Thursday, July 28, 2022

Upcoming PEATC Workshops

 Please check out the upcoming websites through PEATC.  Use the link below each workshop to register.

Sexual Health and Wellness Trainings

These trainings are designed to increase an individual's capacity for self-advocacy and decision making. Throughout these 5 sessions we will cover important topics including: setting and respecting boundaries, consent and body rights, safe and healthy behavior, and public versus private body parts, places, and behaviors.

Session Dates:

August 1st - Consent and Body Rights
August 8th - Get Away and Tell
August 15th - Public and Private
August 22nd - Social Media and Online Safety
August 29th - Safe and Healthy Boundaries

Each session will be presented via Zoom at 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm.
A Deeper Look Into Truancy, School Refusal, and Homebound Learning

Join us for this 3-part webinar series led by Dr. Zipporah Levi-Shackleford, PBSF. Each part of the series focuses on one of the topics and covers federal and state regulations, guidelines, statistics, functions for these behaviors, and tools to identify students at risk of these situations. Attendees will also learn about strategies and interventions school teams can use to decrease the number of students engaged in truancy, school refusal, and homebound learning.

August 9 - Truancy
August 16 - School Refusal
August 23 - Homebound Learning

Introduction to Autism and the Science of Behavior
August 17th | 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

This workshop provides the attendee with a basic understanding of Autism Spectrum Disorder and the Science of Behavior. Participants will learn about identified characteristics of autism, be introduced to the functions of behavior, and learn practical examples of dealing with unwanted behavior families may experience.

Family Engagement Through the Ages
August 17th | 6:30 - 7:30 pm

Family Engagement goes beyond the four walls of a family home. Children benefit when families engage in the child’s education. Research continues to show when families and schools partner, students have improved cognitive development, academic performance, better social-emotional development, and improved health. This holds true for students with disabilities.

This interactive panel discussion will explore the importance of family engagement in early childhood and in preparing the student for life after high school including: What does family engagement look like in the early years and how does it evolve as the student transitions through middle school, high school, and adulthood? Join us as we discuss these topics and explore others.
Successful Transition Planning and the IEP
August 25th | 12:00 pm

For parents, and students aged 14 and older, this workshop will encourage active participation in developing a meaningful and useful transition plan to help in preparing for life as an adult when they finish school. Attendees will learn what needs to be in the transition plan and what the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) says about transition services. The transition plan is part of the IEP for students in Virginia who are age 14 and over. It can be frightening to contemplate life after school has finished, but PEATC is here to help take the mystery out of it and to give you the information you need to ensure that a successful transition is within the reach of your child.

Planning for the Future / PEATC Newsletter

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Wednesday, June 1, 2022

Upcoming Events!

 PEATC is sponsoring the following events:

Building Strong Parent Advocates 

PEATC, in collaboration with the VDOE, invites families to join us in our newest online training course, Building Strong Parent Advocates. The Building Strong Parent Advocates training provides information to help families build a solid foundation to understand the special education process while empowering them to be their child’s best advocate. The training will take approximately 6 hours and can be accessed anytime during your preferred month-long session below.
June 6 through July 1:
July 11 through August 11:
August 25 through September 19:

Monday, May 9, 2022

The Final 2021-2022 School Year SEAC Meeting

 As the 2021-2022 begins to wind down, CCPS and our local Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC) will be holding their final meeting on Tuesday, May 10, 2022 at 6:30 pm - in person and virtual.  We would love to see you there!  The virtual link is:

ARC and in the Park Rescheduled

 The ARC of Northern Virginia will be holding the Arc in the Park Family Event this Sunday, May 15, 2022.

Thursday, April 28, 2022

2022 Arc in the Park

If you are looking for a wonderful place to spend a beautiful day, come to the 2022 Arc in the Park


Wednesday, March 23, 2022


 Check out the list below of some wonderful and informative workshops offered by PEATC.  To register, go to

Disability Benefits: VA’s Medicaid Waivers | March 24th, 2022 | 6:00 PM

There are state government benefits available to individuals with disabilities. It’s important to understand that benefits such as personal assistance and community support can play an important role in planning for the future. Navigating state disability services can be difficult, time-consuming, and overwhelming. This workshop explains Virginia’s Medicaid Waivers, eligibility for services, and how to obtain this state benefit.
Connecting the Dots: Potty Training for Children with Disabilities | April 5th, 2022 | 1:30 PM

Let’s talk Potty Training! We’re Connecting the Dots on:
  • preparing for potty training success for our children with disabilities
  • easy tips to help make training manageable
  • potty training in the IEP
Presented by Dr. Rachel Cagliani, BCBA and Assistant Professor at University of Georgia. Dr. Cagliani is a former public school teacher whose current work involves classroom-based and telehealth-based toilet training. She is passionate about addressing the educational needs and life skills of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Sibling Roles and Relationships | April 5th, 2022 | 7:00 PM

This presentation will share information about the roles and responsibilities of siblings of children with disabilities. Attendees will learn about strategies on how to best support siblings of children with disabilities from a panel of siblings who will provide the benefit of their experience. The audience will gain an understanding the key of sibling issues, learn how to foster a positive sibling experience, and become more aware of the sibling support movement.

Zach Rossetti, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of Special Education in the Wheelock College of Education & Human Development at Boston University. Dr. Rossetti’s research focuses on social interactions and friendships between students with and with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Facilitating Social Opportunities | April 12th, 2022 | 7:00 PM

Friendships between people with an intellectual or developmental disability (IDD) and people without disabilities are valuable and important. However, they don’t happen very often. One reason they don’t happen often is that there aren’t many opportunities to create those meaningful relationships. There is also a lack of assistance from educators, staff, and families that promotes friendships between people with and without IDD. This presentation shares examples of success, challenges, and strategies that will encourage authentic friendship between individuals with and without IDD.

Zach Rossetti, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of Special Education in the Wheelock College of Education & Human Development at Boston University. Dr. Rossetti’s research focuses on social interactions and friendships between students with and with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
ABLEnow Accounts | April 13th, 2022 | 6:30 PM

More independence, greater financial security and a better quality of life – that’s the future ABLEnow is building. Join us for an information session to discover the advantages of ABLEnow accounts and the ABLEnow program. In just one hour, we’ll cover the answers to these questions, and more:
  • What are ABLEnow accounts?
  • Who is eligible?
  • How can I use the money in an ABLEnow account?
  • What are the features and benefits of the ABLEnow program?
  • How can I learn more and open an account?
Supported Decision Making from Theory to Practice: Health Care and Life Planning | April 13th, 2022 | 6:30 PM

PEATC is excited to welcome nationally renowned legal expert, Jonathan Martinis, Esq. to talk about the role of supported decision-making in health care and life planning.

Supported Decision-Making is a way for people with disabilities to make their own decisions, with support from people they trust, and be more in control of their lives and rights. In this session, we’ll discuss ways for people to use Supported Decision-Making to play a lead role in their health care, money management, and other important life areas.
What's In My IEP? Virtual IEP Consultations with Students | April 23rd | 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

To help students with disabilities (ages 14-22) feel more confident about participating in their IEP meetings and to ensure their needs, choices, preferences, and what they want to do after high school is accurately reflected in their IEP, PEATC is offering individual consultations with students. These virtual consultations will help student participants understand what is in the IEP and how it relates to achieving their goals and dreams.

A parent/guardian should plan to attend the IEP consult with their youth.

Students can pick a 20 minute time slot from 9 AM - 12 PM on April 23rd.

Tuesday, January 25, 2022

Some Good Resources

 Check out the YouTube Channel for the The Arc of Northern Virginia at

This is a series on people with disabilities interacting with law enforcement officers and other first responders on different topics that include, but to limited to:

  • Talking with Police
  • Traffic Stopes
  • Calling 9-1-1
  • Comfort Kits: Tools to Help People with Disabilities Stay Safe and Calm

Upcoming PEATC Workshops

 Please check out the upcoming websites through PEATC.  Use the link below each workshop to register. Sexual Health and Wellness Trainings *...