Please join the Medford Special Education Parent Advisory Council for: “Building Your Village”

Medford Special Education Parent Advisory Council

“Where Everyone Belongs”

Please join the Medford Special Education Parent Advisory Council for:

“Building Your Village”

Presented by Adrienne Szyfransky and O. Sophia Johansson

Wednesday, January 14th, 2014

7:00-9:00 PM

Location: Andrews Middle School

3000 Mystic Valley Parkway

Medford, MA 02155

 

“Meaningful lives for our children include community, loving relationships, activities that bring joy, contributions, hobbies and work. “Building Your Village” aims to boost parents’ natural talents, identify resources and strengths, connect people who feel isolated, and broaden personal impact to a community-and-beyond level. Discussions will include the medical and educational teams as well as your role as advocate, and how you can assemble the right people around your child. Bring questions and a sense of humor!”

Adrienne Szafranski is a parent of a special needs child, former teacher, and current co-chair of Medford SEPAC. Her advocacy began with her son’s diagnosis at 5, and since entering the special needs community she has worked to fight the isolation of special needs parenting, increase children’s access to education and recreation, and level the playing field for underserved populations. Working with Massachusetts Families Organizing for Change (MFOFC.org), she and Sophia developed the curriculum and seminar “Advocacy Bootcamp”.

 Sophia Johansson is the parent of a young child with autism and the parent of an even younger child who began crawling at 4 months. As a former single mom on welfare, she brings an intimate knowledge of building a team and accessing all types of social, medical, and therapeutic services in spite of being penniless. As a married mother of two, she’s still getting used to having co-pays and money with which to pay them. Sophia is passionate about empowering caregivers to navigate health care systems and public assistance programs. Her public speaking endeavors have included Autism Awareness and Acceptance Day at the State House and the Massachusetts Early Intervention Consortium.

Please register by emailing medfordsepac@yahoo.com or calling 617-699-1962. Registration is not required but is helpful in determining the amount of handouts and material needed for the event.

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Please join the Medford Special Education Parent Advisory Council for: “Executive Functioning”

Please join the Medford Special Education Parent Advisory Council for:

 

“Executive Functioning”

Dr. Nancy Roosa, Psy.D., NESCA

Wednesday, December 10th, 2014

7:00-9:00 PM

 

Location: Andrews Middle School

3000 Mystic Valley Parkway

Medford, MA 02155

Neuropsychological evaluations should be highly-individualized, comprehensive, integrating data obtained from a wide range of standardized assessment tools with information gained from history, input from parents, teachers and providers, and important observations gleaned from interacting with the child. Come out and learn about the critical aspects of why to test, and how testing results can inform a comprehensive assessment of your child.   Please register by emailing medfordsepac@yahoo.com or calling 617-699-1962. Registration is not required but is helpful in determining the amount of handouts and material needed for the event.

 

Nancy Roosa, Psy.D. has been engaged in providing neuropsychological evaluations for children since 1997. She enjoys working with a range of children, particularly those with autism spectrum disorders, as well as children with attentional issues, executive function deficits, anxiety disorders, learning disabilities, or other social, emotional or behavioral problems. Dr. Roosa has consulted with several area schools, either about individual children or about programmatic concerns. She graduated from Brown University with a degree in Neural Science and then completed her graduate work at Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology. She has been trained in the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule and Collaborative Problem Solving techniques.

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“Building Inclusive Schools” Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Please join the Medford Special Education Parent Advisory Council:  

“Building Inclusive Schools”

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

7:00-9:00 PM 

Location: Andrews Middle School

3000 Mystic Valley Parkway

Medford, MA 02155

Presented by Dr. Joseph Petner, Ed. D, retired principal, Haggerty School and Dr. William “Bill” Henderson, PhD, retired principal of the William Henderson School. Creating a truly inclusive school takes more than simply having children with disabilities on the roster. In this presentation, two highly recognized principals of model inclusive schools will share their experiences and offer specific strategies and leadership moves that made their schools places where truly, everyone belongs. Please register by emailing medfordsepac@yahoo.com or calling 617-699-1962. Registration is not required but is helpful in determining the amount of handouts and material needed for the event.

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Basic Rights Presentation

Check out this presentation at Boston Public Schools on Basic Rights led by the Disability Law Center: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pA1URpeOrgs.

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School Committee Meeting Tomorrow

http://www.medfordpublicschools.org/wp-content/uploads/2009/09/agenda-Sept-22-2014.pdf

Medford School Committee meeting

Mon, September 22, 7pm – 9pm
Where
Medford City Hall, 85 George P Hassett Dr, Medford, MA, United States
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National Alliance on Mental Illness FREE 6 week program

Please consider taking National Alliance on Mental Illness FREE 6 week program: 

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Please join the Medford Special Education Parent Advisory Council for our first meeting of the year:

 “Welcome Back to School!”

Wednesday, September 10, 2014, 7:00-9:00 PM

Location: Andrews Middle School, 3000 Mystic Valley Parkway, Medford, MA 02155

Join us for light refreshments as we celebrate the start of a new school year. Come and meet other parents, find support, get questions answered, socialize, and help us understand what is important to you as we plan our events for the next year. We are looking forward to meeting you soon.

 

With Special Appreciation to Andrews Middle School Principal Paul D’Alleva

“…When we focus on respect, we expect students to treat each other with dignity and understanding. By fostering a positive environment combined with strong academic expectations, students can achieve their maximum growth.”

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