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.

Needham SEPAC

Basic Rights: Evaluation and Eligibility

with Lynne Hanley, Federation for Children with Special Needs


Thursday, January 26, 7 pm

Attendance options below

This presentation covers the referral and evaluation processes that determine whether a student is eligible for specialized support via an IEP or 504 as described in the Disabilities Education Act and related Massachusetts laws. You will learn about the differences between an IEP and 504 as well as about team meetings, related documents, and accountability measures.


While the presenter will be remote for both, your attendance options are:


Pre-register via the FCSN website to receive the zoom link to attend privately, or


• Skip the registration process and join other Needham parents in the Broadmeadow Media Center to watch the presentation together and do some networking.


This event will not be recorded.


Lynne Hanley is a retired special needs teacher, who taught in Lowell for 37 years. She currently works as an educational advocate and a presenter for the Federation for Children with Special Needs.



Twice Exceptional/2e Networking Group

Tuesday, February 7, 7 pm on Zoom



Inviting all parents and guardians of 2e students to join us for conversation and networking in this new group. Twice Exceptional/2e individuals are those who are gifted/high ability with a learning difference(s). These students are often underserved and under identified with their strengths masking their disabilities and their disabilities masking their gifts. As parents and guardians we often face challenges in identifying resources and support. Let’s come together to learn together, identify group needs, and plan for future meetings.


Contact Carrie Galhouse with any questions or to be added to the mailing list.


Zoom • Meeting ID: 617 696 9653 • Passcode: 383531

Monthly Meeting

Tuesday, February 28, 12:30-1:30 pm on Zoom


All parents and guardians are invited to attend this meeting to hear updates from the district special education administrators, and to offer feedback and ask questions regarding policies and practices as they relate to special education students within Needham Public Schools.


Zoom • Meeting ID: 617 696 9653 • Passcode: 383531 Agenda

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