Monthly Presentations

Join us to discuss special education issues, programs, and concerns.

Tuesday, May 22, 2018
7:30 – 9 pm

Room 210
Newton Education Center
100 Walnut Street
Newton, MA

Newton SEPAC Social

Let’s try to slow things down a bit and gather for conversation and snacks. If you feel like bringing a dessert, or a snack – go for it! If you feel like just bringing yourself – go for that!

Hope to see many of you there!

Note: The first order of business will be paper voting for the SEPAC Board elections for anyone who was not able to vote electronically.

Thursday, May 31, 2018
7:30 – 9 pm

Room 210
Newton Education Center
100 Walnut Street
Newton, MA

Jobs Programs as part of Post Secondary Transition Programming: Districts’ Obligations and Best Practices

Julia Landau, Esq. & Jill Reynolds

Julia Landau, Esq. of Massachusetts Advocates for Children, Senior Project Director of Special Education and the Autism Center, will present on districts’ obligations to provide jobs programs. Attorney Landau works the statehouse protecting the rights of special education kids with legislation such as the Autism Commission, Autism Omnibus Bill, ARICA (requiring insurance to cover autism treatment), etc. Ms. Landau is a long-time Newton resident.

Jill Reynolds, Director of Disability Jobs Programs, of Public Consulting Group will present on transition jobs programs best practices. Ms. Reynolds helps public entities like cities, school districts, and state organizations set up disability jobs programs and collecting best practices. Ms. Reynolds is offering her expertise gratis, hoping to help set up a model jobs program for Newton’s transition aged youth with special needs. Ms. Reynolds is a Newton resident and mother of two kids in NPS.

Contact with any questions. Please check this website for weather updates and cancellations.

2017-2018 Monthly Presentations

September 25, 2017 SEPAC Open Board Meeting – 2017-18 planning
October 5, 2017
Update on Special Education in Newton, Karen Shmukler, Assistant Superintendent for Student Services, NPS
Presentation is available here.
October 19, 2017
SEPAC School Committee Candidate Forum
The Barry Price Center, Newton Highlands
School Committee and Mayoral candidate responses to questions from SEPAC members are here.
Video of the event is available here.
November 8, 2017 Basic Rights in Special Education, Ruth Diaz, Federation for Children with Special Needs
December 6, 2017 Police Safety Awareness Presentation with a Focus on Individuals with Disabilities, Newton Police Department
January 9, 2018
Elementary to Middle School Transition, NPS Student Services Staff
February 5, 2018
Middle to High School Transition, NPS Student Services Staff
February 28, 2018 Reducing Anxiety in Children, Jessica Minahan
At Newton North High School Auditorium
March 15, 2018 Financial Planning for Special Needs, Annette Hines, Esq. & Justin Merola
April 11, 2018 Transition to Post High School, Jill Curry
May 22, 2018 SEPAC Board Elections
Newton SEPAC Social
May 31, 2018 Jobs Programs as part of Post Secondary Transition, Julia Landau, Esq. & Jill Reynolds
June 13, 2018 9th Annual Special Educator Awards Celebration
Newton North High School

Newton Special Education Parent Advisory Council (Newton SEPAC) meetings are free and open to all people interested in learning more about special education.

Unless otherwise noted, all meetings begin at 7:30 p.m. at the Education Center, 100 Walnut Street, Newtonville, in Room 210. Light refreshments and networking start at 7:15 p.m.