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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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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