Upcoming Community Events

Events By Month and Day:

August

Upcoming Events
Note:  You can find upcoming SEPTA events here

*In light of the current Covid-19 pandemic please check with event sponsors as to the status of events*

All these opportunities are FREE unless noted.
In most cases you must register if registration information is provided.

  • The FCPS Parent Resource Center is still open, and it continues to provide direct assistance to families, educators, and community members. The staff there can help you find answers and solve problems. prc@fcps.edu 703-204-3941
  • FCPS school counselors, psychologists and social workers are available during summer – Any FCPS parent may schedule a 30-minute phone consultation for themselves or their middle or high school student. Consultations will provide support and strategies to students who may be experiencing difficulties with anxiety, mood, behavior, or peer or family interactions.  Register here.

Children’s Challenging Behaviors — 6-Hour course split into 3 days via Zoom
This is for parents of children and youth with mental health challenges, including ADHD and ASD. Learn when and how to seek help and the ins and outs of special education. Find parenting strategies and discover community resources. Register: https://namivirginia.org/for-parents-of-children-and-youth/

Seizure Recognition and First Aid Certification Training
Tue. Aug. 4, noon-1:30 pm, or Thu. Aug. 13, 4:00-5:30 pm, Webinar
This program provides information and skills to recognize seizures and safely help someone during a seizure. Passing the course yields a 2-year certification.
https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_wvEvYG3qQNC3-Hdr6LTS5A

Rev Up Your Child’s Executive Functions for a Successful School Year
Tue, Aug. 4, 1-2 pm, Webinar with replay link
Learn practical ways to boost your child’s executive functions now as you start the transition back to the school year.
Register: https://goto.webcasts.com/starthere.jsp?ei=1345631&tp_key=c8ae85b162

How to Help Your Students Make a Successful College Transition
Wed. Aug. 5, 2:00-2:45 pm,
Learn some key differences between high school and college, available supports for student success, and how to set students up for success in college.
Register: https://vcurrtc.org/registration/webcast/index.cfm?webcastID=486

Talk Saves Lives for Firearms Owners
Wed. Aug. 5, , 7:00-8:30 pm, Online
Suicide can be prevented. Learn about suicide prevention, including common risk factors, warning signs, and how to stay safe, specifically for firearms owners.
Register: https://tslfirearms-ecd-805.attendease.com/register/registration/form

Helping Siblings Learn to Get Along
Thu. Aug. 6, 7:30-9:00 pm, Via Zoom, With replay link $5-$35
Background concepts and specific strategies will be followed with a group discussion of individualized approaches to implementation.
Register: https://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/eventReg?oeidk=a07eh1pknp541e20334&oseq=&c=&ch=

Capacity Building for IEP Teams
Sun. Aug. 9 to Aug. 23, 3 hours — Available 24/7 Online
Learn practical strategies to help future IEP meetings be more positive, productive. and collaborative for parents and educators.
Register: https://bit.ly/2Y1sbEk

COVID-19, Parenting and Stress: Self-Care Is Not a Luxury
Wed. Aug. 12, noon-1 pm, Webinar
Learn about the biological reasons that caregivers are fatigued by the pandemic and some practical ways to care for yourself.
Register: http://bridgestherapyandwellness.com/event/covid-19-parenting-and-stress-self-care-is-not-a-luxury-aug-2020/

Navigating the Life Stages of ADHD: Key Concerns in Diagnosing and Treating Children
Thu. Aug. 13, 1-2 pm, Webinar with replay link
Because ADHD is often a complex disorder, this presentation will highlight many aspects that parents should be aware of to help their child thrive.
Register: https://goto.webcasts.com/starthere.jsp?ei=1346574&tp_key=00f987b33b

Children and Violent Play
Thu. Aug. 13, 7:30-9:00 pm, Via Zoom, With replay link $5-$35
Background concepts and specific strategies will be followed with a group discussion of individualized approaches to implementation.
Register: https://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/eventReg?oeidk=a07eh1pko3z6a4fee28&oseq=&c=&ch=

Parenting Children of Color with Dr. Jamell White
Wed. Aug. 19, 7-8 pm, via Zoom $20
Join him and other parents to discuss the unique issues in raising children of color with special needs and the impact of the current race-related events on children.
Register: https://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/eventReg?oeidk=a07eh7nafmj9aca27f0&oseq=&c=&ch=

Gender and Sexual Variation
Thu. Aug. 20, 7:30-9:00 pm, Via Zoom, With replay link $5-$35
Background concepts and specific strategies will be followed with a group discussion of individualized approaches to implementation.
Register: https://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/eventReg?oeidk=a07eh1pli71bfde90b4&oseq=&c=&ch=

Advocacy Afternoon: Advocating for Your Special Needs Student
Wed. Aug. 23, 1-2 pm, Webinar
Learn tips and tools that will help you be an effective and powerful advocate for your special needs student.
Register: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/4817916323964235536

Key Concerns in Diagnosing and Treating Adolescents
Wed. Aug. 26,1-2 pm, Webinar with Replay Link
Learn how preventive education, a proper diagnosis, and the identification of “stress points” can ease teens with ADHD into adulthood.
Register: https://www.additudemag.com/webinar/adhd-in-adolescence/?

Working with Your Adolescent
Thu. Aug. 27, 7:30-9:00 pm, Via Zoom, With replay link $5-$35
Background concepts and specific strategies will be followed with a group discussion of individualized approaches to implementation.
Register: https://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/eventReg?oeidk=a07eh1pm6s5817324a6&oseq=&c=&ch=


Ongoing / On Demand

NAMI Basics
This 6-session course is for adults who provide care for youth (ages 22 and younger) who are experiencing mental health symptoms (including ADHD and ASD). 99% of participants say they would recommend the program to others.
Register: https://publiccourseapi.nami.org/Learner/Login?ReturnUrl=%2F

Wrightslaw Special Education Law and Advocacy Training
Learn about special education law, rights and responsibilities; tests to measure progress and regression; SMART IEPs; and strategies for effective advocacy.
Info: https://www.wrightslaw.com/webex/law.adv.index.htm. $50-90

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

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. Use the mp3 files for audio. Access: https://accesstosuccess.ctb.ku.edu

Dyslexia & the IEP: How to Make Sure the IEP is in Tip-Top Shape
Webinar On demand, available 24/7: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=frehRL58UTs

Plan Ahead Transition Series 2020       $25-$50
Sat. Sep. 26 & Oct. 17, 8:30 am-3:00 pm, Marymount U. Arlington. Students with developmental disabilities and/or their parents can learn how to plan ahead for the transition to many aspects of life after school. Register:  https://thearcofnova.org/programs/transition-series/

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

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/

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

*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.