families 
Thu. Oct. 17, 1:00-2:30 pm — Webinar  $0-$15
 
Knowing the Signs: Substance Abuse and Today’s Youth
Fri. Oct. 18, 10 am-noon, PRC 2334 Gallows Rd. Door 1, Dunn Loring
Learn the signs of substance abuse, how to survive with risk taking teens, and how to help your child toward recovery.
Register:  https://www.fcps.edu/node/28019/  or 703-204-3941
 
FFF Family Movie NightThe Business of Autism
Fri. Oct 18, 5:30-8:00 pm,  FFF 4031 Univ. Dr. Fairfax,  Enter on South St.
Foster, adoptive, and kinship families will enjoy pizza. Then adults and interested youth will watch this movie while children have other activities.
 
Parents’ Night Out
Sat. Oct. 19, 5-10 pm, Arc of PWC, 13505 Hillendale Dr,  Woodbridge
Enjoy an evening while trained adults care for your child with disabilities, and siblings.  Social skills development will be emphasized. $5.00-$7.50 per hour 
Register:  Call the  PWC Arc:  703 670-5060
 
 
Real Assistive Technology for Everyone (RATE) Conference
Sat. Oct. 19, 8:30 am -1:00 pm, Rachel Carson MS 13618 McLearen Rd, Herndon
Keynote followed by two sessions
 
Mandt Overview for Parents
Tue. Oct. 22, 9-11 am, LCPS Admin. Bldg. 21000 Education Ct. Ashburn
Building healthy, positive relationships among people is the goal of the Mandt® training program. “Supporting People, Not Just Their Behaviors.”TM
 
Parenting towards Grit But Not Grind
Wed. Oct. 23, 7-9 pm, Auburn Sch. 3800 Concorde Pkwy. #500, Chantilly
We will focus on moving away from helicopter parenting to help your special needs child develop skills to become independent.
 
The Top 10 Things You Need to Know about Vaping, E-Cigarettes and Juuls
Wed. Oct. 23, 7:30-9:00 pm, Lab Sch. 4759 Reservoir Rd, NW, Wash. DC
Get a crash course in vapes and e-cigarettes. Learn how to help prevent use by teens and support cessation efforts for those already experimenting with the use of vapes.
 
FCPS Dyslexia Open House
Thu. Oct. 24, 10-11 am, PRC. 2334 Gallows Rd. Door 1, Dunn Loring
Browse exhibit tables about FCPS resources, and learn about next steps for students with dyslexia.
Register:  https://www.fcps.edu/node/28019/  or 703-204-3941
 
 
Future Quest 2019:  College and Career Forum
Oct. 26, 8 am-3:00, Johnson Ctr. GMU, 4400 University Dr. Fairfax
This conference for middle school and high school students and their families helps students with disabilities plan for after high school.
Register:  futurequestgmu.org
 
 
Social Emotional Learning
Tue. Oct. 29, 9-11 am, LCPS Admin. Bldg. 21000 Education Ct. Ashburn
Register:  https://www.lcps.org/parentresourceservices  or 571-252-6540
 

September 2019 Events

Strengthening Families — 8 week course
Wed. Sep. 11-Oct. 30, 6:00-8:30 pm, Coates ES 2480 River Birch Rd. Herndon 
Parents and youth (ages 10-14) can strengthen family bonds through discussion, games, roleplaying, and family projects. Free dinners & Childcare (for ages 2-9).
Register:  Solangie McPherson  svmcpherson@fcps.edu or 703-713-3232
 
Community Recovery Resource Fair 
Sat. Sep. 14, 9:00 am-3:30 pm, New Hope Church 8905 Ox Road, Lorton
Learn about public, local, and regional resources available to help families navigating substance use disorders. “Chasing the Dragon” film will be shown.
 
Autism and Puberty:  A Frank Look into the Future
Sat. Sep. 14, 10 am,  Autism Society of NOVA 10467 White Granite Dr. #324, Oakton 
Learn about the unique challenges autistics face during puberty and how parents may help their children navigate this life phase in a non-embarrassing fashion.
 
The ADA:  An Overview of the Civil Rights Law with a Focus on People with Developmental Disabilities — With Webinar Option 
Wed. Sep. 18, noon –1:00 pm, The Arc of Nova, 2755 Hartland Ave. #200, Falls Church
Learn how this law most significantly impacts people with developmental disabilities in employment, school, post-secondary education, and the community.
 
Gender Differences in Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
Wed. Sep. 18, 6-8 pm Stone Hill MS 23415 Evergreen Ridge Dr. Ashburn
Learn about the how the differences in ADHD symptoms between boys and girls commonly affect diagnosis and treatment of this condition.
Register:  https://www.lcps.org/parentresourceservices  or 571-252-6540
 
2019 Autism Research Symposium
Fri. Sep. 20, 7:30 am–1:30 pm, Marriott 3111 Fairview Park Dr. Falls Church
Learn about autism research from biomedical, imaging, technology, education, and clinical translational fields. Tour the VT Mobile Autism Clinic. Meals included
RSVP by phone at (571) 378-0245 or calford@financialguide.com 
 
Strategies to Help Children with ADHD Thrive Academically and Socially — Webinar
Thu. Sep. 19, time TBD — extended access available
 
WIN — Welcoming Inclusion Network Meeting
Mon. Sep. 23, 6:30-8:00 pm, Fairfax Govt. Ctr. Rm 9 Govt. Ctr. Pkwy, Fairfax
The meeting will include an inclusive panel and discussion with experts and employers who practice inclusive hiring, along with an update on WIN initiatives.
 
Social Security:  Applications and Disability Determinations — With Webinar Option
Tue. Sep. 24, 11:00 am–12:30 pm, Arc of NOVA 2755 Hartland Rd. # 200 Falls Church
Learn about applying for Social Security:  who is eligible, and how the Virginia Office of Disability Determination decides if someone has a disability that qualifies for benefits.
 
Building Trust and Resolving Conflict in the Special Ed Team — For Parents and Staff
Tue. Sep. 24, 7-9 pm, Gatehouse Adm, Ctr. Cafe, 8115, Gatehouse Rd. Falls Church
Hear how to address issues in ways that lead to problem-solving and compromise.  Strategies will be included on how to turn around a negative interaction. 
 
The Message of Behavior
Wed. Sep. 25, 9-11 am, LCPS Admin. Bldg. 21000 Education Ct. Ashburn 
Learn ways to understand what your child is communicating though his or her behavior so as to find the most effective strategies for interventions.
Register:  https://www.lcps.org/parentresourceservices  or 571-252-6540
 
Johnathan Mooney — Neuro-Diverse Writer and Advocate
Wed. Sep. 25, 7:30-9:00 pm, Lab Sch. 4759 Reservoir Rd, NW, Wash. DC
 
When Anxiety Affects Education
Thu. Sep. 26,  11:45 am-1:15 pm The StudyPro 6849 Old Dominion Dr. #200, McLean
Learn strategies that parents can use at home to address school-based anxiety, including how to work with the school and how to support without enabling avoidance.

May 2019 Events

Kinship Café:  Dinner and Discussion for Kinship Caregivers
Wed. May 8, 6-8 pm,  Mott Community Center 12111 Braddock Rd. Fairfax
Share a family meal and conversation about raising children for relatives or friends.  Includes separate games and activities for children and teens.
Register by Wed. May 1:  email  kfi@fairfaxcounty.gov or 703 246-4653
 
Ending the Silence:  Raising Awareness and Changing Perceptions About Mental Health Conditions
Wed. May 1, 7:00-8:30 pm, Arc of GPW 13505 Hillendale Dr. Woodbridge
This presentation includes warning signs of a possible mental health condition and how to get help. Early recognition and prevention are key to positive outcomes. 
 
Plan Ahead — Parenting Wisely — 5 week class
Tue. May 21-Jun. 18, 6:30-8:00 pm, Sherwood CC 3740 Old Lee Hwy. Fairfax
Using realistic videos, facilitators take parents through common issues such as sibling conflict, doing chores, managing schoolwork, finding drugs, and curfews.
 
Sibling Leadership Network (SLN) Survey 
Help SLN learn about the experiences of siblings of individuals with disabilities so as to develop more supports for them. Survey:  http://bit.ly/adultsiblingsurvey
Questions? Contact Meghan Burke at meghanbm@illinois.edu  217-300-1226
 
Family Power and Engagement
Thu. May 2, 6:30-8:30 pm, LCPS Admin. Bldg. 21000 Education Ct. Ashburn 
Learn how to use restorative discipline at home to help resolve conflict, improve communication, and develop empathy and self awareness within your family.
Register:  https://www.lcps.org/parentresourceservices  or 571-252-6540
 
High School Prep: A Strategic Transition from Middle School to High School
Thu. May 2, 10 am-noon, PRC, 2334 Gallows Rd. Door 1, Dunn Loring
Help your child to transition from guided to independent learning and to learn time management to balance academics, family time, sports, and a social life.
Register:  https://www.fcps.edu/node/28019/  or 703-204-3941 
 
Plan Ahead — Understanding the Eligibility and IEP Process
Mon. May 6, 10:00-11:30 am, TCW, Rm. 134, 3801 W. Braddock St. Alexandria
This workshop is designed to give parents new to ACPS Special Education a basic understanding of the Individualized Education Program (IEP) process. 
Register by May 2:  email  janet.reese@acps.k12.va.us or phone 703-824-0129 
 
Building Soft Skills for Employment for Students with Disabilities
Wed. May 8, 6:30-8:00 pm, TCW HS 3330 King St. Alexandria
Learn how to strengthen your child’s interpersonal skills, which are important in the workplace but may be difficult for students with disabilities to master.  
Register by May 3 email  janet.reese@acps.k12.va.us or phone 703-824-0129
 
The Ambiguous Losses of Raising a Child with a Developmental Disability
Sat. May 4, 10:00 am-noon, MBC 10002 Battleview Pkwy. Manasass
Strategies for managing ambiguous loss that have been adapted specifically for parents of children with a developmental disability will be presented. 
 
Parents as Partners: Building Bridges Between Home, School and Community 
Sat. May 4, noon-4 pm, Hampton MS 14800 Darbydale Ave. Woodbridge
Learn about special education, behavior intervention, mental health supports, home-school communication and school transitions.
 
Parent Caregivers Connect
Tue. May 7, 10:00-11:30 am, 8136 Old Keene Mill Rd # B-102, Springfield, VA
Connect with other parents who are caring for children with brain injuries. 
 
Understanding the Eligibility, 504, and Special Education Processes
Tue. May 7, 6-8 pm, LCPS Admin. Bldg. 21000 Education Ct. Ashburn 
Learn about the special education process from child study to the implementation of an IEP or a 504 plan.
Register:  https://www.lcps.org/parentresourceservices  or 571-252-6540
 
Supporting Your Child at School – Parent to Parent: Family Training on ADHD
Wed. May 8, noon–1:30 pm — Webinar   $49
Family members will learn about how ADHD affects learning and how to request support for your child at school to help ensure their success.
 
MPower Me Tech Workshop — For Parents and Students
Wed. May 8, 6-8 pm, The Arc of Nova, 2755 Hartland Ave. # 200, Falls Church
Parents and students will learn about and practice using this technology to plan complex tasks using smaller steps, set goals, and track progress toward them.
 
Assistive Technology (AT) and Your Child: A Recipe for Success
Wed. May 8, 6:30-8:00 pm, Kellar Library GMU 4400 University Dr. Fairfax
Learn about your child’s right to AT, strategies for advocating for appropriate AT for your child during IEP meetings, and how to choose the right devices.
 
Breaking Down Barriers & Creating Community for Parents of Children with Disabilities — 3 Webinar Series
Part One:  Defining Your Community of Support 
Thu. May 9, noon-1 pm.  Learn how to grow a community of support tailored to your needs.
 
Children’s Mental Health Awareness Open House
Thu. May 9, 3:30-6:30 pm, Merrifield Ctr. 8221 Willow Oaks Corp. Dr. Fairfax  
Learn about local new programs being offered to address children’s mental health challenges. Includes speakers, events for children, professionals, and adults. 
 
Augmentative and Alternative Communication:  AAC Partner Training Strategies
May 15, 6:30-8:00 pm, TCW, Rm. 175, 3801 W. Braddock Rd. Alexandria
Learn about AAC tools and how to use them to enhance a child’s ability to communicate at home, at school, and in the community.  
Register by May 9:  email  janet.reese@acps.k12.va.us or phone 703-824-0129 
 
Screening of Intelligent Lives
Fri, May 10, time TBA, Rolling Valley ES 6703 Barnack Dr, West Springfield
This film points to a future in which people of all abilities can participate in higher education, meaningful employment, and intimate relationships.
 
Digital Citizenship:  Tips for Parents
Fri. May 10, 10 am-noon, PRC, 2334 Gallows Rd. Door 1, Dunn Loring
Learn how to provide a safe online space in which your children can learn healthy, ethical, and responsible technology use at home and in school.
Register:  https://www.fcps.edu/node/28019/  or 703-204-3941 
 
Emergency Preparedness & Safety Autism Education Workshop
Sat. May 11, 10 am-noon, ASNV 10467 White Granite Dr. Oakton
Learn about emergency preparedness for families with ASD, including safety guidelines, risk management and prevention, and community resources. 
 
Ford’s Theatre Sensory-Friendly Performance: Into the Woods
Sat. May 11, 2 pm, Ford’s Theatre 511 10th St NW, Washington, DC
This performance of Sondheim’s musical fairy tale with a twist is recommended for ages 12 and older.
Tickets:  202-347-4833, option 7    $25-$30 
 
Fairfax Disability Employment Summit
Mon. May 13, 4:30-6:30 pm, Fairfax Govt. Ctr. 12000 Govt. Center Blvd. Fairfax
Discuss ways to improve collaboration between government, non-profits, and companies to expand hiring. retention, and promotion of people with disabilities.    
Contact:   Michael Beattie  michaelbeattie@yahoo.com 703-994-8619.
 
Project First Responder
Tue. May 14, 6-8 pm, LCPS Admin. Bldg. 21000 Education Ct. Ashburn 
Learn about a program that helps first responders to assist individuals with developmental disabilities and their families to manage emergency situations.
Register:  https://www.lcps.org/parentresourceservices  or 571-252-6540
 
Kinship Family Focus Group: Suggestions for Fairfax
Tue, May 14, 6:15-7:15 pm, Formed Families Forward 4031 Univ. Dr. #100 Fairfax
Kinship families —Share your experiences, needs, and wishes for kinship family supports in our area  Child care available
 
Developing Independence in Teens and Children with ADHD
Tue. May 14, 7:00-8:30 pm, Filnt Hill Sch. 3320 Jermantown Rd. Oakton
This presentation will focus on skills all children need to develop in order to be independent, and how parents can foster this learning.
 
Waivers, Managed Care, and EPSDT — Webinar with hard copy option
Wed. May 15, 10:00-11:30 am 
Hear the basics of Medicaid Waivers including the move to CCC Plus Managed Care and the EPSDT program.  
 
Is Your Child a Target of Bullying?
Wed. May 15, 7:00-8:30 pm, Arc of GPW MH Ctr.13505 Hillendale Dr. Woodbridge
Learn how to talk with your child about bullying, how to prevent bullying from occurring, and how to develop responses to it if it occurs. 
 
How to Talk to Your Kids About Anxiety
Thu. May 16, 11:45 am-1:15 pm, StudyPro, 6849 Old Dominion Dr. #200, McLean
Learn how to use anxiety as a force for good, how to leverage it to motivate yourself, and how to help your children do the same.
 
Special Needs Legal & Financial Planning Workshop
Thu. May 16, 7-9 pm, NVJCC 8900 Little river Tnpk. Fairfax
This will be an overview of financial and legal planning as it relates to life stages, transitioning issues, legal issues and government programs.
Register:  Contact Carey 571-378-0245 or calford@financialguide.com
 
Suicide Prevention:  What Every Parent Needs to Know
Thu. May 16, LCPS Admin. Bldg. 21000 Education Ct. Ashburn 
Come to learn about risk factors, warning signs, protective factors, and strategies to reduce the likelihood of a child developing thoughts of suicide.
Register:  https://www.lcps.org/parentresourceservices  or 571-252-6540
 
Emergency Preparedness for Parents of Students with Disabilities
Fri. May 17, 10 am-noon, PRC, 2334 Gallows Rd. Door 1, Dunn Loring
Join the Office of Emergency Management to learn about emergency plans in Fairfax County for evacuation and sheltering of families of children with disabilities.
Register:  https://www.fcps.edu/node/28019/  or 703-204-3941 
 
iSTEAM 
Sat. May 18, 1-3 pm, Jackson MS, 3020 Gallows Rd. Falls Church
Families of children with atypical abilities are invited for interactive activities and exhibits involving science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics.
 
ACSD Meet and Greet
Thu. May 22, 7-9 pm. Jackson MS 3020 Gallows Rd, Falls Church
Learn about the Advisory Committee for Students with Disabilities (ACSD) and the services that are provided by the Parent Resource Center.
 
Breaking Down Barriers & Creating Community for Parents of Children with Disabilities — 3 Webinar Series
Part Two:  Getting Started:  Creating and Launching Your Community 
Thu. May 23, noon-1 pm.   Register:  https://bit.ly/2GrmiGj
 
Understanding Processing Speed — Webinar
Thu. May 23, noon
Learn why some students struggle to keep up in class and take longer to respond to questions or finish homework.