​​​James Madison High School PTSA

Vienna, VA

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  

Social Security: The Application and Appeal Process for SSI and SSDI
Fri. Dec. 1, 10 am – noon  Arc of NoVa, 2755 Hartland Rd. Ste. 200, Falls Church
Learn how and when to apply for adult disability (SSI and/or SSDI), what to do if you have to appeal a decision to deny benefits, and how to leverage the benefits. 
Register:  https://www.z2systems.com/np/clients/arcofnva/event.jsp?event=4798&
Webinar option:  https://cc.readytalk.com/registration/#/?meeting=28lonzbua2ew&campaign=hnyroenmxtss

Mindfulness and Mingling -- Open House for Formed Families Forward
Fri. Dec. 1,  2 – 4 pm   4031 University Dr. Suite 100, Fairfax  (enter on South St.)
Learn more about our free services for foster, kinship, and adoptive families at our holiday open house, as well as a bit on mindfulness and stress reduction.
Register:  http://formedfamiliesforward.org or 703-539-2904

Future Quest:  College and Career Conference for Middle and High School Students with Disabilities and Their Families
Sat. Dec. 2, 8 am - 3 pm  George Mason University  4400 University Dr.  Fairfax
Over 40 workshops and exhibits will provide students of all abilities, and their parents, with valuable information on how to prepare for a successful life after high school.
Register:   www.futurequestgmu.org

Taller sobre KEEN Greater DC 
Sat. Dec. 2, 10 am - noon  PEATC 8003 Forbes Pl. Suite 310, Springfield
Ven a la charla con KEEN Greater DC, y aprende sobre sus programas y actividades para ninos y jovenes con descapacidades.
Registracion:  Arianna Sweeney  703-923-0010 or sweeney@peatc.org

Dyslexia Simulation
Tue. Dec. 5, 7:30 pm Oakwood School, 7210 Braddock Rd. Annandale
The simulation will be followed by a panel discussion featuring experts in the field.
Register:  https://www.oakwoodschool.com/beyond-academics/oakwood-parent-association/opa-speaker-series

VDOE Diploma Options & Credit Accommodations Training
Tue. Dec. 5, 7:00 - 8:30 pm PEATC 8003 Forbes Pl. Ste. 310, Springfield,
This training is for parents of students with disabilities who may need modified diplomas, or struggle to pass SOLs to achieve graduation. Advocates are also invited to attend.
Register:  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/vdoe-diploma-optionscredit-accommodations-tickets-40100299074

Ticket to Work Presentation
Wed, Dec. 6, 10 am - noon Arc of NoVa  2755 Hartland Rd, Ste. 200, Falls Church
The workshop will include an overview of the SSA Disability Programs (SSDI, SSI,); myths & facts about the Ticket to Work Program; and common SSA rules and work incentives.
Register:  https://www.z2systems.com/np/clients/arcofnva/eventRegistration.jsp?event=4850&
Webinar option:  http://cc.readytalk.com/r/ieom4bj7otb?1510164247156

Adolescent Anxiety:  What It Looks Like and How to Support
Wed. Dec. 6, 7:30 - 9:00 pm Lab School, 4759 Reservoir Rd, NW Washington, DC
Learn how to identify anxiety that is excessive worry (Generalized Anxiety Disorder) and Social Anxiety Disorder, and learn strategies to aid in coping with excessive anxiety. 
Register;  https://www.labschool.org/page/outreach/lecture-series

Growth Mindset For Parents – The ‘How To’ Guide
Thu. Dec. 7, 11:45 am-1:15 pm Study Pro 6849 Old Dominion Dr. Ste. 200, McLean
Learn how to build a growth mindset culture at home by gaining tools to help respond to your child's frustration, model optimism, and keep your child’s self-esteem strong.
Register:  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/growth-mindset-for-parents-the-how-to-guide-tickets-39832175108

College Steps at NVCC Annandale and NVCC Louden  -- Register by Dec. 8
Thu. Dec. 14, 6 - 7 pm at NVCC Annandale and NVCC Louden
Learn about this nonprofit organization that provides hands-on, personalized support for college/college-bound students living with social or learning challenges, including autism.
Register by Dec. 8:  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/college-steps-nova-annandale-open-house-tickets-39670297929          


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.
Register:  formedfamiliesforward.org/youth-together-peer-group/  or 703 539-2904  

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!
Call 703-403-3335 to enter building.  Contact:  coach@BrainRelief.org  703- 641-8940

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!
Call 703-403-3335 to enter building.  Contact:  coach@BrainRelief.org  703- 641-8940

People First for Young Adults
2nd Tue. monthly, 6:30 - 8:00 pm  The Arc , 2755 Hartland Rd Suite 200, Falls Church
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.
Information:  Diane Monnig  703 208-1119 x 118

Community of Solutions  Helping Teens Cope with Life Stress   www.facebook.com/cosdcmetro/

Support Groups for Parents

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

CHADD: Children & Adults with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder  
Alexandria CHADD Parent Support Group  4th Mon. of each month at 6:30 pm
Contact:  Jenny  ADHDParentMountVernon@gmail.com   703 472-4678
West Fairfax CHADD Parent Support Group   1st & 3rd Tues. of each month at 7:30 pm Contact:  Sharon  clintob@aol.com  703 716-4646 

CSB Family Support Group at Gatlan Center  2nd and 4th Wed. of each month 6-8 pm in Alexandria Contact:  Samar.Chwairy@fairfaxcounty.gov 703-799-2882

D.A.D.S.  Dads Appreciating Down Syndrome 3rd Thur. each month, 7-9 pm in Alexandria; and last Wed. of each month in Tysons at 7-9 pm  Contact:  rich_westhoff@hotmail.com   571-490-1268

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  
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.

Fairfax Family Support Group meets on the 2nd Thur. of each month  7:30-9:00 pm
Contact:  Heather   daviesva@gmail.com  or  703-362-4985

Springfield Family Support Group  meets the 4th Thur. of each month 7:00-8:30 pm
Contact:  Heather    daviesva@gmail.com  or  703-362-4985

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

POAC: Parents of Autistic Children of Northern Virginia  
Bimonthly Support Group  Contact:  Nicole Zupan at nicizupan@gmail.com

Northern Virginia Tourette Support Group meets the 2nd Sunday of each month at noon at the Chantilly Public Library.  Contact:  :  mark.bramer@gmail.com