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What is the DCRSD Special Education Parents Advisory Council?

A SEPAC is a Special Education Parent Advisory Council. Every public school district in Massachusetts is required to establish a SEPAC

Special education parent advisory councils (PACs) have tremendous potential to have a positive impact on special education programs in a school district. PACs can provide invaluable activities for parents, and add an important voice to a school district's dialogue and decision-making. (from Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education March 2010)

An effective SEPAC takes the teamwork of the IEP process one step further, putting parents in the role of advisors who use their family’s experiences, unique perspectives and expertise to influence decisions and help shape programs and policies at the local level. An effective SEPAC is more than a meeting - it is an approach and a mindset that truly values the advice of parents. When parent advisors are valued and engaged through a local SEPAC, they can work together with school district staff and community leaders to improve education, not only for those with disabilities, but for all children. (from SPAN Parent Advocacy Network)

 
Group Discussion

DC-SEPAC meetings

First Wednesday of every month at 7pm

Our meetings are generally the first Wednesday of the month at 7pm. We are currently meeting virtually unless otherwise noted.

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Meeting ID: 916 5597 1480

Passcode: SEPAC

Email

Officers

Co-Chair Sam Bitar
Co-Chair Jeanne Costello

Contact the DC-SEPAC by emailing sepac@dcrsd.org

Group Therapy

Coming Soon

Meet and Greet with the new Director of Pupil Personnel Services:
Robert Bergeron
November 17th at 7pm Location TBD

Upcoming:
Workshops: Bullying; Basic Rights transition at 3yrs of age; Basic Rights transition of 18-22;
Satisfaction survey of special education and related services.

 

Support Resources

Educational Content

 
Youth Counseling

Wrightslaw

Information for parents on knowing their rights on IEPs/504s and Federal Law governing special education.

Meditation Class

Federation for Children with Special Needs

The Federation’s mission is to provide information, support, and assistance to parents of children with disabilities.

Supportive Friend

Center for Parent Information and Resources

Supporting the Parent Centers Who Serve Families of Children with Disabilities

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