Thursday, October 14, 2021

VCU Fall Lunch and Learn Series Schedule

 During these uncertain times, VCU-ACE is working to provide resources for families. Weekly, VCU- ACE will provide an opportunity for parents to join us for Lunch and Learn. An interactive and secure Zoom meeting that will address different topics each week. There will be a short presentation with a time for Q&A. Please register below for the Zoom webinars

October is Disability History and Awareness Month (DHAM)

By hiring someone with Down syndrome, you start a virtuous chain: the more that people with Down Syndrome are seen at work, the more they’ll be recognized as valuable employees, and the more they’ll be hired.


 This is such a great visual for our students to lead their meetings and sharing their voice.  This resource is from the OU Zarrow Center For Learning Enrichment

Thursday, September 30, 2021

I'm Determined: College Star Conference

 If you and your son or daughter are wondering what is going to happen when the bus stops coming, and are looking at college as the next part of your journey, check out this webinar!

Click the link below for more information, topics that will be covered, and registration information:

Sunday, September 26, 2021

2021-2022 VCU Fall Lunch and Learns

 Happy Fall Everyone!

A new season brings NEW Lunch and Learns from VCU-ACE.  During next week's Lunch and Learn, Carla Goodman from the VCU-ACE team will discuss why learners with ASD should be allowed the opportunity to learn alongside their non-disabled peers. With appropriate interventions, learners with ASD can make progress.   This presentation will provide effective strategies used to increase learning outcomes of learners with ASD in an inclusive setting.  

Topic:  Effective Strategies for Inclusion: An ASD Approach
Presenter: Carla Goodman, MA, VCU Autism Center for Excellence
Date: Thursday, September 30, 2021
Time: 12:00 - 1:00 pm ET

Register Here!

Have a wonderful weekend!

PEATC Transition University

PEATC’s Transition University is now open

This is a free parent-friendly five-week, self-paced online transition course which has a wealth of information and resources.

The goal is to share factual information on transition-related issues and services to help make the transition from school services to the adult services world less confusing. It is never too early to start learning about students with disabilities transitioning to adulthood and it is never too early to begin taking steps to prepare for the future. As a staff member involved in transition planning and services for your school division, we would greatly appreciate it if you could disseminate this information to families and professionals who may be interested in attending.


Individuals can register at  I have also attached the flyer for Transition University that can be printed off and distributed to others.

Individuals who participated previously but could not complete the course or did not have time to take the course can sign up for the fall course!  Every time we host the course it is updated and improved. Professionals are also welcome to take the course.   Participants who complete the full course will receive a certificate showing 6.5 hours.  As always, we thank you for your assistance in reaching families.

 Topics include:

--What do we mean by Transition and Why is it Important?

--Decision Making, Power of Attorney, Guardianship, and Age of Majority

--Planning including Special Needs Trust, ABLE Accounts, and Letters of Intent

--Transitioning into Independent Living (employment, further education, housing, etc.)

--Connecting to Your Community and Adult Services and much more....

Tuesday, August 24, 2021

Resource from VDOE with a Focus on Early Intervention

Family Literacy Night- Virtual Event on August 31

The VDOE is hosting a Virtual Family Literacy Night to kick off the 2021-2022 school year on August 31 from 6-9 pm. This event is intended to be a catalyst for engaging families and communities in fostering a love for literacy. Visit the Family Literacy Night website for session information and registration links. 


All sessions will be live-streamed on the VDOE YouTube channel. Sessions will be recorded and posted at the conclusion of the event.


The VDOE News Twitter and Facebook will also be highlighting sessions every other day between now and the evening of the event. Short, pre-recorded videos will be available on the website. Spread the word!


News from VDOE

Information for Families of Children with Disabilities 

Healthy Back to School

The Virginia Department of Health (VDH) and the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) have launched a new Healthy Back to School COVID-19 website as a resource for schools and families. 

Here you will find information to help keep your children healthy this summer and prepare them to go back to school in the fall, whether in-person or online. You will also find recommendations and policies about COVID-19, immunizations, and other information including well-child visits, routine oral health, and mental health resources for your child. Check back regularly to find the most up-to-date resources!

VCU Fall Lunch and Learn Series Schedule

  During these uncertain times, VCU-ACE is working to provide resources for families. Weekly, VCU- ACE will provide an opportunity for paren...