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Support Groups Meeting in Virginia

Please contact PEATC with information about support groups in your area so that they may be included in this list.


Parent Support Groups

ADD/ADHD

Autism/PDD

Brain Injury

Cerebral Palsy

Chromosomal Syndromes

Chronic Longterm Illness

Down Syndrome

Early Intervention

Emotional Disabilities

Epilepsy

General

Prader-Willi Syndrome

Preschoolers

Tourette Syndrome

Uncategorized Group


ADD/ADHD

CHADD of Northern Virginia Support Group for Adults with AD/HD
SUPPORT GROUP FOR ADULTS WITH AD/HD
Springfield/Falls Church
Support meetings for adults with AD/HD are held every 2nd Wednesday of the month at Marshall High School in Falls Church. Free and open to the public.
www.novachadd.org
Tysons-Pimmit Public Library
7584 Leesburg Pike
Falls Church , Virginia 22043
Phone: 703-641-8940 (Contact Anne Roberts )
coach@brainrelief.org
HAAD - Hyperactive Attention Deficit Roanoke Valley CH.ADD.
CH.A.D.D. Small Parent Support Groups
Meetings for those concerned with children - 2nd Thursday 7 p.m. in the Education Center behind Lewis Gale Pavilion. Adult meeting 3rd Wednesday 7 p.m. Conference Room B, Lewis Gale Pavilion.
For information contact 366-3024.
Phone: 804-366-3024

Autism/PDD

Arlington Autism Group
Parent support group. For information, please contact Donna Budway at donnabudway@aol.com.
AS IS Group, Arlington, VA
The Asperger Syndrome Information and Support group helps families with children (ages 3-23) who have Asperger syndrome, high functioning autism, non-verbal learning disabilities, PDD-NOS (pervasive developmental delay - not otherwise specified) and other related social communication skills disabilities. We generally meet on a monthly basis during the school year, alternating daytime and evening meetings. We discuss issues of common interest, exchange information on resources and strategies that have helped our children, and try to support each other and create community support for our families. We also have an active listserve for exchanging information. Meetings are usually held in Arlington. Parents, grandparents, caregivers are all welcome to attend our meetings. While the majority of our families reside in Arlington, we do have members from close-in Fairfax County communities. For more information on the AS IS group, please send e-mail to info@aspergersyndrome.org
http://www.aspergersyndrome.org/

Asperger Adults of Greater Washington
Support and social groups for adults 18 and over who live in the region and who have Asperger's, high-functioning autism, nonverbal learning disorder, semantic pragmatic disorder and PDD-NOS. Members attending their first meeting may bring a family member or friend. Meets montly. To join e-mail group, please contact Mark at info@aagw.net.
Autism Society of America, Central Virginia Chapter
Autism Society, Central VA
Monthly meeting w/ speaker
Additional Support Groups for:
Parents of Children w/ Asperger's
Parents Interested in Biomedical Interventions
Adults w/ Asperger's
For times and dates of meetings, visit: www.asacv.org



http://www.asacv.org/
8800 River Road
Phone: 804-257-0192
asacv@aol.com
DC Autism Parents Support Group
Contact Yetta Myrick at 202-246-3793 or yimrick@yahoo.com.
http://health.groups.yahoo.com/group/DCAutismParents
Fairfax Autism Network Parent Support Group
Parent support group meeting in the Springfield area. For more information, contact Teresa Champion at 703-440-8843 or teechamp@earthlink.net.
Hampton Roads Area Asperger/High Functioning Autism Support Group
Support group for parents in the Hampton Roads area. To join visit http://health.groups.yahoo.com/group/HR_ASD
Hampton Roads Area Military Special Needs/EFMP Support Group
Military parents in the Hampton Roads area. To join visit http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1384410669#!/group.php?gid=313908371748&ref=ts

Loudon County Autism Parent Support Group
Topics and times are typically listed on The Aurora School's website at http://www.aurora-school.org under "Workshops"
National Capital area
Asperger's/High-Functioning Autism Parent Support Groups
2nd Tuesdays. Call Pam Escobar at 703-430-3519 or aspergers_nca@hotmail.com.
Parents Of Autistic Children of Northern Virginia (POAC-NoVA)
Parents Of Autistic Children of Northern Virginia (POAC-NoVA) and its predecessor organization has worked since 1996 to improve the quality and quantity of education for students with autism within the Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS).
POAC-NoVA approved the following goals for the organization at the July 2006 meeting of the Board of Directors:

1. Serve as a clearinghouse for research-based methodologies for instructing students on the autism spectrum
2. Training public and private school educators and parents in ABA/VB and other research-based instructional methodologies
3. Advocate for and influence the successful implementation of ABA/VB and other research-based instructional methodologies for students on the autism spectrum in Fairfax County Public Schools
4. Advocate for improvements in the services delivered to FCPS students on the autism spectrum.
www.poac-nova.org/
Parents Of Autistic Children of Northern Virginia (POAC-NoVA)
P.O. Box 1839
Vienna, VA 22183
Phone: (703) 391-2251
Concerns@POAC-NoVA.org
Parents of Autistic Children's Education (PACE)
Meets 7:30 p.m. every second Sunday of the month at Fairfax Hospital's Education Conference Center.
Phone: 703-861-5235
pace-tm@excite.com
Prince William County Autism Parent Support Group
This group meets in Prince William County. For information, please contact Christine Hoch at 703-431-1558 or choch@comcast.net.
Prince William County Support Group for Parents of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders
The Autism Parent Support Group is for anyone who is raising a child diagnosed with Autism, PDD-NOS, Asperger’s Syndrome or Rett’ s Syndrome. This group meets on a monthly basis, usually on the 4th Tuesday of the month. Meetings may be support based, educational, social, or a combination of all three. For more information, contact Jan Russell, Coordinator of Family Services at (703) 730-3124 or jrussell@arcgpw.org



http://arcgpw.org/programs/family-support/
Proactive Parents Support Group (Burke)
This support group meets in Burke, and is for parents with children that have disabilities, of all types including Aspergers.
Contact Beth Troutman, troutmanbeth@yahoo.com for more information.
Meetings are held 7-9 p.m., usually on the last Tuesday or Wednesday of every month, at the Kings Park Library, 9000 Burke Lake Road, Burke, VA.
Reston-area Asperger Parent Support Group
For more information about the Reston-area Asperger Parent Support Group, please call Pam Escobar at 703-430-3519.
Richmond support group for parents of children with Asperger's Syndrome
Support group for parents of children with Asperger's Syndrome, and adults who have Asperger's. It meets every month on the second Thursday of the month from 7-9pm at the River City Diner at 803 E Parham Rd, Richmond, VA 23227-1107 (Parham and I95).

http://health.groups.yahoo.com/group/richmondaspergersgroup/
http://aspergers.meetup.com/397/
Talk About Curing Autism (TACA) - Northern Virginia
Join local TACA families to share information about education, diet, therapies, and other interventions to help your Autism Spectrum Disorder-diagnosed children thrive.

Meets the 2nd Tuesday of the Month

Location: Wegmans (Market Cafe Seating Area on the Second Floor)
45131 Columbia Place
Sterling, VA 20166

RSVP: http://www.tacanow.org/contact/coffee-talk-va-rsvp/
http://www.tacanow.org/local-chapters/northeast/virginia/northern-virginia/

Brain Injury

Blue Ridge - Fauquier, Flint Hill, Front Royal & Surrounding areas
Served through Winchester Rehabilation 333 W. Court St., 2nd floor conference room, Winchester. Meets 3rd Thursday, 3:00 - 5:00pm, Sept-May.
Eastern Shore
Contact Rachel Lockwood at (757) 789-3990.
Fredericksburg
Asperger Support Group. Meets 3rd Thursday 7:00 p.m. Mary Washington Hospital. Contact Jo Ann Nagle (540) 898-0002 or Jeannie McDowell (540) 374-5051.
Loudoun
Meets 2nd & 4th Tuesday 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. 521-D East Market St.,Leesburg. Contact Laura Gutrick at 703-318-0425.
Manassas
Meets 1st & 3rd Thursday 7:30 p.m. Falls Church High School in Career room. Contact Cheryl Sweeney at 703-569-1855.
Richmond
Meets Wednesday 7:00 p.m. Sheltering Arms Rehabilitation Hospital, 1311 Palmyra Ave. Contact Thomas Byrnes at (804) 359-0401.
Southeast/Newport News
Meets Wednesdays 6:00 p.m. 1st floor Riverside Rehabilitation Institute, Newport News. Contact Shelley Brown at (757) 928-8440 or Jan Brown at (757) 564-3149.
Southside - Farmville & Crewe Areas
Contact Rev. Clyde Shelton at (804) 767-2259 or fax to same number.

Cerebral Palsy

Parents of Children with Cerebral Palsy
Provides a support network for parents of children with Cerebral Palsy. The List Serve is open to all parents of children with CP who reside in Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia and DC. Monthly gatherings will be open to anyone willing to travel to Northern Virginia or Northern Shenandoah Valley. To join group go to http://groups.yahoo.com/group/CPPARENTSVA/. To join list serve only send email to CPPARENTSVA-subscribe@yahoogroups.com with subscribe in the subject line.
For more information contact Melissa Miller at mmiller@infe.org.

Chromosomal Syndromes

DiGeorge/VCFS Syndromes (chromosome 22 deletions)
Informal support group with social & educational meetings. For more information contact Rebecca Draznin at 703-754-1652 or rdraznin@advanceconcepts.com.

Chronic Longterm Illness

Luray & Page Co.
Meets 1st & 3rd Friday 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. in Day room at Page Memorial Hospital. Contact Beulah Peele at (540)743-4561. For Diabetic assistance, contact Melanie Moses Stanley.
Richmond support group for parents of children with hearing loss
A parent-led support group for parents of children with hearing loss who have chosen spoken language communication. It meets every month on the third Monday of the month, from 7-8:30pm at SPEAK UP school, 1307 Lakeside Ave., Richmond VA 23228 804-290-0475.
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/supportingparents

Down Syndrome

Down Syndrome Association of Fredericksburg
DSAFred is a newly established support group that includes parents, family members, friends and professionals working together to improve the quality of life of persons with Down Syndrome. Our children are beautiful and are very important members of our families and community. We are proud of them and we share this pride with all who join with us. Our mission is to enhance the lives of individuals with Down Syndrome and help them reach their full potential by providing family support, education, and social opportunities in Fredericksburg, VA and surrounding areas.
http://www.dsafred.org/1.html
Down Syndrome Association of Virginia Peninsula
The DSAVP brings support to families with new babies through hospital outreach, delivering informative books for parents and siblings. Monthly play meetings provide the opportunity for families to connect and learn from one another. Enrichment activities include trips to the zoo, pumpkin patch and swimming time. Informational speakers and workshops provided for parents, families and caregivers. Mom's Night Out is always a welcome evening of sharing and socializing.
Advanced training seminars for local Speech Therapists are offered to help individuals with Down Syndrome improve feeding and speaking.
www.dsavp.org
P.O. Box 1237
Yorktown, Virginia 23692
info@dsavp.org
DSAR - Down Syndrome Association of Roanoke (serving Southwest Virginia)
www.dsar.org
Correspondence: P.O. Box 4683
Roanoke, Virginia 24015
Phone: 540-772-6460
info@dsar.org
Falls Church/Manassas
Meets 1st & 3rd Thursday 7:30 p.m. Falls Church High School in Career room. Contact Cheryl Sweeney at 703-569-1855.
Falls Church High School
Falls Church, Virginia 22042
Parents with K.I.D.S. (Knowledge & Information on Down Syndrome) Prince William County
Please join us for monthly meetings and family get-togethers. Meetings are held on the 2nd Wednesday of the month, from 7-9 p.m. Childcare and sign language or Spanish interpreter services are available, if request is made a week in advance of the meeting. To arrange for childcare or interpreter services, contact the Parent Resource Center, Special Education Dept., Prince William County Public Schools at (703) 791-8846 (Voice), (703) 791-8847 (TDD). For further details regarding meetings, contact co-facilitators Erin Jones at (703) 730-7424 or Heide Thorpe at (703) 492-7068.
The Down Syndrome Association of Northern Virginia (DSANV)
The mission of DSANV shall be to ensure that all individuals with Down syndrome and their families receive the support necessary to participate in, contribute to and achieve fulfillment of life in their community. DSANV endeavors to:

- Help families adjust to the birth of a child with Down syndrome;
- Provide individuals with Down syndrome and their families with educational, financial, medical, legal and social support and resources;
- Provide social and educational events for individuals with Down syndrome and their families to meet, interact and learn;
- Increase community awareness of the capabilities and contributions of individuals with Down syndrome;
- Provide financial support to families in need with donations of durable medical equipment, educational toys and similar items;
- Support local organizations that provide services to individuals with Down syndrome.

http://www.dsanv.org/

Early Intervention

Northern Virginia - Fairfax County Health Dept. at Belle Willard
Contact Kathleen Gillum at 703-246-7121.
http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/hd/

Emotional Disabilities

ED - Emotional or Behavioral Disabilities
Select the link below for information on signing up for, and participating in, an email-based support group for parents and guardians of children with "Emotional Disabilities" living in Fairfax County.
http://yahoogroups.com/group/edfairfax

Epilepsy

Epilepsy Foundation of Virginia - Northern Virginia
Gina Washington (Regional Director)
(703) 349-2790
gina1216@comcast.net
See http://www.efva.org/events.htm for meeting dates/times
Epilepsy Foundation of Virginia-Hampton Roads Area
This is a support group for people living in the Hampton Roads area. The group is held on the third Tuesday of every month from 7-8pm at 522 South Hampton Roads Blvd. Directions: from I-264 take Independence Blvd. heading south. The building is on the left, right after Edwin Drive.

For more information, please call Kelly Maton at 757-512-7450.
http://www.epilepsyfoundation.org/local/virginia/events.cfm#2149
Epilepsy Foundation of Virginia-Harrisonburg Area
This support group is for people who live in the Harrisonburg area. The meeting is held the third Wednesday of every month from 6-8pm at Rockingham Memorial Hospital, Conference Room 4, 2010 Health Campus Drive, Harrisonburg, VA 22801.

For more information, call Gina at 540-908-3400 or e-mail her at gina1216@comcast.net.
http://www.epilepsyfoundation.org/local/virginia/events.cfm#2149
Epilepsy Foundation of Virginia-Roanoke Area
This is a support group for the Roanoke Area.
It is held on the first Monday of every month from 7-8:30pm at Peters Creek of Brethren, 5333 Cove Road.

For more information call 540-650-2382.
http://www.epilepsyfoundation.org/local/virginia/events.cfm#2149
Epilepsy Foundation of Virginia-Winchester Area
This support group is for people living in the Winchester area. The group meets on the first Thursday of every month from 7:30-9:30pm at the Winchester Medical Center Campus, Wellness Center Room A, 1840 Amherst Street, Winchester, VA 22601.

For more information, send an e-mail to John Tilelli at john.tilelli@aol.com.
http://www.epilepsyfoundation.org/local/virginia/events.cfm#2149
Epilepsy Support Group-Charlottesville Area
Support group is held the first Tuesday of every month at the Community Care Center, Augusta Health Campus, 78 Medical Center Drive, Fishersville, VA 22939.

For information call Katherine Jacobson at 540-248-0800 or e-mail kah6y@virginia.edu
http://www.epilepsyfoundation.org/local/virginia/events.cfm#2149

General

Arc of Prince William
Mothers, Fathers & sibling support groups meet on the 3rd Monday of the month from 7:00 - 9 p.m. If holiday, meeting is on 4th Monday. Childcare is available during the meetings for younger children and the child with a disability. For more information & workshops, contact Jan Russell at (703) 730-3124 or russellj@erols.com.
Arlington Area Group
Parent Information and Support Groups for Parents of Children with Special Needs. Both are drop in at 7:30 pm. GROUP 1--Meets the first Tuesday of Every Month at Common Grounds Cafe at 3211 Wilson Blvd. (across from the Silver Diner. Targeted for families in Arlington with children birth-3 with any type of special needs (surrounding communities welcome). Join us in a comfortable living room setting for topic discussions that range from dealing with the emotions of having a child that has special needs to educating yourself about therapies, IEPs, and the social and emotional development of your child. GROUP 2 -Meets the third Thursday of each month at the Clarendon Fresh Fields in the mezzanine level conference room. Targeted for families living in Arlington with children 12 and under (surrounding communities welcome). Meetings feature either speakers (ranging from therapists, psychologists, educators and advocates) to open discussions on the materials presented by the speakers. Contact your Arlington parent-to-parent coordinator, Julie Katz
http://www.choosehomechildcare.com/
various provider locations in arlington
Arlington , Virginia
Phone: 817-793-5118
julesk@erols.com
Hampton Roads Special Education Parent Support
Our mission of Hampton Roads Special Education Parent Support Group continues to provide parents with information and support so they can effectively advocate for their childrens needs.
Our goals for the upcoming year include becoming a non-profit organization, hosting a conference this spring and raising money to offer scholarships to parents who need Attorneys or Advocates for services.
http://www.hamptonroadspedpsg.com/
Parent to Parent
Meets 2nd & 4th Sundays 9:25 a.m. For parents of children and young adults with special needs. McLean Bible Church, Room 202A, McLean. For information call Jack or Ann Garhart.
Phone: 703-242-1944
Proactive Parents Support Group (Burke)
This support group meets in Burke, and is for parents with children that have disabilities, of all types including Aspergers.
Contact Beth Troutman, troutmanbeth@yahoo.com for more information.
Meetings are held 7-9 p.m., usually on the last Tuesday or Wednesday of every month, at the Kings Park Library, 9000 Burke Lake Road, Burke, VA.
Taking Action for Special Kids (TASK)
Serving Tazewell and surrounding counties in VA.
TASK is an independent non-profit agency serving the special needs citizens of Tazewell County for over 25 years. We help families' of special needs children get the services they need by providing information, referrals, support groups, workshops and advocacy.
P.O. Box 877
North Tazewell, VA 24630
Phone: (276) 988-5583 Ext.334
Fax: (276) 979-1441
taskforkids@hotmail.com

Prader-Willi Syndrome

National Prader-Willi Syndrome Association (USA)
The PWSUSA website, http://www.pwsausa.org, has general and specific information about Prader-Willi Syndrome. The local chapter of the Association is at http://www.pwsausa.org/MD. For more information contact Linda Keder at 301-384-4955.

Preschoolers

Parents of Preschoolers in Special Education, Alexandria Parent Resource Center
Jefferson-Houston School, 1501 Cameron St., Alexandria. Wednesdays, 10:00 - 11:30 a.m. For more information contact Anne Lipnick at 703-461-4188

Tourette Syndrome

Hampton Roads
Meets the 3rd Thursday of each month at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital, Jenkens Hall in Norfolk, VA at 7:00 p.m. Specific information about monthly programming can be found on the chapter website or by calling the chapter office.
www.tsagw.org
600 Gresham Drive
Norfolk, Virginia 23507
Phone: 877-295-2148 (Toll free)
Northern Virginia
Meets the 3rd Wednesday of each month at Inova Fairfax Hospital, Falls Church, VA at 7:00 p.m. Specific information about monthly programming can be found on the chapter website or by calling the chapter office.
www.tsagw.org
Phone: 301-681-4133
Richmond
Group presently forming. Please contact the TSAGW office for more information at 1-877-295-2148 (toll free).

Uncategorized Group

CHADD--Alexandria Parent Support Group
The Alexandria parent support group meets the last Monday of every month at 6 p.m.
Location: Aldersgate United Methodist Church
1301 Collingwood Road
Alexandria, VA 22398

For more information, please send an e-mail to juliehickmanthompson@yahoo.com
CHADD-Loudoun County Parent Support Group
The Loudoun County parent support groups will meet the 4th Sunday of every month at 3:00 p.m. beginning in March 2011.

Location: KinderCare Learning Center at Ashburn Village
44051 Ashburn Village Plaza

For more information, please send an e-mail to CHADD.NOVA.LOUDOUN@gmail.com.



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