Parent Information Relating to Special Education

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

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  
 
Social Security: The Application and Appeal Process for SSI and SSDI
Fri. Dec. 1, 10 am – noon  Arc of NoVa, 2755 Hartland Rd. Ste. 200, Falls Church
Learn how and when to apply for adult disability (SSI and/or SSDI), what to do if you have to appeal a decision to deny benefits, and how to leverage the benefits. 
 
Mindfulness and Mingling -- Open House for Formed Families Forward
Fri. Dec. 1,  2 – 4 pm   4031 University Dr. Suite 100, Fairfax  (enter on South St.)
Learn more about our free services for foster, kinship, and adoptive families at our holiday open house, as well as a bit on mindfulness and stress reduction.
Register:  http://formedfamiliesforward.org or 703-539-2904
 
Taller sobre KEEN Greater DC 
Sat. Dec. 2, 10 am - noon  PEATC 8003 Forbes Pl. Suite 310, Springfield
Ven a la charla con KEEN Greater DC, y aprende sobre sus programas y actividades para ninos y jovenes con descapacidades.
Registracion:  Arianna Sweeney  703-923-0010 or sweeney@peatc.org
 
Teaching Children Essential Social Skills
Mon. Dec. 4, 7:30 - 9:00 pm  Rm. B McLean Bible Ch. 8925 Leesburg Pike, Vienna 
Speaker:   Dr. Christopher Haley, Social Skills Center
RSVP appreciated, not required:  rosie.oakley@mcleanbible.org or 703-770-2980
 
Dyslexia Simulation
Tue. Dec. 5, 7:30 pm Oakwood School, 7210 Braddock Rd. Annandale
The simulation will be followed by a panel discussion featuring experts in the field.
 
VDOE Diploma Options & Credit Accommodations Training
Tue. Dec. 5, 7:00 - 8:30 pm PEATC 8003 Forbes Pl. Ste. 310, Springfield,
This training is for parents of students with disabilities who may need modified diplomas, or struggle to pass SOLs to achieve graduation. Advocates are also invited to attend.
 
Growth Mindset For Parents – The ‘How To’ Guide
Thu. Dec. 7, 11:45 am-1:15 pm Study Pro 6849 Old Dominion Dr. Ste. 200, McLean
Learn how to build a growth mindset culture at home by gaining tools to help respond to your child's frustration, model optimism, and keep your child’s self-esteem strong.
 
 
Support Groups for Parents
 
Alpha Moms  This support group for adoptive parents meets monthly in McLean.  
 
CHADD: Children & Adults with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder  
Alexandria CHADD Parent Support Group  4th Mon. of each month at 6:30 pm
Contact:  Jenny  ADHDParentMountVernon@gmail.com   703 472-4678
West Fairfax CHADD Parent Support Group   1st & 3rd Tues. of each month at 7:30 pm Contact:  Sharon  clintob@aol.com  703 716-4646 
 
CSB Family Support Group at Gatlan Center  2nd and 4th Wed. of each month 6-8 pm in Alexandria Contact:  Samar.Chwairy@fairfaxcounty.gov 703-799-2882
 
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
 
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  703-246-2495
 
JCCNV Special Needs Parent Support Group  1st Wed. 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 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  Contact:  Nicole Zupan at nicizupan@gmail.com
 
Northern Virginia Tourette Support Group meets the 2nd Sunday of each month at noon at the Chantilly Public Library.  Contact:  mark.bramer@gmail.com