Mediation and Facilitated Team Meetings
Mediation. As a parent it sounds so intimidating. You and the rest of your child's team want your child to progress and succeed but may disagree about the approach. When the team can't come to an agreement, mediation may be a way to help. It's a way to solve a dispute with a neutral third-party from the Bureau of Special Education (BSEA). The BSEA serves "parents, students, school districts, private schools and state agencies in matters concerning eligibility, evaluation, placement, individualized education programs (IEPs), special education services and procedural protections for students with disabilities."
On January 16th at 9:30 a.m., the SEPAC will be hosting a talk Mediation and Facilitated Team Meetings. Presented by Myrto Flessas, Mediator, Bureau of Special Education Appeals, you'll have the opportunity to learn about this voluntary and confidential dispute settlement process which is conducted without charge to the families involved. Join us to learn more. This information is valuable no matter where you are in your student's journey.
Basic Rights: Understanding the IEP
Whether you've had a child on an IEP for a while or you're new to the IEP process, knowing your basic rights is an important element when developing your child's IEP. We'll be co-hosting the second in a series of three Basic Rights workshops on February 11, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm, at the Sudbury Senior Center, 40 Fairbanks Rd, Sudbury, MA
This workshop, presented by the Federation for Children with Special Needs, will provide an understanding of the Individual Educational Plan (IEP): why it is important, how it is developed, what information belongs in each section, what types of services are included, and a host of other important information needed to develop a plan individualized for your child.
Each district is required to host a Basic Rights workshop and you can find a listing of workshops hosted by ours and other school districts on the Federation's website.
The Department of Education also has A Parent's Guide to Special Education. The guide covers key concepts of the law, how to be an effective team member, important timelines, and disability types.