Special Education – Parent Information

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:


2019 Special Education Conference

FCPS will hold its 14th Annual Special Education Conference on Saturday, April 6, 2019. This year’s conference focuses on building inclusive and post-secondary practices to support the development of 21st Century skills and Portrait of a Graduate (POG) attributes. Highlights include:

  • New: Self-Determination Student Strand for FCPS youth with disabilities, ages 14 -22. This 4-hour session led by I’m Determined Youth Leaders includes interactive activities and networking with other participants.
  • Concessions will be available for cash purchase throughout the day
  • FCPS educators who attend the entire conference can earn five recertification points
  • This year’s conference focuses on building inclusive and post-secondary practices to support the development of 21st Century skills and Portrait of a Graduate (POG) attributes
  • Visit the conference website for details, a list of workshops and exhibitor information.

View the Conference Flyer

Saturday, April 6, 2019, 7:45 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

This event will be held at Lake Braddock Secondary School, 9200 Burke Lake Road, Burke, VA 22015

Register for the 2019 Special Education Conference

Register for the Self-Determination Student Strand for FCPS Youth


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  info@formedfamiliesforward.org


Weekly Live Chats with The Arc of NOVA on Facebook
Every Wednesday, noon-2 pm
Chat live on Facebook with an expert Arc staff member who can answer your questions and help you find resources.
Visit:  https://www.facebook.com/TheArcofNoVA and click the “Send Message” box right under our profile picture.  We’ll reply and help you get what you need.



Support Groups for Parents

Alpha Moms  This support group for adoptive parents meets monthly in McLean.  Contact:  robin4brady@gmail.com


Autism Dads meets one evening monthly in Falls Church.  Contact:  George Buzby at 571-419-1257 or gbuzby@aol.com


CHADD: Children & Adults with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder
Alexandria CHADD Parent Support Group  4th Mon. of each month at 6:30 pm.  Contact:  Jenny  ADHDParentMountVernon@gmail.com  or call 703-472-4678.West Fairfax CHADD Parent Support Group   1st & 3rd Thu. of each month at 7:30 pm Contact:  Sharon  clintob@aol.com  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:  Samar.Chwairy@fairfaxcounty.gov or call 703-799-2882.


D.A.D.S.  Dads Appreciating Down Syndrome 3rd Thur. each month, 7-9 pm in Alexandria.  Contact:  George gbuzby@aol.com 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 mczero@yahoo.com


OCD Family Support Group   1st Mon. of each month, 7:30 pm.  Contact:  familygroupocd@verizon.net   or  call 202-215-5859.


POAC: Parents of Autistic Children of Northern Virginia.  Bimonthly Support Group  Contact:  Nicole Zupan at nicizupan@gmail.com


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:  mark.bramer@gmail.com


Parents of Autistic Children (POAC) meeting times and location posted at: https://poac-nova.org/events/
The Parent Resource Center now has it’s own YouTube channel! Subscribe NOW.

We will be sharing many of our workshops throughout the school year on our channel. Our first video is from Thinking Outside the Box: Creative Postsecondary Employment Ideas for Students with Disabilities, a workshop presented by FCPS Career and Transition Services,The Arc of Northern Virginia, and the Fairfax-Falls Church Community Services Board. Watch Thinking Outside the Box now.

Watch for many other workshops that will be added to our playlist. Subscribe to our channel NOW.


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.