Parent Information Relating to Special Education for 2019-20

The following opportunities provided by the Fairfax County Special Education PTA are FREE unless noted. In most cases you must register if registration information is provided.

When other events are scheduled they will be posted at:


Events By Month and Day


September 2019

The ADA: An Overview of the Civil Rights Law with a Focus on People with Developmental Disabilities — with Webinar Option

Wed. Sep. 18, noon –1:00 pm, The Arc of Nova, 2755 Hartland Ave. #200, Falls Church

Learn how this law most significantly impacts people with developmental disabilities in employment, school, post-secondary education, and the community.


Youth Mental Health First Aid — 2 class course $25

Sep. 18 & 19, 8:30 am-1:00 pm Penning Bldg. 12011 Govt. Ctr. Pkwy. # 206 Fairfax

This course teaches adults about common warning signs and risk factors for mental health problems for youth and provides a five-step action plan.


Life Skills Training for Middle Schoolers — 6 Session Course

Thu. Sep.19-Oct. 24, 5:30-7:00 pm, Formed Families Forward 4031 University Dr. Fairfax,

This is a proven, evidence-based program designed to promote health and personal development. Simple dinner included. Kids can earn prizes or gift cards for regular attendance.


Strategies to Help Children with ADHD Thrive Academically and Socially — Webinar

Thu. Sep. 19, time TBD — extended access available

Register:  Cost:  $0-$15

2019 Autism Research Symposium

Fri. Sep. 20, 7:30 am–1:30 pm, Marriott 3111 Fairview Park Dr. Falls Church

Learn about autism research from biomedical, imaging, technology, education, and clinical translational fields. Tour the VT Mobile Autism Clinic. Meals included

RSVP by phone at (571) 378-0245 or

WIN — Welcoming Inclusion Network Meeting

Mon. Sep. 23, 6:30-8:00 pm, Fairfax Govt. Ctr. Rm 9 Govt. Ctr. Pkwy, Fairfax

The meeting will include an inclusive panel and discussion with experts and employers who practice inclusive hiring, along with an update on WIN initiatives.

Social Security: Applications and Disability Determinations — with Webinar Option

Tue. Sep. 24, 11:00 am–12:30 pm, Arc of NOVA 2755 Hartland Rd. # 200 Falls Church

Learn about applying for Social Security: who is eligible, and how the Virginia Office of Disability Determination decides if someone has a disability that qualifies for benefits.


Building Trust and Resolving Conflict in the Special Ed Team — For Parents and Staff

Tue. Sep. 24, 7-9 pm, Gatehouse Adm, Ctr. Cafe, 8115, Gatehouse Rd. Falls Church

Hear how to address issues in ways that lead to problem-solving and compromise. Strategies will be included on how to turn around a negative interaction.


An Individualized Approach to Raising Your Challenging Child — 10 week course

Wed. Sep. 25–Dec.11, 7:00-8:30 pm, Potomac Pediatrics 15204 Omega Dr. Rockville MD

This program helps parents identify the source of their child’s challenging behavior and learn what they can do about it. For parents of children ages 3-12. $100-$300


Johnathan Mooney — Neuro-Diverse Writer and Advocate

Wed. Sep. 25, 7:30-9:00 pm, Lab Sch. 4759 Reservoir Rd, NW, Wash. DC


The Message of Behavior

Wed. Sep. 25, 9-11 am, LCPS Admin. Bldg. 21000 Education Ct. Ashburn

Learn ways to understand what your child is communicating though his or her behavior so as to find the most effective strategies for interventions.

Register: or 571-252-6540

When Anxiety Affects Education

Thu. Sep. 26, 11:45 am-1:15 pm The StudyPro 6849 Old Dominion Dr. #200, McLean

Learn strategies that parents can use at home to address school-based anxiety, including how to work with the school and how to support without enabling avoidance.


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-based to community-based services for adults with developmental disabilities.

October 2019

Strengthening Families — 8 week course

Tue. Oct. 1-Nov.19, 6:00-8:30 pm, Hammond ES 4646 Seminary Rd. Alexandria

Parents and youth (ages 10-14) can strengthen family bonds through discussion, games, roleplaying, and family projects. Free dinner & Childcare (for ages 2-9).

Register: Aurea Galvan Palacios 703-820-9001×105

FCPS Mental Health and Wellness Conference

Sat. Oct. 5, 8 am-4 pm, Fairfax HS 3501 Rebel Run, Fairfax

This conference for parents, with a separate agenda for teens, will focus on social and emotional learning, and addiction prevention and treatment.

Register –

Parenting Education Program — 14 class meetings

Thu. Oct 10 – Feb. 6, 5:30-8:00 pm, Providence Comm. Ctr. 3001 Vaden Dr. Fairfax

Parents learn positive, effective ways to interact with their children age 0-4. A family meal and childcare are included.

Info: Register: Lisa Payne-Chesley 703-324-7734

ADHD and Mental Health Resource Fair

Sat. Oct.12, 8 am-1pm, ASCE HQ Bechtel Conf. Ctr. 1801 Alexander Bell Dr, Reston

This conference, sponsored by CHADD and NAMI, will include a keynote, exhibitors, and two workshop sessions with a choice of 8 topics.


Real Assistive Technology for Everyone (RATE) Conference

Sat. Oct. 19, 8:30 am -1:00 pm, Rachel Carson MS 13618 McLearen Rd, Herndon

Keynote followed by two sessions

Future Quest 2019: College and Career Forum

Oct. 26, 8 am-3:00, Johnson Ctr. GMU, 4400 University Dr. Fairfax

This conference for middle school and high school students and their families helps students with disabilities plan for after high school.



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-based to community-based services for adults with developmental disabilities.

The Parent Playbook — 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:

Get Ready for College: A Resource for Teens with Disabilities

Online, Self-Paced 8 Class Course from VCU

This course for high school students with disabilities focuses on preparation for college, selection of a college for best fit, and the disability services process. Access:

Access to Success — Online Self-Paced 8-class Course for Students with Disabilities

High school and college students can learn about their disability rights and how to obtain accommodations in college. Access:



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 or 703 324-8563

Fairfax County Parks – Adapted Recreation for Kids

Swimming, gymnastics, ice skating, fitness, park explorers.


Fairfax County Therapeutic Recreation


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 registration fee.


Post-Adoptive Recreation Program for Youth 10-15 with Special Needs

A once-monthly Saturday recreation and respite program open to Fairfax County residents who have adopted via public or private agencies.

Contact: Formed Families Forward

Give an Hour Healthy Minds Fairfax

A new program will provide no-cost mental health services to income eligible children and youth ages 5-21. Information:

On Demand – Dyslexia & the IEP: How to Make Sure the IEP is in Tip-Top Shape

Webinar On demand, available 24/7.

*Please Note: FCPS (Fairfax County Public Schools) and ACPS (Alexandria City Public Schools) can often provide translation services for their events into Spanish, Arabic, or other languages if you contact them well in advance.