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Registration for Fairfax County Therapeutic Recreation Camps

Plan Ahead —Chat with an Attorney about Special Education
Tue. Jun. 18, 9:30 am–2:45 pm
Free 45-minute appointments are available for parents to receive guidance from an attorney on special education topics. 
Register:  https://form.jotform.com/241224597788167

Plan Ahead — iCan Bike

Mon.-Fri. June 24-28, Tuscarora HS, Leesburg   $350
Trained adults and student volunteers help kids with disabilities to learn how to ride a bike.
Contact:  https://icanshine.org/ican-bike-leesburg-va/ or call  Eileen 703-777-1939 x 208

FCPS Summer Extravaganza
Sat. Jun. 1, 9:30 am-2:30 pm, Woodson HS, Fairfax
Learn about community resources, and enjoy fun family activities  including story time, a moon bounce, and a petting zoo,  Registration helpful:  https://www.fcps.edu/SummerExtravaganza

Fairfax Disability First Responder and Safety Resource Fair
Sat. Jun. 1, 2-4 pm, 14601 Lee Rd. Chantilly
Engage with first responders to practice interactions, talk with police, and share your concerns.  Help them understand.
Information:  https://arcofnva.app.neoncrm.com/np/clients/arcofnva/event.jsp?event=8368&

Gender Sexuality and Autism
Mon. Jun. 3, 6 pm
Presented by the Autism Research Institute.
Register:  https://autism.org/sexuality-and-gender/

IEP University (IEPU) — Self-Paced Course
Jun. 3 to Jun. 24, with access 24/7
Get accurate and useful information about IEP development and meetings, including many practical strategies.  Register:  https://peatc.org/event/transition-university-summer-2024/

Transition University — Self-Paced Course of 5 Sessions
Mon. Jun. 3 to Mon. Aug. 5, with access 24/7
Learn about the many options to maximize your child’s independence and quality of life by the time they age out of school. 
Register:  https://peatc.org/event/transition-university-summer-2024/

Medicaid Waiver Basics
Tue. Jun. 4, 11 am-noon
Virginia uses Medicaid Waivers to fund services for people with developmental disabilities.  Learn how the system works.
Register:  https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_f3wmPubRQWmFj6XfOrUjLQ#/registration

Combination Therapy: Medication Strategies for Hard-to-Treat Complex ADHD
Tue. Jun. 4, 1-2 pm
Learn about new ADHD medications and their use in managing ADHD with other frequent co-conditions.
Register:  https://www.additudemag.com/webinar/combination-therapy-comorbid-adhd-anxiety-depression/?

Family Data Leader Training — For parents of 0-5 yr olds in early intervention or special education 

Tuesdays, June 4, 11,18, & 25, 7:00-8:30 pm
Learn how your child’s data is important and your role in using it to help your child with a disability.  Earn gift cards!  

Register:  https://www.zeffy.com/en-US/ticketing/2064bcbc-1359-43b9-9eac-0940b60542ce

Youth Mental Health First Aid  Course for Adults
Sat. Dec. 4, 9:00 am-3:30 pm,  $25
Learn the risk factors and warning signs of mental health challenges in youth, their potential impact, and how to respond.
Register:  https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/hscode/ereg/Registration.aspx?groupID=47

Autism and Trauma
Wed. June 5, 1 pm
A discussion of emerging findings on the relationship between trauma and autism.
Register:  https://autism.org/autism-and-trauma/

Building Independence with the TFIL Team
Thu. Jun. 6, noon-1 pm
Learn how the Arc2Independence app can be customized to help your student navigate daily routines and challenges.
Register: https://us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZMtce6qqD8jHNz6UyPkRgItKT7nmk3ecB6h#/registration

Latino-Hispanic Summit 2024 — in Spanish
Cumbre Latino-Hispana 2024
Sábado, 8 de Junio, 9:00 am-3:30 pm
Los expertos brindarán información sobre los servicios de educación especial y las sesiones de empoderamiento se centrarán en explorar las perspectivas de nuestra comunidad.
Registrarse:  https://peatc.org/event/cumbre-latino-hispana-2024/

Lifelong Effects of Bullying and the Brain’s Ability to Recover
Tue. Jun. 11, 1 pm, with replay link
Learn strategies that can help your child with or without ADHD better cope with and respond to bullies.
Register:  https://www.additudemag.com/webinar/ptsd-bullying-adhd-brain-effects/

Blood-brain Barrier Dysfunction in PANS (Pediatric Acute Neuropsychiatric Syndrome) and Regulation
Wed. Jun. 12, 1 pm
Research updates will be presented.
Register:  https://autism.org/blood-brain-barrier-dysfunction-in-pediatric-acute-neuropsychiatric-syndrome-pans-and-regulation/

Talk Saves Lives:  An introduction to LGBTQ+ Suicide Prevention
Thu. June 13, 7-8 pm
Suicide can be prevented. Learn how to recognize common risk factors and warning signs, and learn how to respond. 
Register:  https://ncactsl06132024.attendease.com

Building Executive Function Skills Over the Summer

Thu. Jun. 13, 7:00-8:30 pm, with 1 month replay
Gain ways to help smooth transitions and to build your child’s executive function skills over the summer.
Register:   https://adoptionsupport.org/resource/event/webinar-building-executive-function-skills-over-the-summer/

Autistic Self-Advocates Panel: Bullying – What We Can Tell You
Tue. Jun. 18, 7:00-8:30 pm, with Spanish interpretation
Three self-advocates in their 20’s will discuss being bullied in school, the workforce, and their community.
Register:  https://xminds.org/event-5683417

Talk Saves Lives:  An introduction to Suicide Prevention
Sun. Jun. 23, 4-5 pm
Suicide can be prevented. Learn how to recognize common risk factors and warning signs, and learn how to respond. 
Register:  https://ncactsl06232024.attendease.com

AuDHD Guidance: Why Autism is So Difficult to Diagnose in Women and Girls with ADHD
Thu. Jun. 27, 1 pm, with replay link
Consider how ADHD and autism overlap and present differently in children and adults — and across genders.  Register:  https://www.additudemag.com/webinar/audhd-adhd-autism-women-girls/

Ongoing and On Demand

National Parks Access Pass

Adults or children with a permanent disability can obtain a lifetime free pass to the national parks. 

All 4th Grade students may also get a one-year pass.

Information:  https://www.nps.gov/subjects/accessibility/interagency-access-pass.htm?

ADHD @ School: Top 10 Hurdles to Learning with ADHD

This 10-part self-guided course equips caregivers and students with effective solutions to the specific academic and behavioral challenges associated with ADHD 

Register:  https://www.additudemag.com/download/adhd-new-school-year-for-parents/

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

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

Children’s Challenging Behaviors

This 6-hour workshop focuses on children’s challenging behaviors, mental health conditions, special education, and advocacy skills.  Register:  https://nami-northernvirginia.org/support-and-education/mental-health-education/childrens-challenging-behaviors/

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.  $50-$90

Info: https://www.wrightslaw.com/webex/law.adv.index.htm   

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  

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 Parents

All these support groups are open to newcomers, and they are free, except where noted.  No diagnosis is required to participate.  Participants are typically given the opportunity to share their story, experience support, and glean guidance (as desired) from group members regarding both community and school resources.  Confidentiality is to be respected.

Support Groups for Parents

AAC Parent Group meets occasionally on Saturdays.  Contact:  Amanda amandam@skillbuildersllc.com or 703-941-7757 ext. 316

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

Arlington Epilepsy Support Group, a list-serve, can be accessed at ARLepilepsy@googlegroups.com

Autism Dads meets one evening monthly.  Contact:  George Buzby at 571-419-1257 or gbuzby@aol.com

Autism Society of NoVA Parents and Caregivers meets on the 2nd Wednesday of the month, 7-8 pm via Zoom.  https://us02web.zoom.us/j/9466001682#success Meeting ID: 946 600 1682; One tap mobile (301) 715-8592

Cafés Virtuales Para Padres:  Miércoles de 7:00-8:30 pm.  Regístrese con al menos 24 horas de anticipación:   BuildingStrongerFamilies@fairfaxcounty.gov o 703-324-7720 

CHADD: Children & Adults with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder

West Fairfax/Burke CHADD Parent Support Group  1st & 3rd Thur. of each month at 8:00 pm Contact:  Cathy,  ocgreulich@aol.com  

CSB Family Support Group at Gatlan Center  2nd and 4th Wed. of each month 6:00-7:30 pm via Zoom Contact:  Samar.Chwairy@fairfaxcounty.gov or call 703-799-2882.

D.A.D.S.  Dads Appreciating Down Syndrome 3rd Tue. each month, 7-9 pm via Zoom.  Contact:  George gbuzby@aol.com or call 703- 545-6089.

Dr. Dan’s Support Group for Parents Raising Challenging Children meets via Zoom on Mondays, 1-2 pm, Register:  https://www.parentchildjourney.com/excursions/

Embark in the DC Metro Parent Support Group is for parents of children and youth with mental health challenges.  It meets virtually on alternate Thursdays, noon-1 pm.  Register:  https://www.embarkbh.com/event/dc-metro-virtual-parent-support-group/

Fairfax Juvenile Court Parent Support for problems including runaway behavior, truancy, alcohol/drug abuse, and serious behavioral problems at home, at school, or in the community. Sign up for a phone consultation at https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0a44abab29abf85-juvenile

Fairfax Kinship Support Group meets virtually on the 1st Thursday monthly at 6:30-8:00 pm.  An in-person group meets on the 3rd Thursday monthly at Fairfax County Community Centers at 6:15-8:00 pm.  Dinner and childcare are provided.  Register:  https://bit.ly/FxKinSupport 

Formed Families Together meets monthly as peer support groups for adoptive, kinship, and foster caregivers and parents. A Virtual support group meets the 1st Sunday evening monthly. An In-Person support group meets the 3rd Wednesday evening monthly. Register:  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/formed-families-together-support-groups-tickets-147657582805

Foster the Family Support Group for foster and adoptive moms meets the 3rd Monday of each month, 6:30-8:00 pm in Falls Church. Childcare is provided. Register:  https://www.fosterthefamilydc.org/supportgroups

Grupo de educación y apoyo a padres en española se reúne el cuarto sábado de cada mes, de 10 a 11 am en Zoom en https://us02web.zoom.us/j/9466001682 ID de reunión: 946 600 1682

El Grupo de apoyo ASNV para padres y cuidadores en español se reúne el segundo sábado de cada mes de 1 a 2 pm en ServiceSource, 10467 White Granite Dr. Oakton.  Estacione en la parte de atrás. Para obtener más información, envíe un correo electrónico a info@asnv.org

Grupo de apoyo para madres de habla hispana de niños con autismo se reúne mensualmente en línea y está patrocinado por Johns Hopkins Medical Center.   Contacto:  mariposas.autismo@gmail.com

Hablemos educación especial es un grupo de discusión de padres de habla hispana y de un estudiante autista. Se reúnen virtualmente el primer miércoles de cada mes de 7:00-7:45 pm  Registrarse:  https://xminds.org/event-4522635

Kinship Café meets online 6:30-8:00 pm the 3rd Thursday of the month for those raising the children of relatives and friends. To attend, call 703-324-7720 or email BuildingStrongerFamilies@fairfaxcounty.gov .

Military Families Support Group meets on the 2nd Tuesday monthly at 7-8 pm for military families of all disabled dependents.  Access:  https://us02web.zoom.us/j/9466001682#success OR Email director@asnv.org for details 

NAMI:  National Alliance on Mental Illness builds better lives for affected families. 

Family Support Group for Parents of Youth meets the 1st and 3rd Sundays monthly at 7:00-8:30 pm.  Contact:  Michelle Best mczero@yahoo.com .  

NAMI Family Support Group meets on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays on Zoom for parents of children living with mental health challenges including ADHD, ASD, etc.  https://zoom.us/j/94509229914 

NAMI Parent & Caregiver Support Group meets on the 4th Thursday monthly. Email namicva.org or call 804-285-1749 

NOVA Adopt Friends Parent Peer Support Group for adoptive parents meets on the 3rd Thursdays monthly 6:00-7:30 pm. Zoom: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/5687947368  

OCD Family Support Group meets the 1st Mon. of each month, 7:30 pm.  Contact:  ela.mike@verizon.net   or  call 202-215-5859

Parents of Autistic Children (POAC-NOVA) Support Group meets in-person the 1st Saturday monthly at 10:00-11:30 am, RSVP to supportgroup@poac-nova.org 

People of the Global Majority is a discussion group for BIPOC parents of children with autism.  They meet virtually on the 1st Monday monthly at 7:00-7:45 pm.  Register:  https://xminds.org/event-4534279

REACH Parent Support Group meets monthly to support parents of individuals with developmental disabilities who also have mental health or behavioral issues.  Contact:  Dr. Pourmand  mojgan.pourmand@eastersealsucp.com health

Small Steps Together is a discussion group for parents of preschool and elementary children with autism.  They meet virtually on the 4th Monday monthly at 7:00-7:45 pm.  Register:  https://xminds.org/event-4778134

Virginia Family Network Book Club for parents and caregivers of children living with mental health challenges meets on the 2nd and 4th Thursdays at 7 pm. Contact Nicole Anjum at nanjum@namivirginia.org

Virginia Family Network Coffee Chat and Self-Care meets monthly on the 3rd Thurs. 9:00-10:30 am to connect and to discuss self-care journeys. Contact Nicole Anjum at nanjum@namivirginia.org 

Virginia Family Network Parent Meetup is on the 1st and 3rd Fridays at 8 pm for parents/caregivers of children with mental health challenges. Contact Nicole Anjum at nanjum@namivirginia.org .