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
Updates from Cat B Chair Nancy Jackonis:
If you would like your student to participate in the Special Olympics program at AHS this year, please turn in your interest and medical forms by Friday, September 29.
In the next week, look for communication logs to start coming home for students in Ms. Stroud, Ms. Posey, and Mr. Lee’s classes.
Educational Opportunity for Families - thanks to ETR Joanna Raley for sharing:
Transition Information Sessions
Join the Fairfax-Falls Church Community Services Board’s Support Coordinator at information sessions that will help prepare individuals with developmental disabilities and their families to transition out of Fairfax County Public Schools.
Tuesday, September 19, 2017, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Fairfax County Government Center Conference Room 7
12000 Government Center Parkway Fairfax, Virginia
Tuesday, November 14, 2017, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.
South County Center Room 221B
8350 Richmond Highway Alexandria, Virginia
Save the Date
AHS Cat B Family Support Group 2017-18
October 27th, January 19th, March 16th, May 18th (Fridays at 8:00 am)
In past years, our family support group met on Saturdays with student support provided by AHS staff. Staff are not available to provide Saturday support this year and reserved space for us to meet in the Learning Center conference room on the above dates. Licensed Clinical Social Worker Dan Campbell can still facilitate the meetings, and Chef G and her culinary arts students will provide breakfast! This has been a great group for sharing information and learning from fellow parents and caregivers – hoping folks will be able to attend on this schedule.
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.
September 23rd & October 21st: ARC Transition Series 2017
Free two-day workshop for parents & caregivers and transitioning youth ages 14-25
October 17th: Moving on to Life in the Community - Resource Fair
Adult service provider presentations and exhibits
December 2nd: Future Quest
Held every other year at George Mason University, more information to follow (Click for Flyer)
Best wishes to all for a good start to the school year!
Feel free to respond to this email with any questions and suggestions,
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.
Fairfax County Family Parenting Classes
Mondays Sept. 18 - Dec.18 5:30 - 8:00 pm Locations in Fairfax, Alexandria, and Reston
These caring, comprehensive classes for parents and their chidden help them learn ways to work together as a family. Dinner and child care included.
Sat. Sept. 19, 10 am - 1:30 pm Argosy University, 1550 Wilson Blvd, Arlington,
This half-day training prepares anyone over the age of 15, to notice and take appropriate action in situations where someone may have thoughts of suicide.
Helping Your Child Succeed in Virginia High Schools: Understanding Alternative Assessments for SOLs
Sept. 21, 6:30 - 8:00 pm Formed Families Forward 4031 University Drive, Fairfax
Learn about alternatives to the Virginia SOL assessments for students whose disabilities prevent them from demonstrating their knowledge to achieve the verified credits they need.
Transition Series 2017
Sat. Sept. 23 & Oct. 21, 8:30 am - 3:00 pm Marymount U. Rowley Hall 2807 N Glebe Rd. Arl.
Planning for parents of youth with intellectual disabilities who will transition from school services to adult services. Parents must attend both days; both are optional for youth.
Recovery Resource Open House
Wed. Sept. 27, 4 - 7 pm Merrifield Center 8221 Willow Oaks Corporate Dr. Fairfax
This event will provide information on solutions to substance abuse disorders including a wide variety of treatment providers and six half-hour presentations on addiction and recovery.
How Can You Help Kids Work Through Frustration?
Thur. Sept. 28, 11:45 am – 1:15 pm The StudyPro 6849 Old Dominion Drive #200 McLean
Learn how to help children maintain a growth mindset to help them feel more competent, stress less about perfection, and maintain an optimistic outlook even when they struggle.
Respite & Day Programs Workshop
Thur. Sept. 28, 7-9 pm Jewish Community Ctr of NOVA 8900 Little River Tnpk. Fairfax
This workshop and exhibitswill showcase various respite and day programs as well as the Virginia Lifespan Respite Voucher Program and the Individual and Family Support Program.
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
Local Support Groups for Parents
Alpha Moms. This support group for adoptive parents meets monthly in McLean. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com
West Fairfax CHADD Parent Support Group 1st & 3rd Tues. of each month at 7:30 pm Contact: Sharon firstname.lastname@example.org 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.email@example.com or 703 620-2633
Fairfax Family Support Group meets on the 2nd Thur. of each month 7:30-9:00 pm Contact: Heather firstname.lastname@example.org or 703-362-4985
Springfield Family Support Group 4th Thur. of each month 7:00-8:30 pm Contact: Heather email@example.com or 703-362-4985
OCD Family Support Group 1st Mon. of each Month, 7:30 pm Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or 202 215-5859