“Including Samuel” Film Screening

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

7:00-9:00 PM

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

Before his son Samuel was diagnosed with cerebral palsy, photojournalist Dan Habib rarely thought about the inclusion of people with disabilities. Now he thinks about inclusion every day. Shot and produced over four years, Habib’s award-winning documentary film, Including Samuel, chronicles the Habib family’s efforts to include Samuel in every facet of their lives. The film honestly portrays his family’s hopes and struggles, as well as the experiences of four other individuals with disabilities and their families. Including Samuel is a highly personal, passionately photographed film that captures the cultural and systemic barriers to inclusion.

Come enjoy this beautiful film with us, have popcorn and candy, and participate to an after-film discussion on building inclusive schools for all our children.

CALL OR EMAIL:

Co-Chair Melanie McLaughlin; Email: medfordsepac@comcast.net;                               Phone number: 617-699-1962                                                                                                       Vice-Chair Tonya Sullivan; Email: tonyasullivan696@yahoo.com;

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Discussion on ESY (Extented School Year)

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

7:00-9:00 PM

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

Come find out about Extended School Year (ESY) services designed to support students with disabilities to maintain the academic, social/behavior, communication and other skills that were achieved before the break. We will answer questions such as: What is ESY? Does my child qualify for summer services? What summer services are available?

Presented by SEPAC in collaboration with Medford Special Education Department and Medford Community Schools

CALL OR EMAIL:

Co-Chair Melanie McLaughlin; Email: medfordsepac@comcast.net;                               Phone number: 617-699-1962                                                                                                       Vice-Chair Tonya Sullivan; Email: tonyasullivan696@yahoo.com;

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Meet the School Committee and Our State Representatives

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

7:30-9:00 PM

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

Come socialize with other families and enjoy light refreshments while meeting Medford School Committee members and our State Legislators – the key decision makers in policies that affect Medford public schools.

Confirmed attendees include school committee members Erin DiBenedetto, Kathy Kreatz, Mea Mustone and state legislators Senator Pat Jehlen (co-chair Committee on Education) and Representative Sean Garballey.

Sponsored by Medford SEPAC. All are welcome!

CALL OR EMAIL:

Co-Chair Melanie McLaughlin; Email: medfordsepac@comcast.net;                               Phone number: 617-699-1962                                                                                                       Vice-Chair Tonya Sullivan; Email: tonyasullivan696@yahoo.com;

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Medford SEPAC Social Meeting

Wednesday, December 14th, 2016

7:30-9:00 PM

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

Come meet other families of children with special needs. Find what we are all about. Share a drink and some laughter as we socialize and have fun.

CALL OR EMAIL:

Co-Chair Melanie McLaughlin;                                                                                                           Email: medfordsepac@comcast.net; Phone number: 617-699-1962;                                           Vice-Chair Tonya Sullivan;                                                                                                                 Email: tsullivan@winnco.com;

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Basic Rights in Special Education

A workshop for parents and professionals

Wednesday, November 9th, 2016

7:00-9:00 PM

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

The Basic Rights workshop provides families with a basic understanding of the complex special education laws and procedures.

This workshop is designed to help parents learn to be effective partners with their child’s school to decide their child’s eligibility for special education, and to plan, make decisions and monitor their child’s progress in school.

A presenter from the Federation for Children with Special Needs will conduct this workshop.  Federation workshops are free and open to the public. You are welcome to attend any workshop in or outside of your immediate community.

Presented by

The Federation for Children with Special Needs

Schrafft Center, 529 Main Street, Suite 1M3 Boston, MA  02129

617-236-7210 or 800-331-0688, or http://fcsn.org/ptic/workshops/

 and

the Medford Special Ed Parent Advisory Council

CALL OR EMAIL:

Co-Chair Melanie McLaughlin; Email: medfordsepac@comcast.net;                               Phone number: 617-699-1962; Vice-Chair Tonya Sullivan; Email: tsullivan@winnco.com;

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The Autism Omnibus Bill

Wednesday, October 26th, 2016

7:00-9:00 PM

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

Come learn about your child’s rights under the Autism Omnibus Bill 

The bill includes the following key provisions:

  1. A requirement that MassHealth cover medically necessary treatments for children with ASD who are under 21 years old – including ABA therapies as well as dedicated and non-dedicatedAAC devices;
  2. Extension of Department of Developmental Services (DDS) eligibility to many persons with Autism, Prader Willi Syndrome and Smith-Magenis syndrome;
  3. The creation of an Autism Endorsement for special education teachers to enable them to voluntarily gain in-depth knowledge about the complexities of educating students with ASD;
  4. The creation of tax-free saving accounts (called “Achieving a Better Life Experience” or ABLE) to help families cover anticipated disability-related expenses for individuals with ASD and other physical and developmental disabilities;
  5. Requiring DMH and DDS to develop and implement a plan to provide services to individuals who have both a mental illness and a developmental disabilities;
  6. Establishing the Autism Commission as a permanent entity.

Presented by Mass Advocates for Children and the Medford Special Ed Parent Advisory Council

CALL OR EMAIL:

Co-Chair Melanie McLaughlin; Email: medfordsepac@comcast.net;                               Phone number: 617-699-1962; Vice-Chair Tonya Sullivan; Email: tsullivan@winnco.com;

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Medford SEPAC General Meeting

Wednesday, October 12th, 2016

7:30-9:00 PM

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

 Join us for the Special Education Parent Advisory Council General Meeting.  Come meet other parents of children with special needs, find support, get questions answered, and socialize.

CALL OR EMAIL:

Co-Chair Melanie McLaughlin; Email: medfordsepac@comcast.net; Phone number: 617-699-1962; Vice-Chair Tonya Sullivan; Email: tsullivan@winnco.com;

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