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Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) will host their annual Special Education Conference on Saturday, April 1 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Hayfield Secondary School, 7630 Telegraph Road, Alexandria. The conference is free and open to parents, educators, and community members.

Attend the conference to learn the latest research, strategies, and trends in the education of students with disabilities. Workshop topics will include executive functioning skills, dyslexia, learning challenges, anxiety, autism spectrum disorder, and much more. The Exhibit Hall will feature vendors from Fairfax County Public Schools, government agencies, and non-profit organizations.

Register online or contact the Parent Resource Center at 703-204-3941 with questions.


As part of a grant initiative, Fairfax County is seeking help to understand the transportation patterns and mobility needs of older adults and individuals with disabilities within the county and the Cities of Fairfax and Falls Church. In order to do so, a survey has been created to measure the needs of the community.

If you are a senior, an individual with a disability, or a caregiver or family member to someone with transportation challenges,  please consider taking a few moments to complete a brief survey.

Your feedback will help identify improvements and strategies that will continue to allow those to age in place in the Fairfax community.

This survey will close August 1st.

Questions regarding this survey or requests for alternative format can be directed to Susan Shaw (703.324.7075) or Cynthia Alarico (703.324.7055).

DOWNLOAD Mobility Survey in PDF format



At our Alliance for Human Services Annual Meeting last week, Marlene Blum reported that the long awaited county Human Needs Assessment is now released.   If you were there, you might have picked up a printed copy.

It is available on-line.  The link is:

This report will frame our discussions with County officials over the next year.  Please download and review at least the summary.  Let us know what you think we should do next.

Frank Blechman, Treasurer
Fairfax County Alliance for Human Services


The John Hudson Internship Program is an internship program in Fairfax County Government for college students and recent graduates with disabilities. The internships provide paid employment during the summer. Application materials are due on April 17, 2016.

Please refer to the FAQs if you have questions about the program. If your question is not addressed or you need a reasonable accommodation, contact Jill Clark at or 703-324-5874.

Internship guidelines and eligibility requirements

Frequently asked questions

Internship application (due April 17, 2016)

Internship position descriptions


There’s quite the winter storm heading our way — the National Weather Service has issued a Blizzard Watch for this weekend.

Posted on January 20, 2016

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In its statement, the National Weather Service says:
“Potential life-threatening conditions expected Friday night into Saturday night.
Travel is expected to be severely limited if not impossible during the height of the storm Friday night and Saturday.”

It’s time to prepare if you haven’t already begun.
This storm has the potential to be extremely disruptive to the whole region and the forecasts show it’s not our typical snow storm event.

Stay connected here a link to Fairfax County > SNOW RELATED Hub of Information

Everyone needs to prepare and take this storm seriously. When talking about feet of snow rather than inches, major impacts are guaranteed.
Here’s what Fairfax County Government recommend you consider as the storm approaches:

Read  ALL 1- 6 - recommendations CLICK HERE 

1.) Vulnerable Neighbors
2.) Fire Hydrants
3.) Get Supplies
4.) Road Snow Removal
5.) Neighborhood Snow Removal
6.) Stay Informed


Are you a person with a disability who’s having trouble getting or keeping a job?

The Long Term Care Coordinating Council’s Services for Young Adults with Disabilities Committee invites you to join them at the

We want to help! We need to hear from you!

Come together to voice your employment-related experiences, opinions, and concerns. What services have helped you? What problems have you encountered? What do you think could have helped you get or keep a job? What can we do to help?

  • Family members welcome
  • Space is limited
  • Light breakfast will be provided

Saturday, October 3, 2015

9:30am - 12pm

10467 White Granite Drive, 3rd Floor
Oakton, VA 22124

RSVP at or by calling Bob Eiffert at 703-324-2544 by September 28.

Let's work to make change, together.

Sponsored by the Long Term Care Coordinating Council’s Services for Young Adults with Disabilities Committee

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Have fun, learn something new, and unleash your creative spirit! Fairfax County, the Arts Council of Fairfax County, and AARP Virginia invite you to celebrate the Creative Aging Festival in May 2015. This month-long festival features over 100 events including art exhibits, dance, musical performances, poetry readings, lectures, wellness programs and classes in watercolor, woodworking, knitting, clogging, tap, piano, photography, & more! Find the events calendar at and click on Creative Aging Festival!

Fairfax County presents Legal Tools for Caregivers: WEBINAR. As a family caregiver you may need to make legal and health care decisions for a loved one. This free Webinar will cover durable powers of attorney, trusts, guardianship, and advanced medical directives. Join us on Wednesday, May 6, Noon-1 p.m. Find out more and register at or call 703-324-5205, TTY 711.

Fairfax County will sponsor Strategies for Managing the Stress of Caregiving on Tuesday, May 12, 7-8:30 p.m. at Tysons-Pimmit Regional Library, 7584 Leesburg Pike, Falls ChurchFind out more about this free event and register at or call 703-324-5205, TTY 711.

Fairfax County presents "Alive Inside" Movie and Discussion on Saturday, May 16, 10 a.m.-NoonThis free movie focuses on the Music & Memory program’s ability to combat memory loss and restore meaning to the lives of those with Alzheimer’s disease. Insight Memory Care Center, 3953 Pender Dr., Ste. 100, FairfaxFind out more and register at or call 703-324-5205, TTY 711.

Get the facts about health insurance for older adults at Fairfax County’s free presentation on Medicare 101. Tuesday, May 19, 3-4:30 p.m. at the City of Fairfax Regional Library, 10360 North St., Fairfax. Register beforehand at

Learn about Medicare Part D prescription drug coverage and receive expert assistance in choosing and signing up for a plan for you or your loved one. Wednesday, May 20, 3-4:30 p.m. at Martha Washington Library, 6614 Fort Hunt Rd., Alexandria. Register beforehand at

Fairfax County is offering a free Independent Living Project Series (Sessions are 8 weeks). Programs start Friday, May 1, 1-3 p.m. at Kingstowne Library, 6500 Landsdowne Centre, Alexandria and Friday, May 22, 10 a.m.-Noon. at Our Lady of Good Counsel, 8601 Wolftrap Rd., Vienna. Register at





The Fairfax County Department of Neighborhood and Community Services is seeking interested applicants for Summer 2015 Therapeutic Recreation Services programs. If you’re interested in applying, don’t miss out on one of the upcoming open hire sessions:

  • Wednesday, March 11 (noon to 5 p.m.): Pennino Building, 12011 Government Center Parkway, 10th floor, Fairfax, VA 22035
  • Wednesday, April 1 (noon to 5 p.m.)Pennino Building, 12011 Government Center Parkway, 10th floor, Fairfax, VA 22035
  • Wednesday, April 15 (4:30 to 7:30 p.m.): Irving Middle School, 8100 Old Keene Mill Road, Springfield, VA 22152
  • Wednesday, May 20 (noon to 5 p.m.)Pennino Building, 12011 Government Center Parkway, 10th floor, Fairfax, VA 22035
  • Wednesday, June 3 (noon to 5 p.m.)Pennino Building, 12011 Government Center Parkway, 10th floor, Fairfax, VA 22035
  • Requirements 
  • Be 18 years of age or older
  • At least 250 hours of experience in a recreation or school setting serving individuals with disabilities (college course work can supplement experience)
  • Have or acquire CPR and First Aid Certification for children and adults that is valid through August 2015
  • TB test results: New applicants must have proof of a negative result within the last year, returning staff need proof of a negative result within the past two years

Learn more.





Bus Stop Accessibility Information Now Available on Metro’s Trip Planner

Metro has added a bus stop accessibility feature to its online Trip Planner. This feature will enable customers to be informed about the accessibility features of every bus stop served by Metrobus.  By using the new feature, riders can learn whether a bus stop has a shelter or bench, the availability of nearby crosswalks and curb ramps, and more.

To utilize Metro’s new bus stop accessibility feature, simply click on any Metro bus stop that appears in a Trip Planner itinerary, and it will give you a comprehensive checklist of all the accessible features offered at that bus stop.

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Fairfax County presents Medicare 101.  Dec. 03, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.  Join us for this free event and learn the facts about health insurance for seniors.  No registration necessary.  McLean Community Center, 1234 Ingleside Avenue, McLean.  For more information visit or call 703-790-0123, TTY 711.

Fairfax County is offering a free Telephone Support Group for Family Caregivers of Older Adults.  Dec 9, 7-8 p.m.  Join us to discuss "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly — Caregiving with Family and Friends."   This telephone support group may be just what you need!  Share your experiences, gain support and get important information without having to travel.  The one-hour free sessions are scheduled for the second Tuesday of each month.  Find out more and register and click on Free 2014 Fall Caregiver Seminars. 


The Kingstowne Center for Active Adults in Alexandria needs a Van Driver to take participants on outings and an ESL Teacher.  For these and other volunteer opportunities, call 703-324-5406, TTY 711 or and click on Volunteer Solutions.

Meals on Wheels needs drivers in Chantilly, Clifton, McLean and Falls Church on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Substitute drivers needed throughout the county.  For these and other volunteer opportunities, call 703-324-5406, TTY 711 or visit and click on Volunteer Solutions.

The Wakefield Senior Center in Annandale needs a Chair Exercise InstructorSpanish-speaking interpreters, anExperienced Canasta Player to teach participants, and certified instructors for classes in Ballroom Dance and Pilates.  Volunteer instructor positions could lead to part-time employment.  For these and other volunteer opportunities, call703-324-5406, TTY 711 or visit and click on Volunteer Solutions.

Fairfax County needs volunteers to drive older adults to medical appointments and wellness programs; urgent need in Reston area.  For these and other volunteer opportunities, call 703-324-5406, TTY 711 or visit and click on Volunteer Solutions.

The Annandale Adult Day Health Care Center in Annandale needs Spanish-speaking social companions and a licensed hair stylist to wash, cut and style hair for participants.  For these and other volunteer opportunities, call 703-324-5406, TTY 711 or visit and click on Volunteer Solutions.

The Hollin Hall Senior Center in Alexandria needs a DJ to provide a wide array of music from ballroom to line dancing, aBallroom Dance Instructor and volunteer with basic carpentry skills to build a "Little Free Library," for people to donate and borrow books from.  Center will provide plans and materials.  For these and other volunteer opportunities, call 703-324-5406, TTY 711 or visit and click on Volunteer Solutions.

The Sully Senior Center in Centreville needs a certified personal trainer twice a week, preferably with experience working with older adults.  For these and other volunteer opportunities, call 703-324-5406, TTY 711 or visit and click on Volunteer Solutions.

Korean Meals on Wheels needs Korean-speaking volunteers to deliver meals Monday, Wednesday and Friday inCentreville, Reston and Annandale.  For these and other volunteer opportunities, call 703-324-5406, TTY 711 or visit and click on Volunteer Solutions.

The Gum Springs Senior Center in Alexandria needs a Spanish teacher for a beginner's class.  For these and other volunteer opportunities, call 703-324-5406, TTY 711 or visit and click on Volunteer Solutions.

Volunteers, who are fluent in American Sign Language, are needed in Reston, Herndon and Vienna to provide clients with direct assistance (not interpretation) with computers, grocery shopping, or social visiting.  For these and other volunteer opportunities, call 703-324-5406, TTY 711 or visit and click on Volunteer Solutions.

Respite Care volunteers give family caregivers of a frail older adult a well-deserved break so they can go shopping, attend a doctor's appointment or just have coffee with a friend.  Volunteers visit and oversee the safety of the older adult for a few hours each month. Support and training are provided.  Contact Kristin Martin at 703-324-7577, TTY 711,


Grace Lynch, MS, MSW
Manager, Communications
Division of Adult and Aging Services
Fairfax County, VA
703-324-5277, TTY 711


In this week’s edition:

  • Voters with Disabilities: Are You Ready for the November 2014 Election?

  • Therapeutic Recreation Program Expo

  • Professional Baseball Athletic Trainers Society Launches New Public Service Announcement

  • Bureau of Engraving and Printing to Distribute Free Currency Readers

  • Volunteer Sign Language Users Needed to Assist Older Adults, Adults with Disabilities

  • TPB Announces Enhanced Mobility Solicitation


Voters with Disabilities: Are You Ready for the November 2014 Election?

Big changes are coming to Fairfax County for the November 4, 2014 election, and they could impact YOU when you go to your polling place on Election Day.  NewPhoto Voter ID Requirements and a new voting system will be in place for the first time.  That’s why the Fairfax County Office of Elections and the Fairfax Area Disability Services Board are teaming up to invite you to come try out the accessible features of the new ES&S Express Vote machines and to get your new Virginia Voter Photo ID Card so you’ll be fully prepared for the next election.

When: Monday September 8 from 6-8:30 p.m.

  • 6-7:30p.m.—Voting Machine Testing and Voter Photo ID Card Distribution
  • 7:30-8:30 p.m.—Public Comment and Fairfax County Office of Elections presentation to the Fairfax Area Disability Services Board

Where:  Fairfax County Government Center
12000 Government Center Parkway
Fairfax, Virginia 22035
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This is YOUR opportunity to make sure that you won’t run into any barriers when you cast your ballot on Election Day, and to share your experiences as a voter with a disability with the Fairfax Area Disability Services Board and the Fairfax County Office of Elections, so don’t miss out!

For more information, or to request an ADA reasonable accommodation, contact Matthew Barkley at Voice: 703-324-5868, TTY: 703-449-1186 or


Therapeutic Recreation Program Expo

Come join Therapeutic Recreation Services for a Therapeutic Recreation Program Expo to learn about the recreation, leisure, and respite opportunities available for people with disabilities of all ages! Activities will be provided for children and teens while parents discover all of the exciting programs and services Therapeutic Recreation Services has to offer for residents of Fairfax County, Fairfax City and Falls Church City. For more information, call 703-324-4600.

September 13, 2014
10 a.m.- noon
James Lee Community Center (2855 Annandale Rd., Falls Church, VA)


Professional Baseball Athletic Trainers Society Launches New Public Service Announcement

As part of their alliance, the Professional Baseball Athletic Trainers Society (PBATS) and the U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) released a PSA to Major League Baseball clubs and their minor league affiliates. This PSA featuring Curtis Pride is part of a multi-year outreach initiative, "Ability Transcends Challenges," undertaken by PBATS to educate the public about the talents of people with disabilities in sports and in the workplace. In his own words, Pride, who is deaf and played 11 years in the major leagues, talks about being accepted for his talent. He urges everyone to give people with disabilities an opportunity to prove themselves.


Bureau of Engraving and Printing to Distribute Free Currency Readers

The Bureau of Engraving and Printing (BEP) is distributing free currency reader devices to people who are blind or visually impaired as part of an effort to improve access to printed money. BEP will begin a four-month pilot program in September 2 in partnership with the Library of Congress National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS) that will enable NLS patrons to pre-order the devices. NLS administers a free library program that circulates braille and audio materials to approximately 400,000 people through a national network of cooperating libraries. BEP will use this pilot phase to test ordering and distribution processes and to gauge demand.

A nationwide roll-out of the program will be initiated early next year. Starting on January 2, 2015, currency readers will be widely available to all U.S. citizens or persons legally residing in the U.S. who are blind or visually impaired. To request a currency reader, those who are not NLS patrons must submit an application signed by a competent authority who can certify eligibility. For further information on the program or applying for a currency reader, visit BEP's website.


Volunteer Sign Language Users Needed to Assist Older Adults, Adults with Disabilities

The Fairfax Area Agency on Aging is seeking volunteers who use sign language to assist older adults and adults with disabilities in Reston, Herndon and Vienna with computer support, grocery shopping, and social visiting. Volunteer Solutions provides meaningful volunteer opportunities to improve the lives of older adults and adults with disabilities in Fairfax County.

Learn more.


TPB Announces Enhanced Mobility Solicitation

The Transportation Planning Board is pleased to announce the first grant solicitation under the Enhanced Mobility of Seniors and Individuals with Disabilities Program. This new Federal Transit Administration program offers matching grants to qualifying agencies and projects to help meet gaps in transit service for people with disabilities and/or older adults.

$5.07 million in federal funding is available; applicants must identify the requisite matching funds of 50{31ab897a4370feb218155abc15d7b38f5bba01528a749bd66fe114ec092a63fc} for operating projects and 20{31ab897a4370feb218155abc15d7b38f5bba01528a749bd66fe114ec092a63fc} for capital projects or mobility management prior to applying for a grant.

For additional information and the online application:


ADA Question of the Week

Did the restaurant handle this situation correctly? Lois has a severe peanut allergy that puts her into anaphylactic shock.  She has a service dog who detects the presence of peanuts and alerts her. She attempts to take her service dog with her to a restaurant.  The restaurant tells her she cannot bring her dog into the restaurant unless she shows them some type of certification or doctor’s note.

Question from last week Are pregnant employees covered under Title I of the ADA?

Answer: In some circumstances, employees with pregnancy-related impairments may be covered by the ADA. Although pregnancy itself is not an impairment within the meaning of the ADA and thus is not a disability, pregnant workers and job applicants are not excluded from the ADA's protections. Changes to the definition of the term "disability" resulting from the enactment of the ADA Amendments Act of 2008 make it much easier for individuals with pregnancy-related impairments to demonstrate that they have disabilities and are thus entitled to the ADA's protection.

Pregnancy-related impairments are disabilities if they substantially limit one or more major life activities or substantially limited major life activities in the past. Major life activities that may be affected by pregnancy-related impairments include walking, standing, and lifting, as well as major bodily functions such as the musculoskeletal, neurological, cardiovascular, circulatory, endocrine, and reproductive functions. The term disability should be construed broadly, and the determination of whether someone has a disability should not demand extensive analysis. An impairment does not have to prevent, or severely or significantly restrict, performance of a major life activity to be considered substantially limiting, and impairments of short duration that are sufficiently limiting can be disabilities.

The ADA also covers pregnant workers who are regarded as having disabilities. An employer regards a pregnant worker as having a disability if it takes an adverse action against her (e.g., refuses to hire or terminates her) because of an actual or perceived pregnancy-related impairment, unless the employer can demonstrate that the impairment is transitory (lasting or expected to last for six months or less) and minor.

Thanks to Doris Ray, Sheri Abrams, and Don Kissinger for responding!

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Fairfax County’s Department of Family Services looking for volunteers in a program called Volunteer Solutions which is under the Area Agency on Aging.

We are currently searching for up to 3 people who are fluent in sign language to volunteer with 3 hearing impaired individuals. One client would like a social visitor. One client  would like help with grocery shopping and one needs computer assistance.

Volunteer Solutions staff members manage and coordinate a large pool of volunteers who provide supportive services to older adults and adults with disabilities. We help Fairfax County adults to remain in their own homes, and live as independently as they can.

To volunteer please contact:

Volunteer Solutions

TTY 703-449-1186
703-324-5406, Fax  703-653-6618

12011 Government Center Parkway, Suite 708
Fairfax, Virginia  22035
703-324-5407, TTY: 711, Fax  703-653-6618

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Jury Duty and Tax Scams – July 1, 2014

Sheriff's Office Cautions Residents about Jury Duty and Tax Scams

Scammers, identifying themselves as deputy sheriffs, are calling residents of Fairfax County, the City of Fairfax and the Towns of Herndon and Vienna, threatening that they will be arrested unless they purchase a money card, such as Green Dot MoneyPak, or wire money through Western Union. Usually, the scammer claims that the resident failed to appear for jury duty or did not pay a tax balance. To add to the confusion, the scammer may use the name of a real sheriff’s deputy or judge, both easily found on the official Fairfax County Sheriff’s Office website.

Please be aware! The Sheriff’s Office is in no way associated with this scam. Sheriff’s deputies will NOT call to ask you for money nor threaten you with arrest.

If you receive a threatening phone call related to jury duty or tax payments, please hang up immediately. Do NOT give out personal information such as your Social Security number, bank account or credit card numbers, passwords or any other identifying information. Regularly monitor all of your accounts and always use strong passwords.

To confirm a jury duty summons, contact the Circuit Court jury duty clerk at 703-246-7816 (press 0). For information about tax scams, visit the IRS consumer alerts page,





Fairfax County’s new and improved emergency alert system, Fairfax Alerts, goes live on June 19, 2014 and fxalerts-logo-sloganreplaces the Community Emergency Alert Network (CEAN).  Fairfax Alerts will provide you with important information during an emergency, and allows you to choose up to 10 delivery methods for alerts like home phone, cell phone, email, and text messages.  You can also receive alerts for up to five locations like home, work, school and more. Users can customize the types of weather, traffic and public safety alerts they wish to receive and even create a “do not disturb” timeframe when they don’t want to receive alerts.


Learn more.