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Education Notebook - 12/24/03

ACDS Meeting

<bt>The Advisory Council for Students with Disabilities will hold its monthly meeting Jan. 14, 2004, at the Belle Willard Center, 10310 Layton Hall Drive, Fairfax. The meeting begins at 7:30 p.m. Guests are welcome to observe the meeting.

Anyone needing accommodations for a disability in order to attend or participate should call 703-246-7780 or #711 to access the Virginia Relay TTY service.

<sh>CHADD Program

<bt>"Real Help for Parents of AD/HD Kids with Oppositional Defiant Behavior" will be the topic of the Jan. 15 program of CHADD (Children and Adults With Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder) of Northern Virginia. The session will be conducted by clinical psychologist Dr. Guy Van Syckle, whose areas of interest also include family conflict, learning problems, parenting issues, divorce and separation, and custody litigation.

According to CHADD, as many as two-thirds of children with AD/HD have at least one other coexisting condition. Approximately 40 percent of individuals with AD/HD have oppositional defiant disorder, which involves a pattern of arguing with multiple adults, losing one's temper, refusing to follow rules, blaming others, deliberately annoying others, and being angry, resentful, spiteful and vindictive.

The program begin at 7 p.m., in the multi-purpose lecture room at Fairfax High School, 3500 Old Lee Highway, Fairfax. The programs are free and open to the public.

CHADD of Northern Virginia also offers regular support group meetings for adults with AD/HD, for spouses with partners who have AD/HD, and for parents of children with AD/HD. For more information, call 703-641-5451, e-mail nova_chadd@hotmail.com, or visit www.novachadd.org.

<sh>FCPS Events Calendar

<bt>Monday, Dec. 22-Wednesday, Dec. 31

Winter vacation for all students and teachers.

Wednesday, Dec. 24-Friday, Dec. 26

Christmas holiday for all employees.

Thursday, Jan. 1-Friday, Jan. 2, 2004

Winter vacation for students and teachers.

Thursday, Jan. 1

New Year's Day holiday for all employees.

Monday, Jan. 5, 9 a.m.

Speakers list opens for FY 2005 budget public hearing. Call 703-246-3646 to be placed on the list.

Thursday, Jan. 8, 7 p.m.

School Board regular meeting, budget presentation. Luther Jackson Middle School, 3020 Gallows Road, Falls Church.