Special Education

Parent Information Relating to Special Education


All these opportunities are FREE unless noted.

The FCPS Parent Resource Center (PRC) helps parents of students with disabilities.  It sponsors workshops, has a lending library, and has Parent Liaisons to help parents solve problems.
2334 Gallows Rd. Rm 105, Dunn Loring English: 703 204-3941 Espanol: 703 204-3955

Promoting Executive Functioning & Study Skills at Home
Wed. Mar. 29, 7 pm, Arlington Westover Library, 1644 N McKinley Rd #3, Arlington22205
  • FCPS Special Education Conference 2017
    Sat. April 1, 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.  Hayfield Secondary School 7630 Telegraph Rd, Alexandria
    Learn the latest research, strategies, and trends in the education of students with disabilities.  Over 60 workshops to choose from and over 80 exhibitors to see.
    Register:  www.fcps.edu/node/33238  or 703-204-3941

  • Dyslexia & the IEP:  How to Make Sure the IEP is in Tip-Top Shape
    On demand Webinar available 24/7.  Info
  • Provide input on Airport Security Screening for Individuals with Disabilities
    The Disability Branch of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) seeks your input on TSA’s security screening and customer service activities at airports. https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/PEATC-TSA_2017

  • Dads’ Parenting Group  en Español
    Twelve Wed. Apr. 5, – Jun. 28, 6 – 8:30 pm Westlawn ES, 3200 Westley Rd. Falls Church
    This 12-session program Includes the 24/7 Dad™ parenting class, access to Fairfax County resources,and Father-child friendly community activities.
    Register:  www.fairfaxcounty.gov/dfs/childrenyouth/dads-parenting-groups/  703-324-9449
  • Fostering Resilience in a Stressful World
    Thur. April 6, 6:30-8:30 pm LCPS. Administration Bldg. 21000 Education Court, Ashburn
    Today’s world is stressful— often rushed, hurried, and on-the-go.  Learn about the impact of stress on development as well as strategies to nurture resilience.
    Register:  http://lcps.org/ParentResourceServices   or   571-252-6540
  • Alternatives to Guardianship and Supported Decision-Making (webinar option)
    Apr. 7, 10:00 am – noon The Arc of NOVA 2755 Hartland Road, Falls Church, Register:  www.thearcofnova.org/trust-presentations  or  703 208-1119
  • Webinar:  Using CoughDrop to Support AAC Teams and to Engage Communication
    Tue. Apr. 11, 4-5 pm
    Learn how the CoughDrop app enables communication teams to gather data, set goals, and work together from within the app to support an AAC communicator. Register:  http://www.closingthegap.com/store/webinars/

  • Webinar:  Telling Your Story for a Public Purpose
    April 11, 7:30 – 8:30 pm
    Reid Caplan from the Autistic Self-Advocacy Network will use his extensive experience as an advocate to share opportunities for using personal stories for advocacy purposes.  Register:  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/8LVD875

  • Postsecondary Education and Employment Options for Students with IEPs
    Tues. Apr.18, 6:30 – 8:30 pm  Woodson HS  Cafeteria A,  9525 Main Street, Fairfax
    This event for students with IEPs and their parents will highlight supported employment, competitive employment and postsecondary education.
  • Finding Employment that Works for Individuals with Asperger’s Syndrome
    Wed. Apr.19, 10 am – 4:00 pm  Marymount Univ. 2807 North Glebe Road, Arlington
    Presented by Barbara Bissonnette of Forward Motion Coaching, a specialist in career development coaching for individuals with Asperger’s Syndrome.
    Register:  barbara@forwardmotion.info or   617-690-2127  Fee $
  • Adolescence and ASD: Executive Function, Self-Awareness and Transition to Adulthood  Dr. John Strang, PsyD.
    Wed. Apr. 19,  7:30 – 9:00 pmAuburn Sch. 3800 Concorde Pkwy. Suite 500, Chantilly.  Register:  http://www.theauburnschool.org/page/153

  • SpringFest 2017
    Sun. Apr. 23, 2:00 – 4:30 pm  Stambaugh Serv. Ctr. 2100 Washington Blvd., Arlington
    Young adults and teens:  Have fun with spring plant potting, prizes, and a group discussion about mental health led by our Young Adult Leaders.
    Register:  http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?oeidk=a07edz3yo5g48d0a320&llr=eqtdsfdab
  • Fairfax County Special Education PTA Charter Meeting
    Tues. Apr. 25, 7 – 9 pm Fairfax Circle Church 3110 Chichester Lane, Fairfax
    Come be a Charter member of this PTA that focuses on the needs and interests of all FCPS parents and teachers of students with disabilities.  Dues TBD
    Register:  https://fairfaxcountysepta.org/contact/
  • Next Stop
    Tue. Apr. 25, 7 – 8:30 pm Dunn Loring Center Ent. 1, 2334 Gallows Rd. Dunn Loring
    Author, Glen Finland will share hard-won lessons, strategies and insights she has learned about the uniquely individual dynamics of families of children with special needs.  Register:  www.fcps.edu/node/28279  or 703 204-3941
  • Autism & Safety
    Thur. Apr. 27, 10 am – noon, Dunn Loring Center Ent. 1, 2334 Gallows Rd. Dunn Loring
    Learn about potential safety risks for children with ASD and other cognitive disabilities; proactive steps to reduce these risks; and community resources for preparedness.  Register:  www.fcps.edu/node/28279  or 703 204-3941
  • Spring Forward Family Fun Day
    Sat. Apr. 29,  9:30 am – 3:30 pm  Providence Community Ctr. 3001 Vaden Dr. Fairfax
    Foster, adoptive, and kinship families are invited.  Kids have games and activities while parents and teens have workshops.  $5 includes light breakfast, and boxed lunch.  Register:  http://formedfamiliesforward.org  or  703 539-2904


  • Dads’ Parenting Group
    Twelve Mon. May 1 – Aug. 7, 6:00 – 8:30 pm Heritage Church. 2501 Fox Mill Rd. Reston
    This 12-session program Includes the 24/7 Dad™ parenting class, access to Fairfax County resources,and Father-child friendly community activities. Register: www.fairfaxcounty.gov/dfs/childrenyouth/dads-parenting-groups/ 571-722-6162
  • The Caregiver’s Toolbox: Practical Strategies for Preventing Burnout
    Mon. May 1, 7:30 – 9:00 pm.  McLean Bible Ch., Com. Rm. B, 8925 Leesburg Pk., Vienna
    Avoid caregiver burnout by using tools for self care and maintaining healthy relationships.  RSVP appreciated, but not required:  Emily.Johnson@mcleanbible.org or 703-770-2938
  • Webinar:  Creating the Right Environment for Successful AAC Use in the Classroom with Location Awareness       Thur. May 4,  noon – 1 pm
    Learn about Location Awareness with Beacons, which is built in to SuperSpeak AAC and is an easy way to bring the environment into the AAC in a classroom setting. Register:  http://www.closingthegap.com/store/webinars/

  • Patient-Focused Drug Development for Autism
    Thur. May 4, 1-5 pm FDA, 10903 New Hampshire Ave., (Enter Bdg 1), Silver Spring, MD
    This meeting is to provide the FDA with patient perspectives on the impact of autism on daily life, and patient views on treatment approaches for autism.  In-person and webcast.  Register:  www.fda.gov/ForIndustry/UserFees/PrescriptionDrugUserFee/ucm529043.htm

  • The Role of Restorative Practices in Building Emotional Literacy
    Thur. May 6, 6:30 – 8:30 pm  LCPS Admin. Bldg. 21000 Education Ct. Ashburn
    Learn how restorative practices increases social and emotional learning for children and helps them successfully resolve conflict, communicate clearly, and solve problems.  Register:  www.lcps.org/Page/185265

  • Webinar:  Working with Adult Allies
    May 16, 2017, 7:30-8:30pm ET
    Savannah Logsdon-Breakstone from the Autistic Self-Advocacy Network explores how youth self-advocates and adult allies can collaborate effectively.
    Register:  www.surveymonkey.com/r/8LYH3BJ

  • Control the Clutter: Piles into Files
    Wed. May 17, 6:30 – 8:00 pm 4031 University Av.  Fairfax (enter on South St)
    Learn high- and low-tech strategies for managing medical and educational events and records, including tracking symptoms and setting reminders.
    Register:  http://formedfamiliesforward.org  or  703 539-2904
  • Mindful Parenting: Remaining Calm While Improving Family Dynamics
    Thur. May 18, 6:30 – 8:30pm LCPS Admin. Bldg. 21000 Education Ct. Ashburn
    Learn how to utilize mindfulness in your role as a parent to support your children in improving focus, reducing anxiety, and being more present in each moment. Register:  www.lcps.org/Page/185265

  • Webinar:  Understanding the Impact of Trauma – What to Do at Home and School
    Tues. May 23, 11 am
    This session on childhood trauma and its impact on learning and behavior will include suggestions for schools and families on implementing trauma-sensitive practices.  Register:  http://formedfamiliesforward.org  or  703 539-2904

Support Groups for Youth

Youth and Young Adults: Stronger Together 
Alternate Tuesdays, November 1 through May 2017,  6:30-8:00 pm  in Fairfax.
Sponsored by Formed Families Forward, this peer-to-peer support group for youth ages 14 – 22  meets twice a month through May.   Parents, caregivers and guardians meet at the same time. Register:  formedfamiliesforward.org/youth-together-peer-group/    or 703 539-2904    $3
Support Group for High School Students with ADHD  meets the 1st Sunday of each month 3:30 – 5:00 pm 4031 Univ. Dr Fairfax, VA enter on South St.  No parents!
Call 703-403-3335 to enter the building.  Contact:  coach@BrainRelief.org  (703) 641-8940
People First for Young Adults
2nd Tue. monthly, 6:30 – 8:00 pm  The Arc , 2755 Hartland Rd Suite 200, Falls Church
Youth with disabilities ages 14-26 practice public speaking skills, plan social outings, learn from guest speakers on topics of life skills and advocacy, and do projects to enhance social skills.
Information:  Diane Monnig  703 208-1119 x 118
Community of Solutions  Helping Teens Cope with Life Stress   www.facebook.com/cosdcmetro/ 

Support Groups for Parents

Alpha Moms  This support group for adoptive parents meets monthly in McLean.  
CHADD: Children & Adults with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder meetup.com/novachadd/
Alexandria CHADD Parent Support Group  4th Mon. of each month at 6:30 pm
Contact:  Jenny  ADHDParentMountVernon@gmail.com   703 472-4678
Oakton ADHD Parent Group  will no longer be meeting.
West Fairfax CHADD Parent Support Group   1st & 3rd Tues. of each month at 7:30 pm  
Contact:  Sharon  clintob@aol.com  703 716-4646 
D.A.D.S.  Dads Appreciating Down Syndrome 3rd Thur. each month, 7-9 pm in Alexandria; and last Wed. of each month in Tysons at 7-9 pm  Contact:  rich_westhoff@hotmail.com   571-490-1268
JCCNV Special Needs Parent Support Group  1st Wed. of each month, 7:00–8:30 pm  
Contact:  Melissa at MelissaH@jccnv.org Cost: $15 per meeting. 
NAMI:  National Alliance on Mental Illness builds better lives for those affected by mental illness.
Fairfax Family Support Group meets on the 2nd Thur. of each month  7:30-9:00 pm
Contact:  Heather   daviesva@gmail.com  or  703-362-4985
Springfield Family Support Group  meets on the 4th Thur. of each month 7:00-8:30 pm
Contact:  Heather    daviesva@gmail.com  or  703-362-4985
OCD Family Support Group   1st Mon. of each month, 7:30 pm  
Contact:  familygroupocd@verizon.net   or  202 215-5859
POAC: Parents of Autistic Children of Northern Virginia  
Bimonthly Support Group     http://poac-nova.org