Parent Resource Center Monday Message: 9.21.20

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September 21, 2020
Good afternoon! We hope that everyone enjoyed the cool and crisp weather this weekend – sweater weather snuck up on us! Earlier today, the Department of Teaching and Learning shared an update with information on services for Students with Disabilities, English Learners, and Gifted Students. During this period of virtual learning, we’ve had many visits to the Parent Resource Center’s websites, and are continuing to add information, tools and resources on a weekly basis. The Parent Resource Center has compiled a variety of resources for families on our School Closure Tools for Families page, which includes information on:

  • Coronavirus
  • Virtual Learning
  • Handwashing
  • Mask-Wearing
  • Technology
  • Mental Health & Wellness
  • Fun and Recreation
  • Activity and Movement
  • Working at Home
  • Basic Needs; and
  • Disability Advocacy

If there’s a resource you need, or something you wish to share, please contact us at We’ll be sure to highlight new resources added in our Monday Message each week.

Check out these new resources logo

Nature as Stress Relief for Kids: PBS

Supporting Online Learning for Students with Autism: UNC FPG Child Development Institute Autism Team

If you missed Ann Dolin’s Practical Ways to Survive and Thrive with Virtual Learning session last week, you can watch the recording here. (Note: Turn on YouTube’s subtitles to view in alternate languages).


Upcoming Events



APS/Parent Resource Center Events – Take our brief survey to let us know what topics you’re interested in here!

NOVA Disability Support Services:  Informational Webinar for Dual Enrolled Students with IEPs and/or Section 504 Plans
Thursday, September 24, 2020: 6:30p.m. – 7:30p.m.
Register Here or contact the Parent Resource Center at 703.228.7239 or
Join us to learn more about how students who currently receive special education services through an Individualized Education Program (IEP) or accommodations through a Section 504 Plan can request services/accommodations for dual enrolled courses. Requests for services must be completed through the Disability Support Services (DSS) office of NOVA.
For additional information, please contact Ana Lily Caballero-Torres, APS/NOVA Partnership Coordinator at:

Arlington Special Education Advisory Committee Virtual Meetings on Zoom
September 29, 2020: 7:00pm – 8:30pm
Register here for the meeting (includes an option to register to make a public comment)
The business portion of this meeting will be recorded through Zoom.
Meeting Agenda
7:00 – 7:20 pm Welcome, Member Introductions and Public Comments
7:20-7:35 pm Office of Special Education (OSE) Brief on how return to school is going for special education
7:35 – 7:50 pm OSE Updates and Response to May 2020 Public Comments
7:50 – 8:00 pm ASEAC Updates
8:00 – 8:30 pm Resume Public Comment/Social/Adjourn

Arlington SEPTA Awards for Excellence in Supporting Special Education
Tuesday, October 6, 2020: 7:30 p.m. Live on Zoom, Recorded for YouTube

Join Arlington Special Education PTA (SEPTA) in celebrating Arlington teachers, staff, volunteers and students who have gone above and beyond to help Arlington students succeed.

Arlington County Events

September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month

Presented by Arlington County’s Child and Family Services Division

Ticket to Work – Virtual Event
Thursday, October 8, 2020: 3:30 pm EST
Presented by Emily Hoban, Arlington Employment Center
October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month. Are you interested in receiving support to return to work or find a new job? Would you like to improve your professional skills, learn how to get ready for interviews or understand the impact your earnings have on your Social Security disability benefits? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, then this workshop is for you! Workshop attendees will be provided with an overview of the resources available to job seekers through the Arlington Employment Center (AEC), with a special focus on the Ticket to Work program.

A proud partner of the American Job Center network, the AEC has a variety of services to help community members obtain employment and also provides resources for career advancement including assessments, career counseling and continuing education programs. The AEC offers the Ticket to Work program to individuals receiving Social Security disability benefits who are interested in becoming financially independent and self-sufficient. This workshop will give an overview of the Ticket to Work program, explore the work incentives available to SSI and SSDI recipients and discuss the impact earnings can have on each program. This event will have captioning.

Please contact Elizabeth Kumar at for additional accommodation requests.

Community Webinar/Virtual Learning Opportunities/Meetings

Disability Benefits: VA’s Medicaid Waivers and Social Security
Monday, September 21, 2020: 6:30 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Register here

Families with children with special needs need to have an understanding of government benefits available to them as part of planning a future for their loved one. These benefits can help supplement a person’s income, qualify a person for extra help, and help them receive healthcare and community supports. Navigating the world of disability benefits can be tricky, time consuming and overwhelming. This workshop will help make that process easier. Join us as we discuss in clear understandable language: what are VA’s Medicaid Waivers and what are Social Security benefits, who is eligible, and how do I apply.

Lunch and Learn: Parent Reinforcement and Child Preferences
Thursday, September 24, 2020: 12:00 – 1:00 pm ET
Register on Zoom
Sponsored by Virginia Commonwealth University’s Autism Center for Excellence (VCU-ACE)