Special Education Conference 2017

Information on the Keynote Session, Break-Out Sessions, Guest Speakers, and the Exhibit Hall.

Keynote Session

Photo of Dr. Nancy Mather
Keynote Speaker: Dr. Nancy Mather

9:45 am - 11:00 am
Elephant in the Room: What We Overlook regarding Struggling Readers 
Dr. Nancy Mather
The purpose of this session is to address specific issues (that are often overlooked or ignored) that affect the identification of students who struggle with reading, as well as the provision of appropriate interventions.  Examples of these issues include: (a) an RTI process is sufficient for identifying reading problems; (b) the only cause of reading difficulty is poor phonological awareness; (c) twice exceptional children do not exist; (d) teachers are adequately prepared to teach struggling readers; and (e) failing to consider the impact poor reading has on self-esteem.

If you would like a copy of Dr. Mather’s slides for her keynote presentation entitled "The Elephant in the Room" or for her breakout session entitled "How Do We Help our Students with Dyslexia Improve their Basic Reading Skills?", please email the Parent Resource Center at prc@fcps.edu.

Break-Out Sessions

Session 1 (8:00 am - 9:15 am)

Building Independence in Preschool
(Preschool)  
Joni Smith and Melissa Modarressi        
Students gain confidence in their ability to try new things and build self-esteem when independence is encouraged which leads to greater success in school and life.  In this session, teachers will share activities and strategies used in the preschool class based, resource, and community settings to support student independence in daily routines and learning activities.  Participants will learn new ways to support the acquisition of self-help skills and increase student independence in the home and community.     

Calming the Anxious Waters:  Mindful and Playful Strategies to Support the Whole Child
(Preschool and Elementary)         
Laura Thieman and Richard Hang         
This session will support ways to create new opportunities for children to build positive coping skills, merging mindful and playful approaches.  Experience how these simple yet effective strategies can build calm minds and bodies in children with anxiety. This session distills research-based concepts from the fields of counseling, social work and play therapy into a practical, creative tool box accessible to parents, teachers, and clinicians alike.

Dyslexia: Identification and Overview
(All Grades)    
Kelly Brady and Stefanie Raleigh
The presenters will share markers of dyslexia in students in grades K-12 along with instructional strategies that teachers and parents can use to support struggling readers.  Current trends in raising dyslexia awareness, how to strengthen the home/school communication, and how to work collaboratively to support students will be discussed along with next steps from FCPS.

Everyday Tools for Improving Executive Functions
(All Grades)    
Dr. Lauren Kenworthy     
This session will provide an overview of powerful behavioral and cognitive strategies for building executive functions in children.  Participants will be given specific suggestions for which to implement on immediately. 

Executive Functioning Technology Tools to Support the Low Incidence Learner    
(Elementary and Secondary)    
Lindsey Thoms and Malia Waller    
Executive function skills are used by all students.  Presenters will offer an exploration of technology tools to support the development of executive functioning skills for students in low incidence programs to include: checklists and timers to support managing tasks and transitions, visual strategies to support identifying emotions and implementing calm down strategies, and setting up systems to support student organization and more.

Instructional & Behavioral Supports for High Functioning Autism Students on the Autism Spectrum 
(Elementary and Secondary)    
Tanya Hardy and Mimi Giotta    
This session features supports for students on the Autism Spectrum (High Functioning Autism).  An overview of characteristics, academic and instructional supports and practices for challenging behaviors will be featured.  Video training segments from The Organization of Autism Research will be shown.  Please join us for this informative and practical application of strategies for general and special education classroom settings.    

iReady Universal Screener: Data, Instruction, Resources, and More
(All Grades)    
Karen Durocher and Betsy Church
Learn about the universal screener pilot currently being conducted in 16 elementary schools across FCPS. Get information about the rationale for the tool as well as the screening data and intervention tools it provides to our schools.

Language Matters!     
(All Grades)    
Kathy McQuillan and Allison Trentman
The language educators and parents use each day is the most powerful tool we have to model and teach appropriate behavior and social skills.  The session will explore how feedback, specifically positive feedback, can be used effectively in the classroom or home.    

Multisensory Techniques to Make Learning Stick!    
(Elementary)    
Dorothy Skrincosky and Tracy Puckett    
Multisensory instruction is a critical component of the Orton-Gillingham approach, which can be beneficial for struggling students, including those with dyslexia.  Come to this session and learn some active, multisensory techniques for improving decoding, encoding, recall, and other reading skills.    

Parental Influence on Adolescent Drug Use     
(All Grades)    
Brian Maslowski     
This session informs participants about current trends with adolescents and drug use.  Parents will be provided information on how everyday interactions with children can be influential in a teen's choice to use or not use drugs.    

Prescriptions to Combat Disorganization and Procrastination     
(All Grades)    
Ann Dolin, M.Ed.     
Does your child do assignments at the last minute and cause panic for the entire family? Are backpacks and binders chronically disorganized?  Are you constantly stressed from arguing with your child about completing homework assignments on time? If so, join Ann Dolin, M.Ed. for this session to learn why kids struggle with disorganization and procrastination and simple steps parents can take to help.     

Speech Recognition Technologies    
(Elementary and Secondary)    
Ruth Mendelson and Rachel Perella     
Not long ago, speech recognition (voice to text) required the use of specialized software and hardware.  Now it is available on computers, tablets, phones, and more.  Speech recognition will be demonstrated on a PC and tablet device, using different software options, and the pros and cons of the various options will be discussed.

Strategies to Promote Successful Transitions from Elementary to Secondary Level
(Elementary and Secondary)    
Ellen Agosta, Theresa Lieteau and David Lojkovic     
Participants will gain information on how to promote successful transitions from elementary to secondary levels.  Strategies and resources for preparing students for the transition to the secondary level will be shared.

Supporting Siblings of Children with Special Needs    
(All Grades)    
Melanie Kaplan     
Having a child with special needs affects every member of the family.  Neurotypical siblings of children with special needs face a unique set of challenges including jealousy over less parental time, confusion about differing rules and expectations, and a sense of pressure to compensate for their sibling. This session will provide strategies for managing the mixed emotions and increased responsibilities of siblings of children with special needs.     

Teaching Independence in the Home for Students with Autism
(All Grades)
Tina Wilkerson    
This session is intended for parents of students with the low incidence disabilities of Autism, Intellectual Disabilities, or Physical Disabilities.  Topics covered will include; developing a plan to build independent functioning at home, strategies to teach children to be independent, and developing and implementing activity schedules.       

Twice Exceptional Learners in Secondary School (Smart Kids with Learning Challenges)    
(Secondary)    
Beth Baldwin    
Twice Exceptional (2e) students are simultaneously in need of advanced academic services while also facing learning challenges such as autism spectrum disorders, learning disabilities, and ADHD. This session will provide strategies to support the success of twice-exceptional learners in middle and high school.    

Understanding and Molding Your Preschool Child's Behavior     
(Preschool)    
Erin Snell, Molly Ozga and Leydi Uoy     
During this session, presenters will share activities and strategies used in the early childhood special education classroom and at home to support behavior needs in preschoolers.  Participants will learn about basic behavior interventions, direct behavior/social skills instruction and intensive behavioral support to manage behavior in preschool age children.  Learn new ways to support behavior in the home and community environment.    
     
Understanding Credit Accommodations for a Standard Diploma 
(All Grades)    
Chad Clayton, Andrew Guillen, Kathy Murphy and Darrell Sampson          
Participants will be provided an overview of credit accommodations available for standard and verified credits towards a Standard Diploma, the eligibility process for students with an individualized education program (IEP) or 504 Plan to receive credit accommodations, and an overview of current diploma options available in Virginia.  There will be an opportunity for questions and answers.   

Using your iPad to Improve Accessibility     
(Elementary and Secondary)    
Karen Burke and Diana Ree-Reeder     
This session is relevant for teachers and parents working with students with needs related to organization, reading, vision, and more.  Presenters will provide tips and specific features on the iPad which can be utilized to improve access for students. Participants may find features they may like to use themselves.    

Virginia Assessment Options for Students with Disabilities     
(Elementary and Secondary)    
Amy Showker, Debbie Miller and Katie Baxter    
The Virginia Assessment Options session will provide participants with valuable information regarding the following topics: state assessment options including alternate and alternative assessments for students with disabilities, access to state assessments using accommodations, and implications of assessments on graduation.    

Work Based Learning in the Community, School and Home    
(Secondary)    
Sue Eaton    
This session will provide an overview of Career and Transition Services provided to special education students through Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS).  Participants will explore the range of possibilities including paths to successful transition to a future beyond graduation, the work based learning continuum, individualized planning and the development of employability behaviors/skills at home.

Session 2 (12:15 pm - 1:30 pm)

Building Independence in Students Following an Adapted Curriculum    
(All Grades)     
Ellen Agosta and David Lojkovic     
This session will provide strategies for fostering independence in students following an adapted curriculum.  Topics will include the use of task analysis, reinforcement, and prompt/prompt fading for setting goals to promote independence.    

Building Positive and Proactive Student-Teacher Relationships    
(All Grades)    
Jenn Scott and Michelle Capozzoli    
When students feel that a teacher values and cares for them as individuals, they are more willing to work cooperatively in the classroom. Developing strong teacher-student relationships and trust is one of the most effective steps an educator can take to establish a positive learner-centered classroom environment. Educators who implement proactive relationship-building strategies which nurture students conveys the message to all that they are welcomed, respected, and safe in the classroom. This session will focus on providing proactive strategies which support positive relationship building at the start of the school year and beyond.     

Calming the Anxious Waters:  Mindful and Playful Strategies to Support the Whole Child 
(Preschool and Elementary)    
Laura Thieman and Richard Hang     
This session will support ways to create new opportunities for children to build positive coping skills, merging mindful and playful approaches.  Experience how these simple yet effective strategies can build calm minds and bodies in children with anxiety. This session distills research-based concepts from the fields of counseling, social work and play therapy into a practical, creative tool box accessible to parents, teachers, and clinicians alike.

Early Intervention: Signs, Symptoms and Supports 
(Elementary and Secondary)    
Parent presenter, Young adult presenter, Educator presenter     
This session is a presentation by the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Northern Virginia featuring personal, hopeful stories by a young adult living with a mental health condition and a parent.  Learn about the signs and symptoms of mental health conditions in children and teens, community resources for families, tips, tools and strategies.

Executive Function + Social Emotional Development = School Readiness 
(Preschool)    
Amy Harper, Peg Smorodin and Christie Johnson     
Executive function skills and the social emotional development of young children (infants to five) are two important keys to school and life success.  Learn how to promote these critical skills with infants, toddlers and preschoolers.   

FCPS At-A-Glance for Preservice Teachers    
(All Grades)    
Melissa Hicks and Donna Chittum    
Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) is a great place to work!  Come and learn more about the advantages of working in FCPS, the resources available to novice teachers, and living in the Northern Virginia area.  We look forward to seeing you! 

Fostering Communication in the Home for Students with Autism     
(All Grades)
Tina Wilkerson 
This session is intended for parents of students with the low incidence disabilities of Autism, Intellectual Disabilities, or Physical Disabilities.  Topics covered will include; communication challenges, modes of communication, types of language and communication skills, facilitating and teaching language and communication skills.

How Do We Help our Students with Dyslexia Improve their Basic Reading Skills?
(All Grades)
Dr. Nancy Mather
The purpose of this session is to provide an overview of how to help all students improve their basic reading skills.  The speaker will:  (a) explain how basic reading skills develop,  (b)  provide examples of effective evidence-based interventions that are matched to developmental levels, (c) discuss how technological innovations can help address reading failure, and (d) emphasize the importance of teacher preparation.

IEP 101 
(All Grades)    
Andrew Guillen, Lourrie Duddridge and Beth Cantu     
Participants will be provided an overview of the Individualized Education Program (IEP) to include processes, procedures and forms.  Best practices in IEP development will discussed and resources will be shared.

Improving Executive Function and Adaptive Skills for Students Transitioning to College    
(Secondary)
Sajjad Khan, PhD, LCSW     
This session will help parents, educators and students understand the skills necessary for adapting to the college environment.  Topics will include executive function, social skills and self-regulation.  Dr. Khan will discuss how the college environment is different from high school in terms of available supports and expectations.

Instructional & Behavioral Supports for High Functioning Autism Students on the Autism Spectrum 
(Elementary and Secondary)    
Tanya Hardy and Mimi Giotta    
This session features supports for students on the Autism Spectrum (High Functioning Autism).  An overview of characteristics, academic and instructional supports and practices for challenging behaviors will be featured.  Video training segments from The Organization of Autism Research will be shown.  Please join us for this informative and practical application of strategies for general and special education classroom settings.

Military Support Services      
(All Grades)    
Hank Millward and Daniel Dunham    
In this session Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) staff will discuss initiatives in support of military families for the transition to and out of the education systems in Virginia.  Relevant discussions will apply to all families regardless of a student's situation (general education, special education, Section 504).  A key topic will be a discussion on the military compact and the transfer of grades and credits.    

Restorative Justice: Working with Students with Disabilities    
(All Grades)    
Vickie Shoap, Ulli Vaerst and Karen Lieberman    
Restorative Justice is a philosophy based on a set of principles for preventing and responding to harm and wrong doing.  Restorative justice processes in FCPS are utilized for a discipline response after an incident, prevention of ongoing or escalating conflict, social emotional learning and relationship building.  Our goal is to offer restorative opportunities to all students.  Learn about how restorative justice language and targeted interventions are modified for students with disabilities.

Strategies for Executive Function and Tools to Support Student Achievement     
(Elementary and Secondary)    
Michele Tureaud, Barbara Cohen and Diana Ree-Reeder    
This session provides an overview of executive function skills for promoting positive learning and social emotional growth.  Participants will learn strategies, intervention methods and technology tools which support student achievement through planning, organizing and managing tasks.

Supporting Students with Deaf-Blindness    
(All Grades)     
Ira Padhye     
This presentation provides participants the opportunity to interact with staff of the Virginia Project for Children and Young Adults with Deaf-Blindness about ways to support students with dual sensory impairments.  Participants will be provided strategies for supporting and facilitating learning in the school and home environments.

Twice-Exceptional Learners    
(Elementary)    
Carol V Horn and Kirsten Maloney    
Twice-exceptional learners have the ability to think, reason, and problem-solve at advanced levels and also have special education needs. Their advanced potential and learning challenges can be addressed through the collaborative efforts of instructional personnel in the local school.  Participants will explore the issues and challenges, as well as strategies that may be implemented to ensure academic success for this unique group of learners.    

Understanding and Supporting Communication Development in Young Children 
(Preschool)    
Darcy Acquavella and Leydi Uoy     
During this session, presenters will share information about language development, techniques to help you work with your child, and ways to set up and manage the environment to increase your child’s communication skill independence.

Understanding the Medicaid Waiver Process    
(All Grades)    
Tia Marsili    
This session will provide the newest information on Medicaid Developmental Disability Waivers within the redesigned system which has been in effect since September 2016.  The presenter will review the eligibility and application processes for these waivers.  In addition, participants will receive additional information on understanding waiver services and how Medicaid Developmental Disability waivers work. 

Vocabulary: Making the Most of Your Words     
(Elementary)    
Alicia Kuehn and Tracy Puckett     
This session will highlight vocabulary activities that promote active student learning for home and school. Far more than looking up words in a dictionary and using the words in a sentence, vocabulary instruction involves rich activities that promote student discourse. 
 

Session 3 (1:45 pm - 3:00 pm)

Alternative Accountability Program: A Fairfax County Collaborative Program to Reduce the Number of Juveniles Entering the Justice System    
(All Grades)    
Vickie Shoap     
Nationally, students with disabilities are disproportionately represented in suspensions from school and in the numbers of students entering the juvenile justice system.  Fairfax County's Alternative Accountability Program (AAP) is a collaboration of six county agencies including FCPS that seeks to reduce the number of youth entering the juvenile justice system.  The Fairfax County AAP offers a restorative justice process as an alternative to filing a criminal complaint against a juvenile.  Restorative justice processes utilized through this program are adapted for students with disabilities and have proven to be highly effective in changing behaviors and reducing criminal charges for affected youth.   

Beyond the School Day: Access to After School and Extracurricular Activities     
(Elementary and Secondary)    
Dawn Schaefer, Bill Curran, Kathy Murphy and Cameron Hibshman    
This session will cover the requirements for providing access to after school and extracurricular activities for students who are eligible for special education and Section 504.  Participants will gain an understanding of how to navigate requests for accommodations and access for students and ways to address students' needs in these environments.

Books, Cooking and More:  Fun Activities to do with Books     
(Preschool)    
Sally Schimmel 
This session incorporates theme related activities that go along with a story which could include cooking activities, matching/sorting games and engaging art activities. The activities discussed include pictures to facilitate language and pre-reading skills.

Building Positive and Proactive Student-Teacher Relationships    
(All Grades)    
Jenn Scott and Michelle Capozzoli    
When students feel that a teacher values and cares for them as individuals, they are more willing to work cooperatively in the classroom. Developing strong teacher-student relationships and trust is one of the most effective steps an educator can take to establish a positive learner-centered classroom environment. Educators who implement proactive relationship-building strategies which nurture students conveys the message to all that they are welcomed, respected, and safe in the classroom. This session will focus on providing proactive strategies which support positive relationship building at the start of the school year and beyond.

Dyslexia for a Day Simulation    
(All Grades)    
Elin Paier     
Are you the parent or educator of a child with dyslexia?  This highly rated simulation provides similar frustrations and feelings through targeted reading and writing tasks to help participants gain a better understand of and empathy for those children and adults who struggle with dyslexia.  If you are interested in learning about what those with dyslexia often experience with reading, writing and processing, attend this session.

Dyslexia: Identification and Overview     
(All Grades)    
Kelly Brady and Stefanie Raleigh
The presenters will share markers of dyslexia in students in grades K-12 along with instructional strategies that teachers and parents can use to support struggling readers.  Current trends in raising dyslexia awareness, how to strengthen the home/school communication, and how to work collaboratively to support students will be discussed along with next steps from FCPS.    

FCPS At-A-Glance for Preservice Teachers    
(All Grades)    
Melissa Hicks and Donna Chittum    
Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) is a great place to work!  Come and learn more about the advantages of working in FCPS, the resources available to novice teachers, and living in the Northern Virginia area.  We look forward to seeing you!     

Identifying and Treating Anxiety     
(All Grades)    
Dr. Krystal Lewis     
This session will focus on the science and biological roots of anxiety in children.  Participants will learn how to identify an anxious child, how to change anxious thinking through CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy) and strategies for treating specific anxiety disorders.     

Improving Teen Executive Function Skills: The On Target for Life Curriculum     
(Secondary)    
John Strang, PsyD     
Executive function skills including goal setting, planning and flexible thinking, are critical for school and ultimately, adult independent life.  This session presents practical approaches for increasing these skills in teens.    

iReady Universal Screener: Data, Instruction, Resources, and More
(All Grades)    
Karen Durocher and Betsy Church
Learn about the universal screener pilot currently being conducted in 16 elementary schools across FCPS. Get information about the rationale for the tool as well as the screening data and intervention tools it provides to our schools.

Movement and Gross Motor Ideas for the Classroom and Home
(Preschool and Elementary)          
Jennifer Balzano         
Participants will receive an overview and will be provided examples of ways to incorporate movement and gross motor skills in a variety of classroom settings as well as implemented at home.  A list of resources will be provided containing numerous websites for teachers and students.

Proactive Planning for Postsecondary Transition     
(All Grades)
Janelle Ellis    
This session will help participants understand the secondary to postsecondary transition planning process by outlining ten evidence-based predictors for achieving successful outcomes. The session will also highlight how to use the IEP process to guide planning.    

Sign Language as a Functional Tool for Special Populations     
(All Grades)    
Shira Brothers      
This interactive session will provide an overview of how functional sign language can be used to supplement and support communication goals for a variety of special education populations.  Participants will have an opportunity to learn and practice functional signs.    

Special Needs Trusts     
(All Grades)    
Tia Marsili    
A special needs trust (SNT) is set up for a person with special needs to supplement any benefits the person with special needs may receive from government programs and assist with money management.  Eighty percent of families do not know about SNT.  Attend this session to learn more and ask questions to gain a better understanding of SNTs which are designed to protect the quality of life of an individual a disability.  Participants will learn how to direct funds to an SNT and plan proactively and well.

Strategies for Executive Function and Tools to Support Student Achievement     
(Elementary and Secondary)    
Michele Tureaud, Barbara Cohen and Diana Ree-Reeder    
This session provides an overview of executive function skills for promoting positive learning and social emotional growth.  Participants will learn strategies, intervention methods and technology tools which support student achievement through planning, organizing and managing tasks.

Students in Foster Care and Experiencing Homelessness: Building Stable Learning Opportunities    
(All Grades)    
Kelly Henderson and Kathi Sheffel     
Educational stability is critical to the success of students in foster care and who are experiencing homelessness. This session will provide an overview of procedures and effective practices for working with children and youth in foster care and those who are experiencing homelessness. Case examples will be used to demonstrate how FCPS and community providers can support students with disabilities and other special needs while also meeting new foster care and homelessness requirements of Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).

Teaching Social Skills to Young Children     
(Preschool)    
Christie Johnson, Peg Smorodin, and Tara Pascale
Research supports that teaching children self-regulation skills and social emotional competencies increases their school readiness and their social and life successes.  During this session, the presenter will share activities and strategies used in the classroom to support social emotional development in preschoolers.  Participants will learn new ways to support social emotional development in their home and community environments.    

Technology Tools to Support Reading and Writing    
(Elementary and Secondary)     
Eric Fleming     
During this session participants will explore technology tools and resources that support access, production and progress for students with reading and writing difficulties.  Participants will be introduced to advance features in common software applications and websites that may increase production and work speed for students.    

Technology Tools to Support Students with Dyslexia and other Reading Difficulties     
(Elementary and Secondary)    
Karen Hawley and Michiyo Vangellow    
This session explores strategies and resources to facilitate reading in the digital classroom and home.  Tools such as Microsoft Word, Google Documents, electronic screen readers and online book repositories can be easily implemented.  Participants will explore several common tools, strategies, and features in these software platforms which can be useful to support the continuum of students who struggle with reading.    

Twice Exceptional Learners: Executive Functioning     
(Elementary and Secondary)    
Lori Kraden and Janeen Waddell     
This session focuses on twice exceptional learners with executive functioning challenges while promoting an awareness of student’s exceptionalities within the classroom setting. Strategies to support executive functioning skills which promote positive learning, and social/emotional growth will be highlighted.    

What a Parent Support Group Could Do for You     
(All Grades)    
Cathy Greulich, Diane Cooper-Gould, Heather Davies and Linda McDonough     
Do you have parenting challenges that are different from those of most parents?  Finding a group of parents in similar situations can help provide a community of support.  This session will provide information on parent support groups.  (What they are? How they help? How to find one? What to expect? How to start one?)    

Guest Speakers

Ann Dolin is a former Fairfax County teacher and has over 20 years of teaching, tutoring, and consulting experience. Ann is the author of two books, including Homework Made Simple – Tips, Tools, and Solutions for Stress-Free Homework.

Lauren Kenworthy, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor of Neurology, Pediatrics, and Psychiatry at the George Washington University School of Medicine; and Director of the Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders at Children’s National Medical Center.

Dr. Sajjad Khan, an experienced clinician and researcher, has worked with families, children, adolescents, and adults since 1995. He holds both Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from the University of Maryland and obtained his PhD in Psychology, with a concentration in Health Psychology. He completed his doctoral training through a joint program at Capella University and The Johns Hopkins University and researched the genetics of spectrum disorders, including ADHD, Anxiety, PANDAS, and Tourette’s Syndrome. Dr. Khan also completed an advanced training certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) from the Florida Institute of Technology. In addition to being trained in ABA, Dr. Khan is trained in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP).

Dr. Krystal M. Lewis received her doctorate in clinical psychology from Virginia Tech. She completed fellowships at Lurie Children's Hospital of Northwestern in Chicago and at the University of Illinois at Chicago for further specialization in child anxiety. Her research interests include the identification and treatment of anxiety in youth. She has consulted with schools in several states working to help staff identify anxious children and implement preventative programs. She has recently relocated to Bethesda to work at NIH with Dr. Daniel Pine and the Section on Development and Affective Neuroscience (SDAN) team.

“Hank” Millward is currently employed by the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) as the Director of the Office of Specialized Education Facilities and Family Engagement (SEFFE) in the Division of Special Education and Student Services (SESS).  Prior to coming to the VDOE, Mr. Millward held various positions within the public school, private school, and correctional education settings: most notably as a special education teacher, special education director, Assistant Principal and Principal.  He is a sibling, a parent, and a grandparent of individuals with a disability.  Mr. Millward served 24 years in the Army prior to his tenure in public education.

Mr. Millward holds a Master of Science in Education with a concentration in Special Education from Old Dominion University and an Educational Specialist degree in School Administration from the University of Virginia.  

John Strang, PsyD, pediatric neuropsychologist in the Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders with Children's National Health System, specializes in the evaluation and treatment of children, teens, and young adults on the autism spectrum. He completed doctoral training at George Washington University, in Washington, DC, and clinical internship and postdoctoral fellowship at Children’s National.

Exhibit Hall

Non-Profit Organizations
Access Ministry/Accessibility Summit
ADHD Resource Group
Ainsley’s Angels
ARC of Northern Virginia
Autism Society of Northern Virginia
Autism Speaks
Best Buddies Capital Region
Brain Injury Services
CHADD of Northern Virginia
Council  for Exceptional Children
Dominion Hospital
Decoding Dyslexia
Down Syndrome Association of Northern Virginia
ENDependence Center of Northern Virginia
Fairfax County Council of Parent Teacher Associations
Formed Families Forward
George Mason University Disability Services
Hartwood Foundation
Heeling House
I Can Shine
I’m Just Me Movement
INOVA Care Connection for Children
International Dyslexia Association – DC Branch
International Dyslexia Association – Virginia Branch
Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia (JCCNV)
Jewish Foundation for Group Homes – MOST Program
Jewish Social Services Agency (JSSA)
KEEN – Kids Enjoy Exercise Now
Kellar Institute for Human disAbilities
Lift Me Up! Therapeutic Riding
NAMI – National Alliance on Mental Illness
National Center for Missing and Exploited Children
Organization for Autism Research (OAR)
Perkins School for the Blind
Parent Educational Advocacy Training Center (PEATC)
Parents of Autistic Children of Northern Virginia
Regent University Office of Disability Services
SCAN of Northern Virginia
ServiceSource
STRIVE
TopSoccer
vaACCSES– Virginia Association of Community Rehabilitation Programs

Fairfax County Public Schools
Adapted Curriculum PreK-12
Advanced Academics Program
Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drug Program
Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA)
Assessment
Assistive Technology Ambassadors
Assistive Technology Services
Career and Transition Services
Conflict Resolution Education Services
Davis Center
Early Childhood Special Education
English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)
Extended School Year (ESY)
Head Start/FECEP
Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters (HIPPY)
Internet Safety
Medicaid Program
Mentor Works
Parent Resource Center
Peer Mediation
Pulley Center
Restorative Justice
School Counseling Services
School Psychology Services
School Social Work Services
Section 504
Special Education Instruction
Special Education Procedural Support
Speech and Language Services
Student Safety and Wellness
Thomas Jefferson School for Science & Technology (AT Club)

Government Agencies
Early Childhood Partnerships
Fairfax County Child Care Assistance & Referral
Fairfax County Children’s Behavioral Health System of Care
Fairfax County Disability Services Planning & Development
Fairfax County Health Department Speech and Hearing Clinic
Fairfax County Park Authority
Fairfax County School-Aged Child Care (SACC)
Fairfax County Therapeutic Recreation Services
Fairfax-Falls Church Infant Toddler Connection
U.S. Army – Fort Belvoir Exceptional Family Member Program
Virginia Department of Education (VDOE)
VDOE Accessible Instructional Materials (AIM-VA)
VDOE I’m Determined
VDOE Training & Technical Assistance Center (TTAC)
Virginia Department for Aging & Rehabilitative Services