Marlborough Special Education Parent Advisory Council
Parceiria, Integridade e Crescimento • Sociedad, Integridad y Crecimiento
M-SEPAC: Partnership, Integrity and Growth
Mission: The mission of the M-SEPAC is to work by Communicating, Evaluating, Advising and Educating within the community for understanding of, respect for, and support of all children with special needs in the community.
Currently, Marlborough Public Schools does not have an active Special Education Parent Advisory Council. Any parent of a Special Education Student enrolled in Marlborough Public Schools who is interested in taking on a leadership role, please contact Jody O'Brien, Director of Student Services
The Marlborough Public Schools is in the process of submitting an Alternative Compliance Waiver to the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education in order to provide a series of district level parent training and participation events as an alternative to a district level Special Education Parent Advisory Council. The link to the DESE advisory can be found here. Anyone who would like to provide feedback regarding the waiver application can contact Jody O'Brien.
Parent Workshops 2019-2020
All workshops are located at THRIVE 25 Boston Post Road, Marlborough
- September 11th - 9:30 a.m. Learning about the MWRTA System
- September 26th - 6:00 p.m. Basic Special Education Rights
- October 3rd 6:00 p.m. - Planning a Life, Estate planning
- October 17th 6:00 p.m. - I.E.P. 101
- October 29th 6:00 p.m. - ABLE Accounts
About Marlborough SEPAC
Leadership Council Positions
Members at Large: "TBD"
Additional parent volunteers are needed for:
- School Liasons
- Special Events
- Program Planning
- School Committee Liasons
- Fund Raising
One of the responsibilities of SEPAC is working with the district and participating in reviews and audits when the state agencies come in for regular reviews. This school year the district is due for a Coordinated Program Review (CPR).
Marlborough SEPAC bylaws were approved by the voting membership on June 9, 2010. View current bylaws.
Below are links to resources our parents have found helpful.
The Federation for Children with Special Needs
- Main site index: http://fcsn.org/
- Open Listserve for families (Family Voises): http://fcsn.org/mfv/
- Parent’s Guide to Special Education: http://fcsn.org/parents-guide
- Online summer resource guide: http://fcsn.org/camps/
- Wonderful online resource directory: http://massfamilyties.org/index.php
The MA Department of Elementary & Secondary Education (DESE)
- Good resources/parent information: http://www.doe.mass.edu/sped/parents.html
- IEP Process Guide: http://www.doe.mass.edu/sped/iep/proguide.pdf
- Transition Planning Form: http://www.doe.mass.edu/sped/28MR/28m9.pdf
The Massachusetts Autism Commission
- Report published in March 2013: http://www.mass.gov/anf/docs/mddc/autism-commission-report-full.pdf
Massachusetts Down Syndrome Congress
- MDSC "Promoting acceptance & inclusion" : http://mdsc.org/
The Center for Executive Function Skill Development is offering a series of workshops (click here).
- (From their website): Executive function skills is a term used to describe difficulties associated with goal setting, carrying out organized steps and modifying a plan to complete a task successfully. These skills are important for learning from past experiences and applying the knowledge in new experiences. Attention, memory, impulse control, organization, planning, and hierarchical thinking problems often described by parents and teachers are the executive function difficulties that can interfere with an individual’s ability to benefit from some traditional speech-language therapy approaches.