Braintree Public Schools Special Education Parent Advisory Council
What is the Braintree SEPAC?
The Braintree SEPAC is a non-profit organization of parents of children with special education needs, parents of typical children, special and regular education teachers and staff, and interested members of the community. The SEPAC originated as a result of the 1974 state mandate that requires any school district operating a special needs program under the Chapter 766 law to provide a Parent Advisory Council. This organization provides access to relevant resources, laws, regulations and activities that impact special education in this community and across the state.
What does the Braintree SEPAC do?
:: Works towards the understanding, respect, support, and appropriate education for all children with special needs in our community.
::Promotes and support an innovative educational environment where children with special needs and disabilities have equal access to educational opportunities and a school and community environment where all children are encouraged to reach their full potential.
:: Promotes a network for parents of children with special needs and disabilities and provides a forum to share information and discuss matters of relative interest and concern regarding our children.
:: Promotes communication and programs within the community to encourage understanding, respect, acceptance and inclusion of children with special needs and disabilities.
:: Collaborates with the school community to continually improve the educational opportunities available within and without our schools that promote improved educational outcomes for children with special needs and disabilities.
:: Promotes a sense of community within our schools to gain knowledge, exchange ideas, and develop ways in which to cope and share solutions to both complex and challenging issues.
How can the SEPAC help you?
It can be overwhelming when you are told that your child has a disability. Sometimes you feel like no one quite understands what you are going through. You don’t need to feel alone anymore. Come to a meeting and meet other parents just like yourself, who understand what it is like to raise a child with special needs. We know it’s a huge challenge. We can help each other and share what we have learned with one another.
Who should be involved?
:: Parents and/or guardians of children who receive special education services in or out of this community.
:: Parents who think their child may have some learning issues or differences or behavioral issues, attention issues, does not have many friends, is socially isolated or just different.
::Parents who are just learning about the special education process and IEP's or who already have children on IEP's
:: Parents and educators who want to learn more about local resources - therapists, testing, workshops, programs, camps, etc.
::Parents who would like a support group that understands their issues and concerns.