Join us for our popular parent-to-parent meeting, which includes presentations from fellow parents of children on the autism spectrum who are making a difference in our community. This is also a great opportunity to take advantage of professionals’ personalized advice with free 1:1 consult sessions! Light refreshments will be served.
Register to attend the meeting and for consults by clicking on the Eventbrite button below.
- Jenna White, Fairfax County Council PTA (FCCPTA) Representative to the Trauma Informed Community Network, is a speaker who has addressed PTAs and mental health organizations across the county. Ms. White will tell us about understanding and identifying childhood trauma in our children and what our schools can do to respond to this significant issue affecting our children—regrettably, especially disabled students.
- Juliet Hiznay, an educational attorney of J.D. Hiznay, PLLC, who is a former POAC-NoVA Board Member and current advisor, will speak to us about the Coalition for Trauma Informed Schools, which she and other concerned professionals formed, and POAC-NoVA supports, to promote school efforts to become more sensitive and effectively address the significant and growing impact of trauma among students.
- Paula Manion, Founder and Chair of City Center NOVA, and Jacqui Winters, Strategic Planning Committee Chair of City Center NOVA, an organization working to create inclusive, affordable independent living alternatives for people of all abilities, will speak to us about how this organization is rapidly making this new inclusive community model a reality for our area. City Center NoVA kicked off less than one year ago, and they have already identified four residential alternatives that will include housing for individuals with developmental disabilities, along with other housing and retail, as well as access to transportation and employment. This exciting new development could be a great model for real inclusion in the community for our children in the future.
1:1 Sessions with Professionals
- Kathy Adams, Service Facilitator for the EDCD/CCC+ Waiver and POAC-NoVA Secretary. Kathy helps families and individuals with developmental disabilities find resources and services. She can answer your questions about Medicaid waivers – how to apply, eligibility criteria, as well as local resources in the community.
Scott Campbell, Autism Awareness and Safety Expert. Scott, who has been living in Northern Virginia with an autistic son since 2002, is POAC-NoVA’s Vice President and has developed an in-depth knowledge of the federal, state and local resources available to all families with individuals with disabilities. He has specific expertise to share with active-duty and retired military families, due to his 31 years of active military service. Also, he has given over 375 presentations on autism awareness and safety issues, so he is uniquely able to answer any questions for families that may have any safety and/or behavioral concerns.
- Ally Patterson, Ph.D., BCBA-D, LBA of Patterson Behavior Services will answer any questions you may have about behavioral issues affecting your child.
- Joan Proper, Educational Attorney will answer questions about IEPs, FBAs/BIPs, and other special education issues.
- Michael Toobin, JD. As the father of a grown son with a disability, Michael has helped many families of disabled children establish legal documents for guardianship, as well as wills and trusts which can help you and set up resources for your children’s needs in the future.