Special Education Resources

Parent Information Relating to Special Education

The below items were provided by the Fairfax County Special Education PTA (SEPTA)

All these opportunities are FREE unless noted.

Todos estos eventos son gratuitos excepto donde se indique.

In most cases you must register if registration information is provided.

When other events are announced they will be posted with these at: Upcoming Community Events

All these opportunities are FREE unless noted.  

Todos estos eventos son gratuitos excepto donde se indique.

In most cases you must register if registration information is provided.

When other events are announced they will be posted with these at:

Research Study on Brain Development in Children with Autism

George Washington University and George Mason University are seeking children with autism, ages 5-17.  Up to $90 for participation.  

Register:  Contact Chelsea Armour at [email protected]or [email protected]

Plan Ahead ‚ÄĒ Dads Parenting Group

Mondays, May 8 to Aug. 31, 6:00-8:30 pm

Hone your Father Skills by meeting with other Dads to focus on self-awareness, self-care, parenting skills and relationship skills.

Pre-Register:  https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/familyservices/children-youth/father-engagement

REVIVE! Training 

Multiple dates & times

Be prepared for an overdose! Learn how to administer naloxone, and what to do afterwards.  Receive supplies.

Register:  www.fairfaxcounty.gov/community-services-board/heroin-opioids/revive

Commonwealth Autism Conference:  Navigating the Autism Journey

Tue. & Wed. May 2-3, Richmond

This conference will include keynotes, multiple breakout sessions, and an exhibit hall.  $95-$350 some scholarships

Register: https://www.cahumanservices.org/resources/annual-autism-conference/

What is the Fentanyl Crisis & How to Protect Your Family

Tue. May 2, 7 pm

Learn about fentanyl, why it is such a problem, and steps to take to protect those at risk.

Register:  https://us06web.zoom.us/j/81623386955#success

From Referral to Eligibility:  A Deeper Dive

Wed. May 3, 6:30-7:45 pm

Learn about the initial stages of special education in Virginia.

Register:  https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_1v8GFhcCS8iLJK__CJGEJw#/registration

Collaborative & Proactive Solutions    $119-$199

Thu. & Fri. May 4 & 5, 9:45 am-5:15 pm, with replay link   

Gain an overview of the CPS model including the use of assessments and problem solving.  

Register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/collaborative-and-proactive-solutions-2-day-virtual-training-registration-477634978077?aff=erelpanelorg

BFRB + ADHD:  Helping Your Child with Hair Pulling and Skin Picking

Thu. May 4, 1 pm, with replay link

Learn about diagnosis and treatment for body-focused repetitive behaviors such as hair pulling and skin picking.

Register:  https://www.additudemag.com/webinar/trichotillomania-hair-pulling-skin-picking-bfrb-adhd-children/?

May Is for Mental Health

Fri. May 5, 10:00-11:30 pm, with replay link

Learn about common mental health problems, typical diagnoses, warning signs, and resources to support mental health.

Register:  https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_hyb31MmPSyGWrdeT61uNkQ#/registration

Let’s Talk About Grief

Fri. May 5, 10-11 am

Consider what to expect, what to say, and how to support a child or teen who has lost a loved one.

Register:  https://www.fcps.edu/event/lets-talk-about-grief-what-say-and-how-support-children-and-adolescents-who-have-lost-loved

Positive Parenting Class — in Spanish

Clase de Paternidad Positiva ‚ÄĒ para padres de ni√Īos de 0 a 6 a√Īos

S√°bado, 6 de mayo, 9 am-3 pm, 13505 Hillendale Dr, Woodbridge

Se siente preocupado por el comportamiento de su hijo?  Padres aprender√°n t√©cnicas positivas de como lidiar con comportamientos dif√≠ciles, y como manejar el estr√©s.

Registrarse:  https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScKX142EnktCeGBXuSpIe4T5kxoN283S86HIOQg_1jj_Vxv7w/viewform

Tech for independent Living: Information Session

Thu. Apr. 6, noon

Learn about a free service that creates custom apps to help your child with activities of daily living and safety.

Register:  https://www.thearcofloudoun.org/event/tech-for-independent-living/

Social Security:  Application Process for SSI and SSDI ‚ÄĒ in Spanish

Seguro Social:  proceso de solicitud de SSI y SSDI

Lunes, 8 de mayo, mediod√≠a-1 pm

Aprender acerca la elegibilidad para la Seguridad de Ingreso Suplementario (SSI) para adultos con discapacidades y el proceso de solicitud.

Registrarse:  https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_V2MCZvlqTlyEyX5tKPk7nQ#/registration

Self-care: How to Take Care of Yourself so You Can Take Better Care of Others

Tue. May 9, 7 pm 

Gain ways to practice self-care, potential obstacles, and how to craft a wellness plan to manage stress.

Register:  https://us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZAqcu2prDkqHdI5vKrOQhlYt_4HJjZD-XaI#/registration

Talk. They Hear You 

Wed. May 10, 6:30-7:30 pm,

Gain familiarity with why and how to talk with your children early and often about alcohol and other drugs.  

Register:  bit.ly/TTHY-5-10-23

Anatomy of an IEP

Wed. May 10, 6:30-7:45 pm

Learn about the sequence and contents of the separate sections of an Individualized  Educational Plan.

Register:  https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_1v8GFhcCS8iLJK__CJGEJw#/registration

From Referral to Eligibility ‚ÄĒ in Spanish

De la referencia a la eligibilidad

Mi√©rcoles, 10 de mayo, 7:00‚Äď8:15 pm

Conozca las etapas iniciales de la educación especial en Virginia.

Register:  https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_R9Ym9Uo4QtWT19TmQE4_tg#/registration

Early Childhood Academy ‚ÄĒ For families of young children with disabilities

May 10 to June 23 ‚ÄĒ self paced course

Families of children with disabilities ages 0-6, can learn practical ways to support your child‚Äôs learning. 

Register:  https://peatc.org/event/early-childhood-academy-eca-2/

Equitable Access to Literacy:  Keys to Success ‚ÄĒElementary 

Thu. May 11, 6:30-8:00 pm

Find out about the science of reading, the Virginia Literacy Act and how the Equitable Access to Literacy plan is being implemented.

Register:  https://www.fcps.edu/event/equitable-access-literacy-keys-literacy-success-elementary?

Portrait of a Graduate:  The Keys to Success in Life

Fri. May 12, 10:00-11:30 am

Gain tangible strategies for supporting your children in growing and owning Portrait of a Graduate Skills.

Register:  https://www.fcps.edu/event/portrait-graduate-keys-success-life-webinar-families

More Than Sad 

Tue. May 16, 7:00-8:30 pm, 

This program teaches caring adults about depression, demystifies treatment, and encourages those in need to seek help.

Register:  https://ncacmts05162023.attendease.com

Measurable IEP Goals
Wed. May. 17, 6:30-7:45 pm

Learn about the benefits of high expectations, what measurable goals are, and why monitoring progress is so important.

Register:  https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_1v8GFhcCS8iLJK__CJGEJw#/registration

Talk. They Hear You. ‚ÄĒ In Spanish

Hablar. Ellos te escuchan.

Jueves, 18 mayo, 11 am-mediodía

Siéntase cómodo con por qué y cómo hablar con sus hijos temprano y con frecuencia sobre el alcohol y otras drogas.

Registrarse:  bit.ly/TTHY-ES-5-18-23

Meet the Author ‚ÄĒ 1-2-3 MAGIC

Fri. May 19, 10-11 am

Learn about the main components of the program:  the counting, time out, and common mistakes to avoid.

Register:  https://www.fcps.edu/event/meet-author-series-1-2-3-magic-basics-webinar-families

Sibshops‚ÄĒ For Siblings (in Grades 2-6) of a Child with Special Needs

Sat. May 20, 9 am-noon, 2500 James Madison Dr.

Siblings share experiences and receive peer support in a relaxed setting with fun games and activities. 

Register:  https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSe_uJ9ZgT1VUHYnZC1GMo2HHLqIGWh0KPwSOZeDBNjWbAsOig/viewform?utm_name=

Talk Saves Lives:  An Introduction to Suicide Prevention

Sun. May 21, 4-5 pm

Suicide can be prevented. Learn how by recognizing common risk factors and warning signs, and by learning appropriate responses. 

Register:  https://ncactsl05212023.attendease.com

REVIVE! Training ‚ÄĒ in Spanish

¡REANIMAR! Capacitación

Martes 23 de mayo, 11 am

Aprenda qué hacer en una situación de sobredosis, cómo administrar naloxona y qué hacer después. Se pueden proporcionar suministros.

Registrarse:  www.fairfaxcounty.gov/community-services-board/heroin-opioids/revivm

Ins and Outs of IEP Meetings ‚ÄĒ In Spanish

Dentro y Fuera de las Reuniones del IEP

Mi√©rcoles, 24 de mayo, 7:00‚Äď8:15 pm

Aprenda a planificar una reunión del IEP, qué esperar durante la reunión, cómo entablar relaciones allí y cómo defender a su hijo.

Registrarse:  https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_R9Ym9Uo4QtWT19TmQE4_tg#/registration

Talk. They Hear You

Thu. May 25, 1-2 pm

Gain familiarity with why and how to talk with your children early and often about alcohol and other drugs.  

Register: bit.ly/TTHY-5-25-23

Ins and Outs of IEP Meetings

Wed. May,  31, 6:30-7:45 pm

Learn what to expect at an IEP meeting, how to prepare for it, and how to work together afterwards to support your student.

Register:  https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_1v8GFhcCS8iLJK__CJGEJw#/registration

Ongoing and On Demand

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 [email protected] or 703 324-8563

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 fee.

Information: https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/scholarships

Two 9-1-1 Pre-Notification Programs Are Now Available

Both allow prior registration so that first responders will be aware of the special needs of individuals at the scene.

Fairfax County Emergency Health Profiles 


Ongoing medical and behavioral health conditions can be included, along with emergency contact information.

Fairfax County Community Connect 


The special needs of individuals, and information about pets and your residence can be included with emergency contacts.

Advanced Training in Collaborative & Proactive Solutions   

Participants will learn how to use the ALSUP assessment and how to solve problems collaboratively.   $149

Access:  https://vimeo.com/ondemand/2dayjan22  

The Arc@School Advocacy Curriculum    $99 for 6 months

Build your special education knowledge, know the law, and learn to advocate for the services your child needs.  Scholarship:  https://thearcus.surveymonkey.com/r/H7WNHB7

Purchase:  https://thearcatschool.org/advocacy-curriculum/?

NAMI Basics

This 6-session course is for adults who provide care for youth (ages 22 and younger) who are experiencing mental health symptoms (including ADHD and ASD).

Register:  https://www.nami.org/Videos/NAMI-Basics-OnDemand

Wrightslaw Special Education Law and Advocacy Training

Learn about special education law, rights and responsibilities; tests to measure progress and regression; SMART IEPs; and strategies for effective advocacy.

Info: https://www.wrightslaw.com/webex/law.adv.index.htm   $50-$90

The Parent Playbook ‚ÄĒ 9 Module Online Course on Autism

From the VCU Autism Center for Excellence & Virginia Autism Council. An introduction on Autism Spectrum Disorder for families, including tips for caregivers, characteristics, interventions and recommended programs and services.

Access: https://vcuautismcenter.org/te/courses/parent_playbook.cfm

Community Support Groups for Parents

All these support groups are open to newcomers, and they are free, except where noted.  No diagnosis is required to participate. Participants are typically given the opportunity to share their story, experience support, and glean guidance (as desired) from group members regarding both community and school resources.  Confidentiality is to be respected.

AAC Parent Group meets occasionally on Saturdays.  Contact:  Amanda [email protected] or 703-941-7757 ext. 316

African American Culturally Focused Virtual Parent Caf√©meets Thursdays, 6:00-7:30 pm.  Register at least 24 hours in advance by email [email protected] or 703-324-7720 

Alpha Moms  This support group for adoptive parents meets monthly in McLean.  Contact:  [email protected]

Arlington Epilepsy Support Group, a list-serve, can be accessed at [email protected]

Autism Dads meets one evening monthly.  Contact:  George Buzby at 571-419-1257 or [email protected]

Autism Society of NoVA Parents and Caregivers meets on the 2nd Wednesday of the month, 7-8 pm via Zoom.  https://us02web.zoom.us/j/9466001682#success Meeting ID: 946 600 1682; One tap mobile (301) 715-8592

Autism Society of NoVA padres y proveedores de cuidado del grupo de apoyo enespa√Īo se re√ļne el segundo s√°bado de cada mes de 1 a 2 pm en ServiceSource, 10467 White Granite Dr. Oakton.  Estacione en la parte de atr√°s. Para obtener m√°s informaci√≥n, env√≠e un correo electr√≥nico a [email protected] .

Business Networking Event for Special Needs Parents

Alternate Fridays, May 29 and following, 9:00-10:30 am Via Zoom.  Connect with fellow special needs parents and business owners, build your referral network, and share best practices.  Contact:  https://thearcofloudoun.org/networking/ 

Caf√©s Virtuales Para Padres:  Mi√©rcoles de 7:00-8:30 pm.  Reg√≠strese con al menos 24 horas de anticipaci√≥n:   [email protected] o 703-324-7720 

CHADD: Children & Adults with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder

  • Alexandria CHADD Parent Support Group  4th Mon. of each month at 6:30 pm.  Contact:  Susan,  [email protected]  or call 303-903-9972.
  • West Fairfax/Burke CHADD Parent Support Group  1st & 3rd Thur. of each month at 8:00 pm Contact:  Cathy,  [email protected]  

CSB Family Support Group at Gatlan Center  2nd and 4th Wed. of each month 6:00-7:30 pm via Zoom Contact:  [email protected] or call 703-799-2882.

D.A.D.S.  Dads Appreciating Down Syndrome 3rd Tue. each month, 7-9 pm via Zoom.  Contact:  George [email protected] or call 703- 545-6089.

Dr. Dan‚Äôs Support Group for Parents Raising Challenging Children meets via Zoom on Mondays, 1-2 pm, Register:  https://www.parentchildjourney.com/excursions/

Embark in the DC Metro Parent Support Group is for parents of children and youth with mental health challenges.  It meets virtually on alternate Thursdays, noon-1 pm.  Register:  https://www.embarkbh.com/event/dc-metro-virtual-parent-support-group/

Fairfax Juvenile Court Parent Support for problems including runaway behavior, truancy, alcohol/drug abuse, and serious behavioral problems at home, at school, or in the community. Sign up for a phone consultation at https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0a44abab29abf85-juvenile

Formed Families Together hosts monthly peer support groups for adoptive, kinship, and foster caregivers and parents. Virtual support group meets the 1st Sunday evening monthly. In-Person support group meets the 3rd Wednesday evening monthly. Register:  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/formed-families-together-support-groups-tickets-147657582805

Foster the Family Support Group for foster and adoptive moms meets the 3rd Monday of each month, 6:30-8:00 pm in Falls Church. Childcare is provided. Register:  https://www.fosterthefamilydc.org/supportgroups

Grupo de educaci√≥n y apoyo a padres en espa√Īol se re√ļne el cuarto s√°bado de cada mes, de 10 a 11 am en Zoom en https://us02web.zoom.us/j/9466001682 ID de reuni√≥n: 946 600 1682

Grupo de apoyo para madres de habla hispana de ni√Īos con autismo se re√ļne mensualmente en l√≠nea y est√° patrocinado por Johns Hopkins Medical Center.   Contacto:  [email protected]

Hablemos educaci√≥n especial es un grupo de discusi√≥n de padres de habla hispana y de un estudiante autista. Se re√ļnen virtualmente el primer mi√©rcoles de cada mes de 7:00-7:45 pm  Registrarse:  https://xminds.org/event-4522635

Infinity ABA Parent Connect, for families with a child with autism, meets online on the 2nd Thursday monthly at 7:00-8:30 pm.  Guest speakers, discussions, and resources. Register:  https://www.infinityaba.com/events/

Kinship Caf√© meets online 6:30-8:00 pm the 1st Wednesday of the month for those raising the children of relatives and friends. To attend, call 703-324-7720 or email [email protected] .

Military Families Support Group meets the 3rd Tuesday monthly at 7-8 pm for families of all disabled dependents.  Access:  https://us02web.zoom.us/j/9466001682#success OR Email [email protected] for details 

NAMI:  National Alliance on Mental Illness builds better lives for affected families.  

Arlington Parent Support Group meets two Sundays a month at 7:00-8:30 pm.  Contact:  Michelle Best [email protected]

NAMI Family Support Group meets on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays on Zoom for parents of children living with mental health challenges including ADHD, ASD, etc.  https://zoom.us/j/94509229914 

NAMI Parent & Caregiver Support Group meets on the 4th Thursday monthly. Email namicva.org or call 804-285-1749 

NOVA Adopt Friends Parent Peer Support Group for adoptive parents meets on the 3rd Thursdays monthly 6:00-7:30 pm. Zoom: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/5687947368  

OCD Family Support Group meets the 1st Mon. of each month, 7:30 pm.  Contact:  [email protected]   or  call 202-215-5859

Parent Caf√© (for all Fairfax County parents and guardians) meets via Zoom in English on Mon., 7:45-9:15 pm, and en espa√Īol, mi√©rcoles, 7:00-8:30 pm.  Register at least 24 hours in advance by email [email protected] or 703-324-7720  

Parents of Autistic Children (POAC-NOVA) Support Group meets in-person the 1st Saturday monthly at 10:00-11:30 am. RSVP to [email protected] to learn the current location.

Parents of Autistic Teens meets some Sat. of each month.  Contact:  Maria Dubuc 703-970-3676 or [email protected]

People of the Global Majority is a discussion group for BIPOC parents of children with autism.  They meet virtually on the 1st Monday monthly at 7:00-7:45 pm.  Register:  https://xminds.org/event-4534279

REACH Parent Support Group meets monthly to support parents of individuals with developmental disabilities who also have mental health or behavioral issues.  Contact:  Dr. Pourmand  [email protected] health

Virginia Family Network Book Club for parents and caregivers of children living with mental health challenges meets on the 2nd and 4th Thursdays at 7 pm. Contact Nicole Anjum at [email protected] .

Virginia Family Network Parent Meetup is on the 1st and 3rd Fridays at 8 pm for parents/caregivers of children with mental health challenges. Contact Nicole Anjum at [email protected]

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