Marlborough Special Education Parent Advisory Council
Parceiria, Integridade e Crescimento • Sociedad, Integridad y Crecimiento
M-SEPAC: Partnership, Integrity and Growth
SEPAC meets from October - June at 7 p.m. the first Wednesday of each month at the Whitcomb Middle School Library (see below for dates). All are welcome - bring your ideas of what you would like to see SEPAC become!
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.
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June 14 Workshop on planning for a loved one with special needs
Come and listen to Lady Law, Attorney Allyson Hope Cohen, to learn about special needs trusts, different types of trusts and more!
Register at Cdfortwengler@icanthrive.org
For more information visit: http://www.cohenlawservices.com/
Location: Thrive (formerly GMPI) at 65 Boston Post Road West, Suite 220, Marlborough, MA
About Marlborough SEPAC
Leadership Council 2016-2017
Treasurer: Julie Grasso
Secretary: Sharon Stagg
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). A copy of the findings of the last review (2014) can be found here.
Our bylaws were approved by the voting membership on June 9, 2010. To view our current bylaws please click here:
Marlborough SEPAC meets at 7 p.m. the first Wednesday of the month October through June in the Whitcomb Library.
October 5, 2016
November 2, 2016
December 7, 2017
January 4, 2017
February 1, 2017
March 1, 2017
April 5, 2017
May 3, 2017
June 7, 2017
Below are links to resources our parents have found helpful. If you have any suggestions, please send a note to any member of the Leadership Council.
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.