February 8, 2017- The Ins and Outs of Qualifying for Social Security Disability, SSI and DAC Benefits
Special needs planning attorney and adoptive mom Sheri Abrams will discuss Social Security Disability, SSI and DAC (Disabled Adult Child) benefits, who qualifies for them (with emphasis on families of children with special needs) and how the application and appeal process works. In Fairfax. Download the event FLYER HERE.REGISTER
February 11-12, 2017– Advanced Youth Leadership Training
NAMI of Virginia invites youth and young adults to its northern Virginia regional training. Develop leadership skills and learn to help other teens and young adults. Formed Families Forward hosts the training in Fairfax. Free; travel and lodging reimbursements available. Download the event FLYER HERE.REGISTER
March 2, 2017- Securing a Future for Formed Families webinar
Join us for the first of our “March Madness Media” webinar series. Tia Marsili of The Arc of Northern Virginia will share strategies for supported decision making and guardianship. Long range financial planning strategies including special needs trusts will be addressed as well. Free. Download the Securing a Future webinar FLYER HERE.REGISTER FOR THE WEBINAR
March 6, 2017- Plotting the Path: A Graduation Requirement Update from the Virginia Department of Education webinar
Our second March Madness Media webinar features Marianne Moore, Transition Specialist in the Office of Special Education Program Improvement at VDOE. She will share the latest about high school graduation requirements including the new Applied Studies Diploma, credit accommodations, and the Profile of a Virginia Graduate. Download the Plotting the Path webinar FLYER HERE.REGISTER FOR THE ‘PLOTTING THE PATH’ WEBINAR
March 15, 2017- Getting to Work: The Workforce Innovation Opportunity Act (WIOA) and Students with Disabilities webinar
Our third March Madness Media webinar is presented by Jean Steveson, Director of Transition Services with the Virginia Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services, who will explain the Workforce Innovation Opportunity Act (WIOA) and its benefits for students with disabilities, including the Pre-Employment Transition Services (PreETS).REGISTER FOR THE WIOA WEBINAR
Youth and Young Adults: Stronger Together peer support groups have returned!
Formed Families Forward is pleased to offer peer support groups for teens and young adults. Stronger Together support groups meet during the school year in Fairfax. Parents and caregivers meet separately. Let us know if you may be interested in participating in the youth and young adult group or the parent and caregiver support group that meets at the same time. Download Stronger Together FLYER HERE.Learn More
SAVE the DATE! Professional Workshop “What Really Works (and What Doesn’t) for Challenging Kids” with Dr. Bruce Thyer, author of Science and Pseudoscience in Social Work Practice on Friday, April 28, 2017, in Fairfax City
SAVE THE DATE! 4th annual Spring Forward Family Fun Day, Saturday, April 29, 2017 at Providence Community Center, Fairfax (near the Vienna metro station)
New Transition Guide for Students with Disabilities
The U.S. Department of Education just released a new guide covering transition planning, transition services, and post-secondary education and employment options. Download the Transition Guide HERE.
Parent and Educator Guide on Section 504 now available
Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 offers protections such as access to accommodations for some children and youth with disabilities in public schools and other programs. The US Department of Education has just released a Parent and Educator Guide to Section 504 to help families and professionals understand and implement Section 504. Download the Section 504 Resource Guide.
Full-day FASD training in Annapolis
Maryland CASA Association is offering a Advocating For Children & Families Living with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) symposium on Friday, January 27. Learn more and register for the FASD Symposium HERE.
Discipline and Behavior Clarifications from US Department of Education
In August, the US Department of Education released a Dear Colleague Letter clarifying schools’ responsibilities and opportunities to support children and youth with behavioral challenges that impact education. Great information for families and educators!
Educational Stability for Children in Foster Care Toolkit, webinar series and ESSA regulations available now
New ESSA Toolkit from the Legal Center on Foster Care and Education now covers the requirements for educational stability for children and youth in foster care. The US Departments of Education and HHS have guidance on how to implement the requirements in ESSA regarding educational stability for students in foster care. Get the full Guidance document HERE. Full regulations for ESSA were released on November 29, 2016. Find the regulations HERE. The agencies hosted webinars on how to improve educational stability and implement provisions in ESSA including effective collaborations, best interest determinations and immediate enrollment, transportation decisions, and education and child welfare points of contact. Find the webinar recordings and slides HERE.
Fostering Futures update
New Resource for Transitioning Foster Youth and Young Adults
The US Department of Education just published this toolkit for older youth and young adults in foster care and their families. Check out the Transition Toolkit HERE.
Rethinking Discipline videos
A new series of short videos help families, schools, and school districts understand the facts of school discipline for students with disabilities. Published by the US Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services, these videos are easy to share and good conversation starters for families, educators and policymakers! Find the Rethinking Discipline Videos HERE.
What Does the New ESSA Mean for Students with Disabilities and those in Foster Care? Learn HERE what the reauthorization of the federal ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act) means for students with disabilities and those in foster care.
Help your School be more Trauma-Informed!
Check out this straight-forward guide for transforming schools and making classrooms and schools more accommodating to students who have experienced trauma.
Virginia Ability Alliance Community Calendar
The Arc of Northern Virginia hosts a community calendar, featuring regional trainings and meetings. Check it out!
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