Speaker
  • Each campus runs a free speaker series open to current and prospective parents, professionals and members of the community. Space is limited and advanced registration is required.

Baltimore

  • There are no upcoming Speaker Series events at the Baltimore campus at this time

Fairfax

  • Wednesday, October 24, 2018, 9:00am

    Pearl Hartley, Special Care Planner
    Legal, Financial & Tax Considerations for Special Needs Families
    Families with special needs individuals face numerous unique legal and financial challenges. Although these issues are complex, and many times exhausting, having an integrated legal and financial plan is critical to insure the best quality of life for the special needs individual and family. This workshop will provide a financial and legal overview with an eye towards special needs. Other topics that will be discussed are tax related issues such as the provision that allows 529 money to be used for educational expenses for private school and the integration of employer and government benefits. When an inclusive special needs plan is in place your family’s future will be secure.
    Ms. Hartley 
    has been active in the financial services industry for over 37 years. She has received specialized training in financial planning for individuals with special needs through the Special Care Planner designation. She has spoken all over the country on planning for families with special needs. She is also a House Representative for The Brain Foundation, a non-profit organization that provides housing for individuals with mental illness.


    Wednesday, November 14, 2018, 7:00-8:30pm

    Life After High School: A Look at Post-Graduation Options and Opportunities 
    Join us to learn more about the wide range of options and opportunities for students with ASD, ADHD and related disorders to continue their education following High School graduation.  A panel of representatives from a range of continuing education and transition options, including  George Mason University’s Mason Autism Support Initiative (MASI), Northern Virginia Community College, ECPI Career University, College Living Experience, and Dr. Linn Jorgenson of Disability Consulting and Training, LLC and others will speak about their respective programs’ offerings, accommodations and available supports, as well as admissions/registration requirements and timelines.


    Wednesday, January 16, 2019, 7:00-8:30pm

    Dr. Clifford Sussman, MD | Changing the Game: A Parent Guide to Healthy Screen Use
    Dr. Sussman has been featured as an expert on Internet Gaming Disorder in the New York Times and TIME Magazine for kids. His guide to healthy technology use for ADHD was featured on the cover of Attention Magazine. As an author of peer-reviewed literature and a frequent public speaker, he is internationally known as a pioneer in using psychotherapy to treat internet and video game addiction. He is dedicated to helping people achieve a more balanced relationship with digital technology.  By the end of the presentation, parents should have the answers to the following questions:
      Why are video
    games and screen time so addictive?
      How does excessive screen time affect the brain?
      What are some guidelines for healthy screen use in the home?
      How do I balance setting age-appropriate limits with encouraging independence and self-regulation?
      How do I know if my child is controlling
    the game or the game is controlling my child?
      What can I do if my child shows signs of internet and video game addiction?
      How do I educate my children about this?

Silver Spring

  • There are no upcoming Speaker Series events at the Silver Spring campus at this time