Parent Information Relating to Special Education

Thursday, January 25th, 2018 by seskaggs7

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:
Plan Ahead — 2018 Youth & Parent Summit Application due March 9, 2018
Event: June 13-15 James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA
This conference for youth (ages 13-21) and their parents focuses on self-determination skills and issues of importance to youth and young adults with disabilities.
Plan Ahead — Virginia System of Care Slogan and Logo Contest
Entries due March 1
The Virginia System of Care needs a new slogan and a new logo. Youth contest winners get $500 towards their education.
Plan ahead — Cecily’s Advocacy Workshop:  Unlocking Strategies for Success    
Sat. March 3, 8 am-2;30 pm McLean Sch. 8224 Lochinver Ln. Potomac, MD
Choose four topics from among more than a dozen including the fundamental skill of sensing time and the relationship between motivation and executive control.
Early registration (before Feb 9)   $50  includes lunch & continental breakfast
Plan Ahead — Wrightslaw Special Education Law and Advocacy Conference  
Thu.-Fri May 3-4, 4:30 pm to 4:30 pm, Comfort Inn Hotel, 4500 Crain Hwy. Bowie, MD
Learn about special education law, rights, and responsibilities; tests to measure progress; SMART IEPs; and tactics and strategies for effective advocacy.
Register:  $180 includes meal & books
Angst: Raising Awareness Around Anxiety
Thu. Feb. 1, 6-8 pm, Fusion Academy, 333 John Carlyle St. Alexandria
Attend a screening of a film that opens up the conversation about anxiety and provides resources and hope. Stay for a discussion with a mental health professional.
Diploma Options and Graduation Requirements
Thu. Feb. 1, 6:30—8:30 pm LCPS Adm. Bldg. 21000 Education Ct. Ashburn
Parents of students with IEPs should think ahead to how their student will graduate, including the use of credit accommodations and locally verified credits.
Register:  or  571-252-6540
What is Restorative Justice?
Fri. Feb. 2 10-11:30 am, Dunn Loring Ctr. 2334 Gallows Rd.  Door 1, Dunn Loring
This workshop will cover how restorative justice is used in FCPS , the benefits of using restorative language, and activities that promote communication.
Registration: or 703 204-3941
Morning at the Museum — National Museum of African Art
Sat. Feb 3, 9-10 am, 950 Independence Ave SW, Washington, DC
Early entrance to the Museum and special activities for families with students with cognitive or sensory processing disabilities.
Reducing Anxiety in the Classroom: Tools for Families and Educators
Mon. Feb. 5, 6:30-8 pm,  4031 University Dr. Ste 100, Fairfax (enter on South St.)
Learn parenting tips and suggestions for your child’s IEP to help maximize academic success for children impacted by anxiety.
How to Select the Best Accommodations for Your Child with ADHD Webinar
Tue. Feb. 6, 2-3 pm
Learn about accommodations that work for ADHD and how to tailor accommodations to the behaviors and needs of your child.
Gap Year Fair
Tue. Feb. 6,  6:00 – 8:30 pm, Marshall HS  7731 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church
Following a presentation from 6:00 to 6:45, high school students and parents can view exhibits and talk with gap year program providers, trip leaders, advisors, and alumni.
Dads’ Parenting Group – 12 session course
Tue. Feb. 6 – May 1, 6:30-9:00 pm Gum Springs Ctr. 8100 Fordson Rd. Alexandria
Focuses on five characteristics all fathers need to be effective dads: self-awareness; self-care; fathering, parenting, and relationship skills.  Includes meals & activities.
Information:  Bennie Herron 703 324-7308 or  Kimberly Torres  703 324-3064
Fairfax County Parks Spring Adapted Recreation
Tue. Feb. 6  Registration opens
Swimming, gymnastics, yoga, ice skating, Tae Kwon Do, fishing, kayaking.
Math Anxiety — Webinar
Wed. Feb. 7, 12:15-1:00 pm
Parenting in the Digital Age
Wed. Feb. 7, 7:30-9:00 pm, Lab School, 4759 Reservoir Rd, NW, Washington, DC
Learn how to protect your children by combining basic parental controls with proven behavior techniques to empower them to use technology safely.
Section 504: What Parents Need to Know
Fri. Feb. 9, 10 am-noon, Dunn Loring Ctr. 2334 Gallows Rd. Door 1, Dunn Loring
Learn how students with a disability may qualify for a Section 504 Plan based on a federal civil rights law that prohibits discrimination against individuals with a disability.
Register: or 703 204-3941
Super Transition Saturday: Planning for Middle Sch., High School and Beyond
Sat. Feb. 10  8:30 am-1:00 pm, Lanier MS, 3801 Jermantown Rd, Door 1, Fairfax
Learn about Career and Transition Services (CTS) programming and course options for students with disabilities.  Student/parent panel included.  (Snow Date: Feb. 24)
When the Bus Stops Coming
Sat. Feb. 10, 8:30 am-12:30 pm LCPS Admin. Bldg. 21000 Education Ct. Auburn
Plan now for life after high school by learning about Career and Transition Services, DARS Employment Services and parents as case managers.
Register:  or 571-252-6540
DBT – Help For Self-Destructive Teens   $25
Sat. Feb. 10, 9:00-10:30 am In Step 8500 Executive Park Ave. #204, Fairfax
Learn how teens use self-destructive behavior to manage conflicts and strong emotions; and learn about DBT, a therapy to change this behavior.
Morning at the Museum — National Zoological Park
Sat. Feb 10, 9-10 am, National Zoo, 3001 Connecticut Ave. Washington, DC
Early entrance to Amazonia and special activities for families with students with cognitive or sensory disabilities. Parking: enter Lot D from Beech Dr. $22/car
REVIVE Trainings
Tue. Feb. 13, 11:30 am Merrifield Ctr. Rm. LL 419, 8221 Willow Oaks Corp. Dr. Fairfax
Wed. Feb. 21, 1 pm Gatlan Ctr. Rm. 168, 8119 Holland Rd. Alexandria
Sun. Feb. 18, 3 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.
Understanding Evaluations in the Special Education Process
Thu. Feb.15, 7:00 pm  Lee HS Lancer Hall, 6540 Franconia Rd. Springfield
This presentation takes participants through the reasons for evaluations, timelines, and special education eligibility meetings, and develops a basic understanding of scores.
Employment Opportunities for Individuals with Special Needs
Thu. Feb. 15 7–9pm, JCCNV, 8900 Little River Turnpike, Fairfax
Learn about employers who have employees with special needs, supportive employment organizations and other resources for those seeking employment.
RSVP to Carey: (703) 865-6502 or
Understanding Your Twice Exceptional Child
Fri. Feb.16, 10-11:30 am, The Sycamore Sch. 4600 N. Fairfax Dr. Ste. 300, Arlington
Twice-exceptional children have both disabilities and above average intelligence.  Learn how to bring out the best and raise self-esteem for a twice-exceptional child.
Reducing The Impact Of Anxiety In Our Children
Thu. Feb. 22, 11:45 am-1:15 pm The StudyPro 6849 Old Dominion Dr. #200  McLean
Learn specific skills that parents can use to respond to anxiety in children and teens, and how to teach healthy coping strategies.
Robinson Secondary School’s Partnership Program
Thu. Feb. 22, 7 pm Recital Hall, Robinson SS 5035 Sideburn Rd. Fairfax
Join the Fairfax County Special Ed. PTA Liaisons to learn about an inclusion class and club from a teacher and students at this school.
Contact Joanne at if you need childcare.
Screamfree Parenting: Peace Begins with Pause
Fri. Feb. 23, 10 am-12:30 pm, Dunn Loring Ctr. 2334 Gallows Rd. Door 1, Dunn Loring
Join us for this first workshop in our series of 4 interactive workshops to learn strategies to become the cool, calm, connected parent your child really needs.
Register: or 703 204-3941
Morning at the Museum — Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
Sat. Feb 24, 9-10 am, Independence Ave & 7th St SW, Washington, DC
Early entrance to the Museum for families with students with cognitive or sensory processing disabilities.  Activities on the 3rd floor.
The Motivation Meltdown:  When Parents Care and Kids Don’t — Webinar
Wed. Feb. 28, 12:15-1:00 pm
IEPs: Knowing Student’s Rights and How To Achieve Them (Part II)
Wed. Feb. 28, 7:00-8:30pm. Auburn Sch. 3800 Concorde Pkwy., Ste 500, Chantilly
Learn more about IEP review meetings and student’s rights in the IEP process.
Register: or 703-793-9353
Support Groups for Youth
Youth and Young Adults: Stronger Together 
Alternate Tuesdays, Oct. 10 through May 2018,  6:30-8:00 pm  in Fairfax.
This peer-to-peer support group for youth ages 14 – 22  meets twice a month through May.   Parents, caregivers and guardians meet at the same time.  Light dinner included.
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:  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:  Diane Monnig  703 208-1119 x 118
Community of Solutions  Helping Teens Cope with Life Stress
Support Groups for Parents
Alpha Moms  This support group for adoptive parents meets monthly in McLean.
CHADD: Children & Adults with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder
Alexandria CHADD Parent Support Group  4th Mon. of each month at 6:30 pm
Contact:  Jenny   703 472-4678
West Fairfax CHADD Parent Support Group   1st & 3rd Tues. of each month at 7:30 pm Contact:  Sharon  703 716-4646
CSB Family Support Group at Gatlan Center  2nd and 4th Wed. of each month 6-8 pm in Alexandria Contact: 703-799-2882
D.A.D.S.  Dads Appreciating Down Syndrome 3rd Thur. each month, 7-9 pm in Alexandria; and last Wed. of each month in Tysons at 7-9 pm  Contact:   571-490-1268
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  703-246-2495
JCCNV Special Needs Parent Support Group  1st Wed. each month, 7:00–8:30 pm
Contact:  Melissa at Cost: $15 per meeting.
NAMI:  National Alliance on Mental Illness builds better lives for affected families.
Arlington Family Support Group meets one Sunday of each month at 7:00-8:30 pm
Contact:  Michelle Best
Fairfax Family Support Group meets on the 2nd Thur. of each month  7:30-9:00 pm
Contact:  Heather  or  703-362-4985
OCD Family Support Group   1st Mon. of each month, 7:30 pm
Contact:   or  202 215-5859
POAC: Parents of Autistic Children of Northern Virginia
Bimonthly Support Group  Contact:  Nicole Zupan at
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.
Northern Virginia Tourette Support Group meets the 2nd Sunday of each month at noon at the Chantilly Public Library.  Contact:

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