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 Lunch and Learn Fall Webinar

Function Matters! How to Determine Why a Student Demonstrates Problem Behaviors.

Problem behavior such as aggression, yelling and noncompliance is common with individuals with a spectrum disorder. To provide appropriate intervention and support, it is critical to understand why a behavior occurs and what may trigger it or cause it to happen. In this webcast, Dr. Schall will describe how to complete a Functional Behavior Assessment, a problem solving approach that assists teams in developing supports for individuals with autism who exhibit challenging behavior. Participants will learn what a functional behavior assessment is and how to complete one as well as how to use the assessment findings to develop a comprehensive behavior support plan.

Presenter: Dr. Carol Schall, Director, Technical Assistance, Virginia Commonwealth University, Autism Center for Excellence
Date: Thursday, August 26 2021
Time: 12:00 - 1:00 pm ET

Register Here!

Career Development Resource

The Center on Transition Innovations Spotlight On Career Development: 

Career Development Resource Highlight (#3):

Building Work-based Opportunities in Home, School, and Community



Through this resource, you will learn about:

·       The benefits of work-based learning for students with disabilities

·       Opportunities to build independence and employment skills across different environments

·       Tools and ideas for building opportunities in the home, school, and community

·       Techniques and strategies for approaching and collaborating with partners

Tuesday, June 29, 2021

Letter from our Director

 Dear parents of CCPS students with IEPs:

I hope you are all doing well as the world moves forward towards a sense of normalcy!  

I am writing to let you know that June 30 will be my last day with Culpeper County Public Schools as the Executive Director of Special Education.  Effective July 1, I will be the Executive Director of the Piedmont Regional Educational Program (PREP) in Charlottesville.  This was a difficult decision to make as it has been a joy and privilege to serve Culpeper students and their families for the past 17 years.  I have learned much from you and your children that I will take with me to my new position.  

At this point, my replacement has not yet been selected.  I am confident that the staff members in the Office of Special Education will provide ongoing expertise and support during the transition of a new Director of Special Education.  

I wish you and your children all the best.


Angela M. Neely

Executive Director of Special Education

Friday, May 7, 2021

Center for Independent Living; Advisory Committee for Culpeper Area


PT and OT Resources Information from VDOE

 Virginia Department of Education (VDOE)’s OT PT Update is designed to establish a direct line of communication with school based OT and PT professionals. To sign up for this service, visit Subscribe to OT PT Update.


Parent Video Series to Support the Learning of Children with Significant Cognitive Disabilities at Home from the National Center on Education Outcomes (NCEO)

The National Center on Education Outcomes (NCEO) and the TIES Center, both funded by the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) have jointly published the first four videos in a series for parents of K-12 students with significant cognitive disabilities. The videos address various aspects of supporting the learning of children with significant cognitive disabilities at home:


Each video focuses on three key questions: Why is it important to focus on this with my child at home? How can I do this at home? What support can I ask for from my child’s school? These videos will help families learn ways to support the learning of their children with significant cognitive disabilities at home and have conversations with teachers to link home to school supports. Educators and other audiences will also find the videos useful as they work with parents and families.

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