Special Ed Liaison

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


When other events become available they will be posted at:https://fairfaxcountysepta.org/upcoming-community-events/


Numerous Dates — Non-Partisan School Board Candidate ForumsBe an informed voter on candidate views on special education and other topics.https://static1.squarespace.com/static/58706fbb29687f06dd219990/t/5d5464d0b3463700012f5d45/1565811921181/2019+All+District+Forum+Flyer+All+Cosponsors.pdf

Fairfax Area Disability Services Board Needs Assessment SurveyWhat are the biggest barriers to community integration does your special-needs child and family face?Share your input before October 10.Survey:  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/fadsbsurvey

Strengthening Families— 8 week course
Tue. Oct. 1-Nov.19, 6:00-8:30 pm, Hammond ES 4646 Seminary Rd. AlexandriaParents and youth (ages 10-14) can strengthen family bonds through discussion, games, roleplaying, and family projects. Free dinner & Childcare (for ages 2-9).Register:  Aurea Galvan Palacios agalvanpalacios@scanva.org  703-820-9001×105 

What to Put in the IEP — With Webinar OptionWed. Oct. 2, noon–1:30 pm, The Arc of Nova, 2755 Hartland Ave. #200, Falls ChurchLearn how to word effective long term and short term goals for an IEP.  Bring your questions.Register:  https://thearcofnova.org/programs/info-referral/ds-ls-workshops/#IEP

Strengthening Families— 8 week course — en español
Tue. Oct. 2-Nov. 20, 6:00-8:30 pm, Key MS  6402 Franconia Rd, SpringfieldParents and youth (ages 10-14) can strengthen family bonds through discussion, games, roleplaying, and family projects. Free dinner & Childcare (for ages 2-9).Register:  Aurea Galvan Palacios agalvanpalacios@scanva.org  703-820-9001×105 

Get Past ProcrastinationWed. Oct. 2, 6:30-8:00 pm, Auditorium, TCW, 3801 W. Braddock St. AlexandriaExplore practical strategies to motivate children, help develop good study habits, increase focus, and reduce procrastination… without being the bad guy!Register:  https://www.acps.k12.va.us/Page/397 or phone 703-824-0129

CCC plus Medicaid Waiver Information SessionWed. Oct.2, 7:00-8:30 pm, Arc of GPW 13505 Hillendale Rd. WoodbridgeLearn about the CCC Plus Waiver eligibility criteria, application process, services, EPSDT, managed care, and HIPP.  Register:  Jan Russell at jrussell@arcgpw.org or 703.730.3124

I Have Needs Too! Thu Oct. 3, 6:30-8:00 pm,  FFF 4031 Univ. Dr. Fairfax,  Enter on South St.This workshop will provide strategies for managing the mixed emotions and increased responsibilities of siblings of children with special needs.Register:  https://formedfamiliesforward.org/event/i-have-needs-too-balancing-the-needs-of-children-in-families-where-some-kids-need-more/


Caring for Yourself While Caring for Others— With Webinar OptionThu. Oct. 3, 6:30-8:00 pm, The Arc of Nova, 2755 Hartland Ave. #200, Falls ChurchJoin us for a workshop to learn some simple daily practices you can implement to take care of YOU, so you can then take care of others.Register:  https://thearcofnova.org/programs/info-referral/ds-ls-workshops/#self-care


Special Needs Tax Planning WorkshopThu. Oct. 3, 7-9 pm, Pozez JCC, 8900 Little River Tnpk. FairfaxTax planning for families with an individual with special needs will be discussed, including possible deductions for expenses related those needs. Register:  RSVP to Carey  571-378-0245 or calford@financialguide.com


An Individualized Approach to Raising Your Challenging Child — 10 week courseThu. Oct 3-Dec. 12, 7:30-9:00 pm, St. Columba’s 4201 Albemarle St. NW WashingtonThis 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. $100-$300Register:  http://www.parentchildjourney.com/journey/
Kinship Café Wed. Oct. 9, 6-8 pm, Mott Center 12111 Braddock Rd. FairfaxDinner and discussion for kinship caregivers and their family. Separate activities and games for children of all ages.Register by Fri, Oct. 4:https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/hscode/EReg/Registration.aspx?groupID=27

FCPS Mental Health and Wellness ConferenceSat. Oct. 5, 8 am-4 pm, Fairfax HS 3501 Rebel Run, FairfaxThis conference for parents, with a separate agenda for teens, will focus on social and emotional learning, and addiction prevention and treatment.Registration starting Sept. 3 :  https://www.fcps.edu/resources/student-safety-and-wellness/mental-health-and-resiliency/mental-health-and-wellness

Specialized Reading Strategies for ParentsMon. Oct. 7, 9-11 am, LCPS Admin. Bldg. 21000 Education Ct. Ashburn Register:  https://www.lcps.org/parentresourceservices  or 571-252-6540

Positive Discipline — 6 week course — en españolThis program is designed to strengthen family communication, reduce power struggles, strengthen the self-esteem of the child, and discuss praise and empathy.Register: Aurea Galvan Palacios at agalvanpalacios@scanva.org or 703-820-9001 ext. 105 

Creating Your Circle of Support— With Webinar OptionThu. Oct. 10, noon-1:30 pm, The Arc of Nova, 2755 Hartland Ave. #200, Falls ChurchLearn about about building a formal or informal group of people in your life who you choose and trust to help you make decisions and have a good life. Register;  https://thearcofnova.org/programs/info-referral/ds-ls-workshops/#self-care

Parenting Education Program — 14 class meetingsThu. Oct 10 – Feb. 6, 5:30-8:00 pm, Providence Comm. Ctr. 3001 Vaden Dr. FairfaxParents learn positive, effective ways to interact with their children age 0-4.  A family meal and childcare are included.Info:  https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/familyservices/children-youth/parenting-education-programs     Register:  Lisa Payne-Chesley  703-324-7734

The Arc 2019 National Convention   Fri-Mon. Oct. 11-14, Grand Hyatt, 1000 H St NW, Washington, DCLarge convention with exhibits and presentations on supporting the lives of those will intellectual and/or developmental disabilities.Register:  https://convention.thearc.org.  $ Cost varies 

ADHD and Mental Health Resource FairSat. Oct.12, 8 am-1pm, ASCE HQ Bechtel Conf. Ctr. 1801 Alexander Bell Dr, RestonThis conference, sponsored by CHADD and NAMI, will include a keynote, exhibitors, and two workshop sessions with a choice of 8 topics.Register:  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2019-chaddnami-adhd-and-mental-health-resource-fair-tickets-59269143604?aff=ebdssbdestsearch

Cultivating Racial Awareness for Transracial Adoptive Families Thu. Oct. 17, 1:00-2:30 pm — Webinar  $0-$15Register:  https://adoptionsupport.org/product-type/for-parents-family/

FFF Family Movie Night — The Business of AutismFri. Oct 18, 5:30-8:00 pm,  FFF 4031 Univ. Dr. Fairfax,  Enter on South St.Foster, adoptive, and kinship families will enjoy pizza. Then adults and interested youth will watch this movie while children have other activities.Register:  https://formedfamiliesforward.org/event/fff-family-movie-night-the-business-of-autism/?

Real Assistive Technology for Everyone (RATE) ConferenceSat. Oct. 19, 8:30 am -1:00 pm, Rachel Carson MS 13618 McLearen Rd, HerndonKeynote followed by two sessionsRegister:  https://www.fcps.edu/academics/academic-overview/special-education-instruction/assistive-technology-services-ats/real

Parents’ Night OutSat. Oct. 19, 5-10 pm, Arc of PWC, 13505 Hillendale Dr,  WoodbridgeEnjoy an evening while trained adults care for your child with disabilities, and siblings.  Social skills development will be emphasized. $5.00-$7.50 per hour Register:  Call the  PWC Arc:  703 670-5060

Mandt Overview for ParentsTue. Oct. 22, 9-11 am, LCPS Admin. Bldg. 21000 Education Ct. Ashburn Building healthy, positive relationships among people is the goal of the Mandt® training program. “Supporting People, Not Just Their Behaviors.”TMRegister:  https://www.lcps.org/parentresourceservices  or 571-252-6540

Parenting towards Grit But Not GrindWed. Oct. 23, 7-9 pm, Auburn Sch. 3800 Concorde Pkwy. #500, ChantillyWe will focus on moving away from helicopter parenting to help your special needs child develop skills to become independent.Register;  https://www.theauburnschool.org/speakerseries

The Top 10 Things You Need to Know about Vaping, E-Cigarettes and JuulsWed. Oct. 23, 7:30-9:00 pm, Lab Sch. 4759 Reservoir Rd, NW, Wash. DCGet a crash course in vapes and e-cigarettes. Learn how to help prevent use by teens and support cessation efforts for those already experimenting with the use of vapes.Register:  https://www.labschool.org/page/outreach/lecture-series

FCPS Dyslexia Open House Thu. Oct. 24, 10-11 am, PRC. 2334 Gallows Rd. Door 1, Dunn LoringBrowse exhibit tables about FCPS resources, and learn about next steps for students with dyslexia.  Register:  https://www.fcps.edu/node/28019/  or 703-204-3941

Social Emotional LearningTue. Oct. 29, 9-11 am, LCPS Admin. Bldg. 21000 Education Ct. Ashburn Register:  https://www.lcps.org/parentresourceservices  or 571-252-6540

Plan Ahead — Kids Adoption Network Conference — For adults and childrenSat, Nov. 16, 9:00 am-4:30 pm, McLean Sch. 8224 Lochinver Ln. Potomac, MDWe will explore the challenges adoptees face in sharing their stories and explore using music, art, movement and story-telling.   $70-$75 includes lunchRegister:  https://adoptionsupport.org/kan-conference-2019/