The first workshop starts on Wednesday, October 4th. We hope to see you there!
December 3, 2015
6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
This workshop is hosted by the Triton SEPAC and will be held at:
Triton Regional High School Library
112 Elm Street
Registration is requested but not required. Please register through the Federation of Children with Special Needs website.
Leslie Leslie from The Federation of Children with Special Needs will provide an overview of the transition planning process for youth with disabilities ages 14-21 on IEPs. Massachusetts law requires Transition planning to begin at age 14. Coordinated transition preparation promotes better post school outcomes for students with disabilities. This workshop addresses the development of self-advocacy and self-determination skills to support a student’s vision, how Transition Assessments identify students’ strengths, and how the Transition Planning Form guides planning for meaningful opportunities in education, training, employment and independent living.
Leslie joined the Federation in February of 2011 as MassPAC Coordinator – a role which includes providing technical assistance to Special Education Parent Advisory Council leaders. In 2014, Leslie became Project Coordinator for the New Rehabilitative Services Administration funded LINK Center, a project which connects transition-age families and youth to information, supports and services to achieve their future vision.
Leslie is the mother of two college age sons, both of whom face learning challenges. Leslie holds a Bachelor’s degree in International Relations and Political Science from Tufts University and a J.D. from Suffolk University Law School.
The Federation for Children with Special Needs is a nationally recognized 501(c)(3) organization that advocates for quality education, parent participation, and access to quality health care services for all children, especially those with disabilities.
For more information contact Andrea Morris:
(978) 373-0552 x211 or email@example.com
Ten Traits of Effective Parents in Special Education
Monday, November 16
Triton High School Library
112 Elm St., Byfield
Advocating for children in the special education system can be a frustrating and overwhelming experience for parents. Parents of children who require special education services quickly learn that they must be attentive and zealous advocates to help their children obtain the supports and placements that they need to make meaningful educational progress. When the system works in a way that allows a child to reach his potential, it is extremely rewarding for parents to see that their advocacy made a difference. Over the past decade Attorney Jeffrey Sankey has worked with hundreds of families to help them obtain special education services for their children. Through his work with these families, it has become obvious that those parents who are best able to navigate the intricacies of the special education process share several common traits. Mr. Sankey will discuss these traits and answer questions during this workshop.
Jeffrey M. Sankey is the founder of Sankey Law Offices, P.C., a general practice litigation firm in Braintree with a concentration in special education law. For the past 15 years, his litigation practice has included representation of students with special needs in proceedings before the Bureau of Special Education Appeals. Attorney Sankey served for nine years on the Mansfield School Committee, which formed the basis for his passion for working on behalf of young people. Attorney Sankey served on active duty in the United States Marine Corps from 1979 to 1993, followed by service in the Marine Corps Reserves until his retirement in 2005 at the rank of Colonel. Attorney Sankey is a graduate of Boston University School of Law.
MONDAY, October 26, 7 pm
Triton High School Library
112 Elm St.
Presented by: Angela M. Currie, Ph.D.
Today’s children and teens are experiencing more anxiety than ever before. This is concerning due to the detrimental impact that anxiety can have on academic, social, and daily life. In this workshop, we will discuss how anxiety functions within individuals, how it may look across different developmental stages, and how it impacts learning. We will address what teachers and parents can do to help prevent or alleviate stress for all students. Lastly, we will discuss what can be done when there is concern about the severity of a particular child’s anxiety, providing an overview of school-based recommendations and therapeutic interventions.
Dr. Currie is a pediatric neuropsychologist at Neuropsychology and Education Services for Children and Adolescents (NESCA) in Londonderry, NH and Newton, MA. At NESCA, Dr. Currie conducts neuropsychological and psychological evaluations with children, adolescents, and young adults who confront a variety of challenges, including attentional, learning, executive function, and behavioral disorders. She particularly specializes in the evaluation of emotional and psychiatric disorders, and she has extensive experience in the evaluation and treatment of anxiety-based disorders. Dr. Currie oversees NESCA’s Anxiety and Attention Skills Coaching (AASC) Program and cognitive-behavioral therapy services.
WORKSHOP: Basic Rights in Special Education
Monday, October 5
Triton Regional High School Library
112 Elm St., Byfield, MA
The SEPAC and TRSD are sponsoring a workshop for parents and professionals to learn about basic rights in special education. This is valuable for people who are both new and experienced in the special education process–there is always something new to learn.
The Basic Rights Workshop provides families with an introduction to their rights and responsibilities under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)and Massachusetts Special Education Law. This workshop is designed to help parents learn to be effective partners with their child’s school to decide their child’s eligibility for special education, and to plan, make decisions and monitor their child’s progress in school.
A presenter from the Federation for Children with Special Needs will conduct this workshop. Federation workshops are free and open to the public. You are welcome to attend any workshop in or outside of your immediate community. Join us!
SEPAC News and Events
The Triton Special Education Parent Advisory Council (SEPAC) is a group of community members whose mission is to work for understanding of, respect for, and support of all children with special needs in the community. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Upcoming SEPAC events:
Friday, March 20, 9-10 am
Tannery Lobby, Newburyport (chairs by the Jabberwocky entrance)
Meet other parents and guardians in a casual atmosphere to share experiences and resources. Younger children are welcome to accompany you; snacks and coffee are available for purchase nearby.
Monday, March 30, 7 pm
Rowley Public Library, 141 Main St., Rowley
Attorney Michelle Moor will present an IEP Workshop designed to help parents and guardians understand the “basics” of an IEP (i.e., what goes where and why), advocate effectively within the school team process to develop a meaningful IEP for a child; and avoid some common mistakes.
Michelle Moor is a graduate of Vassar College and Northeastern University School of Law. Attorney Moor’s practice is devoted entirely to working with families to ensure that students in Massachusetts receive the educational services to which they are entitled. She routinely consults with families about educational and civil rights matters, represents families during negotiations with school districts, as well as at disciplinary and manifestation hearings, hearings before the Bureau of Special Education Appeals, and in state and federal court. Attorney Moor has been named as a Rising Star among attorneys in New England by Super Lawyers in 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2014. She is a member of the Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates (COPAA), the Special Needs Advocacy Network (SPAN), and the Massachusetts Bar Association.
SEPAC BUSINESS MEETING
Monday, April 13, 6 pm
Learning Opportunities for Students with Intellectual Disabilities in Massachusetts Public Colleges and Universities
Monday, April 13, 6:30pm
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