Introducing: Special Education Placement Options!

By Erin Anguish, Communications Coordinator, FCSN

The Federation is happy to announce the launch of fcsn.org/sepo! SEPO stands for “Special Education Placement Options”, which can range from a substantially separate classroom to a residential care facility. SEPO offers an overview of these settings, with a specific focus on private and residential placement.
SEPO was designed for:

  • Families of children receiving special education services but do not feel that their child’s needs are being met
  • Parents who have questions about alternative options to their child’s current placement
  • Parents of children with complex needs who may require an alternative school program or private day school
  • Parents considering or coping with placing their child (or adult child) in a residential setting who would like emotional support for the unique stressors of the experience
  • Professionals working with children with complex challenges who would like a better understanding of the perspectives and needs of families considering or experiencing private placement.

Dr. Linda Helmig Bram, whose child has special needs, saw a gap in support for families like her own. Her aim was to create a “one stop shop” of information for parents considering placement options while offering a means for them to share their experiences. The site includes a section of “parent stories”, as well as a form you can use to submit your own thoughts. Fundung for SEPO was provided by the John L. and Geraldine R. Weil Foundation and the Boston Foundation.


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