Upcoming Community Events


Events By Month and Day:

Upcoming Events
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VA DARS, Ticket to Work Partnership Plus, 1619B, and Medicaid Works — with Webinar Option
Fri. Jan. 4, 10 am-noon, Arc of Nova, 2755 Hartland Ave. Ste. 200, Falls Church
This overview of Vocational Rehabilitation will include points of contact for DSS offices, functional definitions of programs, and a description of the Virginia Model.
Register: https://thearcofnovatrust.org/event/va-dars-ticket-to-work-partnership-plus-1619b-and-medicaid-works/

Americans With Disabilities Act: The Basics — Webinar
Tue. Jan. 8, 10:30-11:13 am
Learn about the provisions of the ADA, including employment protections, interactions with state and local governments, transit, and reasonable accommodations.
Register: https://cc.readytalk.com/registration/#/?meeting=c9pzycjdrw3j&campaign=duzjh9k0qw5o

Mind in the Making: Focus and Self Control
Tue. Jan. 8, 6:30-8:30 pm, Dunn Loring Ctr. 2334 Gallows Rd. Door 1, Dunn Loring
This is the first of seven life skills that are essential for children’s success in life. Participants will learn strategies for improving the skills, and activities to promote them.
Register: https://www.fcps.edu/node/28019/ or 703-204-3941

Getting Past Procrastination: How to Get Kids Organized, Focused, and Motivated…
Tue. Jan. 8, 7:00-8:30 pm, JMHS Lecture Hall 5, 2500 James Madison Dr. Vienna
Learn about the different types of procrastination, why it’s so common, and how parents can help kids outsmart it to focus, plan ahead, and finish on time.
Register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/getting-past-procrastination-how-to-get-kids-organized-focused-and-motivatedwithout-being-the-bad-tickets-53458555980?aff=ebdssbdestsearch

MPower Me Tech Workshop — For Parents and Students
Wed. Jan. 9, 6-8 pm, The Arc of Nova, 2755 Hartland Ave. Ste. 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

How to Rock School: 5 Disciplines Kids Need to Succeed
Thu. Jan. 10, 9:00 am, Kent Garden ES 1717 Melbourne Dr. McLean
Learn how a growth mindset and executive function skills can help students have less stress and more success at school.

Plan Ahead — LifeSkills Training for Middle School Students — 6 Session Course
Thu. Jan. 10-Feb. 14, 5:30-7:00 pm, Sherwood CC 3740 Old Lee Hwy. Fairfax
This is a proven program for teens to learn healthy habits and build communication and social skills. Dinner served. Teens who attend regularly earn gift cards!
Register: https://apm.activecommunities.com/fairfaxcityrecdept/Activity_Search/teen-life-skills-program/12309

Coping Strategies for Anxious Children
Fri. Jan. 11, 10 am-noon, Dunn Loring Ctr. 2334 Gallows Rd. Door 1, Dunn Loring
Learn how to help children (ages 8-17) with anxiety; when anxiety becomes a disorder; strategies for treating specific anxiety disorders; and stress reduction tools.
Register: https://www.fcps.edu/node/28019/ or 703-204-3941

Autism Advocacy
Sat. Jan. 12, 10 am-noon, ASNV 10467 White Granite Dr, Oakton
Learn how to be an effective autism advocate, current autism advocacy issues, and what to expect when advocating at the state level.
Register: https://asnv.wufoo.com/forms/autism-education-workshop-autism-advocacy

Author Talk and Book Signing
Mon. Jan. 14, 7-9 pm, Robinson SS Recital Hall, 5035 Sideburn Rd. Fairfax
Meet the authors of Voices from Around the IEP Table, a book about the perspectives of IEP team members, culturally diverse students, and their families.
Register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/voices-around-the-iep-table-author-talk-and-book-signing-tickets-53478688196?aff=ebdssbdestsearch

Mind in the Making: Perspective Taking
Tue. Jan. 15, 6:30-8:30 pm, Dunn Loring Ctr. 2334 Gallows Rd. Door 1, Dunn Loring
This is the second of seven life skills that are essential for children’s success in life. Participants will learn strategies for improving the skills, and activities to promote them.
Register: https://www.fcps.edu/node/28019/ or 703-204-3941

Changing the Game: A Parent Guide to Healthy Screen Use
Wed. Jan. 16, 9:00-10:30 am Auburn Sch. 3800 Concorde Pkwy. Ste. 500, Chantilly
Learn why screen time is so addictive; how to balance age-appropriate limits with self-regulation; and what to do if your child shows signs of internet addiction.
Register: https://www.theauburnschool.org/page/153

Child Find Chats: Raising Young Communicators
Wed. Jan. 16, 9:00—11:00 am LCPS Admin. Bldg. 21000 Educ. Ct. Ashburn
Learn about the progression of speech and language development, communication and the brain, and how to foster language in everyday activities.
Register: https://www.lcps.org/ParentResourceServices

The Invisible Disability: Understanding and Identifying Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) — 1st of 3 Webinars
Wed. Jan. 16, 6:30 – 8:00 pm
Learn about the current diagnostic tools and criteria to identify FASD, the latest trends in treatment, and how best to support a loved one with this disorder.
Register: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/2927688697826620930

Mind in the Making: Communicating
Tue. Jan. 22, 6:30-8:30 pm, Dunn Loring Ctr. 2334 Gallows Rd. Door 1, Dunn Loring
This is the third of seven skills that are essential for children’s success in life. Participants will learn strategies for improving the skills, and activities to promote them.
Register: https://www.fcps.edu/node/28019/ or 703-204-3941

Introduction to Special Education
Wed. Jan. 23, 6:30-8:30 pm, Dunn Loring Ctr. 2334 Gallows Rd. Door 1, Dunn Loring
Learn what special education is, early intervention resources and services, the special education process, 504 plans, and Individual Education Plans (IEP).
Register: https://www.fcps.edu/node/28019/

The Impact of Childhood Trauma at Home and School: Building Resilience
Wed. Jan. 23, 6:30-8:00 pm Hammond MS 4646 Seminary Rd. Alexandria
This workshop will offer strategies to help minimize the impact of trauma exposure and how to build resilience in children of all ages.
Register by Jan. 18: https://www.acps.k12.va.us/site/Default.aspx?PageID=964&DomainID=51#calendar1526/20190123/event/3749

Students & Stress: What’s Going On and How Can Parents Help?
Thu. Jan. 24, 11:45 am-1:15 pm StudyPro, 6849 Old Dominion Dr. #200, McLean
Register: http://thestudypro.com/events-calendar/

The Self-Driven Child: How Promoting a Sense of Control Lowers Stress and Increases Motivation in Children and Teens — Webinar
Thu. Jan. 24, 1:00-2:30 pm, Extended access Jan. 24 – Feb. 20
Learn how to foster a strong sense of autonomy or agency in children in order to lower stress and build self-motivation. Free Registration code: EARLY2019
Register: https://adoptionsupport.org/store/the-self-driven-child-how-promoting-a-sense-of-control-lowers-stress-increases-motivation-in-children-teens/

Housing Hackathon
Thu. & Fri. Jan. 24 & 25,10 am Tech NoVA 7054 Haycock Rd. Falls Church
Entrepreneurs, startups, businesses, students, and others are invited to use data to create innovative solutions to disability housing challenges in Fairfax County.
Register: https://nvite.com/housinghackathon/gwldgo

Angst: Raising Awareness Around Anxiety
Thu. Jan. 24, 7 pm, Woodson HS Auditorium Ent. 18, 9525 Main St. Fairfax. Attend a film screening that opens up the conversation about anxiety and provides resources and hope. https://angstmovie.com/ Registration: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/angst-raising-awareness-around-anxiety-documentary-screening-tickets-54707977032

Health Care — College and Career Fair
Fri. Jan. 25, 9 am – noon, Falls Church HS 7521 Jaguar Trail, Falls Church
This college and career fair is open to all FCPS high school students interested in health care education and as a future career.
Register: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdyrvvX02S8hh3dzaDaQ2Xv-d2IfOBjsFeuyw60fH7cVz9ToQ/viewform

Practical Strategies for Supporting a Loved One with FASD — Webinar
Mon. Jan. 28, 6:30-8:00 pm
Learn how to use neuro-behavioral strategies to support a child with a fetal alcohol spectrum disorder to become more successful and reduce frustration.
Register: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/1940995759225511937

Como navegar la crianza en los años de la adolescencia — taller de 7 semanas
Tue. Jan. 29-Mar. 12, 6-8 pm, Park View HS 400 W Laurel Ave. Sterling
Se centra en crear un ambiente para apoyar cambios de comportamiento positivos con familias de niños mayores de 11 años.
Registrarse: Daiana Bañales-Dorman 703-820-9001 x 109 DDorman@scanva.org

Mind in the Making: Making Connections
Tue. Jan. 29, 6:30-8:30 pm, Dunn Loring Ctr. 2334 Gallows Rd. Door 1, Dunn Loring
This is the fourth of seven skills that are essential for children’s success in life. Learn strategies for improving these skills and activities to promote them.
Register: https://www.fcps.edu/node/28019/ or 703-204-3941

Positive Mealtime Strategies
Wed. Jan. 30, 9-11 am, LCPS Admin. Bldg. 21000 Education Ct. Ashburn
Register: https://www.lcps.org/Page/179754 or 571-252-6540

Managing Problem Behaviors in Young Children
Wed. Jan. 30, 6:30-8:00 pm, Adams ES Lib. 5651 Rayburn Ave. Alexandria
Learn how to set realistic expectations, encourage positive behavior and self-esteem, and recognize lagging skills in preschool and elementary students.
Register by 1/24: email janet.reese@acps.k12.va.us or phone 703-824-0129

High School Connection:  Transitioning from Middle School to High School with an IEP
Thu. Jan. 31, 6:30-8:30 pm, LCPS Admin. Bldg. 21000 Education Court, Ashburn.
Parents of 8th graders receiving special education services are invited to learn how the transition process works, various options, and important decisions that are involved. Register:  https://www.lcps.org/Page/179754  or call 571-252-6540


Preventing Teen Suicide
Wed. Feb. 6, 6:30-8:00 pm, TCW HS, Auditorium, 3330 King Street. Alexandria. Parents will gain an understanding of signs of concern and risk factors and resources to help. Register by Jan. 31 janet.reese@acps.k12.va.us or phone 703-824-0129

Plan Ahead….

Plan Ahead — South County Dads Parenting Group
Tue. Feb. 5-Apr. 30, 6:30-9:00 pm Gum Spr. CC 8100 Fordson Rd. Alex.
This 12 session class focuses on self-awareness, self-care, parenting skills, and relationship skills. Includes meals and access to father-child activities.
Register: https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/familyservices/children-youth/father-engagement

Plan Ahead — Cecily’s Advocacy Conference 2019
Sat. Mar. 2, 8:00 am-2:30 pm, McLean Sch. 8224 Lochinver Ln. Potomac, MD
Register before Feb. 9: https://www.mcleanschool.org/page/school-life/parent-life/presentations–workshops/cecilys-advocacy-conference-2019 $50 includes meals

Plan Ahead — Wrightslaw Special Education Law and Advocacy Training
Fri. Apr. 5, 9:00 am-4:30 pm, Kelly Ctr. 14715 Bristow Rd. Manassas
Learn about special education law, rights and responsibilities; tests to measure progress and regression; SMART IEPs; and strategies for effective advocacy.
Register: https://arcgpw.123signup.com/event/details/221520;jsessionid=0FA70D29949BE3569A1AB4C53B829938 $75-$125

Save the Date — Annual FCPS Special Education Conference
Sat. April 6, Lake Braddock SS 9200 Burke Lake Rd, Burke
The event will focus on supporting inclusive and post-secondary practices for students with disabilities. It includes a Student Strand for youth age 14-22.

Plan Ahead — Diamonds in the Rough Conference Cost Varies
Fri./Sat. Apr. 12-13, JHU 9601 Medical Ctr. Dr. Rockville, MD
Parenting Chldren with Special Needs: Preparing to Launch at Every Age
Register: https://www.diamondsintheroughconference.com

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/


Accommodations for Recreational Classes 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

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.