Military Appreciation & Resource Fair

MILITARY APPRECIATION & RESOURCE FAIR

Thursday, Nov. 15 • 3 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Active duty, reservist, retirees, veterans and dependents

Our way to show our appreciation for our military and their families.
Maximize your VA benefits and learn about education opportunities.

Our guest list includes:

• Voluntary Education Center
• Marine Corps Family Team Building
• Disability Resource Center
• Every Woman’s Life Outreach
• Community Health Center of the Rappahannock Region
• Empowerhouse: Supporting Survivors of Domestic Violence
• Fredericksburg Area HIV AIDS Support Services (FAHASS)
• Marine Corps League
• Virginia Veteran and Family Support
• Veteran’s Employment Commission
• Rappahannock Council Against Sexual Assault
• Disabled American Veterans (DAV)
• Family Overcoming Under Stress (FOCUS)
• Marine Corps Family Team Building (MCFTB)
• Consolidated Substance Abuse Counseling Center (CSACC)
• Semper Fit: Health Promotions
• Veterans Benefits
• Germanna Community College Academic Center for Excellence
• Germanna Community College Admissions
• Germanna Community College Veterans Services
• Germanna Community College Disability Services
• Germanna Community College Workforce and Community Education

Fredericksburg Area Campus, 10000 Germanna Point Drive
Fredericksburg, VA 22408
Register by emailing Recruiting@germanna.edu.

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Are you a business with something special to offer?
Email Kimberly at kviarella@germanna.edu.

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Training Opportunity – Critical Decision Points for Families of Children with Disabilities

See the copied Superintendent’s Memo below

Superintendent’s Memo #295-18

COMMONWEALTH of VIRGINIA 
Department of Education

DATE:            October 19, 2018

TO:                  Division Superintendents

FROM:            James F. Lane, Ed.D., Superintendent of Public Instruction

SUBJECT:     Training Opportunity – Critical Decision Points for Families of Children with Disabilities

Parents and caregivers have certain goals in mind when their children go to school.  Regardless of whether or not their children have disabilities, all parents want them to learn, explore, and experience as much as they possibly can.  Parents strive for their children to complete their public education, obtain a diploma, and be fully prepared to move on toward their chosen path, whether that is immediate employment, higher education, or something else.  In order for your child to achieve these goals, there are certain decisions that you, as a parent, will have to make along the way.  Some of these decisions will occur as early as infancy.  Therefore, to ensure that parents have the knowledge necessary to make informed decisions, the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE), through grant funding provided by the Virginia Board for People with Disabilities (VBPD), has created a training program entitled Critical Decision Points for Families of Children with Disabilities.  The purpose of this training program is to assist families in understanding four things: (i) what are the keys to their child’s academic success; (ii) what decisions will they need to make regarding their child’s educational path; (iii) at what point will they be making these decisions; and (iv) what information will they need so that they can make the most well informed decisions possible for their child?

These trainings are designed for parents of children with disabilities who are currently eligible or being considered for services under the criteria set forth in the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEA 2004) implementing regulations or the implementing regulations of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and for people with disabilities.  The first regional trainings are scheduled as indicated below:

November 8, 2018 (Region 4 – Northern Virginia)

Location:         Holiday Inn Manassas, 10424 Balls Ford Road, Manassas, Virginia 20109

Time:              10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Registration link:

Critical Decision Points Parent Training Manassas – Region 4: Eventbrite Registration

November 15, 2018 (Region 5 – Valley)

Location:         Stonewall Jackson Hotel and Conference Center, 24 South Market Street, Staunton, Virginia 24401

Time:              10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Registration link:

Critical Decision Points Parent Training Staunton- Region 5: Eventbrite Registration

December 10, 2018 (Region 1 – Central Virginia)

Location:         Four Points by Sheraton, 9901 Midlothian Turnpike, Richmond, Virginia 23235

Time:              10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Registration link:

Critical Decision Points Parent Training Richmond – Region 1: Eventbrite Registration

 

January 16, 2019 (Region 2 – Tidewater)

Location:         Hilton Garden Inn Suffolk, 100 East Constance Road, Suffolk, Virginia 2234

Time:              10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Registration link:

Critical Decision Points Parent Training Suffolk – Region 2: Eventbrite Registration

 

January 16, 2019 (Region 3 – Northern Neck/Middle Peninsula)

Location:         Riverside Center, 95 Riverside Parkway, Fredericksburg, Virginia 22406

Time:              10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Registration link:

Critical Decision Points Parent Training Fredericksburg – Region 3: Eventbrite Registration

 

February 5, 2019 (Region 8 – Southside Virginia)

Location:         Appomattox Inn, 447 Old Courthouse Road, Appomattox, Virginia 24522

Time:              10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Registration link:

Critical Decision Points Parent Training Appomattox – Region 8: Eventbrite Registration

This is a cost-free opportunity for up to 100 participants per training session and includes mileage reimbursement and lunch on the day of training for all participants.  Lodging is also available the night before the training session for participants travelling more than 60 miles to attend the training but is limited to 25 rooms.  As such, requests for lodging will be on a first-come, first-served basis.  Therefore, to ensure that VDOE orders enough meals and a rooming list can be prepared in advance of each training, VDOE is requesting that anyone interested in attending these trainings pre-register as early as possible using the registration links noted above.

Participant materials and an agenda will be provided at the training venue.  For questions regarding online registration, please contact Lisa Jones.  Ms. Jones can be reached via email, at Lisa.Jones@doe.virginia.gov, or via telephone, at (804) 225-2402.  General questions regarding these trainings should be directed to Tracy Lee.  Mrs. Lee can be reached via email, at Tracy.Lee@doe.virginia.gov, or by telephone, at (804) 225-3492.

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Services for Students Identified as Hearing or Visually Impaired

Superintendent’s Memo #279-18

COMMONWEALTH of VIRGINIA 
Department of Education
DATE:                  October 5, 2018

TO:                        Division Superintendents

FROM:                  James F. Lane, Ed.D., Superintendent of Public Instruction

SUBJECT: Services for Students Identified as Hearing or Visually Impaired

The Code of Virginia at § 22.1-217.01 was amended and requires school boards to annually post information on school division websites and to inform the parents of students who are identified as hearing or visually impaired of its availability as follows:

“The Department of Education shall annually prepare and distribute to local school boards packets of information describing the educational and other services available through the Virginia School for the Deaf and the Blind, the Virginia Department for the Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing, and the Virginia Department for the Blind and Vision Impaired to students who are identified as hearing impaired or visually impaired. Local school boards shall annually post this information on the school division’s Web site and inform the parents of those students who are identified as hearing impaired or visually impaired of its availability. School boards shall ensure that packets of such information are available in an accessible format for review by parents who do not have Internet access.”

Attached is a compilation of the required guidance documents and additional resources that are available at the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) website: Special Education-Sensory Disabilities.  Administrators and teachers may reprint the VDOE guidance information to share with parents.  School divisions may also provide paper copies as well as alternate formats at public schools and in public libraries.

Questions may be directed to Wanda Council, Education Specialist, Office of Special Education Instructional Services, at (804) 371-4059, or at Wanda.Council@doe.virginia.gov.

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Attachment
  1. Resources for Serving Students with Sensory Disabilities-2018 (docx)

Virginia Department Of Education Training for Parents of Students with Disabilities

VDOE Presents “Critical Decision Point” Training for Parents of Students with Disabilities

Richmond, Va. — The Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) is offering training to parents of students with disabilities on critical decision points that can affect a child’s ability to earn a diploma and be ready for higher education or a career.

The free, four-hour sessions — offered in eight locations, beginning this month through February — are available to parents of children with disabilities who are currently eligible or being considered for services under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEA) or Section 504 of the Rehabilitative Act of 1973.

“There are decisions that parents of students with disabilities make as early as elementary school that can impact the ability of a student to earn a Standard or Advanced Studies Diploma,” Assistant Superintendent for Special Education and Student Services John Eisenberg said. “Parents need to know about these critical decision points and their potential consequences.”

The training dates and locations are as follows:

  • October 17 in Bristol
  • October 18 in Roanoke
  • November 8 in Manassas
  • November 15 in Staunton
  • December 10 in Richmond
  • January 16 in Suffolk
  • January 16 in Fredericksburg
  • February 5 in Appomattox

The training sessions are being offered in partnership with the Virginia Board for People with Disabilities.

The registration deadline is October 10 for the sessions in Bristol and Roanoke. Additional information and links to register for any of the Critical Decision Points for Families of Children with Disabilities training is available on the VDOE website.

A limited number of hotel rooms are available for parents and caregivers who want to attend and who live more than 60 miles from the training locations.

See announcement from Virginia Department of Education News Release:   10-3-18-critical-decision-points