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.
PTSA Special Education Liaison
Thinking Outside the Box: CREATIVE Postsecondary Employment Ideas, NOV 29th
For parents of students with disabilities: This workshop for parents of students with disabilities will provide an overview of customized employment and will include information on the Self-Directed Services program offered by the Fairfax-Falls Church Community Services Board (CSB). Additional information will be provided on the skills a parent would need to coordinate services and potential funding sources. A parent panel will share their experiences with customized employment and self-directed services for their graduates.
Thinking Outside the Box will be presented by FCPS Career and Transition Services, The Arc of Northern Virginia and the Fairfax-Falls Church Community Services Board. Information flyer here.
AHS Family Support Group
The Family Support Group is going into its fifth year. This group provides support and information for parents who have a student in the Cat B Program at Annandale High School. The meetings are moderated by Dan Campbell, LCSW. Light refreshments are served by the Culinary Arts students. This is a school-enabled event paid for by donations from the PTSA. Groups are held on Friday mornings in the Learning Center from 8:00 to 9:30 AM on October 27, January 19, March 16 and May 18. If you have a student in the Cat B Program and would like more information please contact Anne Brosnan at 703-642-4207."
I know the new 8:00 am Friday timing is challenging for many. Please attend if you can, and if you would like to attend but cannot, please let me know by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling or texting to 401-637-2097 with information about your preferred times and days for family meetings.
Cameron’s Coffee & Chocolates
Cameron's Coffee & Chocolates is the first business enterprise of the non-profit foundation, Every1 Can Work. 9639 Fairfax Blvd. (a gem hidden in the Fairfax Center strip mall).
Save the Date
AHS Cat B Resource Nights 2017-18
Resource Nights have not yet been scheduled, and suggestions from parents and caregivers are very welcome! For the first resource night, the tentative plan is to assemble a panel of parents whose Cat B students have graduated from AHS to take questions and talk about what life is like on the other side and what we should know before we get there.
Important Community Training & Information Events this Fall
Some great free workshops and resource fairs are coming this fall with special relevance for Cat B families. There is so much for all of us to learn as we realize that one day our students will age out of FCPS, whether this year or a few years from now.
December 2nd: Future Quest
Held every other year at George Mason University, more information to follow (Click for Flyer)
AHS Cat B Family Newsletter
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!
Parent Information Relating to Special Education
All these opportunities are FREE unless noted.
In most cases you must register if registration information is provided.
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. 2334 Gallows Rd. Rm 105, Dunn Loring English: 703 204-3941 Espanol: 703 204-3955
Fairfax County Family Parenting Classes
Parent Information Relating to Special Education
All these opportunities are FREE unless noted. In most cases you must register if registration information is provided.
NAMI Basics -- 6 Week Class
6 Thur. Oct. 5 - Nov. 9, 7-9 pm. Location in Herndon will be shared when you register. This course is for parents and caregivers of youth under age 18 who have a behavioral, emotional, or mental health condition. Childcare available with registration. To register, send email to Cheryl email@example.com with the best phone number to reach you. A facilitator will contact you regarding course registration.
Morning at the Museum -- National Zoological Park
Families with students with cognitive or sensory processing disabilities may come for sensory-friendly activities at the Zoo. For parking: enter from Beech Dr. NW.
Commonwealth Coordinated Care Plus (CCC+) Town Hall Meeting
Thurs. Nov. 16, 1 - 3 pm, Fairfax County Govt. Ctr. 12000 Govt. Ctr Pkwy. Fairfax
Learn about CCC+, the Medicaid managed care program for Virginia residents who have a disability, are receiving waiver benefits, and/or are Medicaid eligible.
Family Movie Night: Bernie Mac, Kinship and Me
Join other kinship caregivers for a family movie night, with clips from The Bernie Mac Show. Children enjoy a G-rated movie next door. Light dinner served at 6 pm.
Commonwealth Coordinated Care Plus (CCC+) - Weekly Conference Calls
Tuesdays until Dec. 19, noon -12:30 pm
Get your questions answered on the new CCC+ program.
Giving a Fish a Bath: The Untold Story of the Adolescent Mind
Hear about recent neurological discoveries about how adolescent brains work to better understand and interact with the teens in your life.
Circle of Support: A Conference for Families of Children with Special Needs
This conference focuses on the needs of children with intellectual disabilities.
Prices vary; scholarships are available. Limited childcare available for $15.
Adoption and the College Admissions Process Workshop
High school freshman, sophomores, juniors and their families will learn how adoption might or could be part of the admissions process. Cost: $35 per family
Henderson Hall Exceptional Family Member Program Social and Pot Luck
Open to active, reserve, and retired service members and their families from all branches of service. Bring a list of the ingredients (for those with allergies).
Depression in Children and Teens: What You Need to Know
Social Security: The Application and Appeal Process for SSI and SSDI
Learn how and when to apply for adult disability for a child (SSI and/or SSDI), what to do if you have to appeal a denial of benefits, and how to leverage the benefits.
Future Quest 2018
This college and career event is for all middle school and high school students with disabilities and their parents. It includes over 70 sessions and exhibits.
Adolescent Anxiety: What It Looks Like and How to Support It
Learn how to recognize excessive worry in teens and gain strategies to help them reduce their stress in healthy ways.
Support Groups for Youth
Youth and Young Adults: Stronger Together
Alternate Tuesdays, Oct. 10 through May 2018, 6:30-8:00 pm in Fairfax.
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. Light dinner included.
Support Group for Middle School Students with ADHD meets the 1st Sunday of each month 2:00 - 3:00 pm 4031 Univ. Dr. Fairfax, Enter on South St. No parents!
Support Group for High School Students with ADHD meets the 1st Sunday of each month 3:30 - 5:00 pm 4031 Univ. Dr. Fairfax, Enter on South St. No parents!
People First for Young Adults
Youth with disabilities age 14-26 practice public speaking skills, plan social outings, learn from guests on topics of life skills and advocacy, and do projects to enhance social skills.
Local Support Groups for Parents
Alpha Moms This support group for adoptive parents meets monthly in McLean.
CHADD: Children & Adults with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder
Alexandria CHADD Parent Support Group 4th Mon. of each month at 6:30 pm
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 703-246-2495
JCCNV Special Needs Parent Support Group 1st Wed. each month, 7:00–8:30 pm
NAMI: National Alliance on Mental Illness builds better lives for those affected by mental illness.
Fairfax Family Support Group meets on the 2nd Thur. of each month 7:30-9:00 pm
Springfield Family Support Group meets the 4th Thur. of each month 7:00-8:30 pm
OCD Family Support Group 1st Mon. of each month, 7:30 pm
POAC: Parents of Autistic Children of Northern Virginia
Support Group for Parents of Struggling to Launch Young Adults
3rd Thursday of every month, 6:00 - 7:30pm