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:
Plan Ahead — Summer Story Time
Tue. & Thu. Jul. 9-30, 10-11 am, PRC 2334 Gallows Rd. #1, Dunn Loring
Children ages 4-7 and their parents can come for stories and activities to support executive function skills.
July 9: Focus and Self Control  July 11: Perspective Taking
July 16: Communicating  July 18: Making Connections
July 23: Critical thinking  July 25: Taking on Challenges
July 30: Self-Directed, Engaged Learning
Plan Ahead — MedStar Adaptive Sports Camp
July 8-12, 9 am-4 pm, Trinity U 125 Michigan Ave. NE Washington DC
This camp for kids ages 6-18 with a physical disability includes adapted basketball,  tennis, cycling, fitness, swimming, crafts, fieldtrips etc.. Equipment provided.
Overwhelmed? Your NoVA Autism Services and Advocacy Questions Answered
Mon. Jun. 1, 1-3 pm, Abiding Presence Church 6304 Lee Chapel Rd, Burke 
Come discuss the waiver waiting list, inclusive education, ensuring waiver rates provide a living wage,  and fulfilling the commitment to close training centers.  
Georgetown Summer Math and Reading Camp — Part of a Research Study  
This six week camp in Annandale will include six hours of tutoring in math (3 weeks) and reading (3 weeks) for students who struggle with math, or with both reading and math,    Contact Melanie Lozano at (202) 687-8265. $300
Family Autism Night:  Come Fish with Us!
Fri. Jun. 7, 5:30-7:00 pm, 1400 Lake Fairfax Dr.  Meet on the pier.
Join us for an evening of fishing for catfish, bass, and bluegill at Lake Fairfax. Fishing rods and bait are provided.  No fishing license required. 
RSVP by Tue. June 4:  Deborah.O'  or  703-324-5621 
Research Study on Executive Function Skills in Children Ages 8-13
Georgetown Univ. Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience Lab. Washington, DC   
This study is recruiting students with a diagnosis of ADHD, learning disabilities, anxiety, or  conduct disorder.  Behavioral testing and an MRI scan included.  IRB Protocol #8049.
Contact: Charlotte Jeppsen or 301-765-5425
Summer Make and Take Open House and Workshop
Tue. or Thu. Jun. 4 or 6, 10 am-2 pm, OR Fri. Jun. 7, 10 am-noon
Parent Resource Center 2334 Gallows Rd. Door 1, Dunn Loring
Plan to spend at least 30 minutes to collect instructions and art supplies for two summer projects to do with your kids.
Kinship Café: Dinner and Discussion for Kinship Caregivers
Wed. Jun.12, 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 Fri. Jun. 7:  email or 703 246-4653
Medicaid Waivers Workshop
Sat. Jun. 8, 10 am-noon, ASNV 10467 White Granite Dr. Oakton
Learn about how to navigate the Medicaid Waiver system.
Breaking Down Barriers & Creating Community for Parents of Children with Disabilities Part Three:  Sustaining and Growing Your Community of Support— Webinar
Thu. June 8, noon-1 pm.  Register:
Building a Community of Support: Bringing the Disability Community Together Through Group Support, Advocacy and Education — Online Self-Paced Course
Sun. Jun. 9-Mon. Jul. 1
This course is designed to help parents and caregivers create, connect, and grow a community of supportive individuals to help them successfully raise children with disabilities.  
Redefining Healthy Eating and Our Relationship with Food — Webinar
Tue. Jun. 11, 2 pm 
The webinar will explore techniques to help turn the corner toward a better-balanced diet and a healthier relationship with food for those with ADHD.
Dyslexia and Self-Esteem — Webinar 
Mon. Jun. 17, noon
Join us to learn how to talk to your child about dyslexia and build your child’s self-esteem.
Screening and Discussion of Broken Places
Mon. Jun. 17, 6:30-9:00 pm, Fairfax Govt. Ctr. Aud. 12000 Govt. Ctr. Pkwy. Fairfax
This documentary explores how childhood abuse and neglect can affect the adult lives of children, as well as the factors that can foster those children’s resilience.
Plan Ahead — The Arc of NOVA Fall 2019 Transition Series  $25-$50
Sat. Sept 28 & Nov. 9, 8:30 am-3:00 pm, Rowley Hall, 2807 N. Glebe Road, Arlington
This 2-day interactive event educates families for when a student transitions from school to community-based services for adults with developmental disabilities.
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.
Loudoun County Parents of Teens with ADHD 4th Wed. of the month 7:00-8:30 pm 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: