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.

JANUARY BUSINESS MEETING

Tuesday, January 15, 6:00pm
Broadmeadow Elementary School

All parents are encouraged to attend our monthly business meetings. During the first hour we meet with administrators to discuss topics of common interest. Then parents remain for a guided conversation on the "topic of the month," which will help us determine agenda items for future meetings.

This month, we will be joined by Assistant Superintendents Mary Lammi and Terry Duggan who will provide an overview of full day Kindergarten and discuss the impact for special education. We will close the meeting with our usual SEPAC updates and business.

Anyone who wishes to is encouraged to stay for School Committee Meeting which begins at 7:00pm in the Broadmeadow Performance Center. The Needham School Committee will conduct a public hearing on the School Department's FY20 proposed budget.  The School Committee welcomes public participation in the School Department's budget discussion.  The proposed FY20 budget will include costs associated with the implementation of the full day Kindergarten program in September 2019.  


JANUARY EDUCATIONAL PRESENTATION:
"A Guide to Special Education"

Attorney Michelle Moor will teach families the basics of special education, with information that will help you:
  • Understand your child’s eligibility for special education
  • Know your rights under state and federal law
  • Plan and monitor your child’s progress
  • Be an effective partner with your child’s school
Michelle Moor is an attorney whose practice is devoted entirely to helping children with special needs access appropriate educational services. She worked in the disability and special education law group at Kotin, Crabtree & Strong, LLP for several years, and is currently a partner at Moor, Perlman & Gregg LLC. 

Tuesday, January 22, 2019
7:00pm – Networking & Refreshments
7:30 pm – Program Begins

Broadmeadow School Media Center
120 Broadmeadow Road, Needham


FEBRUARY EDUCATIONAL PRESENTATION:
"Friends Matter: Promoting Authentic Social Opportunities for All"

Friendships are valuable and important for all people, yet friendships between individuals with and without disabilities can be rare. While we often focus on improving the social skills of students with disabilities, providing more opportunities and direct support for these friendships to develop is just as crucial. 

Dr. Rossetti will share stories of successes and challenges, as well as research-based strategies for parents and educators to promote authentic friendships between individuals with and without disabilities.

Zach Rossetti, Ph.D., a former special education teacher and inclusion facilitator, is an Associate Professor of Special Education in the Boston University Wheelock College of Education & Human Development. His research focuses on social interactions and friendships between students with and without intellectual and developmental disabilities in inclusive settings.

Wednesday, February 27, 2019
7:00pm – Networking & Refreshments
7:30 pm – Program Begins

Broadmeadow School Media Center
120 Broadmeadow Road, Needham


NETWORKING:

Eliot Parent Meet-Up
Thursday, January 17, 7:00pm, Panera