Event Calendar


April is Autism Awareness and Acceptance Month

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. 

Youth Mental Health First Aid
Space is LIMITED to the first 8 registrants on each date! To register, email YMHFA@apsva.onmicrosoft.com (indicate name and date interested in the course). Register for one of the following dates:

  • May 13: 3:30pm-8pm
  • May 25: 3:30pm-8pm
  • June 2: 3:30pm-8pm

Why Youth Mental Health First Aid? Youth Mental Health First Aid teaches you how to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illness and substance use disorders in youth. This 6-hour training gives adults who work with youth the skills they need to reach out and provide initial support to children and adolescents (ages 6-18) who may be developing a mental health or substance use problem and help connect them to the appropriate care. First Aiders will complete a 2-hour, self-paced online class, then participate in a 4- to 5-hour Instructor-led videoconference.

The course will cover common signs and symptoms of mental illness in this age group, including:

    • Anxiety
    • Depression
    • Eating disorders
    • Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
    • Common signs and symptoms of substance use
    • How to interact with a child or adolescent in crisis
    • How to connect the person with help
    • NEW: Expanded content on trauma, addiction and self-care and the impact of social media and bullying

The course will teach you how to apply the ALGEE action plan:

  • Assess for risk of suicide or harm.
  • Listen non judgmentally.
  • Give reassurance and information.
  • Encourage appropriate professional help.
  • Encourage self-help and other support strategies

Presented by Arlington Public Schools’ Office of Student Services

Arlington Special Education Advisory Committee (ASEAC) Meeting
Tuesday, April 27th: 7:00pm – 9:00pm

Virtual Meeting –  via Zoom
Registration coming soon
The Zoom meeting link will be sent to those registered prior to the meeting. Please note that the business portion of this meeting will be recorded through Zoom.
At the beginning of each meeting, ASEAC welcomes comments from the public regarding the needs of students with disabilities in APS. See the ASEAC Public Comment Guidelines at https://www.apsva.us/special-education-advisory-committee for information about submitting public comments. Any person who would like an interpreter and/or any person with a disability who needs accommodation to access the meeting should contact the Parent Resource Center at 703.228.7239 or prc@apsva.us as soon as possible to request assistance. There is also an option to request services in the registration form.

Understanding Transition Services: Building Interdependence with Our Students—Part 2
Wednesday, April 28: 7:00pm-9:00pm
Register here
Arlington Public Schools Transition Services, Parent Resource Center and Program for Employment Preparedness (PEP) continue to sponsor a monthly Transition Series. As students and children grow into adulthood, we often strive to support them in obtaining independence. What often gets left out is teaching them interdependence. Humans have the capacity for meaningful relationships with one another that are mutually beneficial. This is interdependence. Teaching interdependence to people with disabilities demonstrates that they are valued by society and shows how building connections with others can support and enrich their lives.

Join Deborah Hammer, Autism and Low-Incidence Disability Specialist; Christina Eagle and Karen Shimkus, Transition Team Members; and  Kelly Mountain, PRC Coordinator, to continue to explore the importance of interdependence, and learn strategies for how to build this critical lifelong skill.
For additional information, contact Kelly Mountain at 703-228-2136 or Kelly.mountain@apsva.us.


Project Family Classes

Arlington County invites Arlington families with children 0 to 5 years of age to participate. Virtual classes will include a developmentally based curriculum. Activities for children will include letters and thematic discussion, reading time, and interactive music lessons.
Register here to secure your spot.

  • Monday: 10am to 11am
  • Tuesday: 1pm to 2pm
  • Wednesday: 11am to 12pm
  • Thursday: 9am to 10am (Reserved for children 0 to 12 months)
  • Friday: 10am to 11am (Class in Spanish)
  • Saturday: 10am to 11am

Classes will be held through Zoom. Each class cycle will last for 7 weeks. All classes are completely free for all Arlington County residents.
We look forward to seeing you in class! For more information contact Leonardo Espiña at: lespina@arlingtonva.us.
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The events included below are shared for informational purposes, and listing may not be inclusive of all available community learning opportunities and inclusion of opportunities does not reflect endorsement by Arlington Public Schools.


ADHD, Executive Function, and The Art of Getting Kids to Listen
April 28, 2021 7:00 PM, EDT
Register Here
Many parents feel that their child is purposely not listening to them. Are they are getting a payoff for being stubborn or selfish? This is a very common thought, albeit, a possible misconception. Sure, your child may occasionally be stubborn or selfish, but more often, it is the result of a lack of skills. Research shows that it is brain-based “executive function” skills that hold him back—not willfulness or laziness.The idea that a child “would if he could” is an important distinction. In this lens of looking at your child’s behavior, you can remind yourself that his skills are not strong enough to curb the impulse. Once your child begins to develop the executive function skills necessary—whether it’s a small step in getting homework done or managing big emotions—his successes will motivate him to do more. You will learn how to work collaboratively with your child to get her to open up, consider her own thinking and choices, listen and improve your relationship.
Presented by: Caroline Maguire ACCG, PCC, MEd, author of Why Will No One Play With Me? and founder of a SEL training methodology.


NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) Arlington Parent Support Groups
Now Meeting Virtually
These groups are geared to parents whose child is experiencing symptoms of a mental illness, including: depression, anxiety, eating disorders, mood disorders and more. No diagnosis is required to participate. Participants are given the opportunity to share their story, experience support, and glean guidance (as desired) from group members regarding both community and school resources. Confidentiality is respected.
School Age Students and Teens (PK-12): Sundays 7pm-8:30pm

2021 Dates:

  • May 9 and 23
  • June 6 and 20

Older Teen and Young Adults: 3rd Sunday 1-3pm
Questions??  Contact:

  • PK-12: Michelle Best (mczero@yahoo.com)
  • Adults: Naomi Verdugo (verdugo.naomi@gmail.com)
  • Both: Alisa Cowen (acowen@cowendesigngroup.com)

NAMI Events

  • 9th Annual Family and Youth Leadership Summit
    April 24th-May 1st
    The Summit will feature workshops for youth, young adults, and families, an Ending the Silence Presentation, and more! This year’s theme is “Moving from Surviving to Thriving: Restoring Resilience in Yourself and Your Family” and will include workshops on Virtual Fatigue and Advanced Directives for Youth.
    To learn more and to register, visit https://namivirginia.org/2021-family-and-youth-leadership-summit/.
  • Navigating Recovery: Helping Parents & Loved Ones Find Support through the Eating Disorder Journey
    April 26th, 2021Time: 6:30pm
    View the live event here
    Learn the basics of disordered eating and what to do about it. Over 28 million people in the United States alone will suffer from an eating disorder in their lifetime, and millions more will struggle with disordered eating and negative body image. For a parent or loved one, it can be hard to know how to support your friend or family member who struggles.
    Rock Recovery, a DC-based nonprofit that combines clinical care and community support to help people overcome disordered eating will discuss the causes of disordered eating, ways to identify if a loved one is struggling, treatment methods and resources for support, caregiver self-care and more. Additionally, we will leave time to answer your questions and help you find support.

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


  • Preparing for Post-employment & the Benefits of Early Employment Experiences
    April 29, 2021: 2:00 – 1:00 pm ET
    Register here

  • Lunch and Learn: Autism and the Black Family
    May 6, 2021: 12:00 – 1:00 pm ET
    Register here 

Upcoming Events from PEATC – Virginia’s Parent Education and Advocacy Training Centerdownload


  • Ins and Outs of IEPs (MILITARY ONLY) | April 29th at 11:30 AM. This presentation will help prepare parents for what to expect in the IEP meeting, and how to have a productive student-focused meeting. From preplanning before the meeting to working together afterwards, this presentation will build relationships and advocacy skills of the parents while focusing on the needs of the students.
  • Virtual Advocacy Summit | May 3 – 10, 2021: 10:00 AM
    The 2021 VIRTUAL Advocacy Symposium will provide relevant and up-to-date information to parents and professional advocates (paid and unpaid) that will empower them to positively support parents of children with disabilities in Virginia.
  • An Overview of COVID Recovery, Compensatory Education, and Extended School Year Services
    May 13, 2021 06:30 PM
    Register here
    This presentation will talk about the differences between COVID recovery, compensatory education, and extended school year services, and advocacy strategies for parents.
  • Early Childhood Academy
    May 15 – June 19, 2021 

    A FREE self-paced online course is an innovative parent-friendly resource focused on providing information parents with infants, toddlers, and preschoolers need to know — the importance of parents as 1st teachers, early childhood services, special education, resources available to parents of young children with disabilities, and more!
  • Behavior Summit
    May 19, 2021
    Register here
    PEATC, in collaboration with the Virginia Department of Education, is pleased to announce the 2021 Behavior Summit for families of children with disabilities that live here in Virginia. This hybrid event will provide relevant and up-to-date information to parents and interested professionals. Participants will gain a basic understanding of the science of behavior, the importance of data in evaluating behavior, and developing strategies to address it. Presentations on Functional Behavioral Assessments, Behavior Intervention Plans, the relationship between behavior and social skills, and the new seclusion and restraint regulations for public schools will round out PEATC’s first Behavior Summit.
    Although the majority of this event will take place virtually and open on May 19, 2021 and remain open until May 22. 2021, there will be one LIVE Q&A session on the 19th. You will be able to engage with experts on behavior, ask questions, and receive immediate feedback. The Q&A will be recorded for those who will be viewing the summit after May 19, 2021 air date.

    • Grupo de Chat para Padres: Unete a nuestro nuevo GRUPO DE CHAT mediante la aplicación de WhatsApp y podras mantenerte al tanto de todo lo que PEATC Latino esta haciendo. Entra al GRUPO: https://bit.ly/2VoU2vw
    • Abril 24, 2021 | 10:00 AM  La Cumbre VIRTUAL de Alcance Latinx, se creó para brindar un espacio seguro de discusión y acción para crear mejores condiciones para la comunidad Latinx a la que servimos en todo el estado de Virginia. Esta cumbre que reunirá a familias y profesionales para una mejor comprensión de la Educación Especial, la diversidad, la cultura y la oportunidad de aprender sobre los desafíos específicos que enfrenta nuestra comunidad. REGISTRATE HOY

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

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

The Arc of Northern Virginia

  • Supported Decision Making = Alternatives to Guardianship
    A 3-part series of webinars hosted by The Arc of Northern Virginia reviews the concept of Supported Decision Making, how and when it can be used, and how it intersects with guardianship. Presented by Jonathan Martinis, attorney and national Supported Decision Making (SDM) expert, Jonathan shares stories of SDM usage in practice to illustrate how people with disabilities and their families can use this practicable option.

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)

Assistive Technology & Transition: Evaluation, Identification, & Acquisition
Dr. Joey Wallace (Length 29:40 minutes)

Opportunities Offered through Career Tech Ed
Domenic Giandomenico(Length 29:50 minutes)

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)

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

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.