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.
Information and registration:
Plan Ahead — Kinship Café:  Dinner and Discussion for Kinship Caregivers
Wed. May 8, 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. May 1: email or 703 246-4653
Ending the Silence:  Raising Awareness and Changing Perceptions About Mental Health Conditions
Wed. May 1, 7:00-8:30 pm, Arc of GPW 13505 Hillendale Dr. Woodbridge
This presentation includes warning signs of a possible mental health condition and how to get help. Early recognition and prevention are key to positive outcomes. 
Sibling Leadership Network (SLN) Survey 
Help SLN learn about the experiences of siblings of individuals with disabilities so as to develop more supports for them. Survey:
Questions? Contact Meghan Burke at  217-300-1226
Family Power and Engagement
Thu. May 2, 6:30-8:30 pm, LCPS Admin. Bldg. 21000 Education Ct. Ashburn 
Learn how to use restorative discipline at home to help resolve conflict, improve communication, and develop empathy and self awareness within your family.
Register:  or 571-252-6540
Plan Ahead — Understanding the Eligibility and IEP Process
Mon. May 6, 10:00-11:30 am, TCW, Rm. 134, 3801 W. Braddock St. Alexandria
This workshop is designed to give parents new to ACPS Special Education a basic understanding of the Individualized Education Program (IEP) process. 
Register by May 2:  email or phone 703-824-0129 
The Ambiguous Losses of Raising a Child with a Developmental Disability
Sat. May 4, 10:00 am-noon, MBC 10002 Battleview Pkwy. Manasass
Strategies for managing ambiguous loss that have been adapted specifically for parents of children with a developmental disability will be presented. 
Parents as Partners: Building Bridges Between Home, School and Community 
Sat. May 4, noon-4 pm, Hampton MS 14800 Darbydale Ave. Woodbridge
Learn about special education, behavior intervention, mental health supports, home-school communication and school transitions.
Parent Caregivers Connect
Tue. May 7, 10:00-11:30 am, 8136 Old Keene Mill Rd # B-102, Springfield, VA
Connect with other parents who are caring for children with brain injuries. 
Understanding the Eligibility, 504, and Special Education Processes
Tue. May 7, 6-8 pm, LCPS Admin. Bldg. 21000 Education Ct. Ashburn 
Learn about the special education process from child study to the implementation of an IEP or a 504 plan.
Register:  or 571-252-6540
Positive Mealtime Strategies
Wed. May 8, 9-11 am, LCPS Admin. Bldg. 21000 Education Ct. Ashburn 
Learn about the importance of nutritional balance and specific behavioral strategies you can use to increase your child’s interest in and tolerance for food.
Register:  or 571-252-6540
Supporting Your Child at School - Parent to Parent: Family Training on ADHD
Wed. May 8, noon–1:30 pm — Webinar   $49
Family members will learn about how ADHD affects learning and how to request support for your child at school to help ensure their success.
MPower Me Tech Workshop — For Parents and Students
Wed. May 8, 6-8 pm, The Arc of Nova, 2755 Hartland Ave. # 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.
Assistive Technology (AT) and Your Child: A Recipe for Success
Wed. May 8, 6:30-8:00 pm, Kellar Library GMU 4400 University Dr. Fairfax 
Learn about your child’s right to AT, strategies for advocating for appropriate AT for your child during IEP meetings, and how to choose the right devices.
Breaking Down Barriers & Creating Community for Parents of Children with Disabilities — 3 Webinar Series
Part One:  Defining Your Community of Support 
Thu. May 9, noon-1 pm.  Learn how to grow a community of support tailored to your needs.
Children’s Mental Health Awareness Open House
Thu. May 9, 3:30-6:30 pm, Merrifield Ctr. 8221 Willow Oaks Corp. Dr. Fairfax  
Learn about local new programs being offered to address children’s mental health challenges. Includes speakers, events for children, professionals, and adults. 
Augmentative and Alternative Communication:  AAC Partner Training Strategies
May 15, 6:30-8:00 pm, TCW, Rm. 175, 3801 W. Braddock Rd. Alexandria
Learn about AAC tools and how to use them to enhance a child's ability to communicate at home, at school, and in the community.  
Register by May 9:  email or phone 703-824-0129 
Screening of Intelligent Lives
Fri, May 10, time TBA, Rolling Valley ES 6703 Barnack Dr, West Springfield
This film points to a future in which people of all abilities can participate in higher education, meaningful employment, and intimate relationships.
Digital Citizenship:  Tips for Parents
Fri. May 10, 10 am-noon, PRC, 2334 Gallows Rd. Door 1, Dunn Loring
Learn how to provide a safe online space in which your children can learn healthy, ethical, and responsible technology use at home and in school.
Register:  or 703-204-3941 
Emergency Preparedness & Safety Autism Education Workshop
Sat. May 11, 10 am-noon, ASNV 10467 White Granite Dr. Oakton
Learn about emergency preparedness for families with ASD, including safety guidelines, risk management and prevention, and community resources. 
Fairfax Disability Employment Summit
Mon. May 13, 4:30-6:30 pm, Fairfax Govt. Ctr. 12000 Govt. Center Blvd. Fairfax
Discuss ways to improve collaboration between government, non-profits, and companies to expand hiring. retention, and promotion of people with disabilities.    
Contact:   Michael Beattie 703-994-8619.
Project First Responder
Tue. May 14, 6-8 pm, LCPS Admin. Bldg. 21000 Education Ct. Ashburn 
Learn about a program that helps first responders to assist individuals with developmental disabilities and their families to manage emergency situations.
Register:  or 571-252-6540
Kinship Family Focus Group: Suggestions for Fairfax
Tue, May 14, 6:15-7:15 pm, Formed Families Forward 4031 Univ. Dr. #100 Fairfax
Kinship families —Share your experiences, needs, and wishes for kinship family supports in our area  Child care available
Developing Independence in Teens and Children with ADHD
Tue. May 14, 7:00-8:30 pm, Filnt Hill Sch. 3320 Jermantown Rd. Oakton
This presentation will focus on skills all children need to develop in order to be independent, and how parents can foster this learning.
Waivers, Managed Care, and EPSDT — Webinar with hard copy option
Wed. May 15, 10:00-11:30 am 
Hear the basics of Medicaid Waivers including the move to CCC Plus Managed Care and the EPSDT program.  
Is Your Child a Target of Bullying?
Wed. May 15, 7:00-8:30 pm, Arc of GPW MH Ctr.13505 Hillendale Dr. Woodbridge
Learn how to talk with your child about bullying, how to prevent bullying from occurring, and how to develop responses to it if it occurs. 
How to Talk to Your Kids About Anxiety
Thu. May 16, 11:45 am-1:15 pm, StudyPro, 6849 Old Dominion Dr. #200, McLean
Learn how to use anxiety as a force for good, how to leverage it to motivate yourself, and how to help your children do the same.
ADHD in Preschoolers:  What to Look for and How to Help — Webinar
Thu. May 16, 2 pm
Learn what you need to know before seeking an evaluation for your preschooler for ADHD.
Special Needs Legal & Financial Planning Workshop
Thu. May 16, 7-9 pm, NVJCC 8900 Little river Tnpk. Fairfax
This will be an overview of financial and legal planning as it relates to life stages, transitioning issues, legal issues and government programs.
Register:  Contact Carey 571-378-0245 or
Suicide Prevention:  What Every Parent Needs to Know
Thu. May 16, LCPS Admin. Bldg. 21000 Education Ct. Ashburn 
Come to learn about risk factors, warning signs, protective factors, and strategies to reduce the likelihood of a child developing thoughts of suicide.
Register:  or 571-252-6540
Emergency Preparedness for Parents of Students with Disabilities
Fri. May 17, 10 am-noon, PRC, 2334 Gallows Rd. Door 1, Dunn Loring
Join the Office of Emergency Management to learn about emergency plans in Fairfax County for evacuation and sheltering of families of children with disabilities.
Register:  or 703-204-3941 
Sat. May 18, 1-3 pm, Jackson MS, 3020 Gallows Rd. Falls Church
Families of children with atypical abilities are invited for interactive activities and exhibits involving science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics.
ACSD Meet and Greet
Thu. May 22, 7-9 pm. Jackson MS 3020 Gallows Rd, Falls Church
Learn about the Advisory Committee for Students with Disabilities (ACSD) and the services that are provided by the Parent Resource Center.
Breaking Down Barriers & Creating Community for Parents of Children with Disabilities — 3 Webinar Series
Part Two:  Getting Started:  Creating and Launching Your Community 
Thu. May 23, noon-1 pm.   Register:
Understanding Processing Speed — Webinar
Thu. May 23, noon
Learn why some students struggle to keep up in class and take longer to respond to questions or finish homework. 
Helping Your Child Regulate Emotions and Behaviors 
Thu. May 30, 6:00-7:30 pm  Ross Center, 1595 Spring Hill Road, Vienna
Learn how to manage your preschool or early elementary child and help him or her learn self-regulation and social skills.
Register: 703-687-6610, Extension 0  or email:
Plan ahead — Transition to College Courses
Jun 24-28, 1-3 pm or 6-8 pm StudyPro, 6849 Old Dominion Dr. #200, McLean
July 15-19, 1-3 pm or 6-8 pm StudyPro, 6849 Old Dominion Dr. #200, McLean
These courses help seniors understand what they will need to do to be successful at college and helps them figure out how they can do so.  $850
Support Groups for Parents
Alpha Moms  This support group for adoptive parents meets monthly in McLean.  Contact:
Autism Dads meets one evening monthly in Falls Church.  Contact:  George Buzby at 571-419-1257 or
CHADD: Children & Adults with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder
Alexandria CHADD Parent Support Group  4th Mon. of each month at 6:30 pm.  Contact:  Jenny  or call 703-472-4678.
Burke CHADD Parent Support Group  last Thu. of each month at 7:30 pm. Contact:  Kim
West Fairfax CHADD Parent Support Group   1st & 3rd Thu. of each month at 7:30 pm Contact:  Sharon  or call 703-716-4646.
Louden County Parents of Teens with ADHD last Wed. of the month at Cascades Library in Potomac Falls.  Contact:  Bonnie Little  571-306-2932
CSB Family Support Group at Gatlan Center  2nd and 4th Wed. of each month 6-8 pm in Alexandria Contact: or call 703-799-2882.
D.A.D.S.  Dads Appreciating Down Syndrome 3rd Thur. each month, 7-9 pm in Alexandria.  Contact:  George or call 703-545-6089.
Fairfax 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 – call 703-246-2495.
NAMI:  National Alliance on Mental Illness builds better lives for affected families. 
Arlington Family Support Group meets two Sundays a month at 7:00-8:30 pm.  Contact:  Michelle Best at
OCD Family Support Group   1st Mon. of each month, 7:30 pm.  Contact:   or  call 202-215-5859.
Padres de hoy — Support group in Spanish.  Wednesdays, 6:30 – 8 pm Brookside FACE Ctr. 601 Four Mile Run Trail, Alexandria.  Call 703-824-6865 to register.  Free childcare.
Northern Virginia Tourette Support Group meets the 2nd Sunday of each month at noon at the Chantilly Public Library.  Contact:
Parents of Autistic Children (POAC) meeting times and location posted at: