Educational Programs

Our programs are open to all members of the community, and provide an opportunity to meet other parents and caregivers. If you have comments or suggestions for future events, please contact

PARENT ROUNDTABLE: Talking With Your Child About Their Disability

Your child's disability may be emotional, physical, intellectual, sensory, or a combination, but one thing we all have in common is the need to talk with them about their disability. While we know it is important to be age-appropriate and open to revisiting the conversation as they mature, it is also very typical for parents to avoid the conversation for fear of making their child feel like they can't succeed or to infuse too much of their own emotion into the dialogue.

Wherever you are on the comfort scale, we invite you to join our upcoming parent roundtable. Moderated by Needham parent Mira Tamir Spiegel, the panel will be made up of parents with kids of different ages, genders, and disabilities, as well as a student who will discuss their experience.

This event will not be recorded.

Monday, January 24 • 7pm • Join Zoom here • Meeting ID: 818 0567 8651 • Passcode: 703538


Q&A with State Representative Denise Garlick

Wednesday, December 8

Representative Garlick will discuss her work and accomplishments relevant to the SEPAC community. We will then have a period of Q&A during which the SEPAC community has the opportunity to ask questions related to concerns and goals for the education of children with disabilities.

Representative Denise Garlick has represented Needham, Dover, and Medfield in the Massachusetts House of Representatives since 2010. She is currently the Chair of The House Committee on Bills in the Third Reading.


Basic Rights: Understanding the IEP

Monday, November 1

This presentation will break down the Individual Education Plan (IEP) 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).

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.

Slides / Handout

Needham's Special Education Services and Programs

Wednesday, October 13

Please join us for our annual overview of what Needham has to offer students with all types of needs at all of our schools, from preschool through age 22. This is an opportunity to meet all of the Special Education Directors, gain a general understanding of special education in Needham, and hear about what will be new this year.

Recording / Slides


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