FREE TRAINING FOR PARENTS! Critical Decision Points for Families of Children with Disabilities (Regions 1, 2, 3, 8- newly added 4, 5, 6 & 7) (Virginia Department of Education)


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?

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.

Region 7 in Bristol- Hilton Garden Inn, Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Region 6 in Roanoke- Hilton Garden Inn, Thursday, October 18, 2018

Region 4 in Manassas- Holiday Inn Manassas Battlefield, November 8, 2018

Region 5 in Staunton- Stonewall Jackson Hotel and Conference Center, November 15, 2018

Region 1 in Richmond- Four Points by Sheraton, December 10, 2018

Region 2 in Suffolk- Hilton Garden Inn,100 East Constance Road, Suffolk, VA 23234

January 16, 2019

Region 3 in Fredricksburg- Riverside Center, 95 Riverside Parkway, Fredricksburg, VA 22406- January 16, 2019

Region 8 in Appomattax- Appomattox Inn, 447 Old Courthouse Road, Appomattox, VA 24522- February 5, 2019



1/16/2019 10:00 AM - 1/16/2019 2:00 PM,
2/5/2019 10:00 AM - 2/5/2019 2:00 PM


Wednesday, October 17, 2018
Hilton Garden Inn
121 Village Circle
Bristol, VA 24201
Thursday, October 18, 2018
Hilton Garden Inn,
4500 South Peak Boulevard
Roanoke, VA 24018
Thursday, November 8, 2018
Holiday Inn Manassas Battlefield
10424 Balls Ford Road
Manassas, VA 20109 
Thursday, November 15, 2018 
Stonewall Jackson Hotel and Conference Center
24 South Market Street
Staunton, Virginia 24401
Monday, December 10, 2018
Four Points by Sheraton
9901 Midlothian Turnpike
Richmond, VA 23235


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