Needham SEPAC

We are parents and guardians of special education students who provide information and support to each other. We meet regularly with school administrators to give input about the policies and programs that affect our children.

Upcoming Events


November 17, 12:00 – 1:30pm via Zoom

November Monthly Meeting

All parents and guardians are encouraged to attend our monthly meetings. During the first hour we meet with administrators to discuss topics of common interest. The remaining time is reserved for parent-only discussion to share experiences and ask questions related to special education.

This month, the district Special Education Administrators will provide updates on special education from preschool to post-grad, with plenty of time for your questions and feedback. This will be followed by the presentation Planning Ahead: What to Expect if Schools Go Fully Remote when the Special Education Administrators will describe the circumstances that would necessitate remote schooling in their respective schools and outline the process for determining how services, testing, and accommodations would be provided in that case.

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Meeting ID: 985 2565 2721 • Passcode: 173652


November 19, 7:00 – 9:00pm via Zoom

Basic Rights - Understanding the IEP

This presentation will break down the Individual Education Program (IEP) document by section, explain its development, and describe how the document will support a student. Presented by Faith Morgan-Gaines B.S. Ed., M.P.P. for the Federation for Children with Special Needs (FCSN).

Workshop Topics include:

  • Why the IEP is important

  • Who is eligible for an IEP, and how it is developed

  • Writing Strengths, Concerns and Vision Statements

  • Reading the IEP including PLEP A & B, Annual Goals and Service Delivery Grid sections

  • Differences between Accommodations and Modifications

  • Response, Placement and Consent

  • Procedural safeguards

  • How schools are addressing IEP delivery in the age of COVID

  • Opportunity to ask questions and learn about resources related to compensatory services

Please register to receive meeting link.

Faith Morgan-Gaines, B.S. Ed., M.P.P. is a Special Education advocate specializing in Learning Disabilities, Social-Emotional and Behavioral Challenges, and Early Childhood Special Needs. Holding a Bachelor's degree in Education and a Master's in Family and Child Policy, Faith is a former Teacher and Administrator of integrated classrooms. She is a trainer for the Federation for Children with Special Needs, an Educational Surrogate Parent for students in the custody of DCF, and a member of many organizations including Special Needs Advocacy Network (SpAN) of MA.


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