APPLE Conference Information

  The APPLE Institute is a free, 2-day in-person training program to help parent leaders and special education administrative personnel build collaborative leadership skills and increase parent involvement in their districts. NOTE: This training program has been postponed due to COVID-19 concerns. Space for the conference is

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About APPLE

  In Massachusetts, school districts are required by law to have a special education parent advisory council (SEPAC). SEPACs, as advisers to the school committee, play a key role in the planning, development, and evaluation of a district’s special education programs. Families of students with disabilities have

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SEPAC Basic Toolkit

SEPAC Basic Toolkit
MassPAC Home Advising the DistrictBy-LawsMission Statement/Annual GoalsOpen Meeting LawPublicityPublic Records LawBuilding MembershipFund-RaisingAnnual Calendar/Meetings MassPAC has collected information to help you start, maintain and grow your local Special Education Parent Advisory Council (SEPAC). The advice given on this website covers a wide range of ideas and should be tailoredRead more

Community Support Services

Community Support Services

The Pathways for Parents program works with families who receive services from the Department of Children and Families (DCF) and the staff who support them. Eileen Sandberg is Coordinator for the Pathways program at the Federation for Children with Special Needs. Pathways works with DCF programs including

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Accessing the Information Center

Accessing the Information Center

The Information Center is a free service for military-connected and civilian parents and professionals with questions about special education. It is staffed from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm, Monday through Friday, with trained volunteers and information specialists knowledgeable about federal / state special education laws and procedures

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Information Center

Information Center
The Information Center is a free service for military-connected and civilian parents and professionals with questions about special education. It is staffed from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm, Monday through Friday, with trained volunteers and information specialists knowledgeable about federal / state special education laws and proceduresRead more