E-News from the Parent Teacher Resource Center – 1-15-2021

News from the Caroline County Public Schools –
  Parent Teacher Resource Center
January 15, 2021

PLEASE SHARE !  


Join the Family Partnership at this link:  https://meet.google.com/sav-abvr-duz

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)

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)

RECRUITING for the Caroline County Public Schools –
Special Education Advisory Committee!
    Click to Join Us
NEXT MEETING:  THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 11, 2021
6:30PM VIRTUAL
TOPIC: ABLE-now presentation

Be a voice for change!!  Meetings open to the public. 

Parent Teacher Resource Center-PTRC E-News 1-8-2021

News from the Caroline County Public Schools –
  Parent Teacher Resource Center
January 8, 2021

PLEASE SHARE !  
Welcome to 2021!  We continue to be available to assist families and staff with resources and information!

Hosted by the Region 3 Parent Resource Centers: 
Caroline, Spotsylvania and Stafford!

Eventbrite registration link –https://spotlightoncommunityagencies.eventbrite.com/

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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. 

  Family Engagement ;        
US Department of Education – Webinar-Learning in a Pandemic
Event Details: Thursday, January 14, 2021 from 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM EST (please note start time and time zone).You must RSVP to join the forum. Please use the following link to register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/learning-in-a-pandemic-resources-to-support-students-registration-134526681927Upon successful registration, you will receive an email containing a personalized access link.

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.

VCU-ACE – Upcoming events:
February 1 – 26, 2021: 4 Week ASD for Paraprofessionals Online Course
February 4, 2021: Lunch and Learn Returns
February 8 – March 15, 2021: 5 Week Evidence-based Practices to Teach Students with ASD Online Course for Virginia Educators

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)

RECRUITING for the Caroline County Public Schools –
Special Education Advisory Committee!
    Click to Join Us
Focus for the 2020-2021 school year:
Invite input and engagement from all stakeholders;
Support continuous improvement in policy and practice;
Work with the Director of Special Education to build capacity, communication, and community!
Be a voice for change!!  Meetings open to the public. 

Resources you need to know:
Caroline County Schools Special Education Department  Stay updated!
Caroline County Schools Transition Program  Check out the latest activities our students are participating in.

 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.

Paragon Autism Services  
For more information contact Joshua@paragonautismservices.com  

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 for Aging and Rehabilitative Services (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.

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 

Parent Teacher Resource Center-PTRC E-News 12-18-2020

News from the Caroline County Public Schools –
Parent Teacher Resource Center
December 18, 2020

PLEASE SHARE !   Have a wonderful winter break!

Contact the PTRC for more information on any items on this page: sgayle@ccps.us
804-633-7083-extension 1702

COMPLETE TODAY!  The deadline to complete the VA Dept of Education Indicator 8 Parent Survey is December 18, 2020. This survey is asking if your school system included you in the IEP process – did you feel heard? Were you encouraged to be an active partner in the planning of your child’s educational services by: teachers, administrators, staff, PRC, special ed leadership, etc. It is not asking if you are happy with his/her IEP, services, accommodations, etc. There are other State Indicators that measure that. Indicator 8 is looking at parent involvement. 
English Version of 2019-2020 Indicator 8 Parent Survey
Spanish Version of 2019-2020 Indicator 8 Parent Survey


Hosted by the Region 3 Parent Resource Centers: 
Caroline, Spotsylvania and Stafford!
 Spotlight on Community Agencies.pdf
Eventbrite registration link page: https://spotlightoncommunityagencies.eventbrite.com   

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)

VCU-ACE – Upcoming events:
February 1 – 26, 2021: 4 Week ASD for Paraprofessionals Online Course
February 4, 2021: Lunch and Learn Returns
February 8 – March 15, 2021: 5 Week Evidence-based Practices to Teach Students with ASD Online Course for Virginia Educators

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)

PBS is offering Circle Time at Home
Circle Time at Home brings young learners a familiar school routine—right into the home! The activities are aligned with Virginia’s PreK and Kindergarten learning standards. Plus, using the circle time routine helps children’s learning, memory and knowledge—so they can use their new skills in the real world!

Mental Health:

44 Children’s Books About Mental Health
Best books for helping kids understand emotional and learning challenges – Posted by The Child Mind Institute
From a hedgehog too anxious to go ice skating to a puppy who can’t make his letters come out right, children’s books address many emotional, behavioral and learning challenges kids face.

Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder Basics
In this guide you’ll learn the signs and symptoms of disruptive mood dysregulation disorder, how it’s diagnosed and how it’s treated.  Disruptive mood dysregulation disorder is a relatively new disorder that describes children who have frequent explosive outbursts, and are irritable in between.

Teachers:

9 Tips for Enhancing Connections During COVID-19
This post shares nine practical tips for strengthening authentic and supportive human connections. You’ll find concrete ways to engage students, create and spread more joy, and encourage supportive peer connections during the ongoing pandemic. This a great blog post from The Inclusion Lab at Brookes Publishing.



Resources you need to know:

Caroline County Schools Special Education Department  Stay updated!
Caroline County Schools Transition Program  Check out the latest activities our students are participating in. 

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.

Paragon Autism Services  
For more information contact Joshua@paragonautismservices.com  

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 for Aging and Rehabilitative Services (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.

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 

PTRC E-Newsletter 10-16-2020

News from the Caroline County Public Schools –  Parent Teacher Resource Center
October 16, 2020


  PLEASE SHARE WITH STAFF AND FAMILIES!  
The PTRC is here to assist all families to have a successful school year. Please call or email with your concerns and questions. If we don’t know something, we will find the answers.

Upcoming Activities with the Parent Teacher Resource Center:
Grandparent/Parent/Family/Guardian Partnership  virtually

Thursday, Oct 22, 2020– 2:00 pm To Sign up -Click here .
Or join on 10/22/20  at 2:00 p.m. with the link below:
Meeting ID  meet.google.com/nwp-ttcw-tft
Phone Numbers  (‪US‬)‪+1 845-293-2479‬   PIN: ‪109 265 146#‬
What is it?   Our goal is to provide support and assistance as we navigate virtual/online learning for our students, provide suggestions, resources and reinforcement. By building this relationship, we will also build confidence with this new way of learning. 
Please join with your questions and concerns.  We will brainstorm and/or research for more answers.  We look forward to seeing you! 
Questions?
  Contact Susan Gayle sgayle@ccps.us 804-633-7083

Click to register: Supporting Your Students With Special Needs During COVID-19

Thursday, Oct 29, 2020  1:00pm OR 7:00pm. Both sessions LIVE VIRTUALLY with Hank Millward, VDOE 

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Mark your calendar! More information to come.

Regional Transition Guide  Tuesday, Nov 17, 2020 – 1:00 pm

Full Life Ahead – Thursday, Dec 3, 2020 – 6:30 pm



All Parents: 

  • Transition University, a free parent-friendly five-week, self-paced online transition course. It is never too early to start learning about students with disabilities transitioning to adulthood and it is never too early to begin taking steps to prepare for the future. This is just one of many fantastic offerings from PEATC.
    • What is PEATC and why should I connect with them?
      The Parent Educational Advocacy Training Center (PEATC) builds positive futures by empowering families and individuals with disabilities through education and training. They offer FREE information, assistance, and support via email or phone, free workshops, presentations and trainings for both parents and educators.
  • Teachers Guide to Anxiety in the Classroom
    In this guide, the experts at Child Mind Institute outline the types of anxiety that are common in children, and the symptoms of anxiety you might see in your classroom. Parents – some of you have moved into the role of teacher at home so, this might be very helpful to you, as well.
  • Teaching Math and Computer Science to Kids with Special Needs
    Andrea Pretorian (content manager for BitIRA),  has been leading efforts to investigate the barriers to entry for women in cryptocurrency and blockchain as well as the greater STEM community at large. She is passionate about introducing students to STEM, especially her area of focus, bitcurrency. She’s just assembled a list of STEM resources for kids with special needs; it offers a range of options and approaches for parents and educators alike. It’s worth a look!
  • 123 Magic Parenting is posting new videos all the time.
    Their latest topics include: Communicating with your teen; Self-esteem; Discipline in a public place; Getting your child to stop doing something without yelling, The adolescent snub; and more.

ADHD/Learning Disabilities:

  • Common ADHD Questions Answered During Awareness Month
    During this year’s ADHD Awareness Month, the coalition of CHADD, ADDA, and ACO is presenting the most common questions about ADHD with reliable answers from noted experts. On the ADHD Awareness website and the coalition’s social media—Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram—new questions are posted daily. Questions from the previous days are grouped by topic for readers to explore further.

Down Syndrome:

Early Childhood:

  • VCU-ACE Early Childhood website
    This NEW website provides a wealth of new learning opportunities for families; including several new video series.
    Along with info re: how to support your child’s success and how to problem-solve through challenges. Info from their seminars, webcasts, and online courses can help families and caregivers understand more about appropriate interventions and strategies to help their child.

Autism Spectrum:

  • A Second Annual Autism Hope Summit at UVA
  • The Supporting Transformative Autism Research (STAR) initiative at the University of Virginia is hosting the Second Annual Virginia Autism Hope Summit.  This event is free of charge and provides an opportunity for learning, networking, and discussion on a range of topics related to autism across the lifespan. Families, self-advocates, friends, and service providers are welcome!
  • Upcoming ASCV Conference Series – Building a Spectrum of Opportunity
    This conference will feature weekly virtual presentations on critical autism-related topics for self-advocates, caregivers, teachers and other professionals. Featuring an Opening Keynote from Dr. Jed Baker on “Managing Overwhelming Frustration and Anxiety in the New Normal”, and additional topics including: utilizing waiver services, Interoception, gender differences, co-occurring mental health conditions, and more. Click the above link for complete info and registration 

Resources you need to know:
Caroline County Schools Special Education Department  Stay updated!
Caroline County Schools Transition Program  Check out the latest activities our students are participating in. 

  • Paragon Autism Services   
  •   For more information contact Joshua@paragonautismservices.com
  • 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. 

PTRC E-Newsletter 9-18-2020

News from the Caroline County Public Schools –
  Parent Teacher Resource Center
September 18, 2020

All Parents:

The PTRC is here to assist all families to have a successful school year. Please call or email with your concerns and questions. If we don’t know something, we will find the answers.

For an abundance of resources for families and staff, please check out the
Caroline Co. Schools-Parent Resource Center Facebook Page:  
https://www.facebook.com/Caroline-Co-Public-Schools-Parent-Resource-Center-162490420436109/

Virtual Learning and Accommodations Guide 
The Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) along with the Assistive Technology Network has adapted this resource from the Indiana Department of Education that lists common daily accommodations for students in brick and mortar learning environments and provides examples of how these accommodations can be applied during virtual instruction.

Helping your Child Navigate Adolescence – 
A parent’s guide to What to Look for and When to Worry
Free virtual parent event offered by Children’s Hospital @ VCU
October 1, 2020 from 7:00 – 8:00 pm

Family Math is an emerging movement to promote math activities within the context of family relationships and everyday life, from the grocery store to the playground, during breakfast, bath time or bedtime. Education First has posted some great Resources for Families, Parents and Caregivers to Bring Math to Daily Conversations and Activities.

ADHD/Learning Disabilities:

Girls and ADHD
Helping kids with ADHD is a big job. But girls with ADHD face a different set of challenges than boys, and when it comes to helping, parents need an approach that addresses these differences head-on.
Click the link above to hear Clinical Neuropsychhologist, Dr.Kenya Hameed, discuss girls and ADHD. Hosted by Child Mind Institute

Mental Health:

September is Suicide Prevention Month
The best way to prevent suicide is to use a combination of efforts that work together to address different aspects of the problem. The key components are:
          promoting emotional well-being and connectedness among all students.
          creating social supports and connections and 
          Identifying students who may be at risk for suicide and assist them in getting help.
The VDOE wants to share with you these Suicide Prevention Resources

Waivers and Social Security:

How to Better Understand the DD Waiver
October 6th at 7pm
The Center for Family Involvment is hosting this informative session to help you better understand the DD Waiver and determine if your child is eligible to get on the waiver waitlist in VA.\

Disability Benefits: VA’s Medicaid Waivers and SSI
September 21, 2020 at 6:30 pm
Navigating the world of disability benefits can be tricky, time consuming and overwhelming. This workshop will help make that process easier. Join PEATC as they discuss, in clear understandable language, what are VA’s Medicaid Waivers, what are Social Security benefits, who is eligible, and how do I apply.

Autism Spectrum:

The Autism Society Central VA has posted it’s Fall 2020 Community Resource List 
The ASCV is an exceptional resource and I urge you to connect with them if you have a family member or support someone on the autism spectrum.

Resources you need to know:
Caroline County Schools Special Education Department  Stay updated!
Caroline County Schools Transition Program  Check out the latest activities our students are participating in. 

  • Paragon Autism Services   
  •   For more information contact Joshua@paragonautismservices.com 
  • 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. The disAbility Resource Center has joined forces with the Alzheimer’s Association to sponsor a free series of workshops. 
  • 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 trainings for both parents and educators. Call 1-800-869-6782.