Student crosses finish line during Special Olympics

Welcome Families!

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

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.  Got questions?  Please reach out to Somervilleparentstogether@gmail.com 

Thursday, August 27th, 8:00 - 9:00 pm

SPECIAL EDUCATION TOWN HALL

Thursday, August 6th, 7:00 - 8:30 pm

Learn more and get the videoconferencing link in EnglishSpanishPortugueseHaitian Creole.

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. 

We ask that you RSVP for this event and respectfully encourage questions to be emailed in advance to Somervilleparentstogether@gmail.com. An opportunity to type in your questions during the Town Hall will also
be provided.

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.

2019-2020 Schedule

September 16th, 2019 - Somerville Library, Conference Room, 79 Highland Ave, Somerville
6:00-8:00pm: Opening Business Meeting
 
October 22nd, 2019 - The Neighborhood Restaurant, 25 Bow Street, Somerville
 
November 18th, 2019 - Cafe, West Somerville, 177 Powder House Blvd, Somerville, MA 02144
6:00-8:00pm: Presentation on the 14 year Transition Training, presented by Mass Advocates for Children 
This workshop will address the transition planning and services required for youth with disabilities ages 14-22. The training will focus on both the transition special education services which prepare youth for employment, independent living and further education and discuss mechanisms to plan for services students may require when they exit special education as well as transition to the adult human service system. Through the use of case examples, parents and professionals will learn strategies that may help students receive important transition services mandated by special education laws. Parents and professionals will also gain an understanding on Chapter 688, the federal law that helps plan for youth with disabilities after they leave school.
 
December 12, 2019 - Cafe, West Somerville, 177 Powder House Blvd, Somerville, MA 02144
6:00-8:00pm: Business meeting and officer nominations for SSEPAC election 
 
January 7, 2020 - VNA, 3rd floor Community Room, 259 Lowell Street, Somerville
6:00-8:00pm: Business meeting and officer elections
 
February 24th, 2020 - Cafe, West Somerville, 177 Powder House Blvd, Somerville, MA 02144
6:00-8:00pm: Autism Professional, presented by Mass Advocates for Children
This workshop provides an overview of specific legal requirements pertaining to the unique learning needs of children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). With an emphasis on the requirement that children with ASD receive educational opportunities which reflect competency and potential, this workshop will address current trends, legal standards, evaluation rights and procedures, writing evaluation reports, discussion of court cases, and special education service options for children with ASD.
 
Cancelled: March 12, 2020 - Cafe, West Somerville, 177 Powder House Blvd, Somerville, MA 02144
6:30-8:00pm: Basic Rights: Understanding the IEP, presented by the Federation for Children with Special Needs
 
April Date TBD - Location TBD
6:00-8:00pm: 
 
May Date TBD - Location TBD
6:00-8:00pm: 
 
June Date TBD - Location TBD
6:00-8:00pm: 

 

Girl running on track during Somerville Special Olympics

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

Somerville SSEPAC 2017-2019 Officers

2017-2019
Rosey McDonough - Co-Chairperson
Kim Rego - Co-Chairperson
Brenda Williams- 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