Please join us!

SEAC – Special Education Advisory Committee – 
on Monday, January 29, 2018 – 4:30 pm –  ​(PTRC) ​ParentTeacher Resource Center – 16261 Richmond Turnpike, Bowling Green, VA.  22427

Additional agenda items:
Myers Respite presentation
Individual School reports

Staff and the public is welcome and encouraged to attend.

For more info CLICK HERE or contact Wendy Sneed, Chair –   804-633-5071 ext 114
or Susan Gayle at the PRC at  804-633-7083 or

E-News from the PTRC-1-12-2018

News from the Caroline County Public Schools
Parent Teacher Resource Center 

Upcoming Activities:

    • Housing Options – Thursday, January 18, 2018 – 6:30 pm @ disAbility Resource Center – 409 Progress St, Fredericksburg, VA 22401  540-373-2559    SPONSORED BY FACT – Fredericksburg Area Council on Transition.  Learn what options for housing are available in our region for people with disabilities.
    • SEAC – Special Education Advisory Committee – next meeting Monday, January 29, 2018 – 4:30 pm – Parent Teacher Resource Center – 16261 Richmond Turnpike, Bowling Green, VA. The public is welcome and encouraged to attend. For more info CLICK HERE   To be added to the agenda, contact Wendy Sneed, SEAC Chairperson –   804-633-5071 ext 114
      or Susan Gayle at the PTRC at   804-633-7083 or

Beginning January 2018, the Inclusion Project is pleased to announce it is offering up to 6 mini grants (max: $2,000) to support schools interested in planning an Inclusion Project event.

    • The Youth Leadership Academy is now accepting applications for the 2018 session –
      The Youth Leadership Academy is an exciting opportunity for rising high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors. These ‘delegates’ will learn directly from peer mentors and successful adult role models while they work on their own personal leadership plans, improve their communications skills, visit the state capitol, and have a chance to speak directly to state legislators and policymakers, and much more!
    • Angry Kids: Dealing With Explosive Behavior – How to respond when a child lashes out
      Sometimes parents see this kind of explosive behavior as manipulative. But kids who lash out are usually unable to handle frustration or anger in a more effective way. This informative article was posted on Child  EN ESPAÑOL
    • The Positive Vibe Café provides hands-on training in food services to individuals with developmental disabilities.
      The upcoming session will be Monday-Friday January 8-February 2, 2018 from 2:30-4:30, with three in-house internships to be scheduled upon acceptance into the program. Click here for more info:
    • Get Ready for College: A Resource for Teens with Disabilities
      This is a free series of online lessons, each focusing on a different aspect in the college preparation, selection, and disability services process. Topics include the differences between high school and college, postsecondary education and training, selecting a college best fit, getting accommodations in college, and what you can do now in high school to prepare for college.
    • Paid internship opportunities through The Next Move Program
      Next Move Program will expand its partnership with Wells Fargo Corporate and will offer a 12-week internship session to young adults with disabilities at the Wells Fargo Advisor’s location in Glen Allen, March 12-June 1, 2018. The application and functional skills assessment are both due to our staff by January 12, 2018.
    • Tips for Traveling With Challenging Children – How to minimize stress and maximize fun for everyone
      Traveling with children who are anxious, wary of change, or otherwise challenging can be daunting, precisely because it does what we expect vacations to do—take us away from the routine of home and expose us to new sights and sounds. This article by Beth Arky posted on Child had some practical tips to help things go smoothly.

Sensory Processing:

  • Excellent resource for parents AND students
    LD OnLine is a great website on learning disabilities, learning disorders and differences. Topics covered include: ADHD, dyslexia, dysgraphia, dyscalculia, dysnomia, reading difficulties, speech and related disorders.

Resources you need to know:

Caroline County Schools Transition Program  Check out the latest activities our students are participating in.

  • Paragon Autism Services’ Special Needs Lego and Train Club–Paragon Autism Services hosts a free, monthly, special needs Lego and Train Club for children with disabilities and their siblings.  We plan for inclusion with typically developing peers and offer multiple play options to include: standard Lego,  Duplo and Mega Blocks, as well as wooden trains and tracks and Geotrax.  Paragon Lego and Train Club is free, but registration is required and limited to 50 participants to ensure safety.  Event takes place the first Saturday of each month at.417 Chatham Square Office Park 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. This event is a great way for parents to play with their children, meet other parents of children with special needs, and obtain and exchange resources. For more information contact Register at:
    Paragon Autism Services’ Special Needs Night at KD’z Kidz World–Paragon Autism Services is proud to offer a free, monthly special needs night of fun at KD’z Kidz World for children with disabilities and their siblings at KD’z Kidz World.  The facility is closed to the public during our events.  Registration is limited to 50 participants to maintain safety and registration is required.  The event takes place the third Wednesday of each month from 5 to 7 p.m at KD’z Kidz World 220 Tyler Von Way, Fredericksburg ,VA 22405.  For more information contact  Register at:
  • Rappahannock Area Autism Council presents a Lunch and Learn on the fourth Thursday of each month from 12 to 1 p.m. at the Disability Resource Center located at 409 Progress Street, Fredericksburg, VA 22401.  This monthly event offers a unique opportunity for parents and caregivers of individuals diagnosed with Autism to obtain resources and ask questions of local service providers.  For more information contact
  • Autism Society-Central Virginia (AS-CV)
    Whether you’re new or have been involved in the ASD community for a while the AS-CV is the #1 resource for you and your family. They offer a wealth of information and resources, as well as, social, support and sibling opportunities. Becky Boswell, Bradford Hulcher, Tammy Burns and the rest of the team are committed, knowledgeable and passionate about helping you and your family. Be sure to check out their ‘meetings and events’ page.
  • Community Services Board (CSB)
    The Rappahannock Area Community Services Board (RACSB) provides prevention, treatment, employment and support services for Caroline citizens and families with mental health, substance use and intellectual disabilities. They work collaboratively with schools, law enforcement, and social services. They can also assist you with case management, counseling, crisis services, and general parenting education.
  • Department for the Blind and Vision Impaired (DBVI)
    The department offers a wide array of specialized services, supports, resources and programs for Virginia residents of all ages who are experiencing significant visual disabilities. The DBVI is committed to providing quality services to assist Virginia’s citizens who are blind, deafblind or vision impaired in achieving their maximum level of employment, education, and personal independence.
  • Department of Social Services (DSS)
    and the CSB work very closely together to serve you, your child and your family. They help to ensure that thousands of Virginia’s most vulnerable citizens have access to the best services and benefits available to them, such as: Financial Assistance, Medicaid Waivers, Health Financial Assistance, Family & Individual Services, Services for Children, and Services for Adults.
  • disAbility Resource Center – 409 Progress St, Fredericksburg, VA 22401  540-373-2559
    A Center for Independent Living working to enable people of all disabilities of all ages to reach their greatest potential of independent living.
  • Down Syndrome Association of Greater Richmond (DSAGR)
    DSAGR is a wonderful resource. They strive to improve the quality of life for individuals with Down syndrome and their families by providing access to current and accurate information on Down syndrome and by fostering programs that focus on education, community services, public awareness, medical issues, research, advocacy, legal issues and parenting.
  • Virginia Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services (DARS)
    DARS can assist you with many things. They collaborate with schools in providing Transition Services. They offer Employment Services help people with disabilities get ready for, find, and keep a job. We have a residential training and medical rehabilitation center known as Wilson Workforce and Rehabilitation Center, and they process disability claims for benefits under the Social Security Disability Insurance and Supplemental Security Income Disability Programs.

For more information on any topics addressed in this email, please contact the Parent Teacher Resource Center.