Event Calendar


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.

NOVA VISION Conference
May 24, 2023: 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Virtual – Via Zoom
Register for the NOVA VISION Conference at this link
APS and NOVA are offering an opportunity for students with disabilities (students with IEPs or 504 Plans) to learn about accommodations in college. The conference will include a presentation from NOVA’s Accommodations and Accessibility Services, and a parent Question/Answer session.

View NOVA Vision Conference Flier

Your Child’s IEP: What Parents Need to KnowYour Child's IEP graphic
Thursday, May 25, 2023
Morning Session: 10:00am to Noon
Live at the Syphax Education Center, 2110 Washington Boulevard, Room 454, Arlington, VA 22204
Evening Session: 7pm to 9pm via Zoom
Use this link to register

  • Join the Parent Resource Center’s Gina DeSalvo and Kathleen Donovan and learn more about the important role parents play as members of their child’s Individualized Education Program (IEP) team. This session will address:
  • Key Facts about IEPs
  • The role of IEP team members (including parents and students)
  • How to prepare for IEP meetings
  • IEP Components
  • Services and Placements
  • Team Collaboration

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Youth Mental Health First Aid
May 26: 9am to 3pm
Syphax Education Center, 2110 Washington Boulevard, Arlington, VA 22204

Parents/caregivers are invited to participate in Youth Mental Health First Aid trainings. Youth Mental Health First Aid teaches you how to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental health and substance use challenges among children and adolescents ages 12-18. Participants will complete a 2-hour, self-paced online class, then participate in a 4- to 5-hour in-person training led by staff in the Office of Student Services. 

Space is LIMITED to first 30 registrants on each date. Register online at:  Youth Mental Health First Aid registration link or call 703-228-6062 (Office of Student Services).
View event flyer to learn more

Equity Profile Dashboard Community Conversation: Discipline Data
Wednesday, May 31, 2023: 6:30pm to 7:30pm
The Arlington Public Schools (APS) Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) developed the Equity Profile Dashboard (EPD) that was launched on June 10, 2022. The dashboard provides data and transparency related to student opportunity, access, and achievement. In addition, the dashboard supports APS’ commitment to use real-time data to identify and close various gaps to ensure resources are shared equitably based on student needs. DEI will host multiple community conversations on the dashboard to receive feedback from the community on the next iteration of the dashboard. The conversations will include key takeaways about student demographics, student success, and college & career readiness. The conversations will also allow the community to provide feedback on the upcoming updates to the dashboard, which includes student well-being, school climate, and engaged workforce.
If interested in attending one of the community conversations, please register online.
For additional information or questions, please contact the Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion at 703-228-8658 or dei@apsva.us.

Arlington SEPTA Family PicnicSEPTA Family Picnic
June 11, 2023: 5pm to 7pm
Lubber Run Community Center
800 Park Drive, Arlington, VA
RSVP: www.bit.ly/3UDuZD9
SEPTA invites you to join friends old and new as they close another year and look ahead to the next. SEPTA will provide pizza, beverages, and dessert. This is a great opportunity to learn more about SEPTA, meet some of the board members, find out how you can get involved next year, and connect with other families of students with disabilities. ALL ARE WELCOME!

View SEPTA Family Picnic Flier

Sensory Friendly Film Event: Elementaldownload
Saturday, June 17, 2023: 8:30am — 11am
AMC Tyson’s Corner I Routes 7 and 123, McLean, VA 22102

The Waddell Group and Arlington SEPTA invite you to be their guest for the opening weekend of Disney●PIXAR’s newest family movie.
Seating is limited. ONLINE RSVP by June 15, 2022 at WaddellGroup.Net
Please indicate the number of tickets (max 5) and whether you need accessible seats.
In addition to the sensory-friendly film, families will receive an introduction to financial planning for families with special needs, and information from Arlington SEPTA and other resource providers,
View event flier



ACE Interface Community Conversation
May 23. 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Hybrid
Learn about ACEs, Adverse Childhood Experiences, and more importantly how we can come together as a community to counter the effects of childhood trauma. Virtual or in-person at 2120 Washington Blvd, Room 112.

YOU can Support Your Youth’s Mental Wellness
May 24, 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Virtual on Zoom
Join APS School Psychologist Greg Myers as he shares concrete strategies to support the mental health of our young people.

Conversación Comunitaria sobre EANs (ACEs)
May 31. 6:00pm – 7:30pm. Hybrid
Aprenda sobre ACEs, experiencias adversas de la infancia, y, lo que es más importante, cómo podemos unirnos como comunidad para contrarrestar los efectos del trauma infantil. Virtual o presencial al 2120 Washington Blvd, Room 112.  J

Fathers, Families, and Community Wellness Day – Leading for Legacy
June 3. 12:00 – 3:00 p.m.
John Robinson Jr. Town Square, 2406 Shirlington Blvd
Join a celebration of wellness for fathers, families, and community at this event that is a co-creation with the Green Valley community. Enjoy entertainment, DJ, food, moonbounce, and community resources – and plenty of fun!
Register at this link

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.



Transition Lunch & Learn Sessions
Register at: Registration link for Transition Lunch & Learn Sessions

Planning for the transition from school to adult services can be an overwhelming task. Once your child exits the school system, adult services are based on eligibility criteria and funding availability. These small group sessions are an opportunity to begin creating a plan for the future. Learn what kinds of employment and meaningful day support services are available, how to explore post-secondary options, what transportation supports exist, how to help your child make decisions and advocate, when to apply for SSI and manage benefits, and what recreation activities are available. It’s never too early to plan; you don’t have to wait until your student is close to graduation. Also, these Lunch & Learns would be a great way for families who started the process but got overwhelmed or stuck to find the motivation to restart the process and press forward.


NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) Arlington Parent Support Groups
Still 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
School Age/Teens Support Group Registration Link

  • June 11 and 25

Older Teen and Young Adults: 3rd Sunday 1-2:30pm
Email Naomi Verdugo for the meeting link
Questions??  Contact:

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

View NAMI 2023 Support Groups Flier





Special Education Workshop Series: Spring Fling
PEATC presents this virtual workshop series for parents and professionals who want to learn more about special education in Virginia. Register once to attend some or all of the informative workshops!

  • May 31: Ins and Outs of IEP Meetings
  • June 7: Dispute Resolution Options in Virginia

Each workshop will start at 6:30 pm and will last approximately 1 to 1.5 hours.

Early Childhood Academy: May 10, 2023 – June 23, 2023
A FREE self-paced online course for families of young children (birth through age six) with disabilities or developmental delays. You are your child’s first and most important teacher. Your involvement in the early years is essential to setting a strong foundation for their lifelong learning and success.In this training program, families of children with disabilities learn about supporting their child’s early learning and development – from developmental milestones to tips on our most frequently asked questions including information on making the transition from early intervention to school services easier.

IEP University: June 5, 2023 – June 25, 2023
Join PEATC for IEP University (IEPU), a FREE self-paced on-line course designed to help provide families and professionals with accurate and useful information around IEP development and meetings. IEPU provides easy-to-understand guidance on the special education process, the IEP document, and ways to develop collaborative relationships among schools and families. IEPU targets practical strategies aimed at helping future IEP meetings be more positive, productive, and collaborative for everyone involved.

Transition Univeristy: June 5, 2023 – August 4, 2023
Join PEATC for this FREE 5-session SELF-PACED online course that focuses on providing parent-friendly transition information to help make transition planning easier. This course is designed for parents/caregivers of elementary, middle, or high school students that receive special education services, and the professionals that support them. The goal is to share factual information on transition services and to help make the transition from school services to the adult services world less confusing. Participants who complete the full course will receive a certificate of completion showing 7.5 hours.

Parent Institute: June 27, 2023 – June 28, 2023
Parent Institute is for parents who are NEW to the special education process in Virginia. This training is designed to be the first step for parents in becoming collaborative leaders. Parent Institute connects new parents with resources and guidance in navigating special education in Virginia. Participants will be introduced to the special education process, discover new resources, and have opportunities to network.

It’s Time to Get Squared Away: July 29, 2023 | 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
Attention Active-Duty Service Members and their families…it’s time to get SQUARED AWAY! Join PEATC, in collaboration with the Virginia Department of Education, for this interactive, full-day training to explore ways to navigate the special education process and Virginia’s services for your Exceptional Family Member. This FREE training empowers participants to effectively advocate for their children while learning ways to collaborate with the school and community where they live. PEATC will provide information, tools, and resources while encouraging networking with other military families. Topics range from early childhood to the transition to adulthood.

2023 Family Engagement Summit
August 5, 2023 | 8:00 am – 3:30 pm

PEATC, in collaboration with the Virginia Department of Education, is pleased to announce the 2023 Family Engagement Summit. “It Takes A Village: Approaches to Supporting the Whole Child.” The Family Engagement Summit is a one-day event focused on enhancing the engagement of families and caregivers of children receiving special education services. The Summit will bring together speakers who will share best practices and innovative approaches that support the overall growth and development of children, including those with disabilities.By increasing family and community engagement, we can create supportive environments that enhance student outcomes and build stronger homes, schools, and communities. Attendees will leave this year’s Family Engagement Summit with practical tools and strategies that can be immediately implemented to improve outcomes for ALL students

Grupo de Chat para Padres: Únete a nuestro nuevo GRUPO DE CHAT mediante la aplicación de WhatsApp y podrás mantenerte al tanto de todo lo que PEATC Latino está haciendo.Entra al GRUPO: https://bit.ly/2VoU2vw

Serie De Educación Especial En Español
PEATC presenta esta serie de talleres virtuales para padres y profesionales que desean aprender más sobre la educación especial en Virginia. Regístrese una vez para asistir a algunos o todos los talleres informativos. Aquellos que asistan a todas o más de tres talleres, podrán participar de una rifa y ganar una tarjeta de regalo de $50.

Cada taller comenzará a las 7:00 pm y tendrá una duración aproximada de 1 a 1.5 horas. Estas sesiones no serán grabadas.