Special Education Liaisons

This section is dedicated to providing our special education families with information, resources and a forum for responding to and supporting your journey advocating on behalf of your teen. Feel free to contact Jane Winant, PTSA Special Education Liaison, with any comments, questions, content recommendations or suggestions on how we can improve.


Jane Winant

PTSA Special Education Liaison

2017 AHS Cat B Prom

Below is a link to the 2017 Day Prom photos by Daniel Soñé Photography.  Many thanks to Daniel Soñé for donating his time and talent and sharing these great photos!


2017 AHS Cat B Prom


Password is: @H$prom2017

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A Note from Jane

Hello Everybody,


A summary of the June 1 meeting is attached. There was a lot of discussion under Curriculum and Assessment and under Communication. I tried to synthesize it to highlight the main points made, but please don't hesitate to let me know if I got it wrong, missed an important point, or just didn't state something very well.


The summary is long to include in next week's Cat B family newsletter, so I'm planning to just include Paula's program information from the start of the meeting then list the topics we discussed and let people to know that I will send the summary or transcription to anyone who asks for it.


Thank you all for taking a look at this if you can! All suggestions & comments are welcome,



June 01 Summary

AHS Cat B Family Newsletter

June 2017


April 2017


February 2017


December 2016

Calling Parents of Cat B Graduates!

A few of you are on this email list, and current Cat B parents could benefit from your experience. Would you be willing to sit on a parent panel to talk informally about your lives after high school and answer questions from current Cat B parents? We would love to hear from you if you are able and willing to share. Thanks for your consideration, and just email me if you are interested! Jane

A note from Cat B teacher Ms. Reap:  we really need plastic bags.  If anyone has their groceries/other retail purchases bagged in plastic bags, instead of recycling the bags or throwing them out, please send them in with their son/daughter to school. Thank you!

FCPS Parent Resource Center (PRC)


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. Information from past workshops and conferences is available at www.fcps.edu/node/28555.  2334 Gallows Rd. Rm 105, Dunn Loring English: 703 204-3941 Espanol: 703 204-3955


Dyslexia and the IEP: How to Make Sure the IEP is in Tip-Top Shape

On demand Webinar available 24/7 - click here


Provide input on Airport Security Screening for Individuals with Disabilities

The Disability Branch of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) seeks your input on TSA's security screening and customer service activities at airports.  Click here


Dads' Parenting Group 

Twelve Mon. May 1 - Aug. 7, 6:00 - 8:30 pm Heritage Church. 2501 Fox Mill Rd. Reston

This 12-session program Includes the 24/7 Dad™ parenting class, access to Fairfax County resources, and Father-child friendly community activities.  

Register:   click here or 571-722-6162

All of these opportunities are FREE unless noted.


Support Groups for Youth


Youth and Young Adults: Stronger Together Alternate Tuesdays, January 10 through May 2017, 6:30-8:00 pm in Fairfax. Sponsored by Formed Families Forward, this peer-to-peer support group for youth ages 14 - 22 meets twice a month through May. Parents, caregivers and guardians meet at the same time. Register: formedfamiliesforward.org/youth-together-peer-group/ or 703 539-2904 $3


Support Group for High School Students with ADHD meets the 1st Sunday of each month 3:30 - 5:00 pm 4031 Univ. Dr Fairfax, VA enter on South St. No parents! Call 703-403-3335 to enter the building. Contact: coach@BrainRelief.org (703) 641-8940


Support Group for Middle School Students with ADHA meets the 1st Sunday of each month 2:00 - 3:00 pm 4031 Univ. Dr Fairfax, VA enter on South St.  No parents!


People First for Young Adults 2nd Tue. monthly, 7–8:30 pm The Arc , 2755 Hartland Rd Suite 200, Falls Church. Youth with disabilities ages 14-26 practice public speaking skills, plan social outings, learn from guest speakers on topics of life skills and advocacy, and do projects to enhance social skills. Information: Diane Monnig 703 208-1119 x 118


Community of Solutions Helping Teens Cope with Life Stress

All of these opportunities are FREE unless noted.


Local Support Groups for Parents


Alpha Moms. This support group for adoptive parents meets monthly in McLean. Contact: robin4brady@gmail.com


CHADD: Children and Adults with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder meetup.com/novachadd/


Alexandria CHADD Parent Support Group last Mon. of each month at 6:30 pm Contact: Jenny ADHDParentMountVernon@gmail.com 703 472-4678


Oakton ADHD Parent Group 4th Tues. of each month at 7:30 pm. Contact: Maureen Gill maureen@adhdcoachforparents.com


West Fairfax CHADD Parent Support Group 1st & 3rd Tues. of each month at 7:30 pm Contact: Sharon clintob@aol.com 703 716-4646


JCCNV Special Needs Parent Support Group 1st Wed. of each month, 7:00–8:30 pm Contact: 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.


Oakton Family Support Group meets 1st Thurs. of each month, 7:30-9:00 pm Contact: Joanna.naminova@gmail.com or 703 620-2633


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 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



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