Special Education Parent Advisory Council

Parent/Caregiver Support Group

  • Parent/Caregiver Support Group

    Thursday, December 15 at 8:30am
    Topic: Follow up to Dec 5 anxiety workshop
     
    Wednesday, January 11 at 6:00pm
    Topic: How to organize your IEP binder
     
    Wednesday, January 25 at 8:30am
    Topic: Review of Parent's Notice of Procedural Safeguards
     

    Come meet other parents, share ideas, challenges and dreams in an informal and friendly atmosphere.  The support group is a new offering sponsored by the SEPAC. These meetings will both take place at Panera Bread in the back conference room.


    For more information please email the SEPAC at sepac@wpsk12.com.

SEPAC MISSION

  • 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.

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.”

Meetings

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


    Meeting Schedule


    Monday September 26, 2016
    Meet-n-Greet - 6:00pm
    Basic Rights Workshop - 6:30pm

    Thursday October 13th
    Business Meeting - 6:30

    Thursday November 3, 2016
    Business Meeting - 6:30

    Monday November 14, 2016
    Financial Planning for Children with Special Needs – 7:00 pm
    Wilmington Public Library

    Thursday December 1, 2016
    Business Meeting - 6:30

    Monday, December 5, 2016 
    Anxiety in Elementary Children: Is your child affected by anxiety at home or in school? Then this workshop is for you. - 6:30pm 
    Wilmington High School Large Media Room

    Thursday January, 2017
    Business Meeting at 6:30

    Thursday February 2, 2017
    Business Meeting - 6:30

    Thursday March 2, 2017
    Business Meeting - 6:30

    Thursday April 6, 2017
    Business Meeting - 6:30

    Thursday May 4, 2017
    Business Meeting - 6:30

    Thursday June 1, 2017
    Business Meeting - 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.

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