Resources for Families

A Professional Development Workshop

District Resources

Adaptive equipment – this equipment would be very costly to parents if they had to purchase it.

Secondary transition services - takes the burden off of the parent to navigate the system to find these resources for their child

Social support - parent groups, such as PTA, to help the parents feel connected to other parents and the school

Speech therapy - Having it provided in schools removes the stressor of the parent having to arrange for after-school therapy, and pay fees associated with this treatment

Occupational Therapy/Physical Therapy - Again, having these provided in schools, relieves the burden of scheduling/transporting after school and paying the fees

Interpreters/ELL program - available for students with disabilities and/or their parents who have a language barrier

ESY (extended school year) - available, at no extra cost, to students who qualify to allow them to finish work, rather than being held back

Homebound instruction - provides in home tutoring/tutor continues to assume the responsibility for the student’s education, and works with the parent to keep the child caught up

Parent training sessions - general or specific to the child’s disability Parents given information/encouragement in their role

Consultants - brought into the classroom to observe/work with teachers Parents can be assured that teachers are receiving specialized instruction in methods that will better educate their child

Professional development for teachers - assures parents that educators are keeping up to date with evidence based practices

Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC) - comprised of teachers and administrators. Meet regularly to assure needs of teachers, students and parents are met

Automated messaging - via email, phone call or text Allows parents to be kept up to date on school events and other announcements

Local Resources--County and Community

County based workshops - free for all parents. Provides parents with additional support for meeting their child’s needs.

Extra-curricular for special needs - provides parents with after school activities to keep their children engaged. Also provides programs for children on days when they don’t have school, but parents need to work, so that parents have someone to care for their child

ADA Coordinator - gives parents easy to reach contact for support, coordinates ADA compliance and complaint response, helps lower income families understand food stamps, affordable housing, and other amenities, helps give financial assistance for daycare and camps activities

Facebook groups - used for parents with special needs kids to talk amongst themselves, support/advice from other parents with similar problems/issues, gateway to other forms of social media for more specific help

State Resources

Virginia Family Special Education Connection – helps parents: learn about/plan their child’s educational program, understand legal rights, access local resources, including instructional strategies, assistive technology, behavioral supports to help their child succeed

Virginia Department of Education Ombudsman Service - Ombudsman serves as a resource to parents in non-legal SPED matters. May also: be source of information/referral, aid in answering individuals’ questions, assist in the resolution of concerns/issues

Parent’s Guide to Special Education - developed to help parents understand: rights and responsibilities, child's rights and the school's responsibilities to meet the special needs of their child, includes description of special education process/what is required of parents and the school during each step of process

Guidance for Military Families with Students in Special Education - developed to provide answers to questions that military families with school-aged children might have about special education programs in VA public schools. Topics include: enrollment, special education services, parental consent, Section 504, dispute resolution and procedural safeguards

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