Alexandria Mom's Calendar of Events

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Parent Resource Center News and Events


The Family Resource Center Thursday morning support group
10:00 am-Noon, Minnie Howard, Room 134, 3801 W. Braddock Rd, Alexandria
Please join us for coffee, bagels, and sharing.

May 31: Harry Burke Awards 2012 Presentation
4:00-5:00pm, Minnie Howard Cafeteria, 3801 W. Braddock Rd., Alexandria
The Harry Burke awards recognize teachers, instructors or other employees of the Alexandria City Public Schools who demonstrate outstanding ability, excellence in performance of duties and a deep commitment to the education of students with disabilities.
May 31: Transitional Workshop #1: Employment Opportunities
4:00 pm, Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia  (JCCNV), 8900 Little River Turnpike, Fairfax
These no-cost workshops are for individuals, families, case managers, and community members who want to learn about the various transitions issues facing people with disabilities. Presented by the Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia and The Washington Group Special Care Planning Team. For more information: 

May 31-June 1: National Leadership Autism Conference "Autism Through the Lifespan For Families, Educators & Professionals"
This event will cover intervention techniques, new methods for early identification, school age services, transitions to adulthood, adult services an supports. To register for this webcast of the conference in Washington, DC:
June1-2: Dare to Play Football Camp and Cheerleading Camp for Individuals with Down Syndrome
Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, 550 Taylor Avenue, Annapolis, MD 21401
The Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis, Maryland will host the Ed McCaffrey Dare to Play Football Camp and Cheer Camp for the Global Down Syndrome Foundation on June 1 and 2. Both the football and cheer camps are open to males and females with Down syndrome ages 8 and up. This will be the first Dare to Play camp in the Washington, D.C. area. For more information:
June 2: Special Education & Your Child’s Individualized Education Program (IEP)
10:00am-12:00pm, Arc of Loudoun, 601 Catoctin Circle NE, Leesburg
This is your opportunity to: prioritize questions surrounding your child’s education and IEP, and get answers, meet others with similar issues, and become a more powerful advocate for your child. Featuring Tia Marsili, Director of Trust at the Arc of Northern Virginia, Professional Educational Consultant, and Parent of two children of special needs. This event is free and open to the public. Please RSVP to Heather Trammell at 703.621.7129 or

June 2: Picnic and Fishing Derby for Children and Adults with Disabilities
10:00am-2:00pm, 10470 Mount Olive Road, Centreville
Arlington Fairfax Chapter of the Izaak Walton League of America is hosting this free event on Saturday. LUNCH will be served at 12:30 (hamburgers, hot dogs, potatoes salad, coleslaw, chips, sodas and several desserts). For more information contact Pamela Meara at 703 362-7293 or to register, and please include the number to attend. Come on out and enjoy a day of fishing and outdoor fun

June 6: GPS+ (Generating Person-Centered Solutions and Supports)
7:00-9:00pm, Arc/ ASNV/ DSANV Hospitality Center at 98 N. Washington Street, Falls Church
If you're a parent with a new diagnosis on the autism spectrum, or new to the Northern Virginia or experiencing a transition into school, middle school, high school or adult life, this event is well worth your time. It can be overwhelming when your child is diagnosed with a disability. This presentation is for families affected by any special need and is intended for adults only as our space is limited and our numbers are growing. Feel free to spread the word. Please RSVP to the Arc at 703-532-3214, extension 101

June 7: Future Planning and Trusts Workshop for Students with Disabilities
7:00-9:00pm, Minnie Howard Media Center, 3801 W. Braddock Rd., Alexandria
A Special Education Parent Engagement Series workshop that will introduce families to the concept of special needs trusts and discuss why such planning is necessary. specifics will include what a special needs turst is (and what it is not,) how to choose a trustee, funding a trust and resources to appropriately develop special needs trusts. Presented by Tia Marsili, Director of Trusts, The Arc of Northern Virginia. Please contact Monica Sanjur ( or Johnathan Harris (, 703-824-0129

June 12: Sexuality: Education for Parents of Children with Disabilities
6:30-8:00pm, Minnie Howard Media Center, 3801 W. Braddock Rd., Alexandria
Young people with disabilities are no different from other kids in their need to understand their bodies and relationships. Parents will learn how they can help their child with disabilities understand how their bodies work and the purpose of relationships. Please join us for a healthy dialogue on this important topic. Presented by Emily Steinau, Information Specialist, Parent Educational Advocacy Training Center (PEATC). Please contact Monica Sanjur ( or Johnathan Harris (, 703-824-0129

The Virginia Ability Alliance maintains a calendar of local events. For more information:
Alexandria City Therapeutic Recreation Summer Camps 2012
Therapuetic Rec offers 3 camp options for the summer: Pre-School Camp (3-5 years old), Camp  Kaleidoscope (6-14 years old0, and Camp Teen Scene (15-21 Years old)  Spaces are limited and participants are enrolled on a first come first served basis.  Please contact the Theraputic Rec office at 703.746.5422.

Call for Entries: Sustaining/Creating - A national juried exhibition of emerging artists, ages 16-25, with disabilities.
This exhibition is presented by the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts’ VSA & Accessibility Office and Volkswagen Group of America, Inc.
Deadline: July 8, 2012. For more information:

Wegman's Offers Gluten-Free Cooking Class
Chef Ernesto of the Woodbridge Wegman's had scheduled a gluten free cooking class June 6th, but it ispostponed since only one or two people signed up for the class.  Please call and/or go over there to place your name/number on the list so they will be able to schedule a class in the near future and hopefully have many other ones. For more information: 703-763-5500, x269

Assistive Technology Resource: The Eric Fund
The Eric Fund has a mission to help children and adults with disabilities lead more independent lives. It is now accepting applications for grants to purchase assistive technology for individuals up to age 65. It serves the Greater DC area, which includes City of Alexandria, Arlington County, Fairfax County, Prince William County, Stafford County, Loudoun County, and Fauquier County. The average grant is $700 to $3,000. For more information, visit http://www.ericfund .org/Eric_ Fund/Apply_ For_A_Grant. html

Virginia Commonwealth University's Autism Center of Excellence announces Online Course for Paraprofessionals:
This course is designed to provide paraprofessionals with skills and knowledge needed to support students with an ASD in the school setting. The course will provide an overview of the potential roles and responsibilities the paraprofessional may be asked to deliver. Participants will learn how to carry out their responsibilities while maintaining respect for the students and exhibiting sensitivity to beliefs, values, and cultures. For more information or to register:  

SAVE THE DATE: Free Suessical Presentation June 14
7:00pm, Church of the Good Shepherd, 9350 Braddock Road, Burke
Sensory friendly presentation with special consideration being made to accommodate people with Special Needs: some lights will be left on, guests are not expected to remain seated or quiet during the show, mats and pillows will be provided for seating options. Please let us know if any special requirements (aisle access for wheel chairs, etc.), are needed. Come as you are--Leave as you need!, subject: Special Needs Show
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SAVE THE DATE: TOPSoccer Festival June 23
The Virginia Youth soccer Association's 2nd Annual Spotsylvannia TOPSoccer Festival will take place Saturday, June 23 from 9:00am-12:00pm at Ron Rosner Family YMCA. Open to ALL TOPSoccer players and buddies. Free, but must pre-register. For more information: 252-586-5341 or
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Article: ADHD Goes to Schoolby  Mark Bertin, M.D., Board-Certified Developmental Behavior Pediatrician
When a child has a language delay, people tend to accept this fact at face value: Joseph is 6 but speaks like a 3-year-old. While understandably upsetting to many parents, no one expects Joseph to speak differently before he is able. There's a scramble to start services and a patient approach while allowing language to develop. The same attitude does not hold for attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). ADHD is a developmental delay in a broad skill set called executive function. A huge body of research defines it as a medical disorder; neither parents nor children benefit when people suggest otherwise. To read more: 

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