Upcoming Community Events

Events By Month and Day:

Upcoming Events
Note:  You can find upcoming SEPTA events here

NOvember

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.
Register: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/8148428298529188365

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.
Register: https://thearcofnovatrust.org/events/

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: http://www.arcGPW.org $25-$90

Sibshops
Mon. Nov. 4, 9 am-noon, Providence Community Ctrr. 3001 Vaden Dr. Fairfax
OR Gum Springs Community Center 8100 Fordson Rd, Alexnadris
These workshop are for brothers and sisters of children with special needs.
Register: https://www.fcps.edu/node/28019/ or 703-204-3941

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.
Register: https://www.labschool.org/page/outreach/lecture-series

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

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

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

Families Reunited — 4 semanas en español
Thu. Nov. 7 – Dec. 5, 6:00-8:30 pm, Kilby ES 1800 Horner Rd. Woodbridge
Join other families who have recently reunited with children and learn how to improve behavior and communication. Dinner & childcare included.
Register: agalvanpalacios@scanva.org or 703-820-9001 x 105

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

Understanding Autism Spectrum Disorder: Beginning Your Journey
Fri. Nov. 8, 10 am-noon, FCPS PRC 2334 Gallows Rd. Door 1, Dunn Loring
Find out more about autism spectrum disorder (ASD) including those students’ unique learning styles and effective strategies to use in the home and classroom,
Register: https://www.fcps.edu/node/28019/ or 703-204-3941

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.
https://thearcofnova.org/programs/transition-series/

Parents’ Night Out
Sat. Nov. 9, 4:30-8:30 pm, McLean Pres. Ch. 1020 Balls Hill Rd. McLean
Adoptive, foster and kinship parents may enjoy an evening while trained, background-checked volunteers care for their children ages 12 & under.
Register by Nov 5: ProjectBelongVA.org/fpno

Life Stages Planning: Financial, Quality of Life and Legal Considerations
Sat. Nov. 9, 10 am-noon, Autism Society 10467 White Granite Dr. Oakton
Register: https://www.asnv.org/education

Growth Mindset Workshop: Pushing Through Frustration
Sat. Nov. 9, 1:30-3:00 pm, StudyPro, 6849 Old Dominion Dr. #200, McLean
4th & 5th graders can learn what a “growth mindset” is, why it matters, and techniques to help them push through frustration.
Register: https://thestudypro.com/workshops/

Plan Ahead — 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

Which Words Do We Teach? Core and Fringe Vocabulary for AAC
Mon. Nov. 11, 9-11 am OR 6-8 pm, LCPS Admin. Bldg. 21000 Education Ct. Ashburn
This session explores the approach of focusing instruction on the most frequently used words and those that have the most impact for each student.
Register: https://www.lcps.org/site/Default.aspx?PageID=179754

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.
Register: https://www.adainfo.org/training/transition-boot-camp-practices-and-partnerships-improve-employment-outcomes

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

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.
Register by Wed, Nov 6: https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/hscode/EReg/Registration.aspx?groupID=27

Specialized Math In Action: Strategies for Parents
Thu. Nov. 14, 9-11 am, LCPS Admin. Bldg. 21000 Education Ct. Ashburn
Learn about specialized math and ways to reinforce the learning of math via fun, creative family activities.
Register: https://www.lcps.org/site/Default.aspx?PageID=179754

Screening of It’s Real: College Students and Mental Health
Thu, Nov. 14, 6- 8 pm, ServiceSource 10467 White Granite Drive, Oakton
This film features real stories and experiences and is designed to raise awareness about mental health issues commonly experienced by students.
Register: https://afsp.org/event/its-real-college-students-and-mental-health-3/

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.
Register: https://www.lcps.org/site/Default.aspx?PageID=179754

Building Success in Physical Education
Fri. Nov. 15, 10 am-noon, FCPS PRC 2334 Gallows Rd. Door 1, Dunn Loring
Learn fun activities for the whole family to get your child moving while reinforcing a wide range of skills needed to participate in physical education.
Register: https://www.fcps.edu/node/28019/ or 703-204-3941

Apprenticeship & Skilled Workforce Career Fair
Nov. 16, 11 am-1:30 pm, Edison HS 5801 Franconia Rd. Door 13 Alexandria
Students will visit with employers and trade schools to learn how they can get a head start on their careers during or after high school.
Register: at your high school career center

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. $75 includes lunch
Register: https://adoptionsupport.org/kan-conference-2019/

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
Register: https://adoptionsupport.org/kan-conference-2019/

How Can Pictures, Sounds, and Actions Support Language Development with AAC
Mon. Nov. 18, 9-11 am OR 6-8 pm, LCPS Admin. Bldg. 21000 Education Ct. Ashburn
This session explores how to pair pictures and sounds with meaningful experiences to teach what words mean and how to use them
Register: https://www.lcps.org/site/Default.aspx?PageID=179754

The ADA: Transitioning Out of School for Students with Developmental Disabilities — With Webinar Option
Mon. Nov. 18, noon –1 pm, Arc of Nova, 2755 Hartland Ave. #200, Falls Church
Learn how the Americans with Disabilities Act offers protections for students transitioning out of school to post-secondary education, employment, or other opportunities.
Register: https://thearcofnova.org/programs/info-referral/ada-workshop-series/

Specialized Math Strategies for Parents
Mon. Nov. 18, 6-8 pm, LCPS Admin. Bldg. 21000 Education Ct. Ashburn
Learn about specialized math and ways to reinforce the learning of math via fun, creative family activities.
Register: https://www.lcps.org/site/Default.aspx?PageID=179754

Inclusive Practices Showcase
Mon. Nov. 18, 7-9 pm, Jackson MS Cafeteria, 3020 Gallows Rd. Falls Church
Learn about inclusive practices during and after school at various elementary, middle, and high schools in Fairfax County.
Register: https://fairfaxcountysepta.org/calendar-of-events-2/

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.
Information: https://thearcofloudoun.org/networking/

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.
Register: https://abidingpresence.net/angst

A Closer Look at Differential Reinforcement and How It Can Change Behavior
Wed. Nov. 20, 9-11 am, LCPS Admin. Bldg. 21000 Education Ct. Ashburn
Learn how to use the principles of reinforcement to increase appropriate behaviors and reduce undesirable behaviors.
Register: https://www.lcps.org/site/Default.aspx?PageID=179754

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

How Should an AAC System Be Organized and How Can I Teach My Child How to Use It?
Mon. Nov. 25, 9-11 am OR 6-8 pm, LCPS Admin. Bldg. 21000 Education Ct. Ashburn
This session will focus on practicing the skill of modeling on a student’s communication system.
Register: https://www.lcps.org/site/Default.aspx?PageID=179754


Ongoing…

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.