Special Education Resources

Parent Information Relating to Special Education

All these opportunities are FREE unless noted.  

Todos estos eventos son gratuitos excepto donde se indique.

In most cases you must register if registration information is provided.

When other events are announced they will be posted with these at:

VDOE Learning Acceleration Grants 

Grants of $1500 or $3000 are available for tutoring of K-12 children in many school subjects and support services.

Apply:  https://www.doe.virginia.gov/parents-students/for-parents/k-12-learning-acceleration-grants

Plan Ahead — Tech Camp:  Tech for Independent Living  

Tue. Aug. 9 to Fri. Aug. 12, in-person and virtual multiple formats

Individuals with I/DD and a family member receive training on using apps for travel, employment, safety, and activities of daily living.

Register:  https://thearcofnova.org/techcamp/

An Open Conversation with Temple Grandin:  Autism Expert, Author, and Scientist

Tue. Aug. 1, 1 pm, with replay link

Hear how her journey allowed her to break assumptions and forge a more successful path for neurodiverse individuals.

Register:  https://www.additudemag.com/webinar/temple-grandin-autism-spectrum-disorder-neurodiversity/?

Foster, Adoptive and Kinship Family Summer Picnic 

Fri. Aug. 4, 5:00-7:30 pm, VanDyke Park, Fairfax

Join a service activity followed by a cooked picnic dinner and activities for kids, youths, and adults.

Register:  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2023-family-summer-picnic-and-service-event-tickets-642609070027

Family Engagement Summit. 

Aug. 5, 8:00 am-3:30 pm

Gain practical tools and strategies that can be implemented to improve outcomes for all students.

Register:  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2023-family-engagement-summit-registration-622522269867

Screening — It’s Real:  College Students and Mental Health 

Sun Aug 6, 3-4 pm 

Learn about mental health issues of college students, and how these can be managed with treatment.  Know when to seek help.

Register:  https://ncacitsreal08062023.attendease.com

Co-Parenting After Divorce: How to Manage ADHD Consistently Across Households

Tue. Aug. 8,1 pm, with replay link

Consider how cooperation and consistency is crucial for managing ADHD symptoms amid transitions between two homes.

Register:  https://www.additudemag.com/webinar/coparenting-divorce-adhd-across-households/?

Measurable IEP Goals
Wed. Aug. 9, 6:30-8:00 pm

Learn about the benefits of high expectations, what are measurable goals, and why monitoring progress is so important.

Register: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_54RqO9rLRzGcyzqVMmPKAg#/registration

ABCs of Behavior

Wed. Aug. 16, 6:30-7:30 pm

Gain strategies to address unwanted behavior and an understanding of functional behavior assessments and behavior intervention plans.

Register:  https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_LKI2SbzDTIig-mQHABuqWw#/registration

The Executive Function Skills Your College Freshman Needs for Success

Wed. Aug. 16, 7 pm

From time management to self-advocacy, delve into effective strategies and techniques to help your student enhance these skills.

Register:  https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/1116887672171/WN_1xLhInr0Q8mNDCSOQxaiLw#/registration

Chat with an Attorney about Special Education

Thu. Aug. 17, 9:00 am–3:30 pm

Free 45-minute appointments are available for parents to receive guidance and advice from an attorney on special education topics. 

Register:  https://thearcofnova.org/workshops/#stress

Avoiding & Recovering from 2e Burnout: Support for Gifted Students

Thu. Aug. 17, 1 pm, with replay link

Learn how to recognize signs of stress in twice exceptional students, and create systems that support your child’s success.

Register:  https://www.additudemag.com/webinar/signs-of-burnout-twice-exceptional-2e-students-adhd/

Career Cafe:  Chatting with Employers about Apprenticeships

Thu. Aug. 17, 3-4 pm

Join the Virginia Dept. of  Aging and Rehabilitative Services for a chat with employers about careers with registered apprenticeships.

Register:  https://vadars.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0sceuopzgvE9EkNDSqNJG4WUad2ppw9KfN#/registration

It’s Real: Teens and Mental Health — for ages 14 +

Mon. Aug.  21, 6-7 pm

This program raises awareness about mental health, how to start a conversation about it, the importance of self-care, and how to get help.

Register:  https://ncacitsreal08212023.attendease.com

Unlocking the Future of ADHD: Advances in Research, Diagnosis, & Treatment

Wed. Aug. 23, 1 pm, with replay link

Consider current research on causes and subtypes of ADHD, and on promising therapies to retrain the brain for weaknesses.

Register:  https://www.additudemag.com/webinar/what-causes-adhd-advances-research-diagnosis-treatment/

Ins and Outs of IEP Meetings

Wed. Aug. 23, 6:30-8:00 pm

Learn what to expect at an IEP meeting, how to prepare for it, and how to work together afterwards to support your student.

Register:  https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_54RqO9rLRzGcyzqVMmPKAg#/registration

Youth Mental Health First Aid  Course for Adults

Sat Aug. 26, 9:00 am-3:30 pm,  $25

Learn the risk factors and warning signs of mental health challenges in youth, their impact, and how to respond.

Register:  https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/hscode/ereg/Registration.aspx?groupID=47

IEP University (IEPU)— Self-Paced Course ~ 6 hours

Mon. Aug. 28, to Sun. Sep.17 with access 24/7

Get accurate and useful information about IEP development and meetings including many practical strategies. 

Register:: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/iep-university-iepu-registration-660519701207?aff=oddtdtcreator

Starting the School Year Strong: Strategies for Foster, Adoptive and Kinship Families

Tue. Aug. 29,  7-8 pm

This talk will focus on the unique challenges faced by formed families starting school and strategies to solve them.

Register:  https://formedfamiliesforward.org/event/starting-the-school-year-strong-strategies-for-foster-adoptive-and-kinship-families-webinar/

The College Application Guide for Neurodivergent Students

Thu. Aug. 31, 1 pm, with replay link

Practical guidance and tools for students and parents to use during the college application process.

Register:  https://www.additudemag.com/webinar/college-applications-guide-neurodivergent-students-adhd/

Ongoing and On Demand

Adult to Adult:  Navigating College with ADHD — For Recent HS Graduates

Students learn how to work with college disability services and strategies to track and complete assignments.

Register:  https://chadd.thinkific.com/courses/a2a-navigating-college-with-adhd

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 gary.logue@fairfaxcounty.gov or 703 324-8563

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.

Information: https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/scholarships

College Partnership Program — For HS Students

This program prepares students with disabilities and other underrepresented groups to enroll and succeed in college.

Contact the student’s HS Counselor or Lakeyta Smith at 571-423-4413

Get Ready for Independent Livingfor students in grades 8-12

This 4-part course uses videos and practical activities to develop knowledge and skills for independent living.

Register:  https://centerontransition.org/courses/getreadyindependentliving/

Get Ready for College — for students in grades 8 -12

This 8-lesson course uses videos and practical activities to help students get ready for college.

Register:  https://centerontransition.org/courses/getreadycollege/

The Arc@School Advocacy Curriculum    $99 for 6 months

Build your special education knowledge, know the law, and learn to advocate for the services your child needs.  Scholarship:  https://thearcus.surveymonkey.com/r/H7WNHB7

Purchase:  https://thearcatschool.org/advocacy-curriculum/?

Dyslexia & the IEP: How to Make Sure the IEP Is in Tip-Top Shape

Webinar, available 24/7

Access:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=frehRL58UTs

NAMI Basics

This 6-session course is for adults who provide care for youth (ages 22 and younger) who are experiencing mental health symptoms (including ADHD and ASD).

Register:  https://www.nami.org/Videos/NAMI-Basics-OnDemand

Back-to-School ADHD Master Class — Self-Guided Course

This 10-part multimedia course has modules on accommodations, executive functions, behavior challenges, homework, learning differences, and more. 

Register:  https://www.additudemag.com/download/adhd-school-master-class-ceus-teachers-parents/?

Broad Futures Paid Internship Programs 

Summer 9 weeks. Winter 13 weeks

Program designed for neurodivergent high school graduates or rising seniors who are planning on college.  $$ varies; Scholarships available.

Information:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=093dlJufxrE

The Arc@School Advocacy Curriculum    $99 for 6 months

Build your special education knowledge, know the law, and learn to advocate for the services your child needs.  Scholarshiphttps://thearcus.surveymonkey.com/r/H7WNHB7

Purchase:  https://thearcatschool.org/advocacy-curriculum/?

Wrightslaw Special Education Law and Advocacy Training

Learn about special education law, rights and responsibilities; tests to measure progress and regression; SMART IEPs; and strategies for effective advocacy.

Info: https://www.wrightslaw.com/webex/law.adv.index.htm   $50-$90

Advanced Training in Collaborative & Proactive Solutions   

Participants will learn how to use the ALSUP assessment and how to solve problems collaboratively.   $149

Access:  https://vimeo.com/ondemand/2dayjan22

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:   http://vafamilysped.org/Event/j8Gu8yhL54NjdEsQYzfwtg/Event-online-self-paced-free-course-get-ready-for-college-a-resource-for-teens-with-disabilities

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. Use the mp3 files for audio.

Access: https://rtcil.ku.edu/ats-home

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: https://vcuautismcenter.org/te/courses/parent_playbook.cfm

Two 9-1-1 Pre-Notification Programs Are Now Available

Both allow prior registration so that first responders will be aware of the special needs of individuals at the scene.

Fairfax County Emergency Health Profiles 


Ongoing medical and behavioral health conditions can be included, along with emergency contact information.

Fairfax County Community Connect 


The special needs of individuals, and information about pets and your residence can be included with emergency contacts.

Ongoing Community Support Groups for Youth & Parents

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