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SEPAC

 Join our mailing list by emailing: SEPACREADING@GMAIL.COM

Follow our Facebook Page www.facebook.com/SEPAC.Reading

 Contact the 2020/2021 SEPAC Boards Members:

Amy Stewart: AmyS.SEPAC@gmail.com

Laura Noonan: LNoonan.SEPAC@gmail.com

Alyssa Scaparotti: Alyssa.SEPAC@gmail.com

 

COVID-19 Recommended Resources 

Federation for Children with Special Needs (includes telephone helpline, daily Facebook Livestreams, and resource guide)  

Massachusetts Advocates for Children (includes telephone helpline, weekly virtual chats, and resource guide) 

Department of Elementary and Secondary Education 

Reading Public Schools 

 

2020/2021 Meeting Schedule

The Reading SEPAC typically meets the second Tuesday of the month.  It is anticipated that the SEPAC will follow this custom during the 2020/2021 school year.  Accordingly, the proposed upcoming meeting dates are as follows:

Tuesday, September 8, 2020, at 7 PM

Tuesday, October 13, 2020, at 7 PM (Basic Rights Workshop, "Evaluation and Eligibility", Presented by a member of the Federation for Children with Special Needs)

Tuesday, October 27, 2020, at 7 PM (SEPAC BOARD ELECTIONS!)

Tuesday, November 17, 2020, at 7 PM (Presentation by Coordinator of Mediation and Facilitation Myrto Flessas of the Bureau of Special Education Appeals (BSEA)).

Tuesday December 8, 2020, at 7 PM

Tuesday, January 12, 2021, at 7 PM

Tuesday, February 9, 2021, at 7 PM

Tuesday, March 9, 2021, at 7 PM

Tuesday, April 13, 2021, at 7 PM

Tuesday, May 11, 2021, at 7 PM

Tuesday, June 8, 2021, at 7 PM

All meetings will be held virtually until further notice.

 


 

 Links for information from 2019-2020 meetings:

 

  
 
Past meetings and Approved Minutes

 

 

 
 

 

Tuesday, January 14th, 7pm, RMHS library media center.  Representative from Federation for Children with Special Needs (FCSN) is scheduled to present on the "Role of the SEPAC."

 

Tuesday, February 11th, 7pm, RMHS library media center. General Meeting. Representative from Federation for Children with Special Needs (FCSN) is scheduled to put on a Basic Rights Presentation on "Understanding the IEP."
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SEPAC MISSION STATEMENT

The mission of the Reading Special Education Parent Advisory Council (SEPAC) is to work for the understanding of, respect for, and support of, all children with special needs in the community. To that end, they will work to:

*Promote a network of parents of children with special needs, and provide a forum to share information

*Advise the Director of Student Services, School Committee, and
Superintendent on special education programs and policies, and parent and teacher training needs

*Promote communication and sharing of information between SEPAC members, local, state and national organizations, councils and groups, as well as within the community to encourage understanding, acceptance and inclusion of students with special needs

*Provide informational workshops to parents, educators, students and professionals

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504 RESOURCES

Parent and Educator Resource Guide to Section 504 in Public Elementary and Secondary Schools

Comprehensive guidance from the Office for Civil Rights. There is a lot of information but well worth reading for clarification on federal law.

Disability Discrimination Policy Guidance from the Office for Civil Rights

Scroll through the documents to find OCR's guidance on a variety of situations (e.g. ADHD, diabetes, prevention of racial discrimination, etc.)

What is a 504 Plan?

Information from Understood.org

PROFESSIONAL RECOMMENDATIONS
Below are recommendations from other parents and google.
The district and/or SEPAC is not responsible for any information gathered from these listed professionals.  Use at your own risk.

THIS PAGE IS  A WORK IN PROGRESS: PLEASE EMAIL US YOUR SUGGESTIONS

OCCUPATIONAL THERAPISTS

DEVELOPMENTAL PEDIATRICIANS

SPEECH

CHILD PSYCHOLOGISTS

ABA THERAPY

ADVOCATES

THERAPISTS (List from Children's Hospital) 

CENTERS

CAMPS

TUTORS

 

Did you know if your child has a disability, they qualify for MassHealth?

Find accommodations and help at https://www.understood.org/

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Massachusetts Behavioral Health Partnership

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