Student crosses finish line during Special Olympics

Welcome Families!

SEPAC Business Meeting and Social Hour

Thursday, September 24, 2020, 7:30 - 9:00 pm. Please join us. Learn more and find videoconferencing links on the flyer in English, Spanish, Portuguese, or Haitian Creole.

 

2020-2021 Schedule

SEPAC Meeting: Fall Reopening for Students with Disabilities during COVID-19

Thursday, August 27th, 2020, 8:00 - 9:00 pm. Join the Somerville Special Education Parent Advisory Council (SEPAC) as we welcome Massachusetts Advocates for Children (MAC) Attorney Julia Landau who will talk about state guidance for fall opening of schools for students with disabilities. This is a chance to learn and ask questions about current guidance regarding special education services in the fall. This workshop will be helpful for parents of children with all types of disabilities. 

SPECIAL EDUCATION TOWN HALL

Thursday, August 6th, 2020, 7:00 - 8:30 pm. Watch the Video Recording for this meeting. SEPAC (Special Education Parent Advisory Council) Leadership - Michele Lippens, Lucy DeToledo, Lianor Hillerstrom, invite you to a Virtual Town Hall specifically for families of children with special needs. We welcome Christine Trevisone - Director of Special Education; Chad Mazza - Assistant Superintendent; Carrie Normand - School Committee Chair; and Laura Pitone - School Committee Member, to join us for an update and facilitated discussion on Planning Efforts related to Special Education. We welcome all voices and look forward to hearing your thoughts. 

REMOTE MEETING

May 18, 2020. Somerville SEPAC Meeting: The Somerville Special Education Parent Advisory Council (SEPAC) invites you to their first remote SEPAC meeting on Monday, May 18, 8:00-8:45pm. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to connect with other parents of students with special needs in Somerville, and meet your new SEPAC officers. A presentation by Massachusetts Advocates for Children, Special Education during the Coronavirus Era, and Q&A will follow. Please register HERE. You will receive a confirmation email containing information on how to join.

Girl running on track during Somerville Special Olympics

"Every child is gifted. They just unwrap their packages at different times."

Somerville SSEPAC Officers

Michele Lippens Co-Director
Luciane DeToledo Co-Director
Lianor Hillerstrom - Secretary 
 
Follow SSEPAC on Facebook: www.facebook.com/Somerville-SEPAC
 

Brochures and Documents

2016 - 2017 SSEPAC Brochure in English, Spanish, Portuguese, and Haitian Creole.

SSEPAC By-Laws [last updated 10/2019]

2019 Notice of SSEPAC Special Election

 

Joyous student at Somerville Special Olympics

Information for Families

Disability Definitions

Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education Disability Definitions

Inclusion

All children belong and all children learn in different ways! Learn more about making inclusion a reality at PBS Parents at http://www.pbs.org/parents/inclusivecommunities/inclusive_education5.html

Useful Websites for Families

Federation for Children with Special Needs http://www.fcsn.org

Massachusetts Department of Elementary & Secondary Education http://www.doe.mass.edu/sped/

Mass Advocates for Children http://massadvocates.org/

Massachusetts Special Education Law http://www.doe.mass.edu/lawsregs/

Federal Law http://idea.ed.gov

Wright's Law www.wrightslaw.com