Event Calendar


October is:

images-1Dyslexia Awareness Month

images-2

 

Blindness Awareness Month

images-4

Down Syndrome Awareness Month

download-3
AAC Awareness Month
download-1
ADHD Awareness Month


Arlington Public Schools and Parent Resource Center Sessions and Meetings


Please contact the Parent Resource Center at 703.228.7239 or prc@apsva.us at least 7 days prior to events to request ADA accommodations. 


APS Virtual 2020 Dyslexia Conference Logo

Arlington Public Schools Virtual 2020 Dyslexia Conference
A series of free, online sessions
View Dyslexia Conference 2020 Flier

  • Dyscalculia: What We Know and Strategies to Help
    Monday, October 26th: 7pm-8pm
    Presenter: Judith L. Fontana, Ph.D., Mild Disabilities/Instructional Support Teams Coordinator
    George Mason University’s Training and Technical Assistance Center (T/TAC)
    Register Here
    The ability to calculate and understand basic math concepts and principles are life skills. Dyscalculia is a learning disability that impacts one’s ability in mathematics. Like, but not to be confused with dyslexia, the impact of dyscalculia falls along a continuum. Each case is unique. The session will address common characteristics, assessments and instructional strategies. Resources will be provided.


  • Read & Write Literacy Software Tool
    Thursday, October 29th: 7:30pm-9pm
    Presenters: Sandra Stoppel, OTR/L, Assistive Technology Specialist; Lauren Kravetz Bonnet, PhD, CCC-SLP, Assistive Technology Specialist; and Marbea Tiernan Tammaro, MEd, OTR/L, Assistive Technology Specialist; Arlington Public Schools
    Register here
    Read & Write is an educational literacy software program that makes lots of everyday tasks easier. It makes the web, documents and files more accessible on the APS staff’ and students’ personal learning devices. Read & Write was targeted to support reluctant writers and students with learning disabilities in the areas of reading and writing; however, it is beneficial for anyone who prefers to use these robust tools.  Arlington Public Schools has this software available to all staff and students in three versions, depending on the type of device that is issued. To get information on how to install Read & Write on an APS issued personal learning device, visit Arlington Tiered System of Support (ATSS)
    Read & Write features include:

    • hearing documents read aloud to support comprehension;
    • text and picture dictionaries to support understanding of unfamiliar words;
    • translates individual words into other languages
    • develops writing and spelling skills with word prediction;
    • highlighting and collecting text to build vocabulary lists;
    • turning speech into text;
    • simplify and summarize text on web pages; and
    • annotation.

Arlington Special Education Advisory Committee (ASEAC)
Tuesday, October 27th: 7pm – 9pm
ASEAC monthly meetings are open to the public and address a range of issues of importance to the disability community. A public comment opportunity at each meeting provides members of the community the opportunity to bring issues to ASEAC’s attention. Meetings also include focused briefings and presentations to identify, discuss and share information pertaining to areas of need and progress. By attending meetings, you:

  • Receive information that will assist you in becoming a partner in a student’s education;
  • Network with other parents of students with disabilities, as well as education professionals; and
  • Help inform the policy and program decisions regarding special education and related services in Arlington Public Schools.

ASEAC welcomes 3 minute comments from the public during the first 15 minutes of each meeting. ASEAC members use comments to inform recommendations and to advise the School Board. Comments can be made in person or by emailing ASEAC.mail@gmail.com.

  • Public comments will be included in meeting minutes and posted on ASEAC’s website. Comments may be recorded anonymously upon request, but note that our email address is subject to FOIA regulations.
  • Neither ASEAC nor APS staff responds to public comments at the time they are given, but staff is requested to provide a response by the next meeting.

Any person who needs an interpreter or disability-related accommodation to provide public comment should contact the Parent Resource Center at 703.228.7239 or prc@apsva.us at least 7 business days in advance of a meeting.


Crisis Intervention Training for Parents/Caregivers (Cohort 2)
Wednesday, October 28, 2020: 10am and 8pm
Register here

From time to time, families inquire about strategies to support challenging and noncompliant behaviors exhibited by their children within the home setting. Understanding how adult responses and approaches to behavior displayed by children is a key factor in preventing and de-escalating undesired behavior.

Join us to learn more as Arlington Public Schools’ (APS) Crisis Prevention facilitators define Nonviolent Crisis Intervention and its philosophy of providing Care, Welfare, Safety and Security as adults respond to behavior challenges.

Each session will provide a live, introductory session with facilitators. Upon completion of the introductory session, participants will have access to independent, asynchronous interaction with training modules during a two-week session. At the end of the session, there will be a live, follow-up session with the facilitators.

Although this session is free of charge, we do ask families to commit to participating in both live sessions and completing the training modules independently.


Understanding Transition Services and What Needs to Happen
Wednesday, October 28th: 7:00pm-9:00pm
Register here

Arlington Public Schools Transition Services, Parent Resource Center and Program for Employment Preparedness (PEP) are sponsoring a Transition Series this year, which will feature monthly transition topics. October’s topic is Understanding Transition Services and What Needs to Happen. Speakers will include representatives from:

  • The ARC of Northern Virginia
  • Arlington’s Community Services Board (CSB)
  • Virginia Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services (DARS)
  • Program for Employment Preparedness (PEP)

For further information contact Christina Eagle at 703-228-5738 or christina.eagle@apsva.us, or Kelly Mountain at 703-228-7239 or Kelly.mountain@apsva.us


Arlington County Events


download-2

FLIP IT!®
Dates TBA – Register here to indicate your day/time preferences
All parents face day to day challenges communicating with their children, now more than ever. FLIP IT!® is a weekly 1-hour virtual series that meets for 7 weeks to provide tools for parents to increase communication with their children and their families.
FLIP IT!® strategies help parents to:

  • Support the social and emotional development of young children
  • Learn a strategy that is easy to remember and applicable in a variety of challenging situations

FLIP IT!® strategies help young children to:

  • Learn about their feelings
  • Gain self-control
  • Reduce challenging behavior

Facilitated by Arlington County’s Michael Swisher, the Parent and Community Engagement Specialist, and Leonardo Espiña, the Parent Education Coordinator.
Interested in attending?  Reply here


Community Webinar/Virtual Learning Opportunities/Meetings


CHADD of Northern Virginia and DC (NOVA DC CHADD) Annual Resource Fair
Tuesdays, October 6 – October 27, 2020: 7:00pm – 8:30pm
LEARN MORE

NOVA DC CHADD announces its 2020 Resource Fair, which is a series of lectures via Zoom to celebrate ADHD Awareness Month.  The theme is: Strong Minds, Healthy Lives: Strategies to Empower People Affected by ADHD”.


Managing Unstructured Time
October 27th: 7pm
Register here

REACH is excited to announce a Parent Support Series. These groups will be geared towards families and caregivers of individuals with developmental disabilities. This is open to families and caregivers regardless of REACH services. Clinical Directors from REACH Region 1 and Region 2 will be hosting this series over the next three months (Oct – December).This is a wonderful opportunity for families and caregivers to engage in information sharing, learning, and collaboration.
Registration is mandatory. Please note registration will end 10/23/20. Once registered, you will receive an email with a Zoom link within 24-48 hours before the event. If you do not receive this email , please check your spam folder or contact Mojgan Pourmand, Psy.D. at (mojgan.pourmand@eastersealsucp.com)
REACH (Regional Education Assessment Crisis Services and Habilitation) is a regional program designed to support adults with an intellectual disability and/or developmental disability, as well as a mental health condition or challenging behavior that is negatively affecting their quality of life.
Additional upcoming sessions:
Tuesday (11/17) – Understanding challenging behaviors
Tuesday (12/15) – Community resources


Virginia Commonwealth University Autism Center for Excellence (VCU-ACE) Lunch and Learn Series

  • An Introduction to the new VCU-ACE Early Childhood Website and Resources
    Thursday, October 22, 2020: 12:00 – 1:00 pm ET
    Register on Zoom
  • Workplace Readiness Toolkit
    Thursday, October 29th: 12:00 – 1:00 pm
    Register on Zoom
  • Lunch and Learn: TBD
    Thursday, November 5th: 12:00 – 1:00 pm ET
    Register on Zoom
  • Transition from School to Work
    Thursday,
    November 12th: 12:00 – 1:00 pm
    Register on Zoom
  • Supporting Communication & Social Skills for Early Learners
    November 19, 2020: 12:00 – 1:00 pm ET
    Register on Zoom

ON DEMAND Webinars

(These are webinars that are available to watch when you choose to.)


APS Parent Resource Center

  • A Sense of Calm – Presented by Deborah Hammer

.

Many thanks to our wonderful colleague, Deborah Hammer for sharing her time and expertise with us.
View A Sense of Calm presentation slides

  • NOVA (Northern Virginia Community College) Night
  • Noche de Nova
  • Dealing with “What If…?”: What You Can Do Now to Support Your School-Avoidant Child

 


Arlington County’s Department of Human Services/Arlington Partnership for Children, Youth and Families
www.apcyf.org

  • Consecuencias, qué hacer cuando…
    Consequences, what to do when… 

The Arc of Northern Virginia

Center for Adoption Support and Education (CASE): Free webinars

Formed Families Forward:

Virginia Cooperative Extension

At Home Learning

Mental Health and Well-Being


PEATC (Parent Education and Advocacy Training Center) On-Demand Webinars

Laying the Groundwork for Transition
(Length 41:33 minutes) http://www.worksupport.com/training/freeWebcast.cfm/121

Exploring the Future & Creating a Timeline
Katherine Wittig, Erica Lovelace
(Length 43:33 minutes) http://www.worksupport.com/training/freeWebcast.cfm/122

Challenging Tradition through Life Long Learning & Economic Empowerment
Michael Morris, Elizabeth Getzel
(Length 1:07:53sec) http://www.worksupport.com/training/freeWebcast.cfm/123

From Segregated to Customized: The Shift to Personalized Employment
Laura Owens, Executive Director APSE
(Length 48:34 minutes) http://www.worksupport.com/training/freeWebcast.cfm/136

In Support of Supported Decision-making
Lisa Morgan(Length 39:50 minutes)
http://www.worksupport.com/training/freeWebcast.cfm/137

Assistive Technology & Transition: Evaluation, Identification, & Acquisition
Dr. Joey Wallace (Length 29:40 minutes)
http://www.worksupport.com/training/freeWebcast.cfm/138

Opportunities Offered through Career Tech Ed
Domenic Giandomenico(Length 29:50 minutes)
http://www.worksupport.com/training/viewWebcast.cfm/139

Transition and the Arts: Tapping into Creative Opportunities (NEW)
Betty Siegal
(Length 35:15 minutes) http://www.worksupport.com/training/viewWebcast.cfm/140

Student Voice: The Transition to College
Liz Getzel
(Length 55:32 minutes) http://www.worksupport.com/training/viewWebcast.cfm/141

Marian Vessels, Director DBTAC: Mid-Atlantic ADA Center
(Length 39:36) http://www.worksupport.com/training/viewWebcast.cfm/161

Don’t Leave School Without It-What’s in Your Wallet?
Stacey Milbern, Community Outreach Director, Ryan Pinion, Director of Partnerships and Action, and intern Jessica Smith of the National Youth Leadership Network
(Length 39:23) http://www.worksupport.com/training/viewWebcast.cfm/162

Guardianship Rights, Risks, and ResponsibilitiesSue Swenson, former Ex. Director, US Arc, and former Commissioner of Administration on Developmental
(Length 39:53) http://www.worksupport.com/training/viewWebcast.cfm/163

Parents As Essential Partners in Transition
Ann Turnbull, The Beach Center, Kansas
(Length 42:26) http://www.worksupport.com/training/viewWebcast.cfm/164

The New Ticket To Work Program – What’s in it for Young People
Sallie Rhodes, CESSI Ticket to Work Program Specialist
(Length 33:01) http://www.worksupport.com/training/viewWebcast.cfm/165

Universal Design for Learning-a Pathway for Lifelong Learning
Frances G. Smith, Ed.D.,CVE, Coordinator of Technology and Distance Learning VCU TTAC
(Length 39:30) http://www.worksupport.com/training/viewWebcast.cfm/166

Exploring the Future & Creating a Timeline
Katherine Wittig, Erica Lovelace
(Length 43:33 minutes) http://www.worksupport.com/training/freeWebcast.cfm/122

Challenging Tradition through Life Long Learning & Economic Empowerment
Michael Morris, Elizabeth GetzelI
(Length 1:07:53sec) http://www.worksupport.com/training/freeWebcast.cfm/123

From Segregated to Customized: The Shift to Personalized Employment
Laura Owens, Executive Director APSE
(Length 48:34 minutes) http://www.worksupport.com/training/freeWebcast.cfm/136

In Support of Supported Decision-making
Lisa Morgan
(Length 39:50 minutes) http://www.worksupport.com/training/freeWebcast.cfm/137

Assistive Technology & Transition: Evaluation, Identification, & Acquisition
Dr. Joey Wallace
(Length 29:40 minutes) http://www.worksupport.com/training/freeWebcast.cfm/138

Opportunities Offered through Career Tech Ed
Domenic Giandomenico
Length 29:50 minutes) http://www.worksupport.com/training/viewWebcast.cfm/139

Transition and the Arts: Tapping into Creative Opportunities (NEW)
Betty SiegalArtistic
(Length 35:15 minutes)
http://www.worksupport.com/training/viewWebcast.cfm/140

Student Voice: The Transition to College
Liz Getzel
(Length 55:32 minutes) http://www.worksupport.com/training/viewWebcast.cfm/141

Picture1

In accordance with Arlington Public Schools (APS) guidance that all non-essential events are cancelled, effective immediately, please be advised that the events listed below are cancelled. 

 

Need more information?  You can contact the Parent Resource Center at 703.228.7239 or emma.parralsanchez@apsva.us.

We look forward to talking with you.