Critical Decision Points for Families of Children with Disabilities
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: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/critical-decision-points-parent-training-suffolk-region-2-registration-50863109931
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: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/critical-decision-points-parent-training-fredricksburg-region-3-registration-50864225267
Additional dates and locations across the state can be found at this link.
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.
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?