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Maryland Event Calendars

Down Syndrome Connection

Calendar: Down Syndrome Education: Special Education Events Calendar
c/o Arc of the Central Chesapeake Region
931 Spa Road
Annapolis, MD 21401
888-279-2279
Site: www.downsyndromeconnection.com

Baltimore Autism Society

Calendar: Baltimore Autism Society -Chesapeake Chapter Calendar
Site: www.baltimoreautismsociety.org

Anne Arundel County (MD) Special Olympics

Calendar: Anne Arundel County (MD) Special Olympics Calendar
Site: http://soaamd.org
Anne Arundel County Special Olympics offers year-round sports training in most of the sports available to Special Olympics
Maryland programs.

Pathfinders for Autism

Calendar: Pathfinders for Autism Calendar
Site: www.pathfindersforautism.org
Pathfinders for Autism tries to make available information for all autism-related statewide events. Not all events listed on the calendar are connected to Pathfinders for Autism. Pathfinders is not responsible for the content presented at other organizations’ events, or in the instance an organization changes an event’s time or location.

The Arc of Prince George’s County Maryland

Calendar: The Arc of Prince George’s County Maryland Calendar
Site: www.thearcofpgc.org

Abilities Network

Calendar: Abilities Network Upcoming Events
Site: www.abilitiesnetwork.org
Abilities Network is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that assists people with disabilities to achieve their personal goals and reach their maximum potential. Services are customized to offer individuals and families choices. We provide extensive training opportunities for families, child care providers, teachers, and community members with the goal of fostering inclusion. The children, adults and families we serve are affected by a variety of at-risk factors, including a diagnosed disability, lack of environmental supports, low-socioeconomic levels, and limited knowledge about resources and/or the capacity to access them.

Virginia Event Calendars

Alexandria City Public Schools
Special Education Parent Resource
Center

Site: http://www.acps.k12.va.us/curriculum/special-education/prc/

Calendar: Coming Soon

T.C. Williams High School – Minnie Howard Campus
3801 West Braddock Road, Room 134
Alexandria, VA 22302

Contact Mónica Sanjur at monica.sanjur@acps.k12..va.us, or
call the PRC at 703-824-6750


ACPS Special Education Advisory Committee

Site: http://www.acps.k12.va.us/board/advisory/sped.php

meeting at the Minnie Howard Media Room, 3801 W. Braddock Rd., Alexandria, VA September-June, usually the 1st Tues. of the month from 7-9 p.m. Call 703-706-4552 to confirm.

Art at the Arts Center,
2804 Sherwood Hall Lane, Alexandria, VA
703-201-1250,

Site:  http://www.artatthecenter.org

Calendar:  http://www.artatthecenter.org/classes.htm

Email: info@artatthecenter.org

Art at the Center is an art studio designed specifically for children and their families. We emphasize the use of natural and recycled materials as well as traditional art media. The studio is a learning laboratory where experimentation is encouraged and students can practice thinking skills and problem solving as they engage in projects. The arts are seen as languages for children to express their ideas, working both individually and collaboratively in a group setting. The studio environment is designed to provoke curiosity and wonder and to
encourage active engagement with the materials and with each other. Peer feedback and building relationships is a key part of the creative and learning process.

Arlington County Special Education Advisory Committee, (ASEAC)

Site and Calendar : http://www.apsva.us/cms/lib2/VA01000586/Centricity/Domain/153/ASEAC%20Presentation.pdf

Arlington Public School’s Arlington Special Education Advisory Committee invites interested citizens to participate in its monthly meeting.  It’s usually the last Tuesday of the month at the Education Center, 1426 N Quincy St.,  Room 101/102Arlington, VA 22207. Click on calendar link to confirm.
From 6:00 PM -7:00 PM join an informal parent brown bag dinner.  7:00 PM -9:00 PM ASEAC meetings.
Arlington Special Education, PTA  
What is SEPTA?
* SEPTA is a PTA within a school district. SEPTA brings together people who are interested in special education and children with special needs.
* SEPTA supports, strengthens and promotes the welfare of children with special needs.
* SEPTA promotes an understanding of special education and strives to enrich the lives of children with special needs.
                                                       
Arlington County Special Education Parent Resource Center 
Syphax Center at Sequoia Plaza, 2110 Washington Boulevard, Suite 158, Arlington, VA  22204.  Phone 703.228.7239
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.
Arlington Advisory Council on Instruction
Syphax Center at Sequoia Plaza, 2110 Washington Boulevard, Arlington, VA  22204.

What Does ACI Do?

The Advisory Council on Instruction (ACI) is made up of representatives from each school and certain community organizations to assist in reviewing the system-wide curriculum and instructional program and in developing recommendations for improvement.  ACI is made up of 40 to 50 individuals appointed by the School Board who are familiar with or interested in instructional issues.  Fourteen curriculum-based / focused advisory committees report to the council annually. Over the years, ACI has spearheaded some important changes in the Arlington Public Schools curriculum.
Arlington Community Services Board (ACCSB)
1725 N. George Mason Drive
Arlington, VA 22207
Phone: (703) 228-4871
Email: dhscsb (at) arlingtonva.us

The Arlington County Community Services Board (ACCSB) consists of members of the community appointed to oversee services provided through divisions within the Department of Human Services to persons challenged by mental health, intellectual disabilities, and substance abuse issues.

The ACCSB provides the principal forum for residents and consumers of services to review, comment on, and influence the direction of those services. The ACCSB acts as an advocate, educator, community organizer, and community planner for services. Visit the rest of the ACCSB site for more information.

Arlington Department of Parks and Recreation-Therapeutic Recreation

Site: http://www.arlingtonva.us/departments/parksrecreation/scripts/assistance/page79701.aspx

Calendar: http://www.arlingtonva.us/departments/parksrecreation/scripts/assistance/page80197.aspx

Arlington County provides specialized services for individuals with disabilities of all ages as they can be at an an increased risk of physical, social or intellectual barriers. Specialized services include social clubs, family-centered programming, camps, adapted classes, and leisure education. We strive to have something for everyone!

Everyone is welcome to participate in the County’s general recreation programs. We provide inclusion support for individuals with disabilities in workshops, camps and classes to ensure reasonable accommodations are made in all DPR and contracted programs. Reasonable accommodations include individualized accommodation plans, staff training, adapted equipment and techniques, additional staff, sign language interpreters, assisted listening devices, large print or Braille documents.

Arlington Fun Night

Site: http://www.arlingtonva.us/departments/parksrecreation/scripts/assistance/page79701.aspx

Contact: Shaeron King, sking@arlingtonva.us or 703-228-4731

Arlington Family Fun Night is a drop-in program for individuals ages 3-21 who are on the Autism Spectrum and their families. It happens monthly on the 3rd Friday of during the school year.  Through activities such as games and arts and crafts, (gross motor, art, games, sensory, quiet room) staff and volunteers encourage the families to play together. Volunteers will assist with implementing activity stations and engaging participants in the activities.

DARTT, Doing Art Together

DARTT is an art program created for children with special needs. During each session of the program, Arlington County teens will help kids with special needs in the Arlington community create art that they are proud of in a safe and accepting environment. We also hope to create an environment where parents of children with special needs can connect and network.

DARTT is offered free of charge. A grant has been provided from The Arlington Youth Philanthropy Initiative in association with the Arlington Community Foundation and Youth Venture.

We hope to see you on a Saturday. In order to have enough supplies and to be well prepared for our artists, please email us at DARTT.Arlington@gmail.com if you plan to join us. Please provide your child’s name and age.

Contact DARTT to confirm class date, time and location.

Fairfax County Advisory Committee for Students with Disabilities

Site:  http://www.fcps.edu/dss/ACSD/
Calendar: http://www.fcps.edu/dss/ACSD/meetings.shtml

The Fairfax County Advisory Committee for Students with Disabilities (ACSD) advises the Fairfax County School Board about special education issues and ways in which they can make special education services as effective as possible. The ACSD is the Local Advisory Committee (LAC) that the state of Virginia requires for each school division. The committee is a collaborative effort among school division personnel, parents, and other community representatives.

Fairfax County Public School Parent Resource Center

Site: http://www.fcps.edu/cco/prc/

Gatehouse Administrative Center, Room 1600,
8115 Gatehouse Road, Falls Church, Virginia, 22042

The Parent Resource Center of the Fairfax County Public Schools promotes parent awareness of the services provided by the Fairfax County Public Schools for children with learning challenges, special needs, and disabilities and their families. The Center encourages parent participation in the educational decision-making process and provides seminars, training programs, and information to foster the parent/professional partnership. The Center also serves as a resource for educators through our Educator Connection and the community through our Community Link.

Falls Church Public School Parent Resource Center

Site: http://www.fcps.edu/cco/prc/

Contact: prc@fcps.edu or 703-204-3941

Gatehouse Administrative Center, Room 1600,
8115 Gatehouse Road, Falls Church, Virginia, 22042

Parent Encouragement Program, (PEP)

Site:  www.parentencouragement.org/pubs/pepsched.pdf,

Contact: 703-242-8824

The Parent Encouragement Program (PEP), Inc. is a non-profit eduducational organization for parents, teachers and others who want to deal constructively with children and teens. PEP is dedicated to the building and strengthening of healthy, harmonious adult-child relationships in the home or classroom.

Parent Educational Advocacy Training Center (PEATC)

Site: http://www.peatc.org/eventmanager/?cat_id_2=on

Contact: 703-923-0010

Fairfax Autism Network

Contact: Teresa Champion, 703-440-8843 or  teechamp@earthlink.net

Meets usually the 4th Friday of the month, from  10 am- Noon at St. Raymond’s Catholic Church, 8750 Pohick Road, Springfield, VA 22153

Please join us!

CHADD of Northern Virginia

NoVa CHADD Meetings:

Site: http://www.novachadd.org

Calendar: http://www.meetup.com/novachadd/

CHADD is a nonprofit organization that provides information and support to parents of children with attention deficit disorders, adults with attention deficit disorders, and others dealing with people affected by attention deficit disorders.  There’s no charge or fee to attend our meetings.

POAC-NoVA Information and  Support Group Meeting.  Parents Of Autistic Children of Northern Virginia (POAC-NoVA)

Site: http://www.poac-nova.org

Contact: President@POAC-NoVA.org

All our meetings are FREE and open to the public.

F.A.N.tastic Fridays

Contact KatelynMurdock at 703-324-5517, katelyn.murdock@fairfaxcounty.gov

F.A.N.tastic Fridays are a free drop-in program for families who have a son or daughter (between the ages of 3-22) on the autism spectrum. A variety of planned leisure activities for families toenjoy together. Games, arts & crafts,sports, and a special program each month.A great opportunity for families to socialize, network, and learn about theresources available throughout NorthernVirginia. Cost: Free! No registration required. They are from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at various locations around the County.

The Autism Society of Northern Virginia, (ASNV)

Site:  http://www.asnv.org

Calendar:  http://new.thearcofnova.org/programs/info-referral/calendar/

Contact:  director@asnv.org

ASNV, 98 N. Washington St., Falls Church, VA 22046, 703-495-8444,

Mission

The Autism Society of Northern Virginia (ASNV) is dedicated to serving as an advocate for citizens of all ages with autism; providing support for their families and caregivers; ensuring access to education, vocational training, housing, transportation, recreation and other lifespan needs; aiding in the collection and dissemination of information about autism to parents, professionals, policymakers, community leaders, employers and the general public; and fostering and reinforcing awareness and respect for the rights of autistic adults, parents and siblings as the primary case managers in the lives of people with autism.

Organization

ASNV is one of more than 100 chapters of the Autism Society, which has been a leading source for trusted and reliable information about autism since 1965.  Our chapter is directed by a volunteer executive committee and board made up of parents, self-advocates, educators, therapists, business owners and active duty military.  Committees include Advocacy, Development, Lifespan and Operations.  We hold monthly board meetings on the third Thursday of every month that are open to the public, and we are always looking for new board members and volunteers.

ASNV shares office space in Falls Church with The Arc of Northern Virginia, and maintains close working relationships with other area disability groups such as Autism Speaks, Best Buddies, Down Syndrome Association of Northern Virginia, Parents of Autistic Children – Northern Virginia and Organization for Autism Research.  Our territory includes the counties of Arlington,  Clarke, Fairfax,  Fauquier,  Loudoun,  Prince William,  Spotsylvania,  Stafford and Warren, and the cities of Alexandria,  Fairfax,  Falls Church,  Fredericksburg, Manassas and Manassas Park (the shaded region in the map below).  Our goal is eventually to have designated community leaders in each county and city in the Northern Virginia area to organize support groups and handle inquiries from autistic adults and families who have newly diagnosed children or have just relocated to the area.

Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia

Site: http://www.jccnv.org

Special Needs Specific Programs: http://www.jccnv.org/specialneeds/special-needs/

Contacts:  Special Needs Director
Jessica Tischler
703.537.3031
JessicaT@jccnv.org

Resource Specialist
Melissa Hochberg
703.537.3040
MelissaH@jccnv.org

Special Needs

The Center’s program is committed to helping the community through activities designed to develop physical and social skills for individuals with special needs. The program features small participant-staff ratios and offerings such as adaptive aquatics, social groups, family events and recreational social skills classes.

As evidence of our programming excellence, demand for our classes, social groups and events has grown substantially since 2006 when the JCCNV first introduced its Special Needs program. As a result of the increased demand and support by the community, we are excited to announce that we will be adding additional staff to the department in the new year which will help us to grow the program based on the community’s needs.

One of our flagship programs continues to be our summer social skills camp which offers morning therapy and afternoon inclusion programs. This summer, camp has been renamed “Kadima,” which means “forward” or “Let’s go!,” and will be run solely by the JCCNV as we bring the staffing resources in-house. Although we are no longer partnering on camp with JSSA, we will continue to partner with JSSA on other projects throughout the year.

Welcome to all faiths.

Starfish Savers Upcoming Events

Site: http://www.starfishsavers.com,

Contact: http://info@starfishsavers.com, 703.631.9557

“I believe that ALL people were created to be of worth. I have been blessed with an enormous amount of patience and insight in large part due to my own personal trials, struggles, and experiences.  I am constantly developing a team of people who share these same views. My team and I are uniquely qualified to serve people who others consider insignificant. I also believe that people with “Complex Needs” have a lot to teach the world about resilience, patience, and courage.”

Larrie Ellen Randall – Founder and Executive Director

We define “Complex Needs” as the combination of behavioral, intellectual, communication, and social needs that are barriers to success in any area of life. Most people with a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorders, ADHD, developmental disabilities, and other combinations of disorders, face multiple challenges which create even greater barriers to success.

At Starfish Savers we offer an array of services for people with complex needs ages 5 and up. We can help improve a family member’s socially appropriate behaviors, personal interactions, and skills sets required for successful participation in the community.  We have found that government sponsored programs run on thin budgets, have long waiting lists, and minimum experience serving people complex needs, who often require longer term support.  We offer coaching and training through a variety of methods and programs to help people with complex needs avoid becoming marginalized, invisible, and placed outside of the community.

Starfish Savers is the only service provider that offers advocacy, individual and group social skills training, and transition and employment services in community based settings to meet the needs of people with complex disabilities over their lifetime. We believe that failure is not an option! We apply our knowledge, passion, and commitment, as well as over 35 years of experience, to successfully serve people with complex needs.

Eddie’s Club

Site: http://www.eddiesclub.org

Contact: Eddie: Egarret166@aol.com, (703) 425-9303

Eddie’s Club, Inc. is a non-profit organization geared towards giving youngsters, boys and girls ages 4 – 21 that have any form of disability, an opportunity to participate in a supervised, volunteered-based, activity and recreational program.

Parenting Playgroups-Where Parents Learn and Children Play

Site: http://www.parentingplaygroups.com

Contact: Dr. Rene Hackney, DrRene@parentingplaygroups.com

246 A West Broad St., Falls Church, VA 22046

Our name – Parenting Playgroups – Where Parents Learn and Children Play – reflects our passion and our expertise! We are dedicated to helping parents raise happy, successful children from birth through 10 years of age, and to help make their families stronger.

Founded and created by Dr. Rene Hackney, a leading parenting and child development specialist, Parenting Playgroups offers interactive learning Parent Workshops, Children’s Programs, Social Skills Groups, Group Workshops and Coaching/Consultation.

Located in Falls Church, Virginia, we provide a learning environment that is fun, interactive, safe and nurturing to both parents and children alike. We invite you to learn more about our Workshops and Programs.

Loudoun County Special Education Advisory Committee, (SEAC)

Site: http://www.lcps.org/Page/1513

Calendar: http://www.lcps.org/Page/68241

The Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC) is composed of parents, educators, administrators, business representatives, and other interested community groups concerned with the education of students with disabilities.

The purposes of the committee are as follows:

* Advise the local school system of the needs in the education of children with disabilities.

* Assist the local school system in the development of long-range plans which will provide needed services for children with disabilities.

* Submit periodic reports and recommendations regarding the education of children with disabilities to the local school board.

* Review annually the school system’s updated special education plan and application for federal funding.

SEAC has focused on Research-Based Initiatives and Instructional Offerings for Students with Special Needs; Staff Development Opportunities for All Staff; Reading Approaches and Alternatives for Students with Special Needs.

The SEAC continues to focus on the education for students who are Gifted and Talented as well as Special Education and on the impact of the No Child Left Behind regulations on providing services to students with disabilities.

All meetings are open to the public and held at the LCPS Administration Building (Ashburn, VA) from 7 to 9pm. Sept.-May

Loudoun County Parent Resource Center,

Site: http://www.lcps.org/prc

20 Union Street, NW, Leesburg, VA 20176

Office: 571-252-2185

Now in its 24th year, the Loudoun County Parent Resource Center (PRC) is a place where parents and professionals can come to learn about a variety of disabling conditions, the special education process, and resources available to special needs students and their families or families whose children are experiencing difficulties in school, home or the community.

The Arc of Prince William County

Site: www.arcgpw.org

Calendar: http://www.arcgpw.org/portal/scheduled-events2

13505 Hillendale Drive

Woodbridge, VA 22193

Office: 703-670-4800,

Fax: 703-670-8648

The Arc of Greater Prince William/INSIGHT, Inc., a 501 (c) (3) organization, is committed to providing opportunities for persons with developmental disabilities to achieve their greatest potential for growth and independence.

No person will on the grounds of race, color, gender, creed, national origin, disability, or age be excluded from participation in, be denied benefits of, or otherwise be subjected to discrimination in the employment of or provision of any care or services.

Spotsylvania County Special Education

Parent Resource Center

Site: http://www.spotsyschools.us/prc/StudentSupportServices/SpecialEducationAdvisoryCommitteeSEAC/tabid/7132/Default.aspx

Calendar: http://www.spotsylvania.k12.va.us/Calendar/tabid/3994/Default.aspx

Location: John J. Wright Educational & Cultural Center

7565 Courthouse Road, Spotsylvania, VA 22551

Hours: Sept. – June, Mon. – Thur. 8:00 a.m.- 3:30 p.m.

Friday 8 a.m. – 12 Noon

Additional hours by appointment

Phone: 540-582-7583 option 6

Fax: 540-582-8828

Washington DC Event Calendars

DC Autism Parents

Site: http://dcautismparents.org

Calendar:http://dcautismparents.orgupcoming_events                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Contact:info@dcautismparents.org
The Mission of DC Autism Parents is to improve the lives of all affected by autism in the Washington, DC Metropolitan area through advocacy, education, support, services, and research in order to promote community inclusion and awareness.