General Meeting Monday April 14, 8:30 a.m.

Special Education Parent Advisory Council Meeting






In accordance with the provisions of Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 30A Section 20,

notice is hereby given for the following meeting of the Special Education Parent Advisory Council,

Monday April 14, 2014, 8:30 a.m.

at the Jefferson Cutter House*





1.   Report on SEPAC status as a public body using town meeting rooms without charge

2.   Discussion of program descriptions

3.   Discussion of summer programming

      a.   Programs

      b.   Dates and locations

4.   Bylaws

a.   Overview

b.   Amendments required to reflect changes in Massachusetts General Law governing SEPAC

5.   Other business

* The Jefferson Cutter House is located at 1 Whittemore Park at the corner of Mystic Street and Massachusetts Avenue, Arlington.  The meeting room is accessed through the door at the rear of the building that opens onto the municipal parking lot.



Turning 22 Workshop Overview

The Arlington Special Education Parent Advisory Council has the opportunity to host a free overview of “Turning 22”, a free workshop series, and I would like to schedule it so that as many people as are interested have the opportunity to attend. One possibility is May 12 at 8:30 a.m. but I could book space for an evening workshop on another date if this is something that many people would like to attend. As I have to make a decision quickly, please let me know asap if you would be interested in attending.

The overview will be presented by Stacey Leibowitz, Director of Family Services, CLASS, Inc., Vice President of the Massachusetts  Council for Adult Foster Care. We are scheduling the overview (not the entire workshop series), of a workshop targeted to parents of children with disabilities, but I suspect that the information on what is available would be valuable to adults with disabilities as well.

The next series starts in the Fall. The current series started yesterday, April 2nd at CLASS, Inc. in Lawrence. Turning 22 is a program made up of a series of workshops designed to support and prepare families for what to expect when their son or daughter with a developmental disability turns the ages of 18 and 22. Workshops include information on legal issues, state benefits, employment and housing options, and so much more. Parents of children as young as 14 should think about attending these workshops.