1426 N Quincy St
Arlington, VA 22207
Friday, October 09, 2015

Special Education Parent Resource Center

Special Education Parent Resource Center (PRC)

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Arlington Public Schools Special Education Parent Resource Center (PRC)
Syphax Education Center at Sequoia Plaza
2110 Washington Boulevard, Suite 158, Arlington, VA  22204
Phone 703.228.7239
Hours:  M-F - 8:30am to 4:00pm
(Additional hours by appointment)

Welcome to the Arlington Public Schools Special Education Parent Resource Center (PRC). The PRC's purpose is to provide parents the support and information they need as they work with the school system to identify and meet their child's unique learning needs. The PRC offers support and assistance, a lending library, a parent newsletter, parent training workshops, and serves as an information and referral source for families and staff members.
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APS School Talk The PRC Events Updates are sent out through APS School Talk. If you would like to be added to the PRC announcements list, please go to our APS School Talk page and sign up for our Special Interest list by selecting "Special Education".

October is Virginia Disability History and Awareness Month
Virginia Senate Joint Resolution 321, designating October as Disability History and Awareness Month (DHAM), was passed in 2009 by the General Assembly.  A group of young people with disabilities who are alumni of the Youth Leadership Forum (YLF) initiated this resolution.  YLF is a program designed to develop leadership skills among youth with disabilities and is sponsored by the Virginia Board for People with Disabilities.

Public knowledge, awareness and understanding of disabilities will help ensure the full participation of students with disabilities into the life of their schools and communities.  Helping others become aware of the contributions that people with disabilities have made and are currently making nationally and in Virginia promotes inclusive communities.

Youth with disabilities, parents, teachers, and staff from the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE), the Virginia Board for People with Disabilities, and the Partnership for People with Disabilities have continued to add to the bank of resources that were developed in 2009.  All schools can readily find information, activities, and materials to promote and highlight Disability History and Awareness Month in Virginia during October.  These resources may be found at the following Web sites: www.virginiaselfadvocacy.org (under the disability awareness tab) and in the online modules found at www.imdetermined.org

Youth with disabilities who participated in gathering information and materials for the resource bank developed the following Disability History and Awareness Month vision statement:

Disability history education and awareness will promote positive attitudes in schools creating a culture of mutual respect, understanding and equal opportunities for all.


Procedural Safeguards
For information on parental rights in special education, click here 
Classroom Observation Guidelines
Classroom Observation Guidelines 2012, click here
Classroom Observation Guidelines (Spanish) 2012, Click Here
Last Modified on October 1, 2015