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  1. Lance Lynford says:

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  2. SEPACS Meeting, May 2, 2013
    Posted: 22 Apr 2013 11:19 PM PDT
    Please join us for our next meeting on Thursday, May 2, 2013, from 6-8:00 p.m.

    The meeting will be held at the Scottsdale Unified School District Mohave District Annex in meeting room D. 5520 N. 86th Street, Scottsdale, AZ 85250

    The topic of this meeting is: New Board member recruitment, planning meeting for SEPACS, and social time to network with other parents.

  3. I have a 16 year old son that was recently diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome. What a relief to know why our son behaves certain ways. We are looking for the best school or summer camp that can help him learn how to understand and manage his disability. We live in Phoenix, Arizona.
    Suggestions are welcome and appreciated!

  4. YAI International Conference: “ The Dawn of a New Era, “ May 6-9, 2013, Hilton New York in midtown Manhattan

    With expanding needs and budget cuts, the field of developmental and intellectual disabilities has never been more important than it is today. Despite these challenges our field is transforming. This year’s conference will bring together families, self-advocates and professionals at all levels to shape the future of our field. We will identify new and better ways for people with different abilities to live the life they desire and deserve. Join us as we explore new models of care founded on potential and strengths, rather than deficits. To register or for more information, visit or call 212-273-6472.

    Thank you for your consideration.

    Lynn U. Berman
    Senior Media Relations Manager, Communications Dept.

  5. Please Join us for a workshop sponsored by Arlington Public School and Arlington SEPAC, presented by Pam Ely –
    Infusing Social Cognitive tools, techniques,and strategies within and throughout the school day

    Monday, March 4th 2013
    6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
    Ottoson Middle School, Cafeteria
    (Directly off lobby)

    Presented by Pamela Ely*, M.S. CCC-SLP of the Ely Center, LLC, in Newton, MA
    Pamela, founder and CEO of the Ely Center, LLC and specialist in Social Cognitive tools for teachers and

    § Keeps blurting out all the answers
    § Interrupts
    § Repeats themselves
    § Gets upset when they don’t know something
    § Doesn’t let you know when they don’t understand
    § Is socially awkward
    § Has trouble working in groups
    § Isn’t on IEPs or 504s but still struggle with executive functioning skills
    o Planning
    o Organizing
    o Self Control

    § How sensory needs, executive function skills, & language processing abilities affect individual
    students’ learning
    § A detailed description of the “buzz” phrases that support students with social cognitive
    § How to facilitate Social Cognition in all settings of the child’s day
    § Methods to improve efficient communication and accelerate learning
    § Tools and handouts that can be used at school and at home
    § Question & Answers about fostering successes, identifying & facing challenges, and developing
    strategies to improve Social Cognition and other social communication skills

  6. 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.

    Including- A thought provoking conversation with a panel of community leaders, school administration, youth and parents who will share their experience and expertise on what it takes to create more inclusive schools and communities.

    This event is free and has open to the public

    Wednesday, February 27, 2013 6-9 PM
    Medford High School Marsha Caron Theater
    489 Winthrop Street
    Medford MA 02155

    For further information please contact: Melanie McLaughlin 617-699-1962

    With special appreciation to Headmaster Dr. John Perella,
    the Medford Special Education Department and filmmaker, Dan Habib


    Melanie McLaughlin
    Medford SEPAC
    “Where Everyone Belongs”
    617.699.1962 (cell)

  7. While I cannot find anything in district handbooks or policy about the District Curriculum Accommodation Plan (DCAP), Here is some information from the AHS teacher handbook about the handling of student records and how teachers are to know about students with 504s and IEPs in their classes.

    If you need a copy of the current district accommodation plan for your student, I am pretty sure that Cindy Bouvier, 504 coordinator ( Arlington High School – 781-316-3570) or Principal Villano would have a copy of the current district accommodations plan for students, but I just can’t find it in any of the current online manuals.

    If they do not, we may contact the asst superintendent for copies of this information as it should be available to all parents.


    If you have a concern about a student in your classroom, there are a number
    of people who can assist you. However, the law requires that a variety of
    instructional strategies to meet the needs of the student be tried and
    documented before a referral for special services is made.

    Complete a Teacher Assistance Team (TAT) referral for any student about whom
    you have concerns to the Guidance Secretary. Guidance is an important support
    available to you. Guidance counselors may have important information about a
    student’s history or current concerns that will help you to understand the behavior
    and/or learning style of a particular student.

    After you have submitted the TAT form you will be asked to attend the TAT
    meeting, a group of counselors and administrators that meets weekly to look at
    the needs of students who may be at risk.

    Schedule adjustments, suggestions for different strategies in the classroom,
    referral to counseling, alternative programs, or a special education evaluation are
    possible results of TAT presentations.

    At the beginning of the school year, you will be informed of students with special
    needs who are in your classes. You will receive excerpts from Individualized
    Education Programs (IEPs) that will help to guide your work with special
    education students. Accommodations for students on IEPs are listed in Power
    Teacher. Simply click on the ! icon to see IEP accommodations and the
    student’s liaison. Liaisons will work collaboratively with you to support classroom
    instruction and to help figure out the best strategies for dealing with the diverse
    learners in your classroom.

    Some students with disabilities need accommodations in the classroom but do
    not participate in other specialized services. They are capable learners. These
    students may have a 504 Accommodation Plan, which discusses the student’s
    disability and any needed accommodations. An example is providing extended
    time for completing classroom assessments for students with processing
    issues who are otherwise capable of completing all course content. Guidance

    Revised 1/11/2012

    counselors monitor students on 504 Plans. They will inform you of students in
    this category at the beginning of the school year. For any questions or concerns
    regarding 504 Plans, please contact Cindy Bouvier, the 504 Coordinator for
    Arlington High School.
    Arlington High School – 781-316-3570

    Deans will have lists of special education students and students who
    have 504 Accommodation Plans. Complete copies of IEPs and 504 Plans are
    available in the student’s guidance file. You need to familiarize yourself with their
    contents, as you will be responsible for implementing accommodations in your

    Any request for records or confidential information about any student must be put in
    writing from the individual requesting same.

  8. Dear friends at Special Ed Post,

    DSAOC would be grateful if you could help spread the word about our awareness project, Community Corner, which shares stories about individuals with Down syndrome, and the people and organizations making a difference in their lives.

    Our current episode talks about the importance of early intervention, and it highlights one of our community partners, ICEC.

    Please let me know if you have questions.

    Thank you!

    Kellie Perez
    Senior Director
    Down Syndrome Association of Orange County
    151 Kalmus Drive, Suite M-5, Costa Mesa, CA 92626
    714.540.5794 office
    714.540.5872 fax
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  9. I am writing to share information with you about our recently released film entitled Just Like You-Down Syndrome. I would love to have you watch and review the film and share it in a future issue of specialEDpost if you are inclined to do so.

    We have had AMAZING feedback thus far and over 46,000 views on YouTube in just two short months. You can watch the film online here. See my favorite piece of feedback below. We have received hundreds of comments like this and schools and Down syndrome organizations across the country are hosting screenings to promote awareness and acceptance for students with Down syndrome.

    “This is the very best video I’ve EVER seen explaining Down syndrome to ANYONE – it is appropriate to show children as young as Pre-k, Elementary, Middle School, High School – and yes even those ignorant adults we all know and sometimes love (some are friends, some are merely acquaintances, some are FAMILY members) . . . . THEY ALL NEED TO WATCH THIS VIDEO!! It is made by three kids with DS and three of their typically developing friends – they cover the entire gamut of topics that need to be covered – from muscle tone, to “we are not always happy,” to “we can be good friends,” to sometimes I need extra help at school, to “don’t use the R-Word,” to “its ok to stick up for your friend with DS” – just to name a few. Parents ask me all the time if I know of a good book to read to their child’s class that explains Down syndrome . . . here is my new advice – FORGET THE BOOK!!!!! Insist that this video be shown to your child’s class or your child’s grade – heck, your child’s entire school needs to see this video!!! Now, take 15 minutes out of your life right now to watch this incredible video!!”

  10. NO SIBLINGS LEFT BEHIND, Supporting Siblings of People with Disabilities:
    Growing up with a brother or sister with a disability, whether the disability is mental or physical, seen or unseen, is a unique, challenging, and potentially rewarding experience. The Massachusetts Sibling Support Network presents the sibling experience, strategies to support siblings across the life span, research on the impact of disabilities on siblings, and more.
    WHEN: January 10, 2013 from 7:30-9pm
    WHERE: Goodnow Library on Union Ave, Sudbury MA

    After a long day at school, even the most organized and capable students may find it challenging to settle down, get their homework done, and get it where it needs to go. Parents face the daunting task of providing “just right” support while attempting to determine what actually helps their children succeed. Speakers from Architects for Learning will introduce an effective model for helping students of all ages become successful Homework Project Managers, and will explore how parents can nurture the planning, organization, and self-monotoring skills necessary for long-term academic success.
    WHEN: January 31, 2013 from 7-8:30pm
    WHERE: Fairbank Community Senior Center at 40 Fairbank Rd, Sudbury MA

    Please visit our website at for updates and information!

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