Sunday, October 25, 2009

SEEC's Holiday Gift Boutique

Join SEEC for their 4th annual Holiday Gift Boutique, supporting people with developmental disabilities on November 15.

A portion of all sales from the 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. sale benefit SEEC. The Woman's Club of Chevy Chase (7931 Connecticut Ave) is hosting the boutique.

Exhibitors will be selling everything from woodcrafts, jewelry, paper goods, and stocking stuffers to personalized gifts and handbags. Go to SEEC's website to see a complete list of vendors.

Admission is free.

MARFY Conference: Be the Change

The Maryland Association of Resources for Families and Youth (MARFY) is holding its 29th annual conference in Ocean City from November 11-13.

This conference, titled "Be the Change: The Promise of Change in Child and Family Services" will take place at the Clarion Resort Fontainebleau Hotel (10100 Coastal Highway, Ocean City, 21842).

A variety of topics will be covered at the conference. You can download the conference brochure on the MARFY website.

Regular registration concludes on October 29. The cost for the conference is $395 for members and $445 for non-members. One or two day passes are also available. You can register online.

Parent Support Group for Children Across the Autism Spectrum

Do you need peer support in your autism journey? Attend a monthly JSSA meeting to meet and support other parents who have children on the autism spectrum.

Share coping strategies and community resources, develop networks, and gain support. There is no charge for these meeting that gather monthly on Mondays. This winter's dates are October 5, November 9, December 7, and January 11 from 7-8:15 p.m.

The groups meet at 200 Wood Hill Road in Rockville and are led by Jamell White, LCSW-C. Call 301-610-8361 to register.

Event Summary for the Week of October 26, 2009


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Monday, October 26:


Tuesday, October 27:


A Nickel for Developmental Disability Services?

The Maryland Politics Watch blog recently posted the results of a Gonzalez poll in Maryland to see if voters would support an increase in the alcohol tax if those monies were specifically tied to funding for people with developmental disabilities.

The post reports that out of 800 people polled in September, 75% favor would favor a tax increase and only 17% would oppose it.

The hypothetical tax was a five-cent per drink increase in the alcohol tax to fund services for people with disabilities.

Weigh in with your opinion in the comments section of the post on Maryland Politics Blog (you must sign in with first and last name to have your comment posted). Press and politicians who read that blog will get your point of view—pro or con.

I know I'd happily pay an extra nickel on a ten-dollar drink to increase funding for developmental disability services. What say you?

Sensory Friendly Film: Planet 51

Enjoy a screening of the new animated movie Planet 51 in a sensory friendly environment on November 21 at 10 a.m.

AMC Entertainment and the Autism Society have teamed up to provide a mellower setting for families affected by autism and other disabilities. The movie auditorium will have its lights brought up and the sound turned down, families can bring in their own GFCF snacks, and no previews or ads will be shown before the movies. Audience members are also welcome to get up and move or vocalize. (Unless the safety of the audience is questioned.)

Tickets cost between $4 and $6 depending on the theater. The AMC Rio Cinemas 18 in Gaithersburg (9811 Washingtonian Blvd.) is one of the theaters that participates.

Plan for After High School

Look to the future with this MCPS Parent Academy workshop titled "After High School Planning for Students with Disabilities."

The workshop, which takes place on November 12, will provide parents of students with disabilities with information about options after high school..

It will take place from 7-8:30 p.m. at Earle B. Wood Middle School in Rockville (14615 Bauer Drive).

Organization Matters in Middle School

Does your middle-school child need help with his or her organizational skills? You can attend MCPS' Parent Academy's workshop focused on helping your child with just that.

"Organization Matters in Middle School: Helping Your Child," will offer strategies to help you and your child keep up with assignments, projects, schedules, and more.

This workshop takes place on November 5 from 7-8:30 p.m. at Quince Orchard High School in Gaithersburg (15800 Quince Orchard Road).

Workshops: Speaking Up for Your Children

MCPS' Parent Academy will present workshops titled "Can We Talk? Speaking Up for Your Children to Help Them Succeed," in both English and Spanish.

Presented in collaboration with members of the Parent Advisory Council, these workshops will provide parents with practical tips to plan for meetings and conversations with school staff and to advocate for their children.

The English workshop will take place on November 4 from 7-8:30 p.m. at Richard Montgomery High School in Rockville (250 Richard Montgomery Drive).

The Spanish version will take place on November 5 from 7-8:30 p.m. at Wheaton High School in Silver Spring (12601 Dalewood Drive).


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Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Webinar: Technology Supports for Writing

Joan Green, M.A. CCC-SLP, and Brian Friedlander, PhD, will be presenting a free webinar on using the various writing supports that they featured in their recent eBook, "Technology Supports for Writing" on October 28.

Green and Friedlander will be discussing how assistive technology can help individuals in the writing process. They will discuss features of their eBook and demonstrate some of the highlighted software that can be used to support students with grammar and spelling issues.

The webinar will take place at 1 p.m. You can register online to attend and to get information about how to access a recording of the webinar after it takes place.

IACC's Full Committee Meeting is This Friday

Thanks to reader Nora for bringing this week's IACC (Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee) Full Committee Meeting to my attention. It will be held this Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at NIH.

The agenda includes a presentation by a panel of parents of children with autism, a presentation on Applied Behavioral Analysis by Dr. Tony Charman, and discussion of recommendations for updating the IACC Strategic Plan for ASD Research.

You can register for this meeting online. If you do intend to go, please be aware of NIH's visitor policies. The meeting will also be available as a live webcast or through a conference call. (Phone numbers and the access code are available online.)

The meeting will take place in the William H. Natcher Conference Center, Conference Rooms E1/E2 at the main campus of the National Institutes of Health (45 Center Drive in Bethesda).

Monday, October 19, 2009

Understanding the Increased Prevalence of Autism

NIH will be hosting a lecture aimed at Understanding the Increased Prevalence of Autism on October 22 from 3-4 p.m.

This lecture, which is free and open to the public without prior registration (take government-issued photo ID to get into the building), will be led by Peter S. Bearman, PhD, of Columbia University.

The lecture will also be videotaped and available on the BSSR Lecture Series videocast page within a week of the event.

Attend the lecture in the Room A of the Neuroscience Building, 6001 Executive Boulevard in Rockville.

Kidpower Webinar

Families Together will be offering a Kidpower webinar on December 7 for siblings of kids with a disability.

At the webinar, Sally Burton-Hoyle, Ph.D., will be talking about her Kidpower program that is for siblings of children who have a disability. Parents and kids are both welcome to participate.

The $10 webinar will take place from 4-5 p.m. You can register online.

Webinar About Transitions

Families Together will hold a webinar on November 13 on transitions.

Sally Burton-Hoyle, Ph.D., will be presenting on what we need to know about creating a transition plan for our children.

The webinar will be from 11 a.m. to noon and costs $10. You can register online.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Event Summary for the Week of October 19, 2009


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Monday, October 19:


Tuesday, October 20:




Parenting Strategies for Children with Learning and Behavioral Issues

CHADD of Montgomery County will present a speaker meeting entitled "The Rule of Three: Effective Parenting Strategies for Children with Learning and Behavioral Issues" on October 28 at 7:30 p.m.

Psychologist Dr. Anne Kendall will lead the discussion, which will take place at Twinbrook Library (202 Meadow Hall Drive, Rockville).

Doors will open at 7:15 for registration and social time, followed by Dr. Kendall at 7:30. Discussion and informal support will follow the meeting.

Estate Planning for the Special Needs Family

Attend a workshop on estate planning for the special needs family with Tanya Harvey on October 20.

The workshop will take place at the Katherine Thomas School (9975 Medical Center Drive, Rockville) from 7-8:30 p.m.

Kennedy Kreiger Autism Conference

Kennedy Krieger will hold its annual autism conference on October 29-30 in Baltimore. This year's conference is titled "Advances in Autism: Diagnosis and Intervention" and will focus on topics regarding medical issues in children with autism spectrum disorders, early diagnosis of ASD, and intervention strategies and issues for school-aged children with ASD.

The conference will be held at the Sheppard Pratt Conference Center (6501 N. Charles Street) on October 29 from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and on October 30 from 7:30 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.

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Anxiety and Asperger Syndrome

The next free lecture in Ivymount School's Model Asperger Program Lecture Series will be on Anxiety and Asperger Syndrome, and will be held on October 27.

Daniel Pine, M.D. of the National Institute of Mental Health will be speaking on the issue. Pine's research interests include pediatric psychopharmacology and the pathophysiology of anxiety disorders in children and adults.

The session will take place at Ivymount School in Rockville (11614 Seven Locks Road), and is open to the public. RSVPs are requested, but you are welcome even without having registered. You can register online.

The lecture will last from 7-9 p.m., but doors will open at 6:30 p.m. for networking and refreshments.

Harnessing Technology for GT/LD Students

The GTLD Network will host a presentation on technology for GT/LD students on October 22.

The presentation is intended to help with students who are expected to be comfortable with the assistive technology they will use in college by the time they arrive.

Denise DeCoste, team leader for MCPS' High Incidence Accessible Technology (HIAT) Office, will review the general types of assistive technology available in MCPS and suggest ways in which parents can support their students at home in order to encourage use of these aids.

The speaker presentation is scheduled for 7:30-9 p.m., with open discussion and bring-your-own-dinner time from 6:30-7:30 p.m. It will be held in the Walter Johnson High School cafeteria in Bethesda (6400 Rock Spring Drive).

Inclusive Education Workshop

The Least Restrictive Environment Access Group (LREA) of Montgomery County will be holding a presentation this fall on Universal Design for Learning—Access to the Curriculum for All Students.

The workshop is intended for general educators, special educators, administrators, and parents who are interested in learning about the universal design for learning, which is an educational framework based on the principal that curricular goals, instructional materials, teaching methods, and assessments should be designed to provide meaningful access to the curriculum by the widest range of learners.

The workshop will be held October 28, from 7-9 p.m. at The Arc of Montgomery County (11600 Nebel Street in Rockville).

Pre-registration is required. Please email or call Judy Terle (judy@mcie.org) or Joann Sykes (joann@mcie.org) at 410-859-5400.

Workshop: Helping Your Child Make Good Decisions

MCPS' Parent Academy continues its fall series of workshops with an October 26 town hall conversation titled "Helping Your Child Make Good Decisions."

Participants at the free event will discuss the fact that students today face many issues, including peer pressure, bullying, impulsivity, misuse of social networking sites, and poor decision-making skills. The session will use role play and discussion to assist parents with strategies to help their child solve problems effectively and avoid discipline referrals and suspensions.

The workshop will take place from 7-8:30 p.m. at Springbrook High School in Silver Spring (201 Valleybrook Drive). You can register online.

Understanding ADHD

MCPS' Parent Academy continues its fall series of workshops with an October 22 presentation titled "Understanding ADHD and How to Help Your Child."

At this free workshop, parents will learn about Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and explore strategies and interventions to manage behaviors that may interfere with academic and social success.

The workshop will be held from 7-8:30 p.m. at Benjamin Banneker Middle School in Burtonsville (14800 Perrywood Drive). You can register online.

Planning Workshops for Parents

The Baltimore County Public School system is holding a series of workshops about planning for your adult children. The workshops, which will be held in room 114 of the ESS Building in Baltimore (6901 Charles Street), will take place from 7-9 p.m.

The workshop topics and dates are as follows:

October 21: "Applying for SSI (Supplemental Security Income)" This workshop will answer questions about the SSI application process and eligibility for students with intellectual or developmental disabilities who are 17 and older.

October 28: "What Will Happen to my Child When I am Gone?" This workshop will focus on planning for your child's lifelong financial security.

November 4: "DDA New Directions Waiver" This workshop is for families whose children are eligible for DDA funding and who will turn 21 in the next 2 years or who already receive supports from a DDA-funded agency. The New Directions Waiver allows families to design their child's DDA-funded program and supports without signing up with an agency. There is a required process that can take several months to complete.

November 18: "Exploring Guardianship Issues" This workshop will answer questions about the pros and cons of obtaining guardianship for children with intellectual or developmental disabilities who are over 18 years of age.

Registration for the workshops is required. For more information, or to register, call 410-887-5443.

Postsecondary Education Planning Workshop

MCPS Transition Services will present another it its "Next Steps: School to Adult Living Transition Workshops" on November 12 from 7-9 p.m.

This workshop will cover Postsecondary Education. School system representatives will share planning tools and resources to assist students transitioning to postsecondary education.

This workshop is aimed at families of students, ages 14-21, with IEPs.

The workshop will take place at Earle B. Wood Middle School (14615 Bauer Drive, Rockville).





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Free Four-Part Special Education Workshop Series

The MCPS Parent Academy will be holding a four-session series of workshops about advocating for your special education child.

These free workshops are facilitated by the Montgomery County Federation of Families for Children's Mental Health. You can attend any number of the workshops, which will be held at Shady Grove Middle School (8100 Midcounty Highway in Gaithersburg).

Language interpreters and child care are available for each workshop. You can register online. These workshops are great way to get specific questions answered and to gain practical knowledge about the school system and special education.

Topics and dates for the workshops are as follows:

October 21, 7-8:30 p.m.: Advocating for your Child

October 28, 7-8:30 p.m.: The Individualized Education Plan (IEP)

November 4, 7-8:30 p.m.: Problem Solving with the School

November 11, 7-8:30 p.m.: Monitoring Your Child's Progress

Special Needs Night at BounceU

Does your child love to jump? Let him get his bounce on with a visit to moon-bounce haven BounceU.

BounceU is an inflatable bounce equipment gym with a location in Clarksburg. They are hosting a special needs open play time for kids who might be too overwhelmed by their regular open bounce times.

The Special Needs Night, which will take place from 5-8 p.m. on October 19, is a quiet bounce with no music, and is intended for families with a child with autism or other developmental challenges.

The cost to bounce is $8.95 per bouncer, but parents are free. Pizza and drinks are available for purchase.

You must make a reservation for this event by calling 301-515-5665 or emailing clarksburg.md@bouceu.com. BounceU is located at 22530 Gateway Center Drive in Clarksburg.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

SEAC Meeting Focused on Transportation

MCPS' Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC) will be holding its monthly meeting on October 22 from 7-9 p.m.

The meeting will begin with 15 minutes of public comments (pre-sign up by emailing one of the co-chairs of the committee).

Following public comment will be a meeting with Todd Watkins, the new director of transportation for MCPS. Participants are welcome to express their concerns, problems, and praise for transportation.

The SEAC meeting takes place in room 127 of the Carver Educational Services Center (850 Hungerford Drive) in Rockville.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Used Book Sale to Benefit The Arc

If you're in the market for some used books and would like to help The Arc of Montgomery County, check out The Arc's inaugural Fall Book Sale on November 6 and 7.

The sale will feature thousands of used books, movies, music, and video games, plus home-baked goodies! Profits will be used to fund job training support services for men and women in Montgomery County with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

The sale will take place at 11600 Nebel Street in Rockville. Sale hours on Friday the 6th are from 5-8 p.m. and from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday the 7th.

For more information, contact Doug Gaddis at 301-984-5777, ext. 244 or email DougG@arcmontmd.org.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Halloween with the Ponies

Show your child the joy of ponies by attending Personal Ponies' annual open house, Halloween with the Ponies, on October 25.

Personal Ponies is an amazing non-profit organization that provides ponies to children with disabilities at absolutely no charge.

The open house takes place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Chasin Dreams Farm (17401 Conoy Road, Barnesville, MD), and features pony grooming, brunch, DJ, face painting, and halloween fun.

Please RSVP to Personal Ponies at 301-349-2161 or d_chasin@hotmail.com.

Monday, October 12, 2009

Presentation on The IEP Process

The Arc of Montgomery County will host a free presentation about the IEP process on October 15 from 5-7 p.m.

This is the first in a series of workshops organized and presented by the Down Syndrome Network Advocacy Committee, the Autism Society Montgomery County, and the Arc of Montgomery County Education Committee.

Josie Thomas, Executive Director of The Parent's Place of Maryland, will lead a presentation and discussion about the following topics:

* How to request an IEP meeting and evaluations;

* Practical work on writing goals and objectives;

* An explanation of what a facilitated IEP is and how to request one;

* Who are the IEP team members; and

* What to do when something goes wrong.

There will be an opportunity for parents to ask questions.

To register, please call or email Haydee De Paula at 301-984-5792 or haydeed@arcmontmd.org, Liz Roth at 301-924-2211 or mousetrapliz@earthlink.net, or Heather Sachs at heather@dsnmc.org.

The presentation will take place at The Arc of Montgomery County (11600 Nebel Street in Rockville.)

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Sensory Showcase

Sensory Street is presenting a special sensory processing disorder awareness event on October 18 to help the community learn more about SPD and to help rise money for the SPD Foundation's push to include SPD in the next version of the DSM.

There will be several attractions at the noon to 3 p.m. event, including an SPD workshop presented by Rondalyn Whitney, a viewing of Autistic-Like: Graham's Story, an experience-sharing time for parents, Q&A discussion time, and a fundraiser raffle.

Space is limited to 50 adults who care for or work with children, so preregistration is required. Tickets are $40 each, $60 for a couple, and $55 for professionals. You can download the registration form online or contact Ida Zelaya with questions at 410-653-3867 or ida@SensoryStreet.com.

The event will be held at Your Prescription for Health (10210 South Dolfield Road, Owings Mills, MD).

Transition Workshop: Montgomery College Night

MCPS Transition Services will be holding another in its series of Next Step Workshops, covering school to adult living transitions. The next workshop, on October 14, is Montgomery College Night, when representatives from Montgomery College will present an overview of the range of programs the college offers.

The presentation is intended for parents of children and young adults, ages 14-21, who receive special education services and are planning to attend community college, earn an associate's degree, transfer to a four-year college or university, or enter the job market.

The representatives will present information on disability support services, credit and non-credit programs, self-disclosure issues, and life-long learning opportunities.

The workshop takes place from 7-9 p.m. at Earle B. Wood Middle School (14615 Bauer Drive in Rockville).

What Are the Options When You Can't Speak?

The Maryland Assistive Technology Cooperative (AT:LAST, Inc.) will be holding a training workshop covering an overview of augmentative communication strategies and systems on October 14.

This is intended as an introductory workshop for special education teachers, service coordination teams, and other support persons who work with individuals with communication impairments.

The workshop will last from 9:45 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. and costs $79. You can register online for this workshop, which will take place at the A.T. Learning Center in Columbia, MD (7050 Oakland Mills Road, Suite 160).

Board of Education Meeting

The MCPS Board of Education will be meeting Tuesday, October 13 at 10 a.m. Meetings take place at the Carver Educational Services Center at 850 Hungerford Drive in Rockville.

You can find the agenda online. Video of BOE meetings is always posted on the MCPS website after the meeting takes place. You can also read the minutes.

30 minutes of each meeting are set aside for public comment. Read the guidelines for public participation on MCPS' website if you are interested in commenting.

Workshop on Communicating with Your Child's Teacher

If you have a special needs child in school, you know how important a good relationship with his or her teacher is. If you need some help with this, attend MCPS' Parent Academy's workshop, titled "Communicating with Your Child's Teacher."

The workshop, which will be held on October 21, will help you learn tips to prepare for parent-teacher conferences and discover the difference that ongoing, positive communication between parents and teachers can make in a child's educational experience.

The Parent Academy is holding the workshop from 7-8:30 p.m. at Tilden Middle School (11211 Old Georgetown Road in Rockville).

Helping Latino Families Understand the Special Education Process

The MCPS Parent Academy is opening its fall schedule of classes with a workshop on October 14 focused on helping Latino families understand the special education process.

The workshop will be conducted in Spanish and will help parents of children with disabilities become more knowledgeable about the special education process and how to support their children's education.

This workshop will be held at Rosemont Elementary School (16400 Alden Ave, Gaithersburg) from 7-8:30 p.m.

Event Summary for the Week of October 12, 2009

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Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Children Who Challenge Webinar

Families Together for People with Disabilities will be holding two webinars hosted by Families Together founder Chris Curry. The topic of the webinars, both of which will cover the same information, is "Children Who Challenge."

The first webinar will be held October 16 from 12-1 p.m. and the second will be October 22 from 1-2 p.m.

Space is limited, so you must pre-register. The webinar costs $10.

You can register online for the October 16 or the October 22 webinar.

Sunday, October 4, 2009

McTrans Meeting

McTrans is holding a meeting this Thursday, October 8 from 7:30-9 p.m.

Parent Harry Mass will be speaking on "Living on the edge between a rock and a hard place.

The meeting will take place at the Arc of Montgomery County (11600 Nebel Street in Rockville).

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Event Summary for the Week of October 5, 2009

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Monday, October 5:

Parent Advisory Meetings

MCPS has announced the Parent Advisory Council meeting schedule for the 2009-2010 school year. The PAC meets regularly to provide feedback and advice to the school system on parent involvement efforts and to support parent advocacy through a variety of projects.

Parent Advisory Council meetings will take place on October 5, November 18, January 11, February 24, April 12, and May 12.

All meetings begin at 6:30 p.m. at the Department of Family and Community Partnerships at 850 Hungerford Drive in Rockville. For more information, call 301-279-3100.

The Council is also seeking new members to serve two-year terms. Download the nomination packet by clicking this link.

Social Security Disabilities Benefits Seminar

The Collaborative Outreach and Training Committee will be holding a meeting on Social Security Disability Benefits on December 2.

Diana Varela, Public Affairs Specialist for the Social Security Administration, will speak at the seminar.

She will present eligibility requirements and the application process for Social Security disability benefits including both Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and the Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI). Varela will also discuss Ticket to Work, which provides employment opportunities for beneficiaries of Social Security.

The seminar will take place from 6:45-8:45 p.m. in the 2nd floor meeting room at the Rockville Library (21 Maryland Ave, 20850). You must register by calling 240-777-1216 between November 5 and December 1.

Road to Adult Services Seminar

The Collaborative Outreach and Training Committee will be holding a meeting about the Road to Adult Services & Autism, Model and REM Waivers on November 4.

Shawn Lattanzio and Shayna Street from the Department of Health and Human Services; David Cross, Autism Waiver Coordinator; and Kay Harriston and Briget Barr from The Coordinating Center will be presenting.

Seminar topics include the autism waiver, an overview of services for adults with developmental disabilities provided by state and local agencies, and a discussion of Rare and Expensive Case Management (REM) and the Model Waiver.

The seminar will take place from 6:45-8:45 p.m. in the 2nd floor meeting room at the Rockville Library (21 Maryland Ave, 20850). Register for the seminar by calling 240-777-1216 between October 15 and November 3.

Developmental Disabilities Administration Basics

The Collaborative Outreach and Training Committee will be holding a meeting on DDA basics on October 14.

Gail Singletary, Co-Assistant Director for Eligibility of the Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA) Southern Regional Office will present a summary of DDA services.

The seminar will explain the eligibility process, accessing services, types of services offered, rolling access funding, the Community Pathways waiver, and resource coordination.

The seminar will take place from 6:45-8:45 p.m. in the 2nd floor meeting room at the Rockville Library (21 Maryland Ave, 20850). You must register by calling 240-777-1216 by October 13.

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Exceptional Schools for Exceptional Students Fair

Research school options for your exceptional student at the Exceptional Schools for Exceptional Students School Fair on October 18.

The fair, which is free and open to the public, will take place at the Katzen Art Center at American University (4400 Massachusetts Ave, NW, Washington, DC) from 1-4 p.m.

The fair is dedicated to showcasing many school choices available to families of children with learning differences. It is sponsored by the American University of Education, Teaching and Health.


For more information, contact Bekah Atkinson at 301-592-0567 ext. 12 (batkinson@thesienaschool.org) or Lois McCabe at 301-229-4602 (lois@thedienerschool.org).

Friday, October 2, 2009

Screening of "Autistic-Like: Graham's Story"

Attend a free screening of Autistic-Like: Graham's Story, a film by Erik Linthorst, which is a film about sensory processing disorder.

The screening will take place at Imagination Stage (4908 Auburn Avenue in Bethesda) on October 10 from 6-8 p.m.

A Q&A session will follow the screening and will be led by Jake Greenspan, co-director of DIR Support Services.

RSVP to rsvpal@yahoogroups.com.

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Special Needs Trusts Lecture

Come hear Barry Fierst speak on special needs trusts at Community Support Services on October 13 at 7:30 p.m.

This event will take place at CSS, 9075 Comprint Court in Gaithersburg.

For more information, contact Peggy Greenspan at pfg2004@aol.com or 301-873-5025.

Partnership for Extraordinary Minds Meeting

The Partnership for Extraordinary Minds will be hosting a working partner meeting at La Madeleine's in Rockville on October 4.

The purpose of the meeting, which takes place from 4-5:30 p.m., will be to discuss volunteer opportunities available to help support and advocate for diploma bound students on the autism spectrum. Volunteers with web experience are especially needed.

RSVP to Becky Pedneau at bpedneau@xminds.org.

La Madeleine is located at 11858 Rockville Pike.