Making Sense of the Assessment Soup: Understanding your Child’s Special Education Evaluation webinar
Need some guidance in understanding the educational assessments and evaluations of the child or youth in your care? Join psychologist Amy Fortney Parks on November 10 at 6:30 pm for a free webinar.Register for the Webinar
Youth and Young Adults: Stronger Together peer support group
Starting November 6, teens and young adults will meet twice monthly in our Stronger Together support group in Fairfax. Parents and caregivers meet separately.Learn More
Project LIFE Statewide Youth Conference, November 21-23
The Youth Network is a core group of foster youth that can be identified to advocate for themselves or others by serving on workgroups and/or committees that need meaningful youth input. The conference in Richmond will provide youth an opportunity to learn more about the Youth Network and ways they can get involved with this new, exciting group of young advocates. Learn more HERE.
Circle of Support conference in Prince William County, November 8
The Arc of Greater Prince William is hosting its annual Circle of Support conference on Saturday, November 8 at Hylton High School in Woodbridge. Great keynotes, breakout sessions and exhibits by local and state organizations and agencies.
Transition Resource Fair: Moving on to Life in the Community on October 28
Sponsored by Fairfax County Public Schools, The Arc of Northern Virginia, DARS, Arlington Public Schools and others, the Resource Fair features vocational, residential, leisure, recreational, independent living and advocacy options for youth and youth adults with disabilities. Learn more about this free Resource Fair HERE.
Resources for Military Families in Virginia
The Virginia Department of Education has issued a new guide for military families with students in special education. This and other resources available HERE.
Virginia Ability Alliance Community Calendar
The Arc of Northern Virginia hosts a community calendar, featuring regional trainings and meetings. Check it out!
Resources on the Fostering Connections Act
The Fostering Connections Act encourages educational stability and makes it easier for grandparents raising their kin to get supports. Read more about implementation of this important federal legislation. NEW: A September 2014 Report from Annie E. Casey Foundation about improving educational stability!
New Guide for Foster and Adoptive Families Coping with Trauma
The American Academy of Pediatrics offers a guide for formed families coming with trauma-related stress. Find it here.
Disagreement with the schools? New Family Guides on Dispute Resolution
Four new guides help parents and caregivers understand the options under IDEA for resolving disputes. Find them here.
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