LCPS Special Education Advisory Committee

works with the school board, staff, parents and others regarding special education services in Loudoun County Public Schools States are charged with the responsibility of identifying and providing special education for children with disabilities by way of the federal law IDEA (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act).

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Feds Look To Address Disability Discrimination In Organ Transplants 12/09/2021

Feds Look To Address Disability Discrimination In Organ Transplants

Feds Look To Address Disability Discrimination In Organ Transplants Following years of concerns about people with disabilities being denied organ transplants, federal officials are seeking public comment and Congress could be poised to do something about it too.

“What Growing Up with a Disability Taught Me About Parenting a Child with ADHD” 12/09/2021

“What Growing Up with a Disability Taught Me About Parenting a Child with ADHD”

“What Growing Up with a Disability Taught Me About Parenting a Child with ADHD” “From my perspective, one of the most difficult parts of ADHD is that it’s an invisible disorder. My struggle was easy to see — I walked with a limp (and sometimes with the help of a walker or a cane) — so people were usually patient with me. The same is not true for my son.”

CDC Announces Rise in Autism Rates Among Children, As Leading Scientists and Clinicians Call for New Approach to Understanding Autism – Focused on Toxic Chemicals and Genetics - The Arc 12/09/2021

CDC Announces Rise in Autism Rates Among Children, As Leading Scientists and Clinicians Call for New Approach to Understanding Autism – Focused on Toxic Chemicals and Genetics - The Arc

CDC Announces Rise in Autism Rates Among Children, As Leading Scientists and Clinicians Call for New Approach to Understanding Autism – Focused on Toxic Chemicals and Genetics - The Arc Washington, D.C. – The Centers for Disease Control announced that autism rates are once again rising among children. The new data says 1 in 44 children in the U.S. is on the autism spectrum, or 2.3% of children. The CDC made the announcement Thursday. In a commentary published this week in Pediatr...

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12/06/2021

I will be hosting my 4th Town Hall next week for my Broad Run District Constituents. This event will have more of a focus group type feel to it, and will be centered around literacy. It will be held on Wednesday, 12/15 from 5:30-7 at the Ashburn Library. A virtual attendance option is available, and will be facilitated by Ms. Corbo; please email me at [email protected] if you wish to be added to the Invite list for the virtual option.

12/06/2021

For many people with disabilities and their families, financial planning is overwhelming and unnecessarily challenging. Register for our December webinar to learn about challenges as well as solutions to help planning efforts: https://bit.ly/3FPZzRe

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How to Talk So Schools Will Listen (and Listen So Schools Will Talk)
December 13th | 7:00 PM

*PRESENTED IN SPANISH*

How can we improve partnerships between parents of special education students and the educators who work with them?

This workshop will help participants discover communication techniques, learn how to recognize and prevent barriers to communication, and build agreements around difficult problems.

REGISTER: https://bit.ly/3GoOyaE

Photos from Parent Educational Advocacy Training Center (PEATC)'s post 12/03/2021

Photos from Parent Educational Advocacy Training Center (PEATC)'s post

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Did you know that now in Virginia, IF your school prepares a draft IEP, that parents must be provided a copy of that draft at least 2 business days prior to the IEP meeting? This change in the VA Special Education regulations became effective 11/24/21 and happened as a result of legislative action by the General Assembly.

Remember, this does not mean that the school has to prepare a draft IEP. It only means that IF they do, you should receive a copy at least 2 days prior to the meeting.

12/02/2021

THIS FRIDAY, December 3rd from 10:00 am - 12:00 noon
Social Security – Application and Appeals Process for SSI & SSDI

Sign up here: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_AgkFEHvkTaiX79EDV2L6EQ

--Which benefits can help my loved one with disabilities?
--When and how do I start the application process?
--What do I do if my application is denied?
--How do I protect the benefits after I secure them?

Government programs can help pay for the needs of adults with disabilities. The challenge is knowing which benefits to apply for, when to apply and how to apply.

Join our December online webinar to get information for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Social Security Disability Insurance, Retirement, Survivorship and Disabled Adult Child (SSDI). The two programs each serve a different purpose and have different qualifications. We’ll cover both in detail, and you’ll have a chance to ask questions, too.

Presented by:
--Marilyn Morrison, Director, Maryland Work Incentives Network
--Tia Marsili, Director of Trusts, The Arc of Northern Virginia

Photos from Virginia Dept. of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services (DBHDS)'s post 12/02/2021

Photos from Virginia Dept. of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services (DBHDS)'s post

12/02/2021

The Arc of Northern Virginia’s Information and Referral program helps families navigate the complex and often confusing disability service system.

You’ve got questions and we’ve got answers! Ask us anything about the world of developmental disabilities, and you’ll get an immediate response with links to some of our most commonly used resources. Then you’ll get a personal follow-up response from an expert staff member to help you find anything you need and give you a point of contact for future questions. The Arc of Northern Virginia's online Information & Referral Portal is always the fastest way to reach us and ask a question, so fire away!

Here's the link: https://thearcofnova.org/programs/info-referral/

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For many people with disabilities and their families, financial planning is overwhelming and unnecessarily challenging. Register for our December webinar to learn about challenges as well as solutions to help planning efforts: https://bit.ly/3FPZzRe

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Tips for Transition: Students with Learning Disabilities Moving to Online Classes - Dyslexia Training Institute Blog

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D.C.-area organizations expected to receive about $6.6 million in grants to improve mobility options for seniors, the disabled 11/26/2021

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Photos from Andrew Hoyler- Loudoun County School Board Member- Broad Run District's post

Community center for people with disabilities set to open at Frying Pan Farm Park 11/23/2021

Community center for people with disabilities set to open at Frying Pan Farm Park

Community center for people with disabilities set to open at Frying Pan Farm Park ServiceSource, a national nonprofit that supports people with disabilities, is working to open a new community center in Herndon, located at 2739 West Ox Road in Frying Pan Farm Park.

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IEP UNIVERSITY - NEW TRAINING

The IEP process can be difficult and stressful. Everyone comes to the IEP table with thoughts of their personal responsibilities, perspectives, and individual concerns. IEP meetings can be places of high anxiety and there are occasions when conflict may erupt as a result of managing emotions while simultaneously following policy and procedures.

PEATC, in collaboration with VDOE, has developed IEP University (IEPU) to help provide families and professionals with accurate and useful information around IEP development and meetings. IEPU is a self-paced online training with easy-to-understand guidance on the special education process, the IEP document, and ways to develop collaborative relationships among schools and families. IEPU will target practical strategies aimed at helping future IEP meetings be more positive, productive, and collaborative for everyone involved.

This training will be presented virtually and will include webinars, discussion boards, resources, and supplementary materials. It will take approximately 6 hours, and can be accessed anytime during the 2 week time frame indicated below. A certificate of completion will be provided for all who complete the training.

Register NOW for one of the sessions below:

January 10 thru January 24 - https://bit.ly/3qv6tHj
March 1 thru March 15 - https://bit.ly/3F2K5J5

Advocacy Institute on Twitter 11/18/2021

Advocacy Institute on Twitter

Advocacy Institute on Twitter “House hearing at 10:15 AM ET today "Examining the Implementation of COVID-19 Education Funds" watch https://t.co/IiMkz5Balp”

11/17/2021
Retraining an entire state’s elementary teachers in the science of reading 11/16/2021

Retraining an entire state’s elementary teachers in the science of reading

Retraining an entire state’s elementary teachers in the science of reading North Carolina is attempting to fix the varied approaches schools take to reading with a law based in science.

Never Heard Of Lucy Calkins? Here’s Why You Should Have 11/15/2021

Never Heard Of Lucy Calkins? Here’s Why You Should Have

Recent EdReports.org issues lowest scores for Lucy Caulkins and F&P. Two very popular literacy curriculums, which are the focus of tonight's article from Forbes

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Never Heard Of Lucy Calkins? Here’s Why You Should Have If you’re not a reading teacher, you may not know who Lucy Calkins is, and the controversy over her curriculum may seem like inside baseball. But understanding it is crucial to improving reading outcomes and general academic achievement, especially for children from less educated families.

11/15/2021

Wonderful advice! @ausome_training I know this to be accurate from years as a sped teacher and from 30 years as a mom of a son with learning differences. Maintaining composure for hours when you’re really not fine inside really takes its toll.

11/15/2021
Confidentiality, Tests, Test Protocols Copyright Law - Test Protocols Are Not Protected by U.S. Copyright lLaw - Wrightslaw.com 11/14/2021

Confidentiality, Tests, Test Protocols Copyright Law - Test Protocols Are Not Protected by U.S. Copyright lLaw - Wrightslaw.com

Confidentiality, Tests, Test Protocols Copyright Law - Test Protocols Are Not Protected by U.S. Copyright lLaw - Wrightslaw.com Courts and the U. S. Department of Education have held that parents are entitled to see their child's test records. Tests and test protocols are not protected under federal copyright law.

New Curriculum Review Gives Failing Marks to Two Popular Reading Programs 11/14/2021

New Curriculum Review Gives Failing Marks to Two Popular Reading Programs

New Curriculum Review Gives Failing Marks to Two Popular Reading Programs Two of the nation's most-used literacy programs are facing new criticism.

Timeline Photos 11/14/2021

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Join VirginiaABA for a discussion with our Lobbyists about what the election results mean for behavior analysts! Register here: https://bit.ly/3wmDWoa

First man with Down syndrome to complete Ironman triathlon inspiring others 11/14/2021

First man with Down syndrome to complete Ironman triathlon inspiring others

First man with Down syndrome to complete Ironman triathlon inspiring others The first man with Down syndrome to complete an Ironman Triathlon is sharing his secret: "Get 1% better."

11/14/2021

Students receive protections under IDEA, but they also receive rights through Section 504, which is often overlooked.

Learn more about what Section 504 provides at:
https://ldaamerica.org/lda_today/section-504-the-tool-that-should-be-in-every-advocates-toolkit/

"I Think With My Feelings and See With My Heart:" A Child's-Eye View of ADHD 11/13/2021

"I Think With My Feelings and See With My Heart:" A Child's-Eye View of ADHD

"I Think With My Feelings and See With My Heart:" A Child's-Eye View of ADHD "I need you to know. I want to explain. I have a very different brain."

This Inclusive Coffee Shop Only Employs People with Special Needs 11/13/2021

This Inclusive Coffee Shop Only Employs People with Special Needs

This Inclusive Coffee Shop Only Employs People with Special Needs A Wisconsin woman who has a degree in teaching special education is opening a coffee shop and is employing only people with special needs

11/13/2021

I had a great day as a substitute teacher today at Broad Run- yes, you read that correctly. Due to the continued shortage of subs in the county, you’ll see me volunteering my time at a number of our district schools. I had some eye opening conversations with students, and was able to see many of their concerns first hand from spotty wifi to poor quality of school lunches to PAs not working in all parts of the building. However, I was also able to see the great relationship our students had with teachers and admins- Mr. Spage seemed to know the names of every student he came across in the hallway, and I saw a number of teachers fist bumping students throughout the day.

Overall, the most moving part of the day was listening to the essays that my 10th grade English classes were working on, with the prompt of “Are You Happy or Simply Entertained?” We had some great discussions on what it meant to be truly happy, and the effects technology and social media play on reaching happiness.

Other topics that were brought up were the mask mandates, wanting more asynchronous days, and school safety.

I want to thank the entire Broad Run community for a great day and Spartan Swag- I’ll be back very soon!

If you are interested in becoming a sub- please let me know and I am happy to help you get the process rolling.

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SEAC advises the LCPS School Board on the needs of students receiving special education services, and makes recommendations for addressing any issues or gaps in services and supports. Per the bylaws, SEAC is composed of 21 volunteers who apply to be members and are appointed for two-year terms by the School Board. Each year, SEAC elects it’s leadership from the membership. SEAC involves PTA/PTO Representatives who are appointed by their schools. Subcommittees and focus groups are formed to examine issues and help develop recommendations for addressing special education needs in LCPS.

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