Special Education Parent Advisory Council


  • The Wilmington Special Education Parent Advisory Council (Wilmington SEPAC) provides education and support to parents, school personnel and the broader community on special education issues and services.  The Wilmington SEPAC works towards creating an environment of respect, support and appropriate education for all children with special needs in our community and to ensure that student needs under Chapter 766 and other applicable laws are being met.  The Wilmington SEPAC’s mission is to promote and support an innovative educational environment where children with special education needs have equal access to opportunities and are encouraged to reach their full potential.

Parent/Caregiver Support Group

  • Special Education Support Group for Parents/Caregivers

    Looking for guidance on how to navigate through the Special Education process?

    Come meet other parents, share ideas, challenges and dreams in an informal and friendly atmosphere. Each meeting will have a topic; however, feel free to come and get support or support others even if the topic doesn't interest you.




    Thursday, January 25

    6:30 p.m.

    Chain of Command

    Tuesday, January 30

    8:30 a.m.

    Basic rights

    Thursday, February 8

    6:30 p.m.

    Effective IEP Meetings

    Tuesday, February 20

    8:30 a.m.

    Understanding your IEP

    Thursday, March 8

    6:30 p.m.

    Transition Success

    Tuesday, March 20

    8:30 a.m.

    Outside of school support


    These meetings will take place at Wilmington Panera Bread in the back conference room.

    For more information or to suggest topics, please email the SEPAC at sepac@wpsk12.com.

Transition Corner

  • Is your child 14 or older and on an IEP?  All students on an IEP are entitled to a transition plan starting in the year they turn 14. Their plan should be driven by their vision of adult life. It should be student centered, based on preferences, interests, and appropriate transition assessments.

    Helpful Transition Resources:

    1. www.FCSN.org Contact the Federation to join their Transition listserv

    2. www.NSTTAC.org National secondary transition technical assistance center has useful information about transition assessment tools

    3. www.FULLLIFEAHEAD.org Offers a useful handbook of transition

    4. www.thinkcollege.net College options for people with intellectual disabilities

    5. www.ncset.org National Center on Secondary Education and Transition: Creating opportunities for youth with disabilities to achieve successful futures

    6. www.transitioncoalition.org Providing online information, support, and professiona development on topics related to the transition from school to adult life for youth with disabilities

    7. www.youthhood.org Where teens prepare for life after high school

    MGL c. 69.1! “It is hereby declared to be a paramount goal of the Commonwealth to provide a public education system of sufficient quality to extend to all children…including a school age child with a disability…the opportunity to reach their full potential and to lead lives as participants in the political and social life of the Commonwealth and as contributors to its economy.”


  • All meetings, unless otherwise specified, take place in the Wilmington High School library and are open to the public.

    Meeting Schedule

    Thursday, October 19, 2017
    Business Meeting at 6:30

    Monday, October 23, 2017
    Workshop: An IEP for my child at 6:30

    Thursday, November 16, 2017
    Business Meeting at 6:30

    Thursday, January 18, 2018
    Business Meeting at 6:30

    Monday, January 29, 2018
    Intro to the Transition Planning Process
    A Workshop for Parents and Professionals
    Wilmington High School Large Media Room
    6:30pm – 8:00pm
    See attached flyer, above

    Thursday, February 15, 2018
    Business Meeting at 6:30

    Thursday, March 15, 2018
    Business Meeting at 6:30

    Thursday, April 12, 2018
    Business Meeting at 6:30

    Thursday, May 17, 2018
    Business Meeting at 6:30

    Thursday, June 7, 2018
    Business Meeting at 6:30

SEPAC Know Your Rights

  • Know Your Rights as a Parent/Guardian Under 603 CMR 28.00 & Federal 504:

    YOU are an EQUAL member of the Team.  Be confident in your abilities and your rights.

    YOU have the right to request special education services for your child.

    YOU have the right to an independent evaluation.

    YOU have the right to EQUAL participation in the developing and writing of your child’s IEP.

    YOU have the right to accept or reject a proposed IEP within thirty (30) school days.

    YOU have the right to have your child educated with his/her peers in the “least restrictive environment.”

    YOU have the right to request and receive all evaluation results at least two (2) days prior to a Team meeting.

    YOU have the right to hire an advocate or attorney.