Upcoming Community Events

Events By Month and Day:

Upcoming Events
Note:  Events in Blue are SEPTA Events

October

Behaviors and Beyond: Understanding and Parenting Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders
Mon. Oct. 1, 6:15 – 8:00 pm 4031 University Dr. Fairfax (enter on South St.)
This overview of autism will include how children are identified for special education. Research supported strategies for helping students with autism will be covered.
Register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/behaviors-and-beyond-understanding-and-parenting-children-with-autism-spectrum-disorder-tickets-48283665744 or 703-539-2904

NAMI In Our Own Voice
Tue. October 2, 7-8 pm Barrett Library, 717 Queen Street, Alexandria
Two speakers will share personal, inspiring stories about living with a mental health condition and their journeys towards wellness. Q & A included.
Register: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScyHd3a1FedQKK8eJu2tsnwXNmQ6cB2W8PSKtpDttWnW-5iJQ/viewform

Enjoy Your Strong-Willed Child: 10 Secrets to Stop the Power Struggles
Thu. Oct. 4, 7:00-8:30 pm, Dunn Loring Ctr. 2334 Gallows Rd. Door 1, Dunn Loring
Fri. Oct 5, 10 am – noon, Dunn Loring Ctr. 2334 Gallows Rd. Door 1, Dunn Loring
Learn specific strategies to stop yelling, lecturing, and nagging; motivate without power struggles; and understand and enjoy your strong-willed child.
Register: https://www.fcps.edu/node/28279 or 703-204-3941

An Individualized Approach to Raising Your Challenging Child — 10 Sessions
Thu. Oct 4-Dec. 9:30-11:00 am Geneva Day Sch.11931 Seven Locks Rd. Potomac, MD
Thu. Oct.4-Dec. 7:30-9:00 pm St. Columba’s 4201 Albermarle St. NW Washington, DC
Each program is designed to help parents identify the source of their child’s challenging behavior and learn what they can do about it. For parents of children ages 3-12.
Register: http://www.parentchildjourney.com/journey/ $ Cost varies.

Get Rid of the Myths!
Wed.-Thu. Oct. 10 – 11, 9 am – 5 pm, MVLE inc. 7410 Fullerton Rd. Springfield
Learn about SSI/SSDI and work incentives including the myriad of rules governing Medicaid, waivers, and Medicare for individuals with disabilities. Cost varies. Scholarships available.
Register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ssi-ssdi-and-work-incentives-training-nova-oct2018-tickets-49170670800 or 571-339-1305

Specialized Reading Instruction
Wed. Oct. 10, 9-11 am & Tue. Oct. 16, 6-8 pm LCPS Adm. Bldg 21000 Education Ct. Ashburn
This session will allow parents to experience specialized reading instruction through active participation, including elementary and secondary strategies.
Register: https://www.lcps.org/Page/179754 or 571-252-6540techniques

Post-Secondary Education Options — Coffee and Conversation
Thu. Oct. 11, 10 am – noon, Dunn Loring Ctr. 2334 Gallows Rd. Door 1, Dunn Loring
Learn about important higher education options for students with disabilities: disclosure, accessing accommodations, and disability support services.
Register: https://www.fcps.edu/node/28279 or 703-204-3941

Waivers and EPSDT — Webinar
Thu., Oct. 11. 11:30 am-1:00 pm The Arc of NoVa, 2755 Hartland Rd Ste. 200, Falls Church
This updated webinar will cover the Medicaid Waivers since the 2016 redesign, the intersection of CCC Plus Managed Care with Waivers, and mandates to use EPSDT for some services.
Register: https://thearcofnova.org/programs/info-referral/ds-ls-workshops/

GO for Girls: Greater Options for Girls with Specialized Learning Needs
Thursday, October 11, 2018 from 7-9 p.m.
The Auburn School- Fairfax Campus 3800 Concorde Parkway, Suite 500 Chantilly, VA 20151. Celebrate the International Day of the Girl Child with The Auburn School- Fairfax Campus and our partners as we host GO-4-Girls: Greater Options for Girls with Specialized Learning Needs- a FREE event for girls and their families! We will be featuring a talk by Dr. Allison Ratto, PhD of Children’s National Medical Center who will discuss the unique presentation of cognitive and learning differences in girls and how to support their academic and social/emotional development, while girls enjoy interactive workshops. There will also be a variety of schools, service providers and enrichment opportunities for girls that will be available to answer questions and provide information. Contact us at (703) 793-9353 or APernick@TheAuburnSchool.org

Navigating the Path to Student Wellness—LCPS Mental Health and Wellness Conference
Sat. Oct. 13, 8 am – 1 pm Briarwoods High School, Ashburn
This conference will include a keynote on Anxiety and Our Youth, over 25 concurrent break out sessions, and a Loudoun County resource fair.
Register: https://www.navigatethepath.com

Getting Past Procrastination: How to Get Your Kids Focused, and Motivated Without Being the Bad Guy
Tue. Oct 16, 7:30-9:00 pm, Oakwood Sch. 7210 Braddock Rd. Annandale
Learn practical ways and research based strategies to make the process of homework happen more smoothly.
Register: https://www.oakwoodschool.com/beyond-academics/oakwood-parent-association/opa-speaker-series

Moving On To Life in the Community — A Resource Fair for Students with Disabilities
Wed. Oct. 17, 6:30–8:45 pm, Lake Braddock SS, 9200 Burke Lake Rd.
This Resource Fair is for students who will require ongoing employment and community support services after graduation.
Register: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSccCrLzbxf2W8G4uYeF7iVTV8GB1X-dvwFyYeWExEmBWKEHXw/viewform or 703-204-3941

My Teen with ADHD/Learning Disabilities . . . and Me! — 5 class series $200
Thu. Oct. 18-Nov. 15, 6:30-8:00 pm Bridges Therapy 11166 Fairfax Blvd. #207, Fairfax
Gain insights, strategies, and practical solutions to guide you and your teen.
Register: https://bridgestherapyandwellness.com/events/

2018 Maryland State Conference on Gifted and Talented Education $75
Fri. Oct. 19, 7:15 am -1:45 pm, New Town HS 4931 New Town Blvd. Owings Mills, MD
Information: http://www.megsonline.net/2018_conference_registration_form.pdf
Register: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfdBzO9rBBNcxlIL8B4Xoyo29Xwzcx6TsAfRoru8Sp06xn86w/viewform

Procedural Safeguards and Parental Rights
Fri. Oct. 19, 10 am – noon, Dunn Loring Ctr. 2334 Gallows Rd. Door 1, Dunn Loring
Learn about parental rights, independent evaluations, dispute resolution, and procedures when disciplining children with disabilities.
Register: https://www.fcps.edu/node/28279 or 703-204-3941

Are You Really Ready? An Emergency Preparedness Workshop for Individuals with Disabilities and Their Families— with Webinar Option
Fri, Oct. 19, 10 am – noon, Arc of NOVA 2755 Hartland Rd Ste. 200, Falls Church
Learn how families of individuals with disabilities can become prepared for various types of emergencies. A wide variety of agencies will participate on a panel. Q & A included.
Register: https://thearcofnova.org/programs/info-referral/ds-ls-workshops/#emergency

Building a System of Support – Regional ADHD Resource Fair
Sat. Oct 20, 8 am – 1 pm BASIS Sch. 8000 Jones Branch Dr, McLean
Learn from local professionals, school representatives, and nonprofit organization members who provide for individuals with ADHD.
Register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2018-dmv-regional-adhd-awareness-month-resource-fair-tickets-47222669275

Legal, Financial & Tax Considerations for Special Needs Families
Wed. Oct. 24, 9:00 am Auburn Sch. 3800 Concorde Pkwy. Ste. 500, Chantilly
This workshop will provide a financial and legal overview, and will include tax considerations and the integration of employer and government benefits.
Register: https://www.theauburnschool.org/page/153

Executive Functioning Skills: What’s the Big Deal?
Wed. Oct. 24, 9-11 am & Tue. Oct. 30, 6-8 pm LCPS Adm. Bldg 21000 Education Court, Ashburn
Executive Functioning (EF) skills impact every aspect of life. Learn to recognize EF challenges, strategies for learning EF skills, and ways to compensate for EF deficits.
Register: https://www.lcps.org/Page/179754 or 571-252-6540

Navigating the Complex and Emotional World of Social Power: Helping Your Kids Be Assertive and Gain Confidence
Wed. Oct. 24, 7:30-9:00 pm Lab Sch. 4759 Reservoir Rd, NW, Wash. DC
The talk will focus on social power in childhood relationships and guiding parents on how to help their kids learn to be assertive.
Register: https://www.labschool.org/page/outreach/lecture-series

We Need to Talk About This: Disability and Trauma Prevention, Identification, and Treatment
Thu, Oct. 25, 11:30 am – 1:00 pm The Arc of NoVa, 2755 Hartland Rd Ste. 200, Falls Church
A panel of social workers, therapists, and social skills coaches will share how to prevent abuse and trauma, how to identify trauma, and how to recover from traumatic experiences.
Register: https://thearcofnova.org/programs/info-referral/ds-ls-workshops/#trauma

Bullying Behavior & Cyberbullying
Thu. Oct. 25, 6:30-8:30 pm LCPS Admin. Bldg. 2100 Education Ct. Ashburn
Learn about K-12 bullying and cyberbullying prevention, services, and resources that are provided by school counselors and law enforcement.
Register: https://www.lcps.org/Page/179754 or 571-252-6540

2 Days of 2e — Virtual Conference
October 26 & 27
This online conference focusing on gifted learners with disabilities will include speakers, discussion forums, and a virtual exhibit hall.
Register: https://withunderstandingcomescalm.com/2-days-of-2e/

FallFest 2018
Sun. Oct. 28, 1:00-3:30 pm Frying Pan Farm Park 2739 West Ox Rd. Herndon
Young adults, teens, and families — Free lunch, cider, a wagon ride, and conversations about mental health led by young adult leaders.
Register: https://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/eventReg?oeidk=a07efkr38cfb6090f2a&oseq=&c=&ch=

You Can Help Prevent Bullying: Strategies for Parents
Tue. Oct. 30, 6:30-8:00 pm, Dunn Loring Ctr. 2334 Gallows Rd. Door 1, Dunn Loring
Become prepared to prevent bullying, both on line and in life, by learning what to watch for, ways to prevent it, and supports to minimize its impact.
Register: https://www.fcps.edu/node/28279 or 703-204-3941


Plan Ahead….

Plan Ahead — PEERS® for Young Adults — 16 week class Fall 2018
This is an evidence-based social skills course for young adults with disabilities, who want to learn how to make and keep friends.    Fee involved.  For information, email:  asdconversationskills@gmail.com  or 571-328-5762

 Accommodations for Recreational Classes with Fairfax County Parks
Fairfax County Park Authority is committed to providing all residents equal access to programs, classes, and camps.  Accommodations include physical accessibility, ASL interpreters, assistive devices, sensitivity training for classmates, and staff training.  To request ADA accommodations, email gary.logue@fairfaxcounty.gov  or call 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

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/

Youth and Young Adults: Stronger Together
Alternate Tuesdays, Oct. 2 through May 2019,  6:00-8:00 pm  in Fairfax.  This peer-to-peer support group for youth ages 14 – 22  meets twice a month.   Parents, caregivers and guardians meet at the same time.  Light dinner included.  Register:  https://www.formedfamiliesforward.org/registration-for-free-support-groups-now-open/  or  703 539-2904

An Individualized Approach to Raising Your Challenging Child — 10 Sessions
Thu. Oct. 4 -Dec.  9:30-11:00 am  Geneva DS. 11931 Seven Locks Rd. Potomac, MD.  OR Thu. Oct. 4-Dec. 7:30-9:00 pm St. Columba’s 4201 Albemarle St NW. DC.  This program helps parents identify the source of their child’s challenging behavior and learn what they can do about it.  For parents of children ages 3-12.  Register:  http://www.parentchildjourney.com/journey/  $ Cost va


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.