Category Archives: SEPAC

Metrowest Special Needs Resource Fair

I will be participating at the 2nd Annual Metrowest Special Needs Resource Fair.  There will be vendors available to discuss their special-needs based programs, services and resources.  The event, sponsored by the Natick SEPAC, will be held at Natick High School, 15 West Street in Natick, this Sunday, February 10, 2013 from 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM.  Admission is free.  If you are there, please stop by and say hi (I will be at Table 14).  I would be happy to talk with you about special education legal issues or special needs estate planning. Hopefully the impending snowstorm will be cleared out by Sunday!

For more information, go to the Natick SEPAC web site.

The Law Office of James M. Baron represents students and parents in special education and other school-related legal matters throughout Massachusetts and New Hampshire.  Please visit http://www.lawbaron.com, or call 781-209-1166 for more information.

Cambridge Sped PAC to Present Several Programs

The Cambridge, Massachusetts Special Education Parent Advisory Council (C-PAC) will have several interesting programs coming up in the near future.  Check out the C-PAC website for more details:

November 7, 2012: Basic Rights in Special Education

  • Learn about the legally defined role of parents in the Special Education process.  This presenter is bilingual and can answer questions in English and Spanish.

December 5, 2012: Section 504 Plans

  • 504 Plans protect individuals with disabilities from discrimination and outline accommodations students need to participate fully at school. Learn how this process works in Cambridge.

January 9, 2012: Sarah Ward – Executive Functioning
Cambridge Citywide Senior Center – 806 Massachusetts Avenue (Central Square)

  • Sarah Ward, M.S., CCC/SLP will present a workshop on executive function skills, which include time management, attention, organization, memory and problem solving.

January 23, 2013: IEP Goals & Progress Monitoring

  • Trudy Wilcox will assist parents in understanding data to set goals and monitor your child’s progress at school.

February 6, 2013: Special Education Mediation

  • Mediator Myrto Flessas will explain the process how parents and school districts may access mediation to resolve disagreements.

March 6, 2013: Behavioral Disabilities Panel Discussion

  • Learn about a variety of strategies for helping students develop skills for positive behavior.

March 20, 2013: Summer Programs & Services

  • Learn who qualifies for extended year programs and how to access summer services;  and hear from a variety of private summer programs that welcome or specifically serve students with disabilities.

April 3, 2013: Who Cares About Kelsey?

May 1, 2013: The Impact of Trauma on Learning

  • Learn about ways parents and schools can effectively support students whose learning is affected by past trauma.
The Law Office of James M. Baron represents students and parents in special education and other school-related legal matters throughout Massachusetts and New Hampshire.  Please visit http://www.lawbaron.com, or call 781-209-1166 for more information.

Special Education “Basic Rights Workshop” in Wilmington

Wicked Local Wilmington has posted the following online:

Wilmington Special Education Parent Advisory Council (SEPAC) invites parents, guardians and other interested parties to attend a workshop entitled “Basic Rights Workshop” on Thursday, Oct. 25, 6:30-8:30 p.m., at the Wilmington High School Library, 159 Church St., in Wilmington.

Presented by a representative from the Federation for Children Special Needs, this workshop provides families with an introduction to their rights and responsibilities under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), Massachusetts Special Education Law and No Child Left Behind (NCLB). It is designed to help parents learn how to be effective partners with the school, to decide the child’s eligibility for special education, to plan, make decisions and to monitor the educational progress of their child.

If you plan to attend this workshop, it would be helpful, but not necessary, if you send an email to fjobrien@gmail.com, so we will have a sufficient number of handouts available.

For more information about Wilmington SEPAC, go to www.wilmington.k12.ma.us/SEPAC.htm.

Read more: Wilmington basic rights workshop set for Oct. 25 – Wilmington, MA – Wilmington Advocate http://www.wickedlocal.com/wilmington/news/x1826359608/Wilmington-basic-rights-workshop-set-for-Oct-25#ixzz2AJkYmDCh

The Law Office of James M. Baron represents students and parents in special education and other school-related legal matters throughout Massachusetts and New Hampshire.  Please visit http://www.lawbaron.com, or call 781-209-1166 for more information.

Natick SEPAC to Hold Free Special Education Basic Rights Workshop

The Natick SEPAC will hold a special workshop tonight (10/18/12) at 7:00 PM to inform families about their special education rights and responsibilities under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), Massachusetts special education law, and No Child Left Behind (NCLB).  The workshop will be presented by a representative from the Federation for Children with Special Needs.  Topics will include how parents can work in partnership with the school district to determine special education eligibility, and how to plan, make decisions regarding education, and monitor progress.  The workshop will be held at Natick Town Hall, 13 E Central St, Natick, MA.  Contact the Natick SEPAC to RSVP and for more information (naticksepac@gmail.com).

The Law Office of James M. Baron represents students and parents in special education and other school-related legal matters throughout Massachusetts and New Hampshire.  Please visit http://www.lawbaron.com, or call 781-209-1166 for more information.

Scituate SEPAC Program: Getting the Year Off to a Good Start

Wicked Local Scituate lists the following on their web site for special education parents:

Scituate —

Scituate Special Education Parent Advisory Committee will present Getting the Year Off To A Good Start. The program will take place at 7 p.m., on Wednesday, Oct. 24, at Hatherly School.

SEPAC will host this collaboration between parents of children in kindergarten through grade 12, special education teachers, administration and general education teachers who work with vulnerable students. Attendees can ask questions about steps to take to ensure one’s child is off to the right start.

For more information, visit the website at http://www.scituatespedpac.org; or co-chairs Gina McClellan at gina_t_mcclellan@yahoo.com or Julianna Dunn at juliannaDunn2@comcast.com.

Read more: SEPAC: Getting the year off to a good start – Scituate, Massachusetts – Scituate Marinerhttp://www.wickedlocal.com/scituate/news/x354107596/SEPAC-Getting-the-year-off-to-a-good-start#ixzz290Lgx8rJ

The Law Office of James M. Baron represents students and parents in special education and other school-related legal matters throughout Massachusetts and New Hampshire.  Please visit http://www.lawbaron.com, or call 781-209-1166 for more information.

Program on College Planning for Students with Learning Differences – Bedford Massachusetts

The Bedford, Massachusetts Special Education PAC lists the following event on their web site (http://www.bedfordsepac.com/livepage.aspx?site_id=91&page_id=1):

College Planning for Students with Learning Differences,Thursday, October 11, at 7:00 p.m. 

The Bedford High School Guidance Department.and the Bedford SEPAC present College Planning for Students with Learning Differences,Thursday, October 11, at 7:00 p.m. in the Bedford High School’s Large Group Instruction Room. The goal of this evening’s discussion is to help students with learning differences understand both the transition from high school to college and what to expect in a college setting. At our initial event last year, we had an excellent turnout, but the audience was mostly parents.  We strongly encourage both students and their parents to attend this event!

We are delighted to have as panelists:

  • Kirsten Behling, Director of the Office of Disability Services at Suffolk University
  • Jody Goldstein, Director of Student Disabilities Services at UMass Lowell, and
  • Susan Woods, Associate Dean, Student Support Services at Middlesex Community College
The Law Office of James M. Baron represents students and parents in special education and other school-related legal matters.  Please visit http://www.lawbaron.com, or call 781-209-1166 for more information.