Parent Opportunities Relating to Special Education

Parent Information Relating to Special Education

Parent Information Relating to Special Education

All these opportunities are FREE unless noted.

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  

Upcoming workshops:

Universal Design for Learning:  Busting Barriers to Learning  

Nov. 2, 7:30 - 9:00 pm  Lab School 4759 Reservoir Rd. NW, Wash.

Universal Design for Learning, or UDL  guides instructional goals, methods, materials, and environments so that they can adjusted to individual needs.  Recent advances will be discussed.

Registration required:   or  202-965-6600

Parent Educational Advocacy Training Center Open House

Thu, Nov. 3, 3–7 pm  PEATC  8003 Forbes Place, Suite 310, Springfield

Visit their offices, meet the staff, and learn more about how PEATC serves Virginia families with Special Education needs.  For more info, call 703-923-0010

Mind in the Making - Perspective Taking

Fri. Nov. 4, 10 am–12:30 pm  Dunn Loring Center,  2334 Gallows Rd. Entrance 1, Dunn Loring

At this workshop you will learn the research behind why perspective taking is one of the Seven Essential Life Skills Every Child Needs, and you will also learn strategies for improving this skill.

Register:   or 703 204-3941

Circle of Support Conference sponsored by the Arc of Greater Prince William

Sat. Nov 5, 8:00 am - 3:30 pm Hylton HS 14051 Spriggs Rd. Woodbridge

This conference for families of children with disabilities and  professionals who work with them will include over 40 workshops, on-site childcare, an exhibit hall, and keynote by Jonathan Mooney.

Registration required:  Cost varies.

Overview on Department of Aging and Rehabilitative Services (DARS)

Wed. Nov. 9, 5:30–7:30 pm ServiceSource, 10467 White Granite Dr, Oakton

Questions: or 703-970-3672

Supporting Twice-Exceptional Students in Secondary School

Wed. Nov. 9, 7–9 pm  Dunn Loring Center,  2334 Gallows Rd. Entrance 1, Dunn Loring

Learn how to meet the learning needs of twice exceptional students in secondary school, by capitalizing on their academic strengths as well as supporting their learning challenges.

Register:    or 703 204-3941

PEATC Webinar:  Mindfulness and Movement for Caretakers

Thur. Nov. 10, 11 am

This webinar will provide techniques caretakers can use to take care of themselves, physically and mentally, by using breathing exercises and simple movements on a chair or a mat.


Building Healthy Families:  L.E.A.N. Essentials Workshop

Thur. Nov. 10, 6 pm Herndon Senior Center, 873 Grace St. Herndon

This workshop focuses participants on the importance of making Lifestyle, Exercise, Attitude, and Nutrition choices to raise healthier children and families.

Register:   or 703 539-2904

Taking Care of Business:  Creating a Special Needs Plan

Thur. Nov. 10, 7-9 pm, JCCNV 8900 Little River Turnpike, Fairfax, VA.  

Information on financial and legal planning for long-term care of individuals with disabilities, including estate planning, medical directives, ABLE accounts, trusts, and government benefits.

RSVP:  or 703 865-6502

Raising Your Kids by Keeping Your Cool

Fri. Nov. 11, 10 am–12:30 pm Dunn Loring Center,  2334 Gallows Rd. Entrance 1, Dunn Loring

Do your children “push your buttons?”  Do you tend to “lose it” when you are stressed? Then come learn strategies to become the cool, calm, and connected parent your child really needs. Register:   or 703 204-3941

Real Assistive Technology for Everyone (R.A.T.E) Conference

Sat. Nov. 12, 8 am-1 pm Rachel Carson MS, 13618 McLearen Road,  Herndon

The R.A.T.E. Conference focuses on strategies for using assistive technology hardware, software, and peripherals to enhance learning for all students, especially for those with special needs.

Register:  or 703 204-3941

Self-Propelled: Self-Regulation in Kids with Social & Regulation Difficulties

Mon. Nov. 14, 7:30–9:00 pm McLean Bible Church, 8925 Leesburg Pike, Vienna

Neuropsychiatrist, Dr. William Stixrud, will be speaking on this topic that addresses common difficulties for kids with ASD and ADHD.

RSVP appreciated, but not required: or 703-770-2938

Introduction to Special Education

Tue. Nov. 15, 10 am–12 pm Dunn Loring Center,  2334 Gallows Rd. Entrance 1, Dunn Loring

Join us for our introduction workshop for parents new to special education! Learn more about the process, the resources available and how to help your child be successful.

Register:   or 703 204-3941

Moving On To Life in the Community - A Resource Fair for Students with Disabilities

Thur. Nov. 17, 6:30–9 pm  Lake Braddock Sec. Sch. 9200 Burke Lake Rd. Ent. 14 or 15 Burke

Learn about vocational, residential, leisure, recreational, independent living, and advocacy options for students who require ongoing employment and community support services after graduation. Register:   or 703 204-3941

State of the Art on Postsecondary Education for Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities

Thur.-Fri, Dec. 1-2, 8:30 am - 4:30 pm  Hyatt Fairfax 12777 Fair Lakes Cir, Fairfax   Cost Varies


Cruising Through Conflict:  How Harnessing Brain Chemistry Tames Tough Conversations

Mon. Dec. 5, 6:30-8:00 pm Formed Families Forward 4031 Univ. Ave. Fairfax   Enter on South St.

Learn and practice strategies for making your tough conversations more productive and less confrontational.

Register:   or 703 539-2904

Support Groups for Youth

Youth and Young Adults: Stronger Together

Alternate Tuesdays, November 1 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:    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:  (703) 641-8940

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

Local Support Groups for Parents

Alpha Moms. This support group for adoptive parents meets monthly in McLean.  


CHADD: Children and Adults with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder

Alexandria CHADD Parent Support Group  last Mon. of each month at 6:30 pm

Contact:  Jenny   703 472-4678

Oakton ADHD Parent Group  4th Tues. of each month at 7:30 pm.  

Contact:  Maureen Gill

West Fairfax CHADD Parent Support Group   1st & 3rd Tues. of each month at 7:30 pm  

Contact:  Sharon 703 716-4646

JCCNV Special Needs Parent Support Group  1st Wed. of each month, 7:00–8:30 pm  Contact:  Contact:  Melissa at         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:  or  703 620-2633

Fairfax Family Support Group meets on the 2nd Thur. of each month  7:30-9:00 pm

Contact:  Heather  or  703-362-4985

Springfield Family Support Group  4th Thur. of each month 7:00-8:30 pm

Contact:  Heather  or  703-362-4985

OCD Family Support Group   1st Mon. of each Month, 7:30 pm  

Contact:   or  202 215-5859

Register: or 703-923-0010

Letterboard Moms(and Dads) Breakfast

Wed. June 8, 8:45 am  Clarendon Silver Diner, 3200 Wilson Blvd. Arlington

If your child spells to communicate, or you would like to learn more, please join us.  We are going to share stories, successes and plans for summer.


Tech Thursday - Write On Into Summer!

Thur. June 9,10:00 am - noon Dunn Loring Ctr.  2334 Gallows Road Entr. 1 Dunn Loring

Explore FUN websites that your children will want to use to practice writing over the summer! Learn about technology tools and strategies that can help struggling writers.

Register: or 703 941-5788

Understanding Testing Results for Dyslexia  Webinar

June 16, 11am - noon

The key elements that must be included in a thorough assessment for dyslexia will be discussed.  Register:

or 703-923-0010

Future Fairfax SEPTA

A SEPTA is a Special Education Parent Teacher Association for a whole school district -- not just for one school.  It accommodates the needs of parents and teachers of students with disabilities.  If you are interested in helping form a future Fairfax SEPTA, send an email to or find us on FaceBook:  Future Fairfax County SEPTA.

During the Summer

Webinar:  Back to School Basics: Helping Your Child with Special Needs Be Ready

Wed. Aug. 25, 6:30 pm  

Special education basics will be covered along with suggestions for how and when to share sensitive information with school staff. Time for asking questions will be included.

Register: or 703-539-2904

CHADD:  Children and Adults with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder

Alexandria Parent Support meets the 4th Monday each month 6:30-7:30 pm at  Aldersgate UM Church, 1301 Collingwood Rd. Alex. Contact:  Jenny

West Fairfax Parent Support Group meets each 2nd & last Thurs. at 7:30 pm  (May 12 & 26) Fairfax Church of Christ, 3901 Rugby Road, Fairfax  Contact Sharon

Oakton ADHD Parent Group meets on the 4th Tuesday each month at 7:30 pm at Oakton Library, 10304 Lynnhaven Place.  Contact Maureen Gill:

Support Group for High School Students with ADHD  meets the first Sunday of each month 3:30 - 5:00 pm 4031 Univ. Dr. Fairfax  Enter on South St.  No parents!

Call 703-403-3335 to enter the building.  Contact:  (703) 641-8940

NAMI:  National Alliance on Mental Illness builds better lives for those affected by mental illness.

Family Support Groups:

OCD Family Support Group

1st Mon. of each Month, 7:30 pm  St. Andrew’s Epis. Church, 4000 Lorcom, La. Arlington

Contact:  202-215-5859

Many events listed on this page are not sponsored by FCPS and do not reflect the policy of the Fairfax County school system or the West Springfield High School PTSA.