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Description: Changes going into effect on August 1, 2017 On 1 September 2016 Virginia launched its new Developmental Disabilities Medicaid Waiver Program. The Family & Individual (FIS) Waiver, the Community Living (CL) Waiver, and Building Independence (BI) Waiver, now fall under the umbrella of the Developmental Disabilities Waiver Program. On August 1, 2017, the Department of Medical Assistance Services (DMAS) will implement a new managed long term services and supports (MLTSS)...
Description: Graphic Organizers to Help Kids With Writing Hamburger Paragraph Graphic Organizer (View / Download) Spider Map Graphic Organizer (View / Download) Persuasion Map Graphic Organizer (View / Download) Pro-Con T-Table Graphic Organizer (View / Download) Sequence Chart Graphic Organizer (View / Download) Graphic organizers are simple yet powerful tools that can help kids with dysgraphia, executive functioning and other issues that can cause trouble writing. A graphic organizer not only helps break...
Description: For people with disabilities and those at risk, the horse and its environment can provide unique healing and learning experiences. Under the watchful eye of a certified instructor, trained volunteers, educators and healthcare professionals, a student’s interaction with a horse can be therapeutic as well as a fun and freeing experience. BRCTH offers eight-week spring and fall therapeutic riding sessions, plus week-long summer day camps. Instruction includes grooming, handling and mounted...
Description: The Arc of Northern Virginia is dedicated to ensuring that the human and civil rights of people with developmental disabilities are protected. They have known and worked with thousands of families, in their more than 50 year history, who have taught them so much. In recent years, they have seen a big increase in calls and emails from families who are concerned about the safety of their loved ones with developmental disabilities in police and other justice interactions. They have also had more...
Description: Parents and caregivers are arguably the most important stakeholders in a child’s educational success. With nearly 1.3 million students dropping out of high school each year, the Annie E. Casey Foundation and America’s Promise Alliance developed this toolkit to engage parents in dropout prevention and development strategies to ensure the success of all children. This toolkit is a resource for all organizations and community leaders interested in bringing the parent voice into the...
Description: The POWER (Parent Organizer With Educational Resources) web app provides parents and families with online resources to answer questions about child development, disabilities, community services, Special Education, diploma options in Virginia and transition to life after high school.  The questions and potential resources are separated into age levels: Early Childhood, Elementary School, Middle School and High School. This project is a collaborative effort between the Parent Resource...
Description: This handbook is designed as a guide to help students with disabilities take another step in preparing for “life after high school.” The activities in this handbook should be completed with your parent/guardian, teacher, or school counselor. While high school is an exciting time, what you do after high school can be just as exciting with some careful and thoughtful planning. In order to carefully plan for what will happen after you graduate, you will need to: Know your...
Description: Inclusion can be defined as being a part of a group or a part of something. Inclusion can also be defined as learning to live together; treasuring diversity; and sharing gifts and abilities. There have been numerous demands from individuals with disabilities living in the community who are tired of being denied or ignored by a society that does not honor their right to participate in all aspects of community living.  The materials found in this guide were prepared by youth leaders with...
Description: Infants, toddlers, and preschoolers are now growing up in environments saturated with a variety of traditional and new technologies, which they are adopting at increasing rates. Although there has been much hope for the educational potential of interactive media for young children, accompanied by fears about their overuse during this crucial period of rapid brain development, research in this area still remains limited. This policy statement reviews the existing literature on television, videos,...
Description: This policy statement focuses on children and adolescents 5 through 18 abstract years of age. Research suggests both benefi ts and risks of media use for the health of children and teenagers. Benefits include exposure to new ideas and knowledge acquisition, increased opportunities for social contact and support, and new opportunities to access health-promotion messages and information. Risks include negative health effects on weight and sleep; exposure to inaccurate, inappropriate, or unsafe...
Description: The Military Outreach program through the Parent Educational Advocacy Training Center (PEATC) was created to provide awareness and assistance to military families, and professionals that support them, in Virginia through various outreach activities; networking - attending meetings that support military families, exhibiting and presenting workshops –as well as interacting and assisting parents and professionals. The Military Outreach Initiative continues to demonstrate its mission –...
Description: The purpose of the Individual and Family Support Program (IFSP) is to assist individuals on the IDD Waiver Wait List and their family members to access needed person-centered and family-centered resources, supports, services and other assistance as approved by the Department. The overall objective of the Individual and Family Support Program is to support the continued residence of an individual with IDD maintain his own home or the family home, which could include the home of a principal...
Description: Both the U.S. Departments of Health and Human Services (HHS) and Education (ED) recognize the critical role of family engagement in promoting children’s success in early childhood systems and programs. As such, both agencies have developed research-based family engagement frameworks to guide the development of effective family engagement policies and practices: HHS’s Head Start Parent, Family, and Community Engagement Framework and ED’s Dual Capacity-Building Framework for...
Description: The Governor of Virginia, Terence R. McAuliffe, the Virginia Board of Education and the Virginia Department of Education recognize November 2016 as Family Involvement In Education Month and encourage local school officials to develop plans and policies to enhance parental engagement in their children’s schools, lives, and in the education community. The attachments include: The Governor's Certificate of Recognition (November 2016 as Family Involvement in Education Month) The Virginia Board...
Description: This video shows how siblings of people with disabilities have a wide range of experiences and emotions that impact them in different ways.  There are personal stories of insight, appreciation and pride as well as examples of embarassment and fear/worry.
Description: Side by Side is dedicated to creating supportive communities where Virginia’s LGBTQ+ youth can define themselves, belong, and flourish. Side by Side provides support to human service providers across Virginia in effectively working with out and questioning youth. Our trainings provide information about adolescent sexual and gender identity development. In addition, the trainings encourage adults to empower youth by helping them recognize their inherent value and steer them away from...
Description: Schools understand that parents are busy people, but there are many different ways you can get involved in your child’s education. No matter how little or how much time you have, there are many ways you can positively impact your child’s education at school and at home. Remember, when parents get involved and stay involved, all students achieve at higher levels. VOLUNTEER AT SCHOOL Schools often send home lists of various ways that parents can volunteer. If they don’t, let your...
Description: The National PTA sponsors a blog that includes many postings on Family Engagement.
Description: If you have just recently found out about your child’s hearing loss or know of a child who has been recently diagnosed with a hearing loss you are on the right track to finding more information for Virginia residents. Knowledge is power! Being informed in the area of deafness/hearing impairment and teaching your child or children with hearing losses to be independent is important.
Description: The Center for Disability Leadership supports and encourages people with disabilities to become leaders in their own lives and leaders in our communities. The Center carries out the mission by: Providing resources for people with disabilities, family members, professionals, and others on current topics of interest; Supporting people with disabilities to become leaders, from finding their individual voices to leading the charge for systems change; Helping people with disabilities to influence...
Description: The Youth Leadership Forum (YLF) program seeks to empower young people with developmental and other disabilities to further develop their leadership skills. Students, serving as Delegates from communities throughout Virginia, participate in a wide range of activities and learning experiences during this summer program set on a university campus.
Description: What can adult life include?Young people with disabilities look forward to adult lives in the community that include: Friends and family Relaxation and fun A home of their own Work or volunteering Lifelong learning Making choices Travel or move around your community Faith-based participationThis is a good picture of the future. It can happen when young people have a team planning with them.
Description: Information for Educators: Trauma Facts for Educators Suggestions for Educators Psychological and Behavioral Impact of Trauma: Preschool Children Psychological and Behavioral Impact of Trauma: Elementary School Students Psychological and Behavioral Impact of Trauma: Middle School Students Psychological and Behavioral Impact of Trauma: High School Students Brief Information on Childhood Traumatic Grief for School Personnel Self Care for Educators Information for Parents and Caregivers:...
Description: One out of every 4 children attending school has been exposed to a traumatic event that can affect learning and/or behavior. Help is available. Hope is possible! This site includes: Child Trauma: A Toolkit for Educators School Resources for School Personnel Bullying & Cyber Bullying: Awareness/Prevention Psychological First Aid: For School- A Complete Manual Other Network Resources for Educators on Child Trauma Schools and Trauma: Speaker Series (Free Online Education- must create an...
Description: You can play an important role in helping your children and teenagers recover from traumatic events. We have designed these pages for birth parents, adoptive parents, resource/foster parents, grandparents, caregivers, and all others who care for children and teens. We are using the words "child" or "children" to include adolescents. Although teens may not think of themselves as children, parents and caregivers most often refer those of any age (toddler, school-age, teen, youth, adult) in our...
Description: The I’m Determined project, a state directed project funded by the Virginia Department of Education, focuses on providing direct instruction, models, and opportunities to practice skills associated with self-determined behavior. This project facilitates youth, especially those with disabilities to undertake a measure of control in their lives, helping to set and steer the course rather than remaining the silent passenger. There are resources and videos for Educators, Parents and...
Description: Going back to school after the long summer break can be an especially difficult change.  One of the best ways to ease the transition is to get back to set schedules and routines. Having that structure is also a good way to help kids with time management issues and ADHD stay on track. Download: Sample Homework Contract Download: Back-to-School Introduction Letters Download: 3x3 Card to Help Teachers Get to Know Your Child Download: Parent-Child Behavior Contracts
Description: Because TBI is the only disability related to a specific event, accommodations on an IEP may not be immediately available. Often, it is appropriate to start with a 504 plan and then if the symptoms remain, move to an IEP. There are three ways a student may be considered an individual with a disability under section 504. A student is considered to have a disability under 504 if the student: Has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities. Has a...
Description: Anyone who has experienced a brain injury, either their own or that of a friend or loved one, understands the worry, confusion, and stress it creates. Support groups provide a chance to learn from others who have been living with brain injury, share your own experiences, and give and get encouragement from those who really understand. You can search Brain Injury Association of Virginia database of local support groups. Just type in the name of the group (if you know it) or you can select the...
Description: Brain Injury Services Coordination Unit (BISCU) is located within the Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services (DARS), Virginia’s designated “lead state agency” for planning and monitoring services that enhance the quality of life and vocational goals of persons with acquired brain injury. BISC Unit manages about $6 million in programs and services, primarily through federal/state grants, and statefunded contracts with organizations across the Commonwealth. BISC Unit...
Description: The Assistive Technology Loan Fund Authority offers creative and flexible services to open doors for individuals who might not otherwise be eligible for borrowing. Our mission is to provide alternative funding resources for Virginians with disabilities to acquire assistive technology that can enhance their independence and improve their quality of life. Any Virginian with a disability can apply for a loan with us, regardless of income and no matter how small a loan they might need. Credit...
Description: We all have issues that don't go our way and end up straining relationships with others. It's what we do from that point that determines whether we can maintain positive relationships with those involved or further strain those connections. The Problem Resolution App is designed to help facilitate the collection of narratives of those involved in a particular dilemma. This is a great tool for counselors/facilitators/administrators to gather multiple perspectives around issues that arise. ...
Description: Getting your child's backpack organized is a feat worth celebrating. But making sure he puts in everthing he needs for the trip to school and back can take some work.  A luggage tag checklist is an easy way to help your child keep track, without it being obvious to other kids. All you have to do is buy an inexpensive clear luggage tag to attach to the backpack's zipper pull. Take out the address label and replace it with this printable checklist. Customize the "To School" and "To Home"...
Description: Wellness is a rapidly growing area of focus for people across the U.S. The popularity of health advice segments on TV news and talk shows, of high tech fitness tracking devices and apparel, and of stress management and meditation workshops are a few of the indicators of a growing interest in whole-person well-being. For individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, the benefits of attending to wellness are at least as great as those experienced by the rest of the population. But...
Description: The Virginia Family Special Education Connection Website provides Local Disability Services information for all of the Counties/Cities in the Commonwealth of Virginia. These services include: Arc (The Arc) Care Connection for Children (Health Department Program) Centers for Independent Living Child Development Services Program - Clinics Community Services Board (CSB) Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services (DARS) Department of Medical Assistance Services (DMAS) Department of Social...
Description: Over time, you will learn a lot about the special education process and how to communicate and negotiate on your child's behalf. While your knowledge, skill and confidence will naturally increase, there are some specific communication skills that can help you be most successful in developing and maintaining a strong partnership with your child's school. This is available in Arabic, Chinese (Simplified), Haitian Creole, Hmong, Korean, Marshallese, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Somali, Spanish, and...
Description: The NEA’s Priority Schools Campaign has as a core strategy an evidence-based framework for change: To develop family, school, and community partnerships, transformation in low performing schools must move educators from conversation “No single education stakeholder group can do the job ahead to transform Priority Schools. It will take all of us—teachers, education support professionals, principals, superintendents, school board members, parents, families, government leaders,...
Description: This document describes each of the six PTA National Standards and provides goal(s) for each one.
Description: Flamboyan Foundation has reviewed the research and identified case examples of teachers who do an excellent job of engaging families in their children’s learning. From this work emerged a classroom rubric that breaks family engagement into three interdependent pieces: 1) teacher beliefs and mindsets, 2) relationships and communication, and 3) investing families in student goals and helping them monitor progress and support learning. This rubric provides districts, school leaders, and...
Description: Parents play a vital role in their children’s education. Studies show a strong correlation between family involvement and student outcomes, including academic achievement. This relationship holds true for families of all economic, racial/ethnic, and educational backgrounds and for students of all ages, with or without disabilities.
Description: Going back to school and adjusting to new routines can be tricky for kids with learning and attention issues—and for you. But having the right tools can make the transition easier. Use these back-to-school downloads to start the school year off right.
Description: Working with your child’s teacher is part of the School & Learning section for the Understood (for learning & attention issues) website. It is includes a wide range of articles including: Why its Important to Partner with Your Child's Teacher, Conversation Starters to Use With Your Child's Teacher, and 8 Tips for Building a Good Relationship With Your Child's Teacher.  
Description: This is a section of the Smithsonian website that includes links to Encyclopedia Smithsonian: Kids' Favorites, Smithsonian Students, and Visiting the Smithsonian. 
Description: Reading Rockets is a national multimedia project that offers a wealth of research-based reading strategies, lessons, and activities designed to help young children learn how to read and read better. Our reading resources assist parents, teachers, and other educators in helping struggling readers build fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension skills.
Description: At the Brain Injury Research Institute, our purpose is to study the short and long-term impact of brain injury in general, and specifically in concussions. We focus our attention on the development of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), and the physiological effects of this condition on the lives of CTE victims and their families.
Description: Bienvenidos a BrainLine. Somos un sitio de Internet dedicado a informar al público sobre la prevención y el tratamiento de las lesiones cerebrales traumáticas (traumatismos cerebrales o Traumatic Brain Injury/TBI en inglés). También brindamos recursos para las personas que viven con una lesión cerebral y sus familiares. Nuestra misión es ofrecer información confiable, y crear una comunidad sólida para apoyar a todas las personas...
Description: El sitio Benefits.gov (anteriormente, GovBenefits.gov) fue lanzado en un esfuerzo por proporcionar a los ciudadanos un acceso sencillo por Internet a los programas de asistencia y beneficios del Gobierno. Después de ocho años de su lanzamiento inicial, GovBenefits.gov fue rediseñado y se convirtió en Benefits.gov. Sin embargo, la misión del programa sigue siendo la misma: reducir los costos y la dificultad que implica interactuar con el Gobierno y al mismo...
Description: This is a link to the video presentations from the TBI Summer Institute.
Description: Medical visits can be stressful for anyone. Individuals with autism often face extra challenges during procedures like physical examinations and blood draws due to difficulty communicating about the symptoms they are experiencing and sensory issues that can occur in the clinical setting. The fear and anxiety felt during medical procedures by those with autism can also be stressful for caregivers and medical professionals administering treatment. These brief presentations aim to facilitatte...
Description: Our goal is to help the millions of parents whose children, ages 3–20, are struggling with learning and attention issues. We want to empower them to understand their children’s issues and relate to their experiences. With this knowledge, parents can make effective choices that propel their children from simply coping to truly thriving. This site includes a section on empowering your child.