Your Source for Programs, Seminars, and Information!


In the upcoming year, the PTA will be providing useful information to families highlighting free FCPS PRC workshops and events to include other free educational opportunities.


Upcoming FCPS Parent Resource Center  workshops:

  • If you miss a workshop, you can email for materials and handouts.

Parent Information Relating to Special Education


All these opportunities are FREE unless noted.  

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


When other events become available they will be posted at:


Emergency Preparedness for Parents of Students with Disabilities

For the millions of Americans with disabilities, natural and human-made disasters present a substantial challenge. Fairfax County’s Office of Emergency Management is committed to the inclusion of all by spreading the message of preparedness to its residents with disabilities and access and functional needs. Join the Office of Emergency Management for a discussion on emergency preparedness for your family, plans that exist in Fairfax County for evacuation and sheltering, and accommodations that might be needed during an emergency for your child.

Friday, May 17, 2019, 10 a.m.-noon

I Can Bike After-School Program

Various weeks in March through May at Middle Schools in Fairfax County

This program uses adapted bicycles, a special instructional program, and trained staff to run the weeklong trainings for children with disabilities.

Information and registration:


Sibling Leadership Network (SLN) Survey 

Help SLN learn about the experiences of siblings of individuals with disabilities so as to develop more supports for them. Survey:

Questions? Contact Meghan Burke at  217-300-1226


Augmentative and Alternative Communication:  AAC Partner Training Strategies

May 15, 6:30-8:00 pm, TCW, Rm. 175, 3801 W. Braddock Rd. Alexandria

Learn about AAC tools and how to use them to enhance a child's ability to communicate at home, at school, and in the community.  

Register by May 9:  email or phone 703-824-0129 


Waivers, Managed Care, and EPSDT — Webinar with hard copy option

Wed. May 15, 10:00-11:30 am 

Hear the basics of Medicaid Waivers including the move to CCC Plus Managed Care and the EPSDT program.  



Is Your Child a Target of Bullying?

Wed. May 15, 7:00-8:30 pm, Arc of GPW MH Ctr.13505 Hillendale Dr. Woodbridge

Learn how to talk with your child about bullying, how to prevent bullying from occurring, and how to develop responses to it if it occurs. 



How to Talk to Your Kids About Anxiety

Thu. May 16, 11:45 am-1:15 pm, StudyPro, 6849 Old Dominion Dr. #200, McLean

Learn how to use anxiety as a force for good, how to leverage it to motivate yourself, and how to help your children do the same.



ADHD in Preschoolers:  What to Look for and How to Help — Webinar

Thu. May 16, 2 pm

Learn what you need to know before seeking an evaluation for your preschooler for ADHD.



Special Needs Legal & Financial Planning Workshop

Thu. May 16, 7-9 pm, NVJCC 8900 Little river Tnpk. Fairfax

This will be an overview of financial and legal planning as it relates to life stages, transitioning issues, legal issues and government programs.

Register:  Contact Carey 571-378-0245 or


Suicide Prevention:  What Every Parent Needs to Know

Thu. May 16, LCPS Admin. Bldg. 21000 Education Ct. Ashburn 

Come to learn about risk factors, warning signs, protective factors, and strategies to reduce the likelihood of a child developing thoughts of suicide.

Register:  or 571-252-6540


Emergency Preparedness for Parents of Students with Disabilities

Fri. May 17, 10 am-noon, PRC, 2334 Gallows Rd. Door 1, Dunn Loring

Join the Office of Emergency Management to learn about emergency plans in Fairfax County for evacuation and sheltering of families of children with disabilities.

Register:  or 703-204-3941 



Sat. May 18, 1-3 pm, Jackson MS, 3020 Gallows Rd. Falls Church

Families of children with atypical abilities are invited for interactive activities and exhibits involving science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics.



ACSD Meet and Greet

Thu. May 22, 7-9 pm. Jackson MS 3020 Gallows Rd, Falls Church

Learn about the Advisory Committee for Students with Disabilities (ACSD) and the services that are provided by the Parent Resource Center.


Breaking Down Barriers & Creating Community for Parents of Children with Disabilities — 3 Webinar Series

Part Two:  Getting Started:  Creating and Launching Your Community 

Thu. May 23, noon-1 pm.   Register:


Understanding Processing Speed — Webinar

Thu. May 23, noon

Learn why some students struggle to keep up in class and take longer to respond to questions or finish homework. 



Helping Your Child Regulate Emotions and Behaviors 

Thu. May 30, 6:00-7:30 pm  Ross Center, 1595 Spring Hill Road, Vienna

Learn how to manage your preschool or early elementary child and help him or her learn self-regulation and social skills.

Register: 703-687-6610, Extension 0  or email:   


Plan ahead — Transition to College Courses

Jun 24-28, 1-3 pm or 6-8 pm StudyPro, 6849 Old Dominion Dr. #200, McLean

July 15-19, 1-3 pm or 6-8 pm StudyPro, 6849 Old Dominion Dr. #200, McLean

These courses help seniors understand what they will need to do to be successful at college and helps them figure out how they can do so.  $850



Support Groups for Parents


Alpha Moms  This support group for adoptive parents meets monthly in McLean.  Contact:


Autism Dads meets one evening monthly in Falls Church.  Contact:  George Buzby at 571-419-1257 or


CHADD: Children & Adults with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder

Alexandria CHADD Parent Support Group  4th Mon. of each month at 6:30 pm.  Contact:  Jenny  or call 703-472-4678.

Burke CHADD Parent Support Group  last Thu. of each month at 7:30 pm. Contact:  Kim

West Fairfax CHADD Parent Support Group   1st & 3rd Thu. of each month at 7:30 pm Contact:  Sharon  or call 703-716-4646.

Louden County Parents of Teens with ADHD last Wed. of the month at Cascades Library in Potomac Falls.  Contact:  Bonnie Little  571-306-2932


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


D.A.D.S.  Dads Appreciating Down Syndrome 3rd Thur. each month, 7-9 pm in Alexandria.  Contact:  George or call 703-545-6089.


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 – call 703-246-2495.


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

Arlington Family Support Group meets two Sundays a month at 7:00-8:30 pm.  Contact:  Michelle Best at


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


Padres de hoy — Support group in Spanish.  Wednesdays, 6:30 – 8 pm Brookside FACE Ctr. 601 Four Mile Run Trail, Alexandria.  Call 703-824-6865 to register.  Free childcare.


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


Parents of Autistic Children (POAC) meeting times and location posted at:




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  The PRC can often provide translation services for their events into Spanish, Arabic, or other languages if you contact them well in advance.


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