Published on Tue., October 8, 2019

Parents, local professionals, and teachers of students with disabilities,

October is Disability History and Awareness Month, and as we continue to recognize the unique needs of our students with disabilities, the Lynchburg City Schools’ Special Education Advisory Committee is hosting an information session to assist parents, local service professionals, and LCS faculty and staff members of students with disabilities. 

This event is being hosted on October 22, 2019 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at Heritage High School.  

During our opening session from 6:00-7:30 p.m., educator Mickey VanDerwerker will present “Understanding Students with Mental Health Needs: Strategies and Supports for Educators and Families.” More than 17 million children in the United States have or have had a diagnosable mental illness.  Many more have experienced trauma in their lives that affect learning, relationships, and mental health. These children come to school and into our classrooms every day. Often, they have difficult behaviors that may create challenges in the classroom. This session will help teachers and other professionals empathize with these students, understand the need for supports, identify strategies that are helpful, and identify some resources that can help them going forward. 

Following the opening session, we will hold table sessions from 7:30-8:00 p.m. These sessions will include the following topics: 

•    Strategies to support students with anxiety
•    Twice exceptional: gifted/student with disability
•    Overview of Orton Gillingham Reading Strategies
•    Eligibility criteria as outlined by VDOE 
•    Assistive technology used by students as they access the general education curriculum
•    VDOE graduation requirements/credit accommodations
•    Building a quality transition plan through parent/teacher collaboration/planning 
•    IEP development
•    Parent panel: Negotiating the Referral/Child Study/ Evaluation/ Eligibility/IEP MAZE (SEAC Members)

Please join us during this engaging evening of sharing best practices that focus on helping students with disabilities succeed and thrive in their schools.

To register: please call Jackie Tyree at 515-5030 or email her at

We look forward to seeing you on October 22rd at Heritage High School.

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