Transition University The course begins the evening of February 6, 2021 and will be open through March 26, 2021 at 6pm. REGISTER NOW! This is a FREE 5-week SELF-PACED online course that focuses on providing parent-friendly transition information. These online sessions are designed to help parents/guardians navigate the transition process for their school age child and prepare for the adult world. Presented by PEATC in collaboration with the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE)
Turning 18 in Virginia| January 14 at 6:30 PM. An 18-year-old is legally considered an adult in Virginia. Therefore, when a child turns 18, he/she is the person who makes legal, financial, medical, and educational decisions in his/her life. For some individuals with disabilities, this is not an issue. Others may need support. This workshop will share basic information about things that need to be considered as you or your loved one approaches age 18. Presented by PEATC, hosted by Chesapeake Public Schools.
Self Care & Social Emotional Wellbeing | January 21 at 6:30 PM. The COVID-19 pandemic and all of its uncertainty has added additional stressors and anxiety for many individuals. When you make “you” a priority, you are better equipped to handle stress, avoid burnout, and remain centered to help your family and students cope with the many changes the pandemic has thrown your way. This interactive workshop will shed light on the importance of self-care and social emotional wellbeing during these uncertain times.
Regulation of Restraint and Seclusion in Virginia’s Schools: What Parents Should Know | January 26 at 6:30 PM. Presented by the disAblity Law Center, this presentation will address when restraint and seclusion may, and when they may not be used by school personnel; documentation and reporting requirements; personnel training requirements; mandatory school policies and procedures; and other relevant regulatory provisions that parents should be aware of in the new restraint and seclusion regulations.
Anatomy of an IEP| January 27 at 7:00 PM. This presentation will dissect the IEP, examine the parts individually, learn the functions of each section, and how the parts come together to create a whole document. You will learn constructive and practical tips to help create an IEP that supports the student accessing a free and appropriate public education.
Early Childhood Academy 2021 Early Childhood Academy is a free self-paced online course designed to provide practical information to families of young children (birth through age 6) with disabilities or developmental delay. Topics include the importance of parents as 1st teachers, supporting early development, special education, and more! Presented by PEATC in collaboration with the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE)
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.
The Parent Educational Advocacy Training Center (PEATC) PEATC builds positive futures for Virginia’s children by working collaboratively with families, schools and communities in order to improve opportunities for excellence in education and success in school and community life. They offer FREE information, assistance, and support via email or phone, as well as, FREE workshops, presentations and training for both parents and educators. Call 1-800-869-6782.
Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services (DBHDS) This department manages Virginia’s public mental health, developmental disability and substance abuse services system. Services are provided for children, families, and adults with mental illness, intellectual or developmental disabilities or substance abuse disorders, as well as, for veterans. For more information call 804-786-3921 or visit