Welcome to Needham SEPAC

We are parents of special education students who have joined together to provide information and support to each other. 

We meet regularly with school administrators to give our input on the policies and programs that affect our children.

What's new at SEPAC?

  • "Understanding and Supporting Children with Executive Function Challenges"

    Building from definitions and descriptions of Executive Function, this interactive discussion will focus on how to use research-based, tried and true strategies to promote successful and independent learning both at home and in school.

    Kalyani Krishnan, MA, is the Assistant Director of Assessment, Language and Learning Specialist at the Institute for Learning and Development in Lexington, MA and is also a licensed school psychologist with more than 15 years experience consulting with families and school professionals.

    Thursday, February 11
    Broadmeadow Media Center
    7:00 pm — Presentation begins  *note early start time*
    8:30 pm — Refreshments & Networking

    Please note date change and earlier start time. In case of snow, check the SEPAC website for cancellation information.
    Posted Jan 25, 2016, 9:05 AM by Needham SEPAC
  • January Business Meeting Highlights
    Mary Lammi, Director of Student Support Services, joined us for our monthly business meeting to provide an overview of special education trends and special education budget requests for next year. The link to her presentation is below, but we wanted to give you a few highlights of the discussion:

    Special Education Trends
    A rise in high-impact students (those with medical needs, autism, and mental health issues) is driving increases in special education enrollment and costs. The increases seen in Needham are consistent with neighboring towns and across the state.

    Out of District Costs
    DESE has analyzed drivers of increased OOD placements in Massachusetts, and has set priorities to target these areas. While OOD costs are rising, much of the volatility is due to inconsistent state funding — reduced circuit breaker and lack of support from state agencies. 

    Cuts to the proposed budget will have to be made. Despite wide-spread support from the town, it is likely the new "Pathways" program will have to be deferred a year in order to ensure other much-needed support staff can be hired. A partial implementation of the program is also being looked at for FY16-17.

    Posted Jan 25, 2016, 9:08 AM by Needham SEPAC
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