About SEPAC

About Us

About Special Education

IEP Process Primer

Information to Know

Information to Know

Chair’s Blog

Meetings

Committees & Volunteers

By-Laws

Request to Evaluate

Pre-school Information

Special Education Law

Evaluations

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Meetings
SEPAC Committees and Volunteers
By-Laws

Up to date information from SEPAC’s current chair person

When are meetings,   Meeting minutes

Opportunities to Volunteer and Committees

What is Early Intervention(EI), Basic special education information for parents of pre-schoolers.

Primer of the IEP  Process

Special Education Laws, Timeslines,  Parent’s Guide to Special Education ,  Basics in Special Education slideshow

How to start the process for evaluation, Example letter, school contacts

The regulations and process of evaluation, what are related services, where to find listings of evaluations and assessments

Pre-school
Special Education Laws
Request to Evaluate
Evaluations

Eligibility

Meeting participants,  flowchart of determining eligibility,  places to call with questions, about 504 accommodations,

link for more information about specific learning disabilities

Eligibility

The IEP

The IEP Process Guide,  Directions for IEP Forms,  FAQs,  links to Curriculum  Frameworks

IEP

Extended Year Services

What are Extended Year Services and who is eligible for them, links to summer camps

Extended Year Services(EYS)

Filing Complaints

What is the process , links to the methods of dispute resolution  

Filing Complaints

APS Special Ed Dept

APS  Organization Chart, Directories, Link to APS Special Education site

HOME

Basic information applicable to all disabilities, links to parents recommended sites by disability, support group links,  Provider and Local Resource Directories, Insurance Information,  link for Bullying, How to Research

Site Map

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The Front Page - All NEWS  - Top: Arlington SEPAC events, middle: CALENDAR, bottom : News Feeds, right : Delicious feed

Mission, What is SEPAC?, State Reviews of APS, SEPAC Handbook

Transition

All about the transition beginning at 14 years of age

Transition

Disclaimer:  This site is designed by a parent for parents/guardians of children with special needs in Arlington, Massachusetts.  It’s purpose is to make available resources, information and advice gleaned through the experiences of parents with children with special needs.  Its content is presented for informational and educational purposes only, and is not to be construed as professional advice on medical, legal, technical or therapeutic matters.  By accessing and using the information on this site, you agree to waive any rights to hold the site developer(s), or any individual and/or group associated with this site, liable for any damage that may result from the use of the information presented.

 

This site is divided into four sections; Home(Gold)which is our News Page, About Arlington SEPAC(Blue), About Special Education(Red), and Resources(Green) for parents/guardians.  It is constantly evolving as new information becomes available so come back often.  Always feel free to contact the webmaster if information has changed, appears incorrect or you have suggestions, this is a work in progress by a parent for parents.

 

The Home Page (Gold) is the news section.  The center of the front page loads with Arlington SEPAC specific news.  Articles can then be navigated by either scrolling through the “next page >” “<previous page” links, or click where it says “click HERE to see all articles” and you will get a list of links to all articles.  Scroll down the Home Page and you will find a Google calendar listing of Arlington SEPAC and Local Events.  If you subscribe to Google Calendars you can simply copy any item of interest directly to your own calendar.  Many calendars, including Outlook, can be synced directly to the Google Calendar.  Below the calendar are news feed from various sites and blogs that offer current special education and disability related news.  At the upper right you will note four icons, click here to learn more about them:

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

About SEPAC (Blue) offers general information on all things SEPAC.  Contrary to a note I read recently on a local blog, we are not a covert arm of the school committee secreting away funds.  We are all volunteer parents who received some money from the PTO to spend on workshops for parents of children with special needs, we’ve also purchased books on special needs and donated them to Robbins Library.  The District kindly paid for a membership to MassPac, a great source of information we disperse to Arlington Parents via this site.

 

About Special Education (Red) is all about Special Education, the laws and regulations, as well as policies and procedures in Arlington, as we become aware of them along with helpful links and quick references like timelines.

 

Resources (Green) Start at the Info to Know page to review general information and find out resources available to all.  This includes insurance information, support groups, links to helpful agencies and gives tips from parents on how to approach a new diagnosis.  You will also find parent recommended links under specific disabilities. Other pages in the green area offer introductory information about some of the related services and common issues of children with special needs.

 

About “Parent/Guardian”.  Throughout the site you may note that the term “Parent” is usually used as opposed to “Parent/Guardian”.  Please do not take offence, it is simply for expediency sake - I am not a great typist and I really dislike the slash button(I don’t have coordinated pinkies).