Upcoming Community Events

Events By Month and Day:

Upcoming Events
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MedStar Adaptive Sports Camp
Aug. 5-9, 9 am-4 pm, Trinity U 125 Michigan Ave. NE Washington DC. This camp for kids ages 6-18 with a physical disability includes adapted basketball, tennis, cycling, fitness, swimming, crafts, field trips etc.. Equipment provided. Info:  medStarNRH.org/adaptivesportscamp

Youth Mental Health First Aid — 2 class course – $25
Aug. 5 & 6, 8:30 am-1 pm, Chantilly CSB 14150 Parkeast Cir. #240 Chantilly
This course teaches adults about common warning signs and risk factors for mental health problems for youth and provides a five-step action plan. Book Provided. Register:  <a ” href=”https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/hscode/ereg/Registration.aspx?groupID=47&#8243; target=”_blank” rel=”nofollow noopener”>https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/hscode/ereg/Registration.aspx?groupID=47

Parenting Education Program  — en español — 14 class meetings
Mon. Aug. 5–Nov. 25, 5:30-8:00 pm, ACCA 7200 Columbia Pk. Annandale
Parents learn positive, effective ways to interact with their children age 0-4.  A family meal and childcare are included.  Info:  https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/familyservices/children-youth/parenting-education-programs

Organization Tips for the New School Year — Facebook Chat via Understood.org
Mon. Aug. 5, noon
Join this chat to ask questions about how your child can get and stay organized in the new school year. RSVP for a reminder on Mon. Aug. 5
Info: https://www.understood.org/en/community-events/experts-live-chats-webinars

My Child Has an IEP. Now What? — Facebook Chat via Understood.org
Tue. Aug. 6, 2:00 pm
Join this Facebook Chat to get answers to your questions about IEPs and advocating for your child. RSVP for a reminder on Tue. Aug 6
Info: https://www.understood.org/en/community-events/experts-live-chats-webinars

Setting the Stage for School Success: Preparing for a New School Year
Wed. Aug. 7, 10 am-noon, Dunn Loring Ctr. 2334 Gallows Rd. Door 1, Dunn Loring
Consider how to prepare your family for school by setting routines, organizing spaces, managing time, preparing for homework, and understanding the role of electronics.
Register: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeAmm9oeeSQgV5BTJqUWV9mVe0sSneuJ9if2fTHNG6d3ELfdQ/viewform?utm_name=

Talk Saves Lives: An Introduction to Suicide Prevention
Thu. Aug. 8, 6:30-8:00 pm, 10467 White Granite Dr. Oakton
Learn about the scope of suicide in various demographic groups, the research on prevention, the risk factors, warning signs, and what we can do to prevent suicides.
Register: https://afsp.org/event/talk-saves-lives-an-introduction-to-suicide-prevention-9/

ACEing Autism Tennis Clinic 
Sat. Aug. 10, 11 am-1 pm,  Lk. Newport Tennis 11452 Baron Cameron Ave. Reston. This event for kids with ASD (ages 5-17) is organized by Renzo Sanio of Boy Scout Troop 1577 as a service project.  Info:  aceingautism.org Register:  contact Renzo Sanio by email renzo@sanio.ca, or phone 703-707-8609.

Addressing Problem Behavior: A Successful Team Approach
Mon. Aug.12, 1:00–2:05 pm GoTo Webinar
Learn about the extensive process by which problem behavior in school or home can be understood and often replaced with less disruptive behavior.
Register: https://researchautism.org/news-events/calendar/

Ask The Expert: Meeting the Needs of Students with ADHD in the Classroom
Tue. Aug. 13, 2-3 pm, Webinar
Learn about the unique qualities of students with ADHD and resources to support their needs, the learning environment, and the classroom teacher.
Register: https://chadd.org/ask-the-expert/

MPower Me Tech Workshop — For Parents and Students
Wed. Aug. 14, 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.
Register: https://goo.gl/forms/63tkoYEAeaJeoqNm2

More Than Sad: Teen Depression —Training for Parents & Caring Adults
Aug. 18, 6-8 pm, Central Library 1015 N Quincy St, Arlington
This program teaches caring adults about depression, demystifies treatment, and encourages those in need to seek help.
Register: https://afsp.org/event/more-than-sad-teen-depression-3/

Ask the Expert: Lonely, Bullied and Left Out: How to Help Your Child’s Social Skills
Wed. Aug. 21, 2-3 pm Webinar
This session will offer insight into the relationship between executive function weaknesses and common ADHD behaviors that lead to children’s social struggles.
Register: https://chadd.org/ask-the-expert/

Parenting Education Program — in English — 14 class meetings
Wed. Aug. 21-Nov. 20, 5:30-8:00 pm, Main Street CDC 4401 Sideburn Rd. Fairfax
Parents learn positive, effective ways to interact with their children age 0-4. A family meal and childcare are included. Register: Raiza Barraza 703-324-7745
Info: https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/familyservices/children-youth/parenting-education-programs

Back in the Groove: Tools for a Smooth Reentry to a New School Year
Thu. Aug. 22, 10:00-11:30 am, Arc of Loudon, 601 Catoctin Cir. NE Leesburg
Participate in making information sheets and other tools to help your family lay the groundwork for a successful school year. Older teens may participate.
Register: https://loudounbackinthegroovewithfff.eventbrite.com

Customized Employment: Case Study Examples from the VCU-DRRP Research
Wed. Aug. 28, 2:00-2:45 pm — Webcast

Hear how a disabled individual’s interests and skills were identified, a business was approached and tasks identified, and finally how the new employee was supported at work. Register: rrtc@vcu.edu

Organization for Autism Research (OAR) Info Session
Thu. Aug. 29. 11 am-noon, ECNV 2300 Clarendon Blvd, # 250 Arlington
A brief history of OAR will be followed by information on scholarship programs, employment programs and resources. Accommodations available with 2 weeks notice.
RSVP by Aug. 28 to elizabethk@ecnv.org or call 703-525-3268

First Parents’ Night Out
Sat. Aug 31, 10 am-3pm, Arc of PWC, 13505 Hillendale Dr, Woodbridge
Enjoy a day knowing you have trained adults caring for your child with disabilities, and siblings. Social skills development will be emphasized. $5.00-$7.50 per hour
Registration: Call the PWC Arc: 703 670-5060

Plan Ahead…

Falls Church Dads Parenting Group — 12 week course
Wed. Sep. 11-Dec. 11, 6:00- 8:30, Westlawn ES l3200 Westley Rd. Falls Church
Focuses on five characteristics all fathers need to be effective dads: self-awareness; self-care; fathering, parenting, and relationship skills. Includes meals & activities.
Registration: Bennie Herron 703-324-7308, or Calvin Robertson 703-324-7730.

Youth Mental Health First Aid — 2 class course $25
Sep. 18 & 19, 8:30 am-1:00 pm Penning Bldg. 12011 Govt. Ctr. Pkwy. # 206 Fairfax
This course teaches adults about common warning signs and risk factors for mental health problems for youth and provides a five-step action plan.
Register: https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/hscode/ereg/Registration.aspx?groupID=47

Plan Ahead — Life Skills Training for Middle Schoolers — 6 Session Course
Thu. Sep.19-Oct. 24, 5:30-7:00 pm, Formed Families Forward 4031 University Dr. Fairfax,
This is a proven, evidence-based program designed to promote health and personal development. Simple dinner included. Kids can earn prizes or gift cards for regular attendance.
Register: https://formedfamiliesforward.org/event/life-skills-training-for-middle-schoolers-2/2019-09-19/

Welcoming Inclusion Network (WIN) Meeting
Mon. Sep. 23, 6:30-9:00 pm,
The meeting will include an inclusive panel and discussion with experts and employers who practice inclusive hiring, and an update on WIN initiatives.

The Arc of NOVA Fall 2019 Transition Series $25-$50
Sat. Sept 28 & Nov. 9, 8:30 am-3:00 pm, Rowley Hall, 2807 N. Glebe Road, Arlington
This 2-day interactive event educates families for when a student transitions from school-based to community-based services for adults with developmental disabilities.

Save the Date — 2019 Future Quest – College and Career Forum
Sat. Oct 26, George Mason Campus, Fairfax
This college and career conference for middle and high school students with disabilities and their families has over 40 workshops and exhibits related to successful life after high school.

The Parent Playbook — 9 Module Online Course on Autism
From the VCU Autism Center for Excellence & Virginia Autism Council. An introduction on Autism Spectrum Disorder for families, including tips for caregivers, characteristics, interventions and recommended programs and services. Access:  https://vcuautismcenter.org/te/courses/parent_playbook.cfm

Get Ready for College: A Resource for Teens with Disabilities
Online, Self-Paced 8 Class Course from VCU
This course for high school students with disabilities focuses on preparation for college, selection of a college for best fit, and the disability services process. Access:   http://vafamilysped.org/Event/j8Gu8yhL54NjdEsQYzfwtg/Event-online-self-paced-free-course-get-ready-for-college-a-resource-for-teens-with-disabilities

Access to Success — Online Self-Paced 8-class Course for Students with Disabilities
High school and college students can learn about their disability rights and how to obtain accommodations in college. Access:  https://accesstosuccess.ctb.ku.edu



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.
Information: https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/adapted-programs

Fairfax County Therapeutic Recreation
Information: https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/ncs/tracers/up/ProgramListing.aspx?pDGID=2

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.
Information: https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/scholarships

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.