Special Education Conference: Exhibit Hall
Our virtual exhibit hall features FCPS offices and programs, government agencies, and non-profit organizations.
Fairfax County Public Schools Offices and Programs
We support schools in offering a continuum of advanced academic services for students in K-12 that builds upon students' individual strengths and skills and maximizes academic potential for all students.
Supporting the special education instruction of students with autism and related disorders through the use of principles of ABA.
Assistive Technology Services (ATS) uses computers, augmentative communication devices, and adaptive technology peripherals to maximize the potential of FCPS students with disabilities.
ATS staff members work in collaboration with school teams to ensure that all students with disabilities who require assistive technology have the technology tools and training necessary in order to access the curriculum, narrow the achievement gap, gain essential life skills, and reach their full potential.
Behavior Intervention Services provides comprehensive behavior intervention and support to school teams for students receiving general and special education services. Services are provided for students in pre-k through grade 12. Each of the five regions within Fairfax County Public Schools has been assigned behavior intervention teachers who provide behavior support and intervention services to individual schools. Under the supervision of the program manager and guidance of the school principal, the behavior intervention teachers provide assistance to schools on the design and implementation of behavioral prevention and intervention strategies and support services.
Career and Transition Services (CTS) is committed to providing a range of student focused, coordinated activities and supports including career assessment; interdisciplinary and collaborative instruction related to career and technical education; parent and family involvement; as well as interagency and community partnerships. Through these coordinated efforts, Career and Transition Services helps students with a range of disabilities develop essential skills for further education and training, employment, self-determination, and independent living.
Early Childhood Identification & Services (ECID&S) provides specialized instruction and related services to all children ages 2 through 5, who qualify under the Individuals with Disabilities Act. The ECID&S program ensures the provision of a Free and Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) in the Least Restrictive Environment (LRE) to all children who are found eligible at no cost to their families.
ESOL services prepare students to be college and career ready by developing proficiency in the English language. ESOL services help students achieve academic success, develop critical thinking skills, and solve problems.
The Extended School Year (ESY)/Assessment section of OSEI works to ensure a safe, efficient, and effective learning environment for delivery of ESY services. A major focus is on the staffing and preparation of school sites which includes continued collaboration with transportation, human resources, food services, school health services, therapy services, therapeutic recreation, and other offices to provide an effective learning environment for staff and students. The Assessment section of OSEI works to keep FCPS staff updated on the State assessment options and accommodations for students with disabilities to include criteria, specifics regarding the assessments, process for how an IEP team will identify which assessment/accommodations are most appropriate, and the impact of assessment decisions on the student’s future options.
The Adapted Curriculum program provides direct and indirect support to schools in the instruction of students who are accessing an adapted curriculum and who are receiving services for autism (AUT), intellectual disabilities (ID), intellectual disabilities severe (IDS), noncategorical elementary (NCE), and physical disabilities (PD). These services are referred to as Category B services within FCPS. Special education services for students receiving category B services are designed for students with low incidence disabilities who exhibit moderate to significant delays in the areas of language, communication, cognition, socialization, and adaptive functioning that impact their ability to demonstrate progress in the general curriculum.
Supporting schools through a variety of models including trainings, in-services, workshops, facilitating team meetings, and individual coaching
The Office of the Ombudsman provides an independent, confidential resource for students, families, employees, and community members, offering informal help to resolve concerns, problems, complaints, and other student-related issues. The Assistant Ombudsman for Special Education serves as a resource, providing information and support to parents and students regarding special education services.
The FCPS Parent Resource Center offers a welcoming and engaging environment for families, educators, and community members. We provide access to information, webinars and resources to support the success of all students, including those with learning challenges, special needs and disabilities.
Therapy Services: Physical Therapy & Occupational Therapy
FCPS Therapy Services department consists of Occupational Therapists (OT) and Physical Therapists (PT). FCPS provides OT and PT services to students in accordance with provisions outlined by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) regulations to facilitate students’ abilities to engage in meaningful activities that support their health, participation and learning goals through collaboration with students, families and school teams. PT and OT practitioners support regular and special education instruction through participation in classroom instruction, providing direct intervention/training, and serving on problem-solving teams. Therapy practitioners serve to build teacher capacity through collaborative problem-solving and training in the differentiation and use of classroom interventions that empower students’ successful participation throughout the school day.
FCPS K-12 school counseling programs strive to empower students to become independent and productive individuals. Using a developmentally age-appropriate program, school counselors provide academic, social emotional, and college and career counseling services. The belief that each student can achieve academic success is a touchstone of the program. As well as the goal of creating a desire within students to become lifelong learners and productive members of a global society.
All students in FCPS have the opportunity to work with a certified school counselor. All school counselors in FCPS are expected to implement a comprehensive school counseling program based on the American School Counselor Association (ASCA) National Model. Comprehensive programs analyze student needs in order to provide specific and targeted programming. As a result, school counseling programs may vary due to their specific school size, student population, community, and academic, social emotional, and college and career readiness needs.
Each FCPS high school also has a college and career specialist on staff. These professionals work closely with school counselors to support students in postsecondary planning. College and Career Specialists assist students with career exploration and planning, employment, apprenticeships, and military options. They further support the two-year, four-year, and technical college application process, admission testing, financial planning, and scholarship options.
School psychologists positively impact the academic and social/emotional development of all students through the provision of mental health services that build resiliency, life competencies and good citizenship. FCPS school psychologists provide a full range of prevention and intervention services that support the mental health and learning potential of all students and there is a school psychologist assigned to support every FCPS school/program.
Speech and Language (SL) Services are offered in FCPS through the Department of Special Services, Office of Special Education Instruction. Speech and Language Services in the schools are provided as part of a continuum of special education services, which exist through the mandates created by state and federal legislation.
Following procedures for implementing the Individual with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA 2004) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended, a student may qualify for special education under the disability category Speech-Language Impairment, as a single disability category, or the student may receive Speech and Language as a related service to any one of the other 13 disability categories defined by Virginia Special Education Regulations. It is the child's IEP team that is responsible for determining the services needed for the child to recive a free and appropriate public education (FAPE). The nature, extent, and location of SL services always depend of the unique needs of the student. Speech-Language Pathologists provide services to students who demonstrate a communication impairment, such as impaired articulation, stuttering, voice disorders, and languge impairments that adversely affect their educational performance.
The Student Safety and Wellness (SSAW) office is dedicated to promoting prevention activities to increase community awareness and collaboration to support healthy life choices. It also provides prevention presentations for schools and parents on ways to prevent violence, bullying, gangs, and drug use. The office monitors state and federal websites to identify trends, professional development opportunities, and changes in regulations which may impact the FCPS student behavior code of conduct.
Federal, State or Local Government Agency
Provides resources and referrals to Fairfax County residents with disabilities.
The Parenting Education Program offers FREE parenting education classes, virtual parent cafés (in English, in Spanish, with an African-American cultural focus, and for kinship families) and training for parents and caregivers whose children have experienced trauma.
The Office for Children is dedicated to the care, education and healthy development of children, from birth through elementary school age. OFC collaborates with early childhood professionals, families, schools and community partners to support children in reaching their fullest potential. Office for Children provides programs and services to children, families and early childhood educators.
Healthy Minds Fairfax coordinates a full range of mental health and substance abuse services for children and youth across multiple county agencies, the school system and private treatment providers. We work to help youth and families in the Fairfax-Falls Church community access mental health and substance abuse services, and improve the quality of those services.
The Training and Technical Assistance Center (TTAC ) at George Mason University (GMU) is part of the statewide system of Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) TTACs. Specialists provide professional development that focuses on improving academic outcomes for students with disabilities through targeted technical assistance (TA) to schools. The goal is to help school personnel gain knowledge and skills to prepare students with disabilities for graduation with a diploma or completion of an appropriate program, and successfully prepare them for post-secondary education, employment, and independent living.
This website provides a one-stop-shop for parents, families and caregivers of children with special needs. Parents and families can and do make a difference in their child's education.
A free public service, Virginia Relay enables people who are Deaf, Hard of Hearing, DeafBlind or have difficulty speaking to communicate with standard telephone users. The conversation is relayed between the two by a specially trained Virginia Relay Communication Assistant (CA).
Relay services are available 24 hours a day, 365 days per year, with no limit on the number or length of calls a user may make. By law, every call is handled with the strictest confidentiality. Special features are available for individuals who have difficulty speaking, as well as Spanish-speaking and sign language users.
ABLEnow accounts help people with disabilities save money to pay for qualified expenses without being taxed on the earnings – and in most cases, without losing eligibility for certain means-tested benefits. Earnings grow free from taxes. ABLEnow accounts may be used to pay for a variety of expenses related to maintaining health, independence and quality of life for individuals with disabilities.
AIM-VA provides accessible instructional materials to eligible Virginia K-12 students who have an Individualized Education Program (IEP) and are unable to access traditional print.
ArtStream’s classes, workshops, and performing companies fuel each student’s imagination, creativity, and focus. And that’s not all. Students improve communication and social skills and develop friendships. Newly discovered talents and capabilities improve self-esteem, poise, and confidence that extend into their daily lives. No prior acting experience is required. ArtStream’s demanding and very entertaining process encourages students to find their voices, discover their creativity and strengths, and perform with confidence!
Our Mission: ASNV improves the lives of autistic individuals and their families through community-building, advocacy, and education.
Care Connection for Children serves children and youth with special healthcare needs. Our bilingual team of professional nurse and social work case managers partner with families to coordinate care and find and access the best healthcare and community resources in Northern Virginia. We provide free services regardless of income, language or legal status. To be eligible for our program, children must be under the age of 21; have a physical medical condition expected to last 12 months or longer; and live in the Northern Virginia area.
Our Chapter's mission, along with CHADD National's, is to "Improve the Lives of People with ADHD." We provide information and resources on ADHD to VA, MD and DC.
A grassroots organization that advocates for better services for dyslexic students.
County-wide PTA for families and educators of students with special needs.
Formed Families Forward is a family-led resource center in Northern Virginia, focused on training and direct support to foster, adoptive and kinship families in northern Virginia who are raising children and youth with disabilities and other special needs. We also collaborate with professionals who work with our families.
We offer free training, consultations and systems navigation to families, family events, and peer support groups for youth and for parents/caregivers. We offer webinars, virtual trainings, classes for youth and parenting adults. We offer many free resources including a searchable online No Va Resource Directory at https://resourcedirectory.formedfamiliesforward.org/, a robust website with topical webpages, and a set of 3 trauma videos with accompanying fact sheets. We are active members of local No Va Trauma Informed Community Networks (TICNs); and are a family partner to Virginia Tiered Systems of Supports (VTSS- a VDOE project).
JFGH is a non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing the independence, dignity, choice, and community inclusion of individuals with disabilities, regardless of faith or creed. The MOST Program is a one-year individualized program of activities and training designed to facilitate successful transition into the adult community. The MOST Program serves as a portal for individuals and their families, through which they are introduced and integrated into a broad range of community resources.
The Organization for Autism Research (OAR) is a non-profit based in Arlington, VA. OAR offers scholarships, employment training, and resources for young adults on the spectrum. In addition to funding applied research, OAR provides many free information resources, such as parent guidebooks, peer education lessons, teacher professional development videos, and more. We encourage you to order up to two free copies here: https://researchautism.org/resources/. For bulk orders, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are parent-run non-profit that supports parents and family members of children on the autism spectrum promoting evidence-based practices in schools and providing community.
The Pozez Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia (the J) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to building a strong and vibrant Jewish community through meaningful opportunities to engage in Jewish life. We welcome individuals of all ages, abilities, ethnicities, faiths, and backgrounds. The Pozez JCC is committed to the special needs community through activities designed to develop physical and social skills, inclusive services, and support and accommodations. We offer social and recreational programming, educational workshops, special events, resources, and more! You do not have to be Jewish to take part in our programs and services.
PRS is a community-based 501(c)(3) non-profit incorporated in the Commonwealth of Virginia, licensed by Virginia’s Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services and CARF accredited. Since 1963, PRS has been providing mental health services and supports to individuals with mental illness (e.g., schizophrenia, bi-polar disorder, major depression) and co-occurring disorders such as substance use disorder.
The Options Program at Saint John Paul the Great Catholic High School is an innovative, inclusive special education program for students with mild to moderate intellectual disabilities who require modifications to access the general curriculum. The Options Program provides the opportunity for students to grow socially, spiritually, and academically alongside their peers in a Catholic environment. The program focuses on academic as well as vocational skills, with each student’s education plan being highly individualized. A primary goal for each student is to be as fully integrated as possible into the total life of the school community. Options students do not earn a high school diploma. Rather, on graduation day, students receive an Options Program Certificate of Completion.
Members or our Options Community include not only our students who receive Options services, but also fellow students who serve as Peer Mentors. Saint John Paul’s Peer Mentor program is a vibrant network of students who provide friendship and encouragement for one another throughout their school day.
Goals of the Options Program:
- For each student to be as fully integrated as possible into the total life of the school community.
- To inspire the school community to increase acceptance of people with disabilities, and promote respect for human life by helping all to more fully realize the value and gifts inherent in all individuals.
Education and advocacy organization for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families.