Past Workshop Topics:
Creating Your Circle of Support
Presented on October 10, 2019
We invite you to join national expert, Pat Carver of Community Drive, for a conversation about building a “Circle of Support” model around you. A circle can be a formal or informal group of people in your life who you choose and trust to help you. They can help you make decisions (as in Supported Decision Making) and have a good life. A Circle should be enduring and new members should join as needed so you always have someone in your life to help you when you need them. Pat will help you explore this option.
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Caring for Yourself While Caring for Others
Presented October 3, 2019
Oftentimes when we are put in a position to take care of others we place ourselves on the backburner. No more, it’s time for you to learn to take care of YOU FIRST, so you can give to those you care for from a full cup. This workshop teaches some simple daily practices you can implement to take care of YOU, so you can then take care of others.
Presented by: Beulah Martin is the owner and founder of Be Martin Wellness, where she helps the busy, overscheduled person to transform his/her health. Beulah made her move to jump off of what she calls the “weight loss roller coaster” in 2015, and she never looked back. After losing over 100 lbs., she discovered her passion and purpose in helping others to take charge of their own wellness through a comprehensive system that involves 8 key aspects.
What to Put in the IEP
Presented October 2, 2019
For children on the autism spectrum, the most critical aspect of their educational program is their individualized education program (IEP). The IEP is the document that provides a blueprint for a child’s instructional program and lays the framework for how his time is spent. Because the IEP plays such a critical role, it is essential for parents to identify both long-term and short-term objectives for their child, and that the document is well written.
Join us to learn about what must be included in Individualized Education Plans (IEPs) for students with disabilities. Our presenter will share tips with families on gettting the best possible IEP for their student. Bring your questions!
Cheri Belkowitz, Special Education Attorney at Belkowitz Law. Cheri is a member of the Fairfax Advisory Committee for Students with Disabiliites and serves on the Board of Directors at The Arc of Northern Virginia.
Social Security: Applications and Disability Determinations
Presented September 24, 2019
Join us to learn about applying for Social Security benefits and who is eligible, as well as how the Virginia Office of Disability Determination Services decides if someone has a disability that qualifies them for adult Medicaid and Social Security. Come to learn and ask questions on this complicated and critical topic. Presented by Vida Cyrus, Professional Relations Officer for the Northern Regional Office of the Virginia Disability Determination Services.
Individual and Family Support Program (IFSP) Application Training
Presented September 16, 2019
The Arc of Northern Virginia was pleased to host Erika Jones-Haskins from the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services who explains the Family and Individual Supports Program (IFSP) application and process. The IFSP program offers individuals who are on the waiting list for one of the Developmental Disabilities Waivers to apply for up to $1000 a year in flexible support funds to meet their disability-related needs.
This session walks people through the new online application, teach attendees how to answer all questions and submit relevant documents, and troubleshoot any issues people have with the process.
Waivers, Managed Care, and EPSDT
Presented May 15, 2019
Lucy Beadnell covers the basics of Medicaid Waivers including recent updates and new services, briefly touch on the move to CCC Plus Managed Care, and discuss the EPSDT program. Lucy is the Director of Advocacy at The Arc of Northern Virginia. She has been closely following and advocating during the redesign of our Developmental Disabilities.
New Diploma Options for Students with Disabilities
Presented Thursday, March 14, 2019
Rachna Heizer presented information on a new path to a standard diploma option for Virginia students with disabilities. This option will allow students who are not successful in passing SOL tests due to the nature of their disability, but who can otherwise demonstrate grade level subject mastery, to receive standard diplomas. These students would then be eligible for college and other post-secondary education and federal student aid. Rachna discussed the new option, how to obtain, the pros and cons, and how regulations vary by school district.
Rachna is a lawyer with a background in employment law, disability rights, and corporate law. She has a son with autism who is exceptionally musically gifted and she personally lobbied for this new diploma option. She is actively involved in the implementation of this option in Fairfax schools and is a candidate for Fairfax School Board.
Fair Housing Protections for People with Disabilities
Presented Tuesday, March 12, 2019
Beth Argent, the Accessibility Advocate at Housing Opportunities Made Equal (HOME), and colleage Sara Surface, presented this workshop on Fair Housing Protections for people with disabilities. Beth and her team do investigations across the state for individuals who feel they have faced housing discrimination. This is important information for anyone looking to move to their own home, and caregivers who are working with family members who have disabilities as well.
Americans With Disabilities Act: The Basics
Presented Tuesday, January 8, 2019
During this webinar, our Director of Advocacy, Lucy Beadnell, will overview the basic provisions of the landmark civil rights legislation, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). We will talk about employment rights and protections, interactions with state and local governments, public places, transit, and reasonable accommodations. Join us to learn and ask your questions.
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Finding the Right Residential Provider
Presented Tuesday, December 4, 2018
This panel presentation focused on helping people with disabilities and their families find the right residential service provider. How to find a quality provider is a common question, and it is increasingly difficult as new providers start up businesses. Our panelists discuss ways to determine if a provider is likely to be a good service provider for your needs, and how to address those concerns as you meet with providers, and how to evaluate providers who are new to the service system.
Qadriyyah Johnson, Magnate Consulting; Rebecca Keith, Compassionate Care; Andrew Miller, Lutheran Family Services of Virginia; and Lucy Beadnell, The Arc of Northern Virginia.
Consumer Directed Attendant Panel
Presented Monday, November 5, 2018
This panel discusses strategies for finding, hiring, training, and maintaining the best consumer directed attendants for Medicaid Waiver and private pay. Featured are families who use services, a program provider who works with CD attendants and runs a business helping people find the right staff, and a DD Waiver Case Manager.
We Need to Talk About This: Disability and Trauma Prevention, Identification, and Treatment
Presented Thursday, October 25, 2018
This panel presentation and Q and A session focused on the intersection of developmental disabilities and trauma, including ideas on how appropriate sexual education can prevent tramatic experiences. People with disabilities are significantly more likely to be victims of crime than someone with out a disability, but there are many ways to become a “tough target” for abuse. Our expert panel of social workers, therapists, yoga therapists, and social skills coaches shared information on how to prevent abuse and trauma, how to identify trauma, and how to recover from traumatic experiences.
Are You Really Ready? An Emergency Preparedness Workshop for Individuals with Disabilities and their Families
Presented Friday, October 19, 2018
This Emergency Preparedness Workshop is designed to connect individuals in the community who might have a disability or access and functional needs, as well as their families, to the agencies who play a role before, during and after an emergency. Fairfax County agencies discuss different programs, what information is important to share during an emergency and how to be prepared for the unexpected.
Webinar: Waivers and EPSDT
Presented Thursday, October 11, 2018
This updated webinar covers the Medicaid Waivers since the 2016 redesign, including the planned roll out of new services in 2018. The webinar briefly touches on the intersection of CCC Plus Managed Care with Waivers, as well as a looks at the new mandates for children under 21 to use EPSDT for some Waiver services.
For further information on The Arc of Northern Virginia’s Information & Referral program contact:
Lucy Beadnell, Director of Advocacy at 703-208-1119 x116 or email LBeadnell@TheArcofNoVA.org.
For information about sponsorship opportunities to help support and present our workshops , please contact:
Howard Stregack, Director of Development, at 703-208-1119 x102 or email HStregack@TheArcofNoVA.org.