SEPAC (SPECIAL EDUCATION PARENT ADVISORY COUNCIL)

Upcoming Events:      

Dear Families,

You are invited to a virtual series of Basic Rights Webinars through the Federation of Children with Special Needs (FCSN). Every year, in cooperation with the SEPAC, each MA school district must make a Basic Rights workshop available to its families. This workshop addresses the rights of students and their parents under state and federal special education laws. Typically, there are three topics to choose from. As our regular in-person workshop was cancelled this year, the FCSN is offering us a series of three webinars - one on each topic. The webinars are taking place on Thursday, 5/28, 6/4, and 6/11 from 6:30-8:30. A live presentation will be followed by a Q&A. The registration links and details are at the end of this email. Please scroll down, register, and join us for one or all!

It's been a busy few weeks, with the official SEPAC meeting on 5/12 and the Q&A with Allison Wong and Lillian Boscarine from Wong & Boscarine LLC on 5/19! Thank you again to the Weston SEPAC for inviting us to join them for that event. Our standing check-ins on Wednesdays at 7:30 pm continue as well. Please look to FB or contact us at waylandsepac@gmail.com for the recurring Zoom link.

To those of you who are getting this type of email for the first time - welcome! We are here as a resource to you. To stay abreast of SEPAC activities, email us at waylandsepac@gmail.com to get more info and to be added to our contact list. That list is separate from this. You can also check us out at waylandsepac.com.

We hope to connect with you soon!

Best regards,

Anne-Louise Klaus & Colleen Morneweck
Wayland SEPAC Co-Chairs


FCSN Basic Rights Webinars

Each webinar is a two hour live presentation with a Q&A. A few logistics from FCSN:

- Attendees will need to register for each webinar separately that they would like to attend in order to receive the link to access the Zoom presentations.
- You may attend all three webinars. According to FCSN, the recorded sessions will be available for the month of June.
- All registered attendees will receive an email with the PDF handout and resource information two days prior to the webinar.

Here is the webinar schedule with the link to each registration:
Thursday, May 28 - 6:30-8:30PM
Basic Rights: Evaluation and Eligibility 
Registration Link:
https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_2zmk9lklQNieN0pl7jeWDQ

 

Thursday, June 4 - 6:30-8:30PM     
Basic Rights: Understanding the IEP
Registration Link:
https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_Q39ixBerQe6E8J8uWAchYg

      

Thursday, June 11 - 6:30-8:30PM     
Basic Rights: Transition Planning
Registration Link:


A Message from the Director of Student Services:

Wayland Special Education Parent Advisory Council (SEPAC)

The Special Education Parent Advisory Council has an important voice to add to the school district’s dialogue and decision-making in regards to special education. Parents have a unique perspective that is based on their own experiences. Working collaboratively with the Office of Student Services, the SEPAC has a positive impact on matters that pertain to special education within the Wayland Public Schools. In partnering with the school district, the SEPAC can help create a more responsive school environment and positive outcomes for families. Meaningful dialogue and progress is borne out of good communication between the officers of the SEPAC, parents and school administrators.

Richard Whitehead, M.Ed.
Director of Student Services


Wayland SEPAC News:

We are happy to announce that, as of our January 9th meeting, Wayland’s SEPAC (Special Education Parent Advisory Council)  is again active. Board positions were filled and bylaws approved unanimously. The Wayland SEPAC works to promote an innovative educational environment in which students with special education needs have equal access to educational opportunities in all of our schools and educational settings. All of our children are encouraged to reach their potential and we hope that you will join us in this effort. Our bimonthly meetings are open both to parents and guardians whose children are receiving services by way of an IEP or 504, as well as to anyone interested in special education in Wayland. Please keep an eye out for social events and other programming, too! SEPAC’s Board hopes you will join us to share information and support Wayland families with special education needs in our district. Interested in how to become involved? Please join us on Thursday, February 13th at 7pm at Town Building for our next meeting or join us on Wayland SEPAC Parents Facebook page.  Questions can be forwarded to co-chairs Anne-Louise Klaus and Colleen Morneweck at waylandsepac@gmail.com.  
 

To contact the Wayland SEPAC please email waylandsepac@gmail.com


SEPAC COMMITTEE BOARD MEMBERS:
Co-Chairs:  Anne-Louise Klaus and Colleen Morneweck

Co-Secretaries:  Margo Grossman and Kerri-Ann Kendall

Treasurer:  Gayle Gledhill

Members at Large:  Janeka Melanson (Events/Planning)
                                 Julie Kannel (Community Resources)
                                 Erin Newton (Liaisons)

SEPAC Liaisons:   Katy Cavallo (WHS)
                               Keri Schouten (WMS)
                               Rocio Arostegui (Happy Hollow)
                               Camille Payne and Maggie Hill (Claypit Hill)
                               Camille Payne (Loker)
                               Becky Chisholm (The Children's Way)
                               Sabrina Picariello (Out of District)

Committee Members: 
Events/Planning:  Rocio Arostegui & Marni Canterbury
Community Resources:  Lisa Bagley & Marni Canterbury
                                                          
                                                                                                       

                        
 

 Resources:  
SPED Child & Teen:  http://www.spedchildmass.com/

Laws & Regulations: Spec.Education Process Workshop:  Parent Workshop
Spec. Education Eligibility Flow-Chart: Spec. Education Eligibility Flow-Chart.pdf

 

“To encourage children to embrace differences, kids must first encounter differences.”

Check out the new Facebook community, Together We Play, an inclusive friendship & play group. This group is for families (or caregivers) raising children with special needs AND families with typically developing children, primarily in the Boston suburbs. Have some fun, and help us make the world a more accepting place! There are benefits for everyone!

Learn more here:  www.momsofamazingkids.org/togetherweplay
Join Facebook group: www.facebook.com/groups/togetherweplay


 

The Wayland Special Education Parent Advisory Council (SEPAC) is the parent advisory council for children with special needs.  The Council advocates for children with special needs and performs in an advisory and collaborative role to the Wayland School Committee relative to special education issues.  SEPAC sponsors general open meetings to educate and inform parents about topics that affect them and their children.  If you would like more information about SEPAC or to join and have your name on our mailing list please contact:

 SEPAC OBJECTIVES: 
   -
  To promote a network for parents of children with disabilities and 
      provide a forum to share information and discuss matters of relative 
      interest and concern regarding our children.
   -  To advise under Chapter 71B of the Massachusetts General Laws: 603 
      CMR, Section 28.00; the Superintendent and School Committee on
      matters that pertain to the educationand safety of students with
      disabilities as well as the operations and development of special 
      education.
    - To promote communication between SEPAC members, local, state and 
      national organizations, councils, andgroups. 

 SEPAC MEMBERSHIP:
   Membership is open to all parents of children with special needs and
   other interested parties.


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