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Who We Are

The Natick Special Education Parent Advisory Council (SEPAC) is an all-volunteer organization of parents and caregivers of children receiving support services in the Natick public schools and private school settings.  In the Natick school system, there are more than 800 children on Individualized Education Plans (IEPs), and 504 plans.  Whether your child is already receiving support or you are trying to determine if your child needs services, we are here to provide a parent’s perspective and connections. 

Our Mission

The mission of the Natick SEPAC is to work for the understanding of, respect for, and support of all children with special needs in the community.  To that end, the Natick SEPAC will work to:

·   Support and encourage an innovative educational environment where students with disabilities have equal access to educational opportunities and a community environment where all students are encouraged to reach their full potential.

·   Promote a network for parents of students with disabilities and provide a forum to share information and discuss matters of relative interest and concern.

·   Support communication and programs within the community to encourage understanding, respect, acceptance and inclusion of students with disabilities.

·   Collaborate with the school community to continually improve the educational opportunities available throughout the Natick Public Schools that cultivate improved educational outcomes for students with disabilities.

 2018/2019 SEPAC Events

SEPAC Meeting:  Meet the SEPAC Liaisons and Fall Planning
Tuesday, September 11 2018, 7 pm,  Natick Town Hall - 3rd Floor
Please join SEPAC for their first business meeting of the school year. Great opportunity to meet the SEPAC Liaisons and learn more about the exciting events being planned by SEPAC.

Understanding Natick's Response to Intervention (RTI):
identifying and supporting struggling students
Tuesday, October 23 2018, 7 pm,  Wilson Middle School Auditorium
Please join Interim Superintendent, Dr. Anna Nolin and Assistant Superintendent, Mr. Tim Luff for an overview of Response to Intervention (RTI) and how it has been implemented in Natick’s schools. RTI is a multi-tier approach to the early identification and support of students with academic and/or behavior needs. The RTI process begins with high-quality instruction and universal screening of all children in the general education classroom. This program should be helpful for parents/caregivers as they prepare for Teacher- Parent conferences.

Intelligent Lives
Monday, October 29 2018, 7 pm,  Natick High School Auditorium
From award-winning filmmaker Dan Habib comes INTELLIGENT LIVES, a catalyst to transform the label of intellectual disability from a life sentence of isolation into a life of possibility for the most systematically segregated people in America. INTELLIGENT LIVES stars three pioneering young American adults with intellectual disabilities—Micah, Naieer, and Naomie—who challenge perceptions of intelligence as they navigate high school, college, and the workforce. Academy Award-winning actor and narrator Chris Cooper contextualizes the lives of these central characters through the emotional personal story of his son Jesse, as the film unpacks the shameful and ongoing track record of intelligence testing in the United States. INTELLIGENT LIVES challenges what it means to be intelligent, and points to a future in which people of all abilities can fully participate in higher education, meaningful employment, and intimate relationship.

Natick Parent Connections - Fall Dates
Meets at Natick Morse Library Community room
•    Tuesday, October 16 2018, 7 pm
•    Tuesday, November 6 2018, 7 pm
•    Tuesday, December 11 2018, 10 am

Natick Parent Connections is for parents/caregivers of children with developmental, learning, social/ emotional disabilities and other special education needs.  This group is committed to providing a welcoming space for parents and caregivers to share resources/experiences, ask questions and network with other families as they work to ensure the best possible special education program for their child.   For more info:   Natick Parent Connections: A Parent Network Navigating Special education