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Parent Information Relating to Special Education

A Note from the LTES Special Education Liaison

My name is Emily McKenna and I am the London Towne PTA Special Education Liaison. My hope is to ensure that all functions are inclusive for everyone. I have been attending trainings and seminars on how to become an active voice on the PTA for children of all abilities and have so many great ideas that I am hoping to implement throughout this year and the years to come. Please reach out to me if you have any questions, comments, or concerns as I would love to be a 
resource for you and help you become the best advocate you can be for your child. I am also looking for folks who would want to join a PTA Special Education Committee, if you are interested please reach out using my e-mail address:

FCPS Parent Opportunities

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:
An Overview of Section 504 Plans — Plan Ahead
Mon. Nov. 5, 10:00-11:30 am, TCW HS Rm 134,  3801 W. Braddock Rd. Alexandria
The goal of this workshop is to help parents understand how a Section 504 Plan can support students with learning differences.
Register by Oct. 31: email or phone 703-824-0129
Getting Our Minds Set for Math — For 4th and 5th Graders
Sat. Nov. 3, 1:30-3:00 pm  The Study Pro 6849 Old Dominion Dr. #200, McLean
This workshop is on how to use a growth mindset to shift the goal from “get it done fast” to “honor the process”.   Tools and strategies to reduce anxiety will be included.  
Circle of Support Conference   $ Varies
Sat. Nov. 3, 8:00 am - 3:30 pm, Hylton HS 14051 Spriggs Rd. Woodbridge
This is a full special needs conference with a keynote, three workshop sessions, an exhibit hall, paid child care, and sessions for disabled individuals.
Exceptional Schools Fair
Sun. Nov. 4, 11 am-2 pm, Katzen Arts Ctr. Mass. Ave & Neb. Ave, Wash. DC
These private schools can educate students with disabilities ranging from mild language-based learning differences to more severe cognitive impairments.
Autism Parenting Summit — Virtual Conference
Mon.- Sat. Nov 5-10, 9 am-10 pm
This week-long online conference will include over 30 autism and parenting experts to help you help your child navigate school, work, and life.
Consumer Directed Attendant Panel — With Webinar Option
Mon. Nov. 5, noon–2 pm, The Arc 2755 Hartland Rd. Ste. 200, Falls Church
This panel will discuss strategies for finding, hiring, training, and maintaining the best consumer directed attendants for Medicaid Waiver and private pay.                                       Register:
The Atypical Learner: Biology, Behavior, and Optimizing Outcomes
Wed. Nov. 7, 7:30-9:00 pm The Lab School 4759 Reservoir Rd, NW, Wash. DC
Learn how a neurodevelopmentalist can use a child’s behavior, learning, and brain function to develop treatment that will optimize the child’s future development. 
Critical Decision Points for Families of Children with Disabilities
Thu. Nov. 8, 10 am-2 pm, Holiday Inn, 10424 Balls Ford Rd. Manassas
Learn about critical decision points regarding your child’s education path and when these decisions should be made.
Fairfax County SEPTA  Inclusion Night
Wed. Nov. 7, 7 pm, Robinson SS, Recital Hall, 5035 Sideburn Rd. Fairfax
Learn about several inclusive programs currently happening in Fairfax County Public Schools and ideas for Inclusive Schools Week this month.
Parenting in the Digital Age  
Thu. Nov. 8, 11:45 am-1:45 pm  The Study Pro 6849 Old Dominion Dr. #200, McLean
Learn how to reduce the expectation of screen time, get your child to listen when it is time to unplug, and reduce the damage to self-esteem due to social media.
Girls with ADHD:  Strategies for Supporting and Advocating for Our Daughters
Nov. 8, 6:15-8:00 pm,  4031 University Drive, Fairfax   Enter on South St.
The session will address unique characteristics that impact identification, delivery of services, and parenting of girls with ADHD.  Includes time for Q&A.
Collaborative IEP Meetings:  Parents as Partners
Fri. Nov. 9, 10 am-noon, Dunn Loring Ctr. 2334 Gallows Rd. Door 1, Dunn Loring
Learn about the IEP process and its components, parent’s role in the IEP meeting, responsibilities of the IEP team members, and planning for the meetings. 
Register:  or 703-204-3941
Application Window for Individual and Family Support Program — Plan Ahead
Apply by Nov. 10
Individuals on the DD Waiver Wait List are eligible to apply online for up to $1,000 worth of supports and services via the Individual and Family Support Program (IFSP).
Autism Education Workshop:  Social Skills
Sat. Nov. 10, 10 am-noon, ASNV 10467 White Granite Dr. Oakton
Learn how to identify the steps for social problem-solving and how to help your children make responsible independent decisions in various social situations.
Welcoming Inclusion Network (WIN) Meeting 
Tue. Nov. 13, 6:30-8:00 pm Herrity Bldg. Rm. 106, 12055 Govt. Ctr. Pkwy. Fairfax
Connect with others in Fairfax County who are working to create a more integrated community for people with developmental disabilities. 
Getting Past Procrastination: How to Get Your Kids Organized, Motivated and Focused…Without Being the Bad Guy
Tue. Nov. 13, 7:00-8:30 pm Westfields HS 4700 Stonecroft Blvd. Chantilly, VA
No Registration.
Parent Discussion on Understanding the Opioid Epidemic 
Wed. Nov. 14, 6:00-7:30 pm  Vienna Community Ctr. 120 Cherry St. SE, Vienna
Parents can learn about opioids, how they work in the brain, risk factors, how to spot signs of use, and how to talk to your teen about drug use. 
Register: using Activity # 222302A1
A Parent's Guide to Evidence-Based Treatment
Wed. Nov. 14, 6-8 pm, Govt. Ctr. Rm. 120-C, 12000 Govt. Ctr. Pkwy. Fairfax
Learn about various mental health treatments, how to choose the best treatment for a condition, and how to find credentialed providers in the area.
MPower Me Tech Workshop — For Parents and Students
Wed. Nov. 14, 6-8 pm, The Arc of Nova, 2755 Hartland Ave. Ste. 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 their progress toward them.
The 10 Most Important Things to Know about IEPs
Wed. Nov.14, 7:00-8:30 pm, The Arc of GPW 13505 Hillendale Rd. Woodbridge
Hear about what to expect in an IEP meeting, how things should go, and what to do when you feel the team is not acting in the best interest of your child.
Register:  email Jan Russell or 703-730-3124
Special Screening of Written Off with Post Film Discussion
Thu. Nov. 15, 6:15-8:30 pm,  Chantilly Library 4000 Stringfellow Rd. Chantilly
This first-person account of a substance use disorder will be followed by a community conversation about substance use disorders and resources in our area. 
Jack's Brain, Jill's Brain: Gender Differences and Why They Matter
Fri. Nov. 16, 10 am-noon, Dunn Loring Ctr. 2334 Gallows Rd. Door 1, Dunn Loring 
Learn how the brains of girls and boys are developmentally, structurally and functionally different, along with appropriate behavioral and emotional interventions. 
Register:  or 703-204-3941
Building Bridges:  Strengthening Connections in Adoption
Sat. Nov. 17, Church of St. Andrew 15300 New Hampshire Ave. Silver Spring
Conference for adoptees (grades 1-12) and their parents
Executive Functioning Workshop
Mon. Nov. 26, 7:30-8:45 pm, First Christian Ch. 6165 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church
Presented by Adam Berman, a peer presenter for the Autism Society of Northern Virginia.
Dyslexia Open House
Thu. Nov. 29, 10 am-noon, Dunn Loring Ctr. 2334 Gallows Rd. Door 1, Dunn Loring
Talk with an FCPS dyslexia specialist, browse exhibit tables, and learn about next steps for students with dyslexia. 
Register:  or 703-204-3941
Portrait of an ADHD Graduate: Harnessing ADHD Superpowers
Fri. Nov. 30, 10 am-noon, Dunn Loring Ctr. 2334 Gallows Rd. Door 1, Dunn Loring
Learn about the strengths and challenges of students with ADHD and the benefits of parenting as a consultant. Ideas for parents of children of all ages.
Register:  or 703-204-3941
How to Rock School: 5 Disciplines Kids Need to Succeed
Fri. Nov 30, 8:45 am  Churchill Road ES 7100 Churchill Rd. McLean

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.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.
POAC: Parents of Autistic Children of Northern Virginia.  Bimonthly Support Group  Contact:  Nicole Zupan at
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: