Here are some resources for special education students and parents, including several upcoming events.
All these opportunities are FREE unless noted.
In most cases you must register if registration information is provided.
Morning at the Museum — National Zoological ParkSat. Nov. 4, 8:00 – 9:30 am, National Zoo, 3001 Connecticut Ave. Washington, DCFamilies with students with cognitive or sensory processing disabilities may come for sensory-friendly activities at the Zoo. For parking: enter from Beech Dr. NW.Register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/morning-at-the-museum-national-zoo-tickets-38539735386 Parking fee varies.Morning at the Museum — US Capitol Building and Visitor CenterSat. Nov. 4 8:00 – 9:30 am US Capitol Visitor Ctr. First St. at East Capitol St. Wash. DCFamilies with students with cognitive or sensory processing disabilities may arrive 8:00 – 8:30 am for a 1 hr. sensory-friendly tour of the Capitol Visitor Center and Capitol Building.Parenting the Smartphone GenerationSat. Nov. 4, 9 am – noon, Fairfax Community Church, 11451 Braddock Road, FairfaxThis mini-conference will cover culture, media, social media, smartphones and engaging our kids in today’s tech-centric world.Register: https://www.passion4moms.org/fall2017/Embracing ADHD and AutismMon. Nov. 6 , 7:30 – 9:00 pm McLean Bible Church Rm. B 8925 Leesburg Pk., ViennaLearn about the positive attributes of ADHD and autism to gain new perspectives on how to help your child be successful in school, at home, and in life.A New Way To Understand ADHDWed. Nov. 8, 7:00 – 8:30 pm, Auburn School, 3800 Concorde Parkway, ChantillyThis workshop addresses cultural myths about ADHD and provides a different way to think about ADHD that will allow us to understand how to better help our children .Register: https://www.theauburnschool.org/page/153Angst: Normalizing the Conversation Around Anxiety — ScreeningThu. Nov. 9, 6:30 pm Alexandria Country Day Sch. 2400 Russell Rd. AlexandriaA post-screening discussion is included. No registration needed.Ensuring School Success for Students with ADHDThu, Nov. 9, 6:30 – 8:00 pm4031 University Av. Fairfax (enter on South St)Learn about the rights that students with ADHD have under Federal Law and important ways to help your student to succeed in school.Register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ensuring-school-success-for-students-with-adhd-how-new-federal-guidance-impacts-your-child-tickets-36749517797Introduction to Special EducationFri. Nov. 10, Dunn Loring Center Door 1, 2334 Gallows Rd. Dunn LoringParents who are new to special education are invited to learn about the special education process and all that is available at the Parent Resource Center.
Register: https://www.fcps.edu/node/28279 or 703 204-3941K.A.N. Conference: Everybody Eats — Creating Your Family RecipeSat. Nov. 11, 9:30 am-4 pm St. Andrews 18300 New Hampshire Ave. Silver Spring, MDLearn how adoptive families work together to embrace the special ingredients that make them strong and successful.Register: http://adoptionsupport.org/2017kanregistration/ Fee varies.2e: Twice Exceptional — Screening
Tues. Nov. 14, 7 – 9 pm, Holiday Inn Arlington at Ballston
Gain an understanding of the complexities of life for gifted students who have learning differences. Connect with others in the 2e community.Register: https://thesycamoreschoolva.org/upcoming-events/ Tickets $9.50Commonwealth Coordinated Care Plus (CCC+) Town Hall MeetingThurs. Nov. 16, 1 – 3 pm, Fairfax County Govt. Ctr. 12000 Govt. Ctr Pkwy. FairfaxLearn about CCC+, the Medicaid managed care program for Virginia residents who have a disability, are receiving waiver benefits, and/or are Medicaid eligible.Family Movie Night: Bernie Mac, Kinship and MeNov. 17 6:00-8:30 pm Formed Families Forward 4031 University Drive, FairfaxJoin other kinship caregivers for a family movie night, with clips from The Bernie Mac Show. Children enjoy a G-rated movie next door. Light dinner served at 6 pm.Commonwealth Coordinated Care Plus (CCC+) – Weekly Conference CallsTuesdays until Dec. 19, noon -12:30 pmGet your questions answered on the new CCC+ program.Circle of Support: A Conference for Families of Children with Special NeedsSat. Nov. 18, 8:00 am – 3:30 pm, Hylton HS, 14051 Spriggs Rd. Woodbridge, VAThis conference focuses on the needs of children with intellectual disabilities.Prices vary; scholarships are available. Limited childcare available for $15.Henderson Hall Exceptional Family Member Program Social and Pot LuckSat, Nov. 18, 1 – 3 pm USO Warrior Center, 5940 9th Street, Fort BelvoirOpen to active, reserve, and retired service members and their families from all branches of service. Bring a list of the ingredients (for those with allergies).Register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/efmp-family-social-friends-giving-pot-luck-tickets-38785175504.Depression in Children and Teens: What You Need to KnowFri. Dec. 1, 10 am – noon, Dunn Loring Ctr. Door 1, 2334 Gallows Rd. Dunn LoringLearn about the symptoms of childhood depression, important warning signs, and treatment options. Friday, December 1, 2017
Register: https://www.fcps.edu/node/28279 or 703 204-3941Support Groups for ParentsAlpha Moms This support group for adoptive parents meets monthly in McLean.Contact: firstname.lastname@example.orgCHADD: Children & Adults with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity DisorderAlexandria CHADD Parent Support Group 4th Mon. of each month at 6:30 pmWest Fairfax CHADD Parent Support Group 1st & 3rd Tues. of each month at 7:30 pm Contact: Sharon email@example.com 716-4646CSB Family Support Group at Gatlan Center 2nd and 4th Wed. of each month 6-8 pm in Alexandria Contact: Samar.Chwairy@fairfaxcounty.gov703-799-2882D.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: firstname.lastname@example.orgFairfax Juvenile Court Parent Support Group for problems including runaway behavior, truancy, alcohol/drug abuse, and serious behavioral problems at home, at school, or in the community. 7:30 pm every Tues. Room 201.1 Fairfax County Courthouse 703-246-2495JCCNV Special Needs Parent Support Group 1st Wed. each month, 7:00–8:30 pmContact: 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 pmSpringfield Family Support Group meets the 4th Thur. of each month 7:00-8:30 pmOCD Family Support Group 1st Mon. of each month, 7:30 pmPOAC: Parents of Autistic Children of Northern VirginiaBimonthly Support Group Contact: Nicole Zupan at email@example.com