We are parents of special education students who have joined together to share information and provide support to each other.
We meet regularly with school administrators to give our input on the policies and programs that affect our children.
We organize monthly educational presentations on topics to help parents of both special needs and typical children. We’re here to provide you information and assistance for navigating the often complex special education system and to support your child by supporting special education teachers. SEPAC also serves to help identify and address systemic issues involving children with special needs in the district.
Kids with delayed skills or other disabilities might be eligible for special services that provide individualized education programs in public schools, free of charge to families. Understanding how to access these services can help parents be effective advocates for their kids.
The passage of the updated version of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA 2004) made parents of kids with special needs even more crucial members of their child's education team. Parents can now work with educators to develop a plan — the individualized education program (IEP) — to help kids succeed in school. The IEP describes the goals the team sets for a child during the school year, as well as any special support needed to help achieve them. A child who has difficulty learning and functioning and has been identified as a special needs student is the perfect candidate for an IEP.
Kids struggling in school may qualify for support services, allowing them to be taught in a special way, for reasons such as:
Have you heard of AT but are just not quite sure what it is? Did you know that AT doesn't just mean high-tech systems, that there's a range of AT all the way from no-tech/low-tech (think pencil grips or magnifiers) to high-tech (like communication devices and computers with specialized software)? Are you wondering what AT options are out there that your child might benefit from? Curious about what the "SETT process" involves?
Well, Tammy Bertel, consultant from the Montgomery County Intermediate Unit, will be discussing various types of AT, as well as the “SETT process” used by IEP Teams to evaluate AT for students. Regina Rausch, Assistant Director of Special Education, Janine Rizzo (SLP), Gwen Sheedy (OT) and Colleen Carey (PT) from ASD will also will be present to address specific AT questions.
BONUS- Meet ASD’s new superintendent!!! Dr. Jeffrey Fecher will be joining SEPAC to provide introductory remarks and answer questions.
There is a parental support meeting planned for right after the presentations. These meetings are critical for anyone looking for support and or tips. This bit is parents only
Any questions or concerns, please contact one of our Co-Chairs below.
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