Special Education News for Parents 

Support Groups for Parents

Parent Information Relating to Special Education
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:
I Can Bike After-School Program
Various weeks in March through May at Middle Schools in Fairfax County
This program uses adapted bicycles, a special instructional program, and trained staff to run the weeklong trainings for children with disabilities.
Normalizing Parenting Stress $20
Mon. Apr. 2, 10 am, Family Compass 11150 Sunset Hills Rd. #150 Reston
Stress is normal if you are raising a child with developmental disabilities. Learn tips on how to cope during tense situations with your child and self-care strategies for home.
Kinship Café: Dinner and Discussion for Kinship Caregivers
Wed. Apr. 10, 6-8 pm,  Mott Community Center 12111 Braddock Rd. Fairfax
Share a family meal and conversation about raising children for relatives or friends.  Includes separate games and activities for children and teens.
Register by Wed. Apr. 3:  email kfi@fairfaxcounty.gov or 703 246-4653
Parents & Caregivers: Learn to Be a Determined Family Together!
Wed. Apr. 3, 6:30-8:00 pm,  Herndon Senior Ctr. 873 Grace St. Herndon
Learn how to incorporate important self-determination skills into everyday life at home and school to prepare your student with critical life skills.
The Kids We Lose: A Screening and Discussion
Wed. Apr. 3, 6:30-8:30 pm, Auburn Sch. 3800 Concorde Pkwy. #500, Chantilly
This documentary exposes the struggles faced by students with behavioral difficulties and common counterproductive responses to them.
Register:  https://www.theauburnschool.org/page/153 or 703-793-9353
Impactful Parenting: Our Best Tips for Parents of Kids with Learning Differences
Wed. Apr. 3, 7:30-9:00 pm, Lab Sch. 4759 Reservoir Rd, NW, Wash. DC
Hear useful, effective parenting tips, covering a wide range of parenting dilemmas and approaches. The focus will be on practical advice that is relevant for most families.
Technology to Support Reading and Writing
Thu. Apr. 4, 10 am-noon Parent Res. Ctr. 2334 Gallows Rd. Door 1, Dunn Loring
Learn about a variety of technology tools that support student success and independence with reading and writing at school and home. 
Register:  https://www.fcps.edu/node/28019/  or 703-204-3941
Parenting Your Late Elementary/Middle School Aged Child  
Thu. Apr. 4, 6:00-7:30 pm, Ross Center, 1595 Spring Hill Rd. Vienna
Parents will learn: how to respond to negative behavior; reward systems; and how to foster the development of social skills, coping skills, and executive function skills.
Executive Function Challenges and Your Child $20
Wed. Apr. 4, 7 pm, Family Compass 11150 Sunset Hills Rd. #150 Reston
Learn about executive functioning skills, how children use them, and how to develop tools and strategies to support your child.
Fri. Apr. 5, 9 am-noon, Providence Comm. Ctr. 3001 Vaden Dr. Fairfax
This workshop is for children in grades 2-5 who have siblings with special needs. Your child will meet other siblings, share experiences and receive peer support.
Register:  https://www.fcps.edu/node/28019/ or 703-204-3941
Special Needs Trusts and ABLE Accounts — With Webinar Option
Fri. Apr. 5, 10 am-noon, Arc of NOVA, 2755 Hartland Rd. # 200 Falls Church
Learn about the roles of Special Needs Trusts and ABLE Accounts in safeguarding government benefits while providing for your child in the future.  
FCPS Special Education Conference 
Sat. Apr. 6, 7:45 am-1:30 pm Lake Braddock SS 9200 Burke Lake Rd, Burke
This conference for parents, students, and teachers includes over 50 presentations, a keynote speaker, and exhibit hall. The student strand is for youth ages 14-22.
Intelligent Lives Screening $10
Sun. Apr. 7, 7:15 pm University Mall Theater 10659 Braddock Rd. Fairfax
This movie challenges what it means to be intelligent and points to a future in which people of all abilities can fully participate.
Diamonds in the Rough Conference  $ Varies
Fri./Sat. Apr. 12-13, JHU 9601 Medical Ctr. Dr. Rockville, MD
Parenting Chldren with Special Needs: Preparing to Launch at Every Age
The Power of Meditation for Less Stress (at Home and School!)
Sat. Apr. 13, 1:30 pm-3:00 pm, StudyPro, 6849 Old Dominion Dr. #200, McLean
Learn the what, why, and how of using meditation to decrease stress for our students, many of whom are being overwhelmed by expectations.
Instituto de Padres en Español
17-18 abr. 9:00 – 15:00 Courtyard 300 Marriott Drive Winchester,
Este oportunidad es por padres que son nuevos en el proceso de Educación Especial interesados en dar los próximos pasos para colaborar como padres líderes.
Autism and Safety: Public Safety Considerations, Guidance for Families, Caregivers and Self-Advocates
Fri. Apr. 26, 10 am-noon, Parent Res. Ctr. 2334 Gallows Rd. Door 1, Dunn Loring
Learn about safety risks for children with ASD or other cognitive disabilities, proactive steps to reduce these risks, and resources for emergency preparedness. 
Register:  https://www.fcps.edu/node/28019/  or 703-204-3941
Spring Forward Family Fun Day and Regional Conference
Sat. Apr. 27, 8:30 am-2:00 pm, GMU Colgan Hall 10900 Univ. Blvd. Manassas
Families formed through foster care, kinship care, or adoption are invited. Adults focus on learning while children have a blast at GMU’s The EDGE.
Special Education PTA Meeting:  Meet the FCPS Ombudsman
Tue. Apr. 30, 6:30-8:45 pm, Camelot ES 8100 Guinevere Dr. Annandale
Come meet the FCPS Ombudsman, Armando Peri. Members will vote on next year’s board, and you can participate in a discussion of your concerns.
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.
Fairfax County Therapeutic Recreation
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.
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/
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.