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:


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:


Normalizing Parenting Stress                      $20

Mon. Apr. 2, 10 am, Family Compass 11150 Sunset Hills Rd. #150 Reston

Stress is normal if you are raising a child with developmental disabilities. Learn tips on how to cope during tense situations with your child and self-care strategies for home.


Kinship Café: Dinner and Discussion for Kinship Caregivers

Wed. Apr. 10, 6-8 pm,  Mott Community Center 12111 Braddock Rd. Fairfax

Share a family meal and conversation about raising children for relatives or friends.  Includes separate games and activities for children and teens.

Register by Wed. Apr. 3:  email or 703 246-4653


Parents & Caregivers: Learn to Be a Determined Family Together!

Wed. Apr. 3, 6:30-8:00 pm,  Herndon Senior Ctr. 873 Grace St. Herndon

Learn how to incorporate important self-determination skills into everyday life at home and school to prepare your student with critical life skills.


The Kids We Lose: A Screening and Discussion

Wed. Apr. 3, 6:30-8:30 pm, Auburn Sch. 3800 Concorde Pkwy. #500, Chantilly

This documentary exposes the struggles faced by students with behavioral difficulties and common counterproductive responses to them.

Register: or 703-793-9353


Impactful Parenting: Our Best Tips for Parents of Kids with Learning Differences

Wed. Apr. 3, 7:30-9:00 pm, Lab Sch. 4759 Reservoir Rd, NW, Wash. DC

Hear useful, effective parenting tips, covering a wide range of parenting dilemmas and approaches. The focus will be on practical advice that is relevant for most families.


Technology to Support Reading and Writing

Thu. Apr. 4, 10 am-noon Parent Res. Ctr. 2334 Gallows Rd. Door 1, Dunn Loring

Learn about a variety of technology tools that support student success and independence with reading and writing at school and home. 

Register:  or 703-204-3941


Parenting Your Late Elementary/Middle School Aged Child  

Thu. Apr. 4, 6:00-7:30 pm, Ross Center, 1595 Spring Hill Rd. Vienna

Parents will learn: how to respond to negative behavior; reward systems; and how to foster the development of social skills, coping skills, and executive function skills.


Executive Function Challenges and Your Child   $20

Wed. Apr. 4, 7 pm, Family Compass 11150 Sunset Hills Rd. #150 Reston

Learn about executive functioning skills, how children use them, and how to develop tools and strategies to support your child.



Fri. Apr. 5, 9 am-noon, Providence Comm. Ctr. 3001 Vaden Dr. Fairfax

This workshop is for children in grades 2-5 who have siblings with special needs. Your child will meet other siblings, share experiences and receive peer support.

Register: or 703-204-3941


Special Needs Trusts and ABLE Accounts — With Webinar Option

Fri. Apr. 5, 10 am-noon, Arc of NOVA, 2755 Hartland Rd. # 200 Falls Church

Learn about the roles of Special Needs Trusts and ABLE Accounts in safeguarding government benefits while providing for your child in the future.  


FCPS Special Education Conference 

Sat. Apr. 6, 7:45 am-1:30 pm Lake Braddock SS 9200 Burke Lake Rd, Burke

This conference for parents, students, and teachers includes over 50 presentations, a keynote speaker, and exhibit hall. The student strand is for youth ages 14-22.


Intelligent Lives Screening                $10

Sun. Apr. 7, 7:15 pm University Mall Theater 10659 Braddock Rd. Fairfax

This movie challenges what it means to be intelligent and points to a future in which people of all abilities can fully participate.


Diamonds in the Rough Conference                       $ Varies

Fri./Sat. Apr. 12-13, JHU 9601 Medical Ctr. Dr. Rockville, MD

Parenting Chldren with Special Needs: Preparing to Launch at Every Age


The Power of Meditation for Less Stress (at Home and School!)

Sat. Apr. 13, 1:30 pm-3:00 pm, StudyPro, 6849 Old Dominion Dr. #200, McLean

Learn the what, why, and how of using meditation to decrease stress for our students, many of whom are being overwhelmed by expectations.


Instituto de Padres en Español

17-18 abr. 9:00 – 15:00 Courtyard 300 Marriott Drive Winchester,

Este oportunidad es por padres que son nuevos en el proceso de Educación Especial interesados en dar los próximos pasos para colaborar como padres líderes.


Autism and Safety: Public Safety Considerations, Guidance for Families, Caregivers and Self-Advocates

Fri. Apr. 26, 10 am-noon, Parent Res. Ctr. 2334 Gallows Rd. Door 1, Dunn Loring

Learn about safety risks for children with ASD or other cognitive disabilities, proactive steps to reduce these risks, and resources for emergency preparedness. 

Register:  or 703-204-3941


Spring Forward Family Fun Day and Regional Conference

Sat. Apr. 27, 8:30 am-2:00 pm, GMU Colgan Hall 10900 Univ. Blvd. Manassas

Families formed through foster care, kinship care, or adoption are invited. Adults focus on learning while children have a blast at GMU’s The EDGE.

Register:             $0 – $40


Special Education PTA Meeting:  Meet the FCPS Ombudsman

Tue. Apr. 30, 6:30-8:45 pm, Camelot ES 8100 Guinevere Dr. Annandale

Come meet the FCPS Ombudsman, Armando Peri. Members will vote on next year’s board, and you can participate in a discussion of your concerns.



Accommodations for Recreational Classes and Camps with Fairfax County Parks

Accommodations include physical accessibility, ASL interpreters, assistive devices, sensitivity training for classmates, and staff training.

To request accommodations, email or 703 324-8563


Fairfax County Parks – Adapted Recreation for Kids

Swimming, gymnastics, ice skating, fitness, park explorers.


Fairfax County Therapeutic Recreation

Scholarships for Classes with Fairfax County Parks

Children of families that receive public assistance (medicaid, free school lunch, SNAP, TANF) are eligible to take one set of classes per quarter for a $15 registration fee.


Post-Adoptive Recreation Program for Youth 10-15 with Special Needs

A once-monthly Saturday recreation and respite program open to Fairfax County residents who have adopted via public or private agencies.

Contact: Formed Families Forward


Give an Hour Healthy Minds Fairfax
A new program will provide no-cost mental health services to income eligible children and youth ages 5-21.  Information:


On Demand – Dyslexia & the IEP: How to Make Sure the IEP is in Tip-Top Shape

Webinar On demand, available 24/7.

*Please Note: FCPS (Fairfax County Public Schools) and ACPS (Alexandria City Public Schools) can often provide translation services for their events into Spanish, Arabic, or other languages if you contact them well in advance.



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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