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Special Education Parent Advisory Council

Worcester Public Schools Special Education Parents Advisory Council (SPED-PAC) offers informational forums for parents to meet and share ideas, and resources. The variety of parents trainings are designed to provide support to all parents and families navigating the special education eligibility and IEP process within each school. The SPED-PAC also works towards increasing disability awareness within the community and strives to be a resource to schools and families. The Advisory Council collaborates closely with the District Administration in planning and developing targeted workshops to meet the needs of students with disabilities. This council is here as a support to parents as well as the voice for our children. We hope that you would consider becoming an officer is SPED-PAC as we welcome the opportunity to partner with schools to improve opportunities for access and inclusion through a continuum of services within each school in the district.

Please contact SPED-PAC Officer, Rupa Chatterjee ([email protected]) or the Special Education Department if you are interested in joining the Special Education Advisory Council, and/or if you should have any questions regarding the SPEDPAC Advisory Council at 508-799-3055.

Meetings

SPED-PAC WELCOME PARENTS AND FAMILIES TO JOIN OUR MEETINGS
PLEASE LISTEN FOR CONNECT-ED MEETING REMINDER MESSAGES

If you have any questions and/or need an Interpreter please contact the Special Education Department to also register for any of the workshops by calling (508)799-3055


Navigating New Roads: Mapping Success In The Early Years

January 26, 2022 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

The Office of Special Education will be providing a presentation with a general overview of the development of children during the 3-5 year old range, as well as some strategies to help improve preschool readiness, speech and language, and adaptive skills.

This event can be accessed through:  https://worcesterschools.zoom.us/j/82078629647

Please contact the Office of Special Education at 508-799-3042 if you are in need of an interpreter.

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Speech & Language-Based Learning Disabilities

Two Part Event With MGH Part 1-Dr. Tiffany Hogan

February 9, 2022 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

The Office of Special Education will be providing a presentation with an overview of the difference between Dyslexia and language-based disorders. Information will also include the difference between screening and diagnosis.

This event can be accessed through: https://worcesterschools.zoom.us/j/88681653810

Please contact the Office of Special Education at 508-799-3042 if you are in need of an interpreter.

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Diversity

March 24, 2022 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

The Office of Special Education will be providing a presentation with information on how to have strength based discussions with your children regarding equity and diversity. A reading list organized by developmental level will be provided.

This event can be accessed through: https://worcesterschools.zoom.us/j/87064509407

Please contact the Office of Special Education at 508-799-3042 if you are in need of an interpreter.

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Transition Fair

April 6, 2022 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

The Office of Special Education will host an event to support the successful transition of students into adulthood. Caregivers and students will have the opportunity to network and review various resources to promote progress beyond high school. They will also deepen their understanding of transition planning which begins at age 14, and will learn the importance of this planning for college or career readiness and the development of self-advocacy skills. View participating agencies and organizations.

Please contact the Office of Special Education at 508-799-3042 to RSVP for this in-person event or if you are in need of an interpreter.

LOCATION: Worcester Technical High School

Speech & Language-Based Learning Disabilities

Two Part Event With MGH Part 2-Dr. Tiffany Hogan & Landmark Outreach

April 13, 2022 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

The Office of Special Education will be providing a continuation of the first part on speech and language-based disabilities. Executive functioning, specifically how it supports student success, will be discussed.

This event can be accessed through: https://worcesterschools.zoom.us/j/88078732060

Please contact the Office of Special Education at 508-799-3042 if you are in need of an interpreter.

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Developing Fine Motor Skills For Classroom Success

May 18, 2022 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

The Office of Special Education will be providing a virtual session to discuss typical fine motor development and milestones, and provide you with ideas for fun activities that you can do at home to facilitate fine motor development for your child.

This event can be accessed through: https://worcesterschools.zoom.us/j/83153406661

Please contact the Office of Special Education at 508-799-3042 if you are in need of an interpreter.

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Inclusivity for our LGBTQ Youths in our Community

June 7, 2022 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

The Office of Special Education will be providing a virtual presentation centered on supporting our LGBTQ children and adolescents with a targeted focus on community based resources and support for caregivers.

This event can be accessed through: https://worcesterschools.zoom.us/j/81680441503

Please contact the Office of Special Education at 508-799-3042 if you are in need of an interpreter.


Community Resources

  • Worcester Connections Family Resource Center (508-796-1411)
  • Ecotarium (508-929-2700)
  • Girls and Boys Club (508-754-2686)
  • Head Start (508-799-3259)
  • Mass Rehab (617-204-3600)
  • Quinsigamond Community College (508-853-2300)
  • Worcester Art Museum (508-799-4406)
  • Worcester Library Main Branch (508-799-1655)
  • Worcester State University (508-929-8000)
  • Worcester Family Partnership (508-799-3136)
  • YWCA of Central Mass (508-767-2505)
  • You Inc. (508-849-5600)
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