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Options for DR-SEPAC WorkShop Topics - Parents Please Review!

posted Jun 12, 2016, 9:09 AM by DR-SEPAC

Good Evening Parents:


Below are Workshop Topics that our Special Education Parent Advisory Council are providing as options for upcoming meetings. Please review and identify which are of interest to you:


Basic Rights in Special Education: Provides a basic understanding of the complex special education laws and procedures.

An IEP for My Child: Explains the Individual Education Program (IEP) document, its development, how to articulate a vision, write measurable annual goals, monitor a child’ progress and understand how the document will support a student.

Turning Three Essentials: Provides information about the procedures for transitioning a child from Early Intervention (EI) to special education.

Suspension & Discipline in Special Education: Explains the suspension laws and discipline related rights and protections for students on 504 Plans and IEPs.

504 Plans: Explains the rights and responsibilities of a section 504 Plan, who is eligible, what it contains, and the major differences between a 504 Plan and an IEP.

Intro to the Transition Planning Process: Provides an overview of the transition planning process for youth with disabilities ages 14-21 on IEPs.

Creating a Post-Secondary Vision: Builds on a youth’s strengths to develop a post-secondary vision and establish action steps to reach their goals.

Achieving Dreams (workshop for youth): Students learn to develop self-determination and self-advocacy skills through acceptance of their disability and recognizing and embracing their talents, abilities and strengths.

MCAS: Access & Achievement for Students with Disabilities: Introduces the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) and how children with disabilities can participate in meaningful ways in MCAS.

Effective Communication: Teaches communication and conflict resolution skills for parents in their roles as IEP Team members.

Please rate in order of importance with #1 as highly desired; Rate all 10, in the provided blanks

Basic Rights in Special Education  ____               An IEP for My Child  ____

Turning Three Essentials_____                              Suspension & Discipline in Special Education____

504 Plans____                                                           Intro to the Transition Planning Process____

Creating a Post-Secondary Vision_____                Achieving Dreams (workshop for youth) ____

MCAS: Access & Achievement for                          Effective Communication _____

               Students with Disabilities_____


Any other interest that is not provided, please list: ___________________________________