Upcoming Community Events

Events By Month and Day:  picture of calendar

March 2018

Practical Planning for Neurodiverse College Students
Wed. March 7, 7:00 – 9:00pmRobinson Secondary School, Recital Hall, 5035 Sideburn Rd, Fairfax VA.  Please join Fairfax County SEPTA; Kerin Hilker Balksson, Director of Pathway to the Baccalaureate at Northern Virginia Community College and FCPS Parent; Aaron Rakow, PHD & CEO of College Steps; Janet Bradford, FCPS Parent Alumni and Cathy Greulich, FCPS Parent Alumni

The Self-Driven Child
Wed. Mar. 14, 7:30-9 pm, Lab School, 4759 Reservoir Rd, NW, Washington, DC. Learn how to foster a strong sense of autonomy or agency in children in order to lower stress and build self-motivation. Registration: https://www.labschool.org/page/outreach/lecture-series

Keys to Successful Toileting
Wed. Mar. 14, 9-11 am, LCPS Admin. Building, 21000 Education Ct., Ashburn. This workshop focuses on behavioral strategies to support toilet training for children with developmental disabilities. Registration: https://www.lcps.org/ParentResourceServices or 571-252-6540.

Understanding Discipline Policies for Individuals with Disabilities
Wed. Mar. 14, 6:30-8 pm, Lyles Crouch Academy, 530 S. St. Asaph St. Alexandria. In this workshop, parents will gain an increased understanding of terminology and discipline policies that impact students with disabilities. Registration: Contact Janet Reese, janet.reese@acps.k12.va.us or  call 703-824-0129.

What You Need to Know About Students with ADHD and Anxiety – Webinar – Thu. Mar. 15, 3 pm. ADHD and executive function deficits can lead to increased anxiety in school. In this webinar, you will learn strategies you can use across grade levels. Registration: http://www.chadd.org/training-events/Ask-the-Expert.aspx

Mind in the Making – Communicating
Thu. Mar. 15, 10 am-noon, Dunn Loring Ctr. 2334 Gallows Rd.  Door 1, Dunn Loring. The third in a series of workshops on the seven essential skills every child needs will cover strategies for improving communication and activities to promote this skill. Registration: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSf6ELpQ-MiF0weJY8MBi9epyGVF22ITN4HlSmxoix5dLPKc6A/viewform

Screamfree Parenting: Keeping Your Cool Means Creating Your Space
Fri. Mar. 16, 10 am-12:30 pm, Dunn Loring Ctr. 2334 Gallows Rd. Door 1, Dunn Loring. Join us for an interactive workshop to learn strategies to become the cool, calm, connected parent your child really needs. Register: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdyEnRwdDXOosixxo54qnPyMbjCjjxQ5lv2lTTN2zFGxfY4Tw/viewform

Wings for All Airport Practice 
Sat. Mar. 17, 8 am, Dulles International Airport. Families who have a child with a disability have the opportunity to practice entering the airport, obtaining boarding passes, going through security, and boarding a plane. Information: https://thearcofnova.org/programs-services/independent-living/wings-for-all/  Registration: https://fs30.formsite.com/wingsforautism/form365/index.html

Bylaws General Membership Meeting and Disability Waiver Presentation given by the ARC 
Tuesday March 20, 6:30-9pm, Robinson Secondary School, 5035 Sideburn Rd, Recital Hall, Fairfax, VA.   Please join Fairfax County SEPTA for a special General Membership Meeting with a focus on establishing new by-laws for the organization. You can review the new proposed by-laws on our website at www.fairfaxcountysepta.org. Also joining us will be Lucy Beadnell, Director of Advocacy at The Arc of Northern Virginia who will speak on Medicaid Waivers.  RSVP here.

Project First Responder
Tue. Mar. 20, 6:30 pm, LCPS Admin. Building, 21000 Education Ct. Ashburn. This program assists first responders, individuals with autism and other developmental delays, and their families to learn how to successfully manage emergency situations. Registration: https://www.lcps.org/ParentResourceServices  or 571-252-6540.

Mind in the Making – Making Connections
Thu. Mar. 22, 10 am-noon, Dunn Loring Ctr. 2334 Gallows Rd.  Door 1, Dunn Loring. The fourth in a series of workshops on seven essential life skills every child needs will cover the importance of making connections and activities to promote this skill.  Registration: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSc3NLCSdwlbFRF7qC5phrL6J6AAamzy5VYPEWBUPLhNpzTb5g/viewform

Morning at the Museum — US Botanic Garden
Sunday, March 25, 8:30-!0:00 am 100 Maryland Ave. SW Washington DC. Early entrance to the annual orchid show and special activities for families with students with cognitive or sensory processing disabilities. Register:  email names of attendees to mnelson@aoc.gov  or call 202-226-1047.

 April 2018

13th Annual FCPS Special Education Conference
Sat. April 21 – Hayfield Secondary School, 7630 Telegraph Rd, Alexandria, VA.

Family and Youth Leadership Summit
Sat. Apr. 14, 9:00 am-3:30 pm 1021 Koger Center Blvd, Richmond, VA. This event is to develop youth voice for mental health through knowledge, skills, and networking. Separate tracks for parents, MS students and HS students. Register by April 6:  @ http://conta.cc/2n4spXV    Stipends available.

April Board Elections & General Membership Meeting
Mon. April 30 (Time/Location TBD)


Plan Ahead!

Spring Recreation for Children with Special Needs

Register Now — FCPS Special Education Conference  
Sat. April  21,  8 am – 3 pm  Hayfield Secondary School. This conference for parents and teachers includes three breakout sessions, a keynote speaker, and exhibit hall.  Choose from over 60 presentations.https://www.fcps.edu/resources/family-engagement/parent-resource-center

I Can Bike After-School Program
Various weeks in March through June at Middle Schools in Fairfax County. This program uses adapted bicycles, a specialized instructional program, and trained staff to run the weeklong trainings for children with disabilities. Information and schedule:  https://icanshine.org/ican-bike-fcps-fairfax-va/

Summer Camp Guide for Students with Special Needs
Assembled by FCPS; includes a wide variety of public and private options. To request a copy:  email prc@fcps.edu  or 703-204-3941

Wrightslaw Special Education Law and Advocacy Conference  
Thu.-Fri May 3-4, 4:30 pm to 4:30 pm, Comfort Inn Hotel, 4500 Crain Hwy. Bowie, MD. Learn about special education law, rights, and responsibilities; tests to measure progress; SMART IEPs; and tactics and strategies for effective advocacy. Information:  http://www.wrightslaw.com/speak/reg/18.05.md.flyer.pdf
Register:  www.loudvoicestogether.com/events-1.html  $180 includes meal & books.

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.