Parent Information Relating to Special Education

Monday, October 23rd, 2017 by seskaggs7

The following opportunities are FREE unless noted.  In most cases you must register if registration information is provided.
World of Possibilities: Disabilities, Healthy Aging and Independent Living Expo
Sat. Oct. 28, 11 am – 3 pm, Marriott Hotel, 8028 Leesburg Pike, Tysons
Learn about adaptive devices, assistive technology, accessible recreation, and travel resources.  Free wheelchair repair.
Spatial Cognition in Mathematics Learning: Mapping Numbers to the World Around Us
Wed. Nov. 1, 7:30 – 9:00 pm, Lab School, 4759 Reservoir Rd. NW, Washington, DC
Dr. Luke F. Rinne will discuss the relationship between spatial and mathematics abilities and how everyday math activities could be integrated into arts-based instruction.
Trauma 101: Empowering Parents and Educators
Nov. 2  10:00 – 11:30 am Dunn Loring Center 2334 Gallows Rd.  Entr. 1  Dunn Loring
Learn about the signs of trauma, its academic and social impact, and strategies for building resilience.
Register:  or 703 204-3941
Morning at the Museum — National Zoological Park
Sat. Nov. 4, 8:00 – 9:30 am, National Zoo, 3001 Connecticut Ave. Washington, DC
Families with students with cognitive or sensory processing disabilities may come for sensory-friendly activities at the Zoo. For parking: enter from Beech Dr. NW.
Morning at the Museum — US Capitol Building and Visitor Center
Sat. Nov. 4 8:00 – 9:30 am  US Capitol Visitor Ctr.  First St. at East Capitol St. Wash. DC
Families with students with cognitive or sensory processing disabilities may arrive 8:00 – 8:30 am for a 1 hr. sensory-friendly tour of the Capitol Visitor Center and Capitol Building.
RSVP required:  to   or 202-224-4603
Parenting the Smartphone Generation
Sat. Nov. 4, 9 am – noon, Fairfax Community Church, 11451 Braddock Road, Fairfax
This mini-conference will cover culture, media, social media, smartphones and engaging our kids in today’s tech-centric world.
Embracing ADHD and Autism
Mon. Nov. 6 , 7:30 – 9:00 pm McLean Bible Church Rm. B  8925 Leesburg Pk., Vienna
Learn about the positive attributes of ADHD and autism to gain new perspectives on how to help your child be successful in school, at home, and in life.
RSVP appreciated not required: or 703-770-2980
A New Way To Understand ADHD
Wed. Nov. 8, 7:00 – 8:30 pm, Auburn School, 3800 Concorde Parkway, Chantilly
This workshop addresses cultural myths about ADHD and provides a different way to think about ADHD that will allow us to understand how to better help our children .
Angst:  Normalizing the Conversation Around Anxiety — Screening
Thu. Nov. 9, 6:30 pm  Alexandria Country Day Sch. 2400 Russell Rd. Alexandria
A post-screening discussion is included.   No registration needed.
Ensuring School Success for Students with ADHD
Thu, Nov. 9, 6:30 – 8:00 pm  4031 University Av.  Fairfax (enter on South St)
Learn about the rights that students with ADHD have under Federal Law and important ways to help your student to succeed in school.
Introduction to Special Education
Fri. Nov. 10, Dunn Loring Center Door 1, 2334 Gallows Rd. Dunn Loring
Parents who are new to special education are invited to learn about the special education process and all that is available at the Parent Resource Center.
Register:  or 703 204-3941
K.A.N. Conference:  Everybody Eats — Creating Your Family Recipe
Sat. Nov. 11, 9:30 am-4 pm St. Andrews  18300 New Hampshire Ave. Silver Spring, MD
Learn how adoptive families work together to embrace the special ingredients that make them strong and successful.
Transition Information Sessions
Tue. Nov 14,  6:30 – 7:30 pm Room 221B 8350 Richmond Hwy. Alexandria
Individuals with developmental disabilities and their families are invited to learn about the transition process after high school to receive CSB Developmental Disabilities Services.
2e: Twice Exceptional Screening
Tues. Nov. 14, 7 – 9 pm, Holiday Inn Arlington at Ballston
Gain an understanding of the complexities of life for gifted students who have learning differences.  Connect with others in the 2e community.
Commonwealth Coordinated Care Plus (CCC+) Town Hall Meeting 
Thurs. Nov. 16, 1 – 3 pm, Fairfax County Govt. Ctr. 12000 Govt. Ctr Pkwy. Fairfax
Learn about CCC+, the Medicaid managed care program for Virginia residents who have a disability, are receiving waiver benefits, and/or are Medicaid eligible.
Family Movie Night:  Bernie Mac, Kinship and Me
Nov. 17  6:00-8:30 pm   Formed Families Forward 4031 University Drive, Fairfax, VA 22030
Join other kinship caregivers for a family movie night, with clips from The Bernie Mac Show. Children enjoy a G-rated movie next door. Light dinner served at 6 pm.
Register: or 703-539-2904
Commonwealth Coordinated Care Plus (CCC+) – Weekly Conference Calls
Tuesdays until Dec. 19, noon -12:30 pm
Get your questions answered on the new CCC+ program.
Giving a Fish a Bath:  The Untold Story of the Adolescent Mind
Fri. Nov. 17, 10 am – noon, Dunn Loring Center Door 1, 2334 Gallows Rd. Dunn Loring
Hear about recent neurological discoveries about how adolescent brains work to better understand and interact with the teens in your life.
Register:  or 703 204-3941
Circle of Support: A Conference for Families of Children with Special Needs 
Sat. Nov. 18, 8:00 am – 3:30 pm, Hylton HS, 14051 Spriggs Rd. Woodbridge, VA
This conference focuses on the needs of children with intellectual disabilities.
Prices vary; scholarships are available.  Limited childcare available for $15.
Adoption and the College Admissions Process Workshop
Sat. Nov. 18, 1 pm – 3pm C.A.S.E., 4000 Blackburn Ln. Burtonsville, MD
High school freshman, sophomores, juniors and their families will learn how adoption might or could be part of the admissions process. Cost: $35 per family
Henderson Hall Exceptional Family Member Program Social and Pot Luck
Sat, Nov. 18, 1 – 3 pm USO Warrior Center, 5940 9th Street, Fort Belvoir
Open to active, reserve, and retired service members and their families from all branches of service.  Bring a list of the ingredients (for those with allergies).
Depression in Children and Teens: What You Need to Know
Fri. Dec. 1, 10 am – noon, Dunn Loring Center Door 1, 2334 Gallows Rd. Dunn Loring
Learn about the symptoms of childhood depression, important warning signs, and treatment options. Friday, December 1, 2017
Register:  or 703 204-3941
Social Security: The Application and Appeal Process for SSI and SSDI
Fri, Dec. 1, 10 am – noon The Arc of NOVA, 2755 Hartland Rd., Ste 200, Falls Church
Learn how and when to apply for adult disability for a child (SSI and/or SSDI), what to do if you have to appeal a denial of benefits, and how to leverage the benefits.
Future Quest 2018
Sat. Dec. 2, 8 am – 3 pm, GMU Johnson Center, 4400 University Dr., Fairfax
This college and career event is for all middle school and high school students with disabilities and their parents. It includes over 70 sessions and exhibits.
Adolescent Anxiety: What It Looks Like and How to Support It
Dec. 6, 7:30 – 9:00 pm, Lab School, 4759 Reservoir Rd. NW, Washington, DC
Learn how to recognize excessive worry in teens and gain strategies to help them reduce their stress in healthy ways.
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 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:  703- 641-8940
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 those affected by mental illness.
Fairfax Family Support Group meets on the 2nd Thur. of each month  7:30-9:00 pm
Contact:  Heather  or  703-362-4985
Springfield Family Support Group  meets the 4th Thur. of each month 7:00-8:30 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
Support Group for Parents of Struggling to Launch Young Adults
3rd Thursday of every month, 6:00 – 7:30pm
The Thrive Center offices, 6310 Stevens Forest Road, Suite #100, Columbia MD  20146
RSVP to Sara Love at 410.740.3240

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