SEPAC does not endorse any particular provider. This list was compiled by recommendations
submitted by parents through various special education listservs. Help us keep
it current by contacting the webmaster
When one door of happiness closes, another opens; but often we look so long at the
closed door that we do not see the one which has been opened for us. -Helen Keller
Information to Know
Arlington SEPAC is here to help parents/guardians with children having difficulties
in school. Children with special needs cover the gamut from small accommodations
to addressing complex disabilities.
Parents can sometimes be affected by what psychologists term “the grief cycle” on
receiving a diagnosis suggesting that you are coming to terms with the loss of the
child you thought you would have. This is not really a fair assessment. No parent
who has lost a child, after coming to terms with the situation, has ever said, the
experience made them a better person; many with children with a disability have.
While denial, anger, bargaining, depression are all a part of this cycle, acceptance,
gratefulness and the need to “give back” by helping other parents are also commonly
reported. If the initial stages begin to take their toll reach out to other parents
in your situation, many have been in your shoes. You cannot help your child until
you help yourself.
It is highly recommended you join a support group for parents of children with your
child’s specific disability. Aside from moral support it can be a great source for
information on how laws relate to your child’s specific disability as well as discovering
more about their symptomology and interventions that work.
To effectively play a part in your child’s progress you will need to focus on the
Learn the Law – Federal, State, & Technical Advisories
Learn the Disability – Understand all the potential difficulties(symptoms) of your
child’s specific disability so you can recognize where they need help.
Learn the Therapies – Speech Language, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Behavioral,
etc. and their potential for helping your child.
Learn your Child – Identify their lacking/impaired skills.
Learn the Interventions - Identify which research based methodologies and compensation
strategies work for your child.
Parents need to be aware that under IDEA parent training in their child’s disability
is a related service that should be considered in an IEP.
Additionally, there are numerous learning opportunities to expand on this knowledge
throughout the area. We try to list as much information as possible on our front
page. There is a yearly grant available at the Council for Empowerment Fund Program
to give parents a small reimbursement to help defray the costs of workshops and trainings.
Bullying is an area of exceptional interest to the special needs parent, see our
current listing of links here.
Help Us Help Others
You are our best resource for learning about new sites that will help others. If
you have information on any particular disability we will happily expand that area
of the website just contact the webmaster.
Questions about financing of care for children and youth with special health needs:
Family-to-Family Health Information Center
Help for families to understand the different options for help with coverage of bills,
co-pays and premium payments.
Families can reach the Family-to-Family Health Information Center at
1-800-331-0688, ext. 301.
Beth Dworetzky and Bonnie Thompson
The Medicaid Reference Desk
The Medicaid Reference Desk is a tool to help people with intellectual and developmental
disabilities find out what Medicaid can offer them.
Arlingtonsped On-line Support
An Arlington parent has owned, managed and moderated an independent listserv for
many years. It was created to offer support and discussion to parents/guardians
of children in Arlington Special Education.
Membership is at the sole discretion of the owner. The list is not affiliated with
To request to join the listserv send an email with your name and child’s school to: