E-News from the PTRC

The VDOE has contracted with a company called GovDelivery/Granicus that will provide us with the capability to push information out to families directly.  The main focus will be Family Engagement in Education Month.  Families can sign up to receive these messages on our website, but they won’t know about it unless they actually visit the VDOE site!  In an effort to help us get the word out to families, I’d like to request that you send this link to the families with whom you work:https://public.govdelivery.com/accounts/VADOE/subscriber/new

The VDOE has contracted with a company called GovDelivery/Granicus that will provide us with the capability to push information out to families directly.  The main focus will be Family Engagement in Education Month.  Families can sign up to receive these messages on our website, but they won’t know about it unless they actually visit the VDOE site!  In an effort to help us get the word out to families, I’d like to request that you send this link to the families with whom you work:https://public.govdelivery.com/accounts/VADOE/subscriber/new

Other events in our region: 

  • The Youth Leadership Academy applications are now being accepted.
    The YLA program is an exciting opportunity for rising high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors with disabilities. The Youth Leadership Academy is specifically designed to empower youth with disabilities from across Virginia with the personal and professional skills they need to succeed and become effective self-advocates. This intensive four-day training will take place July 13-16, 2020, on the campus of Virginia State University. All expenses are paid. 
  • PEATC Workshop – Disability Benefits: Medicaid Waivers and SSI
    Two Sessions on January 22, 2020 in Richmond (Faison Center)
    Morning session – 9:30 to 11:30 am 
    Evening session – 6:30 to 8:30 pm 
    These workshops are open to individuals with disabilities, their families, educators, and professionals. Navigating the world of disability benefits can be tricky, time consuming and overwhelming. This workshop will help make that process easier. Join us as we discuss in clear understandable language: what are VA’s Medicaid Waivers and what are Social Security benefits, who is eligible, and how do I apply.
  • The 8th Annual DSAGR Conference – From Possibilities to Practical Applications: Strengthening Education for Children with Disabilities     Saturday, February 1, 2020 from 9 am to 4 pm
    Join general & special educators, parents and other professionals from throughout Virginia and the Mid-Atlantic region to discover how to better educate children and young adults with disabilities. Choose between our special education track or transition track or attend sessions from both tracks. Meet and share ideas with other attendees during the networking luncheon and visit with 34 exhibitors throughout the day. This is a DO NOT MISS event!
  • Behavior & DisciplineWhen your child has ADHD, standard discipline strategies don’t always work. To correct problem behaviors, learn about behavioral therapy, positive parenting, rewards and consequences, and more ideas to stop tantrums and outbursts. ADDitude Magazine has posted an entire pagfe of extremely useful articles to help you navigate this hard topic. It’s worth your time to browse this page. 
  • I’m Determined Academy – for transition aged youth and their parents
    February 29, 2020 from 9 am to 3 pm – a light Lunch will be provided

    CTC@Hull Street Road, Midlothian VA, 23112
    Youth with disabilities from across central Virginia will meet to identify ways to become better advocates and lead more self-determined lives. There will be: Many of the agencies that can help your student transition to life after high school; parent sessions; and challenges for students to help them work on problem solving, critical thinking and collaboration.
  • If you are struggling to find mental or behavioral health resources for your child or just may be confused about the mental health system, the Cameron K. Gallagher Mental Health Resource Center (CMHRC)  can help. The CMHRC is a free service of Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU. They can help families find resources in their community. Family Navigators help you understand the mental health options available for children and can help you in finding therapists, psychiatrists or other appropriate services. Their model uses the valuable experiences of others who have navigated the mental health system, providing one-on-one support and referral assistance to families across Virginia. You can call 804-828-9897 for support.
  • Anxiety in the Classroom – What it looks like, and why it’s often mistaken for something else
    There are many different kinds of anxiety, which is one of the reasons it can be hard to detect in the classroom. Click the link above to read Rachel Ehmke’ article posted by the Child Mind Institute.