Category Archives: State of CT

DORS Level-Up Program

Wednesday, October 11, 9:30-11 am
DHS, Room  A106

Leah Pavone from the Department of Rehabilitation Services (DORS) will discuss their services, including the Level Up program for the 16 – 21 year old population. DORS Level Up provides students with the tools, training and resources to work competitively and forge a path to independence. Through this program students who have an IEP or 504 plan can receive vocational services, which may be made available in the school setting, outside of school hours or in the summer months.
This program is sponsored by DHSPA, Darien SEPAC and DPS. 

 

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Is My Child Making Progress?

Understanding Progress Monitoring

Monday, October 5th, 11 am, Royle Common Room
Please RSVP: dariensepac@gmail.com

Dr. Susie Da Silva, Assistant Superintendent of Schools, K-12 will discuss the purpose and components of a strong Scientifically Research-Based Intervention (SRBI) model. She will outline how an effective program supports students in the most meaningful way.

Find out the answer to your questions including:
What are the assessment tools the district currently uses?
How will I be notified of my child’s progress in SRBI?
How do I know if my child is reading on grade level?

Catch up on Recent SEPAC Presentations!

Two of SEPAC’s most popular Spring events are now available online. Both events were co-sposored by the Darien Library and have been added to their special website called Darien Library TV.

http://darienlibrary.tv/categories/childrenslibrary.html

ADHD and Mood Disorders:
New Strategies & Treatments
Dr. Wachtel discussed medication options, treatments and strategies to help children who struggle with mood and attention. He covered school-based accommodations and strategies. Research has shown that parents and teachers need to foster a child’s focus to maximize their ability to learn. In addition, Dr. Wachtel addressed the benefits and risks of available treatments and when to commence or postpone treatment at various stages of a child’s life. A board certified psychiatrist, Dr. Wachtel is the author of The Attention Deficit Answer Book.

Meaningful Inclusion Benefits All Students by William Henderson, Ed.D.
Dr. Henderson is a nationally recognized inclusion expert and author of The Blind Advantage: How Going Blind Made me a Stronger Principal and How Including Children with Disabilities Made the School Better for Everyone. Dr. Henderson discussed approaches to develop a culture of inclusion, to provide instruction with universal design and specialized supports, and to build a community that collaborates and problem solves. He also highlighted how including students with disabilities can be a catalyst for improving teaching and learning for everyone.

Meaningful Inclusion Benefits All Students

Darien SEPAC and Darien Library are pleased to present:

William Henderson, Ed.D.
Inclusion Expert and Author

Monday, April 27th

12:00 – 1:30 PM — Public Meeting
RSVP: https://dlchildrenslibrary.wufoo.com/forms/meaningful-inclusion-benefits-all-students/

3:30 PM– 4:45 PM — Educators Only Session
RSVP: https://dlchildrenslibrary.wufoo.com/forms/bill-henderson-educator-visit/

Darien Library Louise Parker Berry Community Room
Light refreshments will be served.

William Henderson, Ed.D., author of “The Blind Advantage: How Going Blind Made me a Stronger Principal and How Including Children with Disabilities Made the School Better for Everyone,” will present practical strategies for developing successful inclusive schools.

Dr. Henderson will discuss approaches to developing a culture of inclusion, to provide instruction with universal design and specialized supports, and to build a community that collaborates and problem solves. He will also highlight how including students with disabilities can be a catalyst for improving teaching and learning for everyone.

As a first-year teacher, Dr. Henderson learned he was gradually losing his vision and was advised he “should get out of education.” Instead he continued to persevere and went on to become principal of the Patrick O’Hearn Elementary School which is now renamed the Dr. William W. Henderson K- 12 Inclusion School.

“In an age when the word ‘hero’ is overused, Bill Henderson clearly deserves the title. Long before most educators embraced the concept of inclusion, Bill built a school that became a model of equity and excellence.”
— Thomas Hehir, professor of practice, Harvard Graduate School of Education & Author of ”Effective Inclusive Schools, Designing Successful Schoolwide Programs.”

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STAR, Inc Special Education Advocacy Workshop

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Making it Happen in Connecticut – Special Education Advocacy Workshop

When: Saturday, February 8, 2014. 9:00am – 5:00 pm. 8:15am to 9am: registration and breakfast

Where: STAR, Inc., Lighting the Way… 182 Wolfpit Ave., Norwalk, CT 06851

Connecticut attorneys, Nora Belanger, Esq., and Anne Treimanis, Esq., will share the inside scoop on how to obtain FAPE. By attending this all day Saturday training, you will walk away with the knowledge and concrete strategies to improve your child’s IEP on Monday. $125 includes breakfast, lunch, and all materials. Sponsored by STAR, Inc., Lighting the Way…

Nora Belanger, Esq., is a special education and disability rights attorney. She has successfully represented hundreds of children with disabilities. She is a former special education teacher. Attorney Belanger is a national and international presenter at the subject of special education law and parent’s rights. Anne Treimanis, Esq., is an attorney, author, university professor, international presenter, and single mother to 5 children – two of whom have disabilities. She has been a lawyer for over 25 years; her practice limited to Special Education and Disability Discrimination.

Participation is strictly limited to 30 parents, educators, advocates, and providers so YOU MUST PREREGISTER. Please call 203-846-9581 ext. 303 or email: Linda Snell at lsnell@starinconline.com or Carmela Giuliani at cgiuliani@starinconline.com. Tuition is $125, STAR members $100. Online payments at https://donatenow.networkforgood.org/STARCT or make checks out to STAR, Inc.

For over 60 years, STAR, Inc., Lighting the Way… has been assisting thousands of infants, teens and adults with developmental disabilities. To learn more about STAR, check out http://www.starct.org.

Darien SEPAC December Update

SEPAClogoThank you to those parents who came out on a busy December evening to meet and engage with our Ombudsman, John Verre. Our meeting was taped by Darien’s Channel 79. We will update you with the air dates and times once they are available.

We covered several important topics, including a new communication initiative, made available to parents by the parents of SEPAC. The “Problem Solving Request Form” is available for parents in hard copy at our General Meetings and for submission online HERE

These forms are collected by the Co-Chairs of SEPAC and forwarded confidentially and directly to John Verre. It is important to note that this form serves as just one avenue for parents who have a question or concern to reach out to John and begin the process of “solving the problem.” This form and its implementation is a SEPAC initiative.

SEPAC has posted the State of Connecticut’s Dept. of Education Topic Brief on Extended School Year on our Resources page. HERE. This document lists the criteria for eligibility for ESY that John presented at our meeting.

SEPAC is committed to providing timely updates and information to parents of children with disabilities. Please bookmark our website to check back for important announcements and resources. You may also now follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

-Darien SEPAC

Resolution of Special Education Disputes

To resolve special education issues and concerns in an expeditious and fair manner the following two procedures are in place in the Darien School District:
Local Dispute Resolution Process
IEP Facilitation, to comply with
The Connecticut State Department of Education