SEPAC - Special Education Parent Advisory Council

2020-2021 Events and Meetings

2019-2020 Events and Meetings


Current Happenings

Our next BOARD MEETINGS will be:
Friday, April 16, 2021, 10:00am-11:00am
Thursday, May 6, 6:30pm-8:00pm
Join with Google Meet using the link: or or by phone: 617-675-4444 PIN: ‪909 286 087 0262#

At the April 16th meeting we will present and discuss the results of SEPAC’s reissued COVID Impacts Survey. At the May 6th meeting we will be taking nominations for our 2021-2022 SEPAC board in preparation for the vote at the June meeting. We will also discuss the district's policies around communication with parents when a student is physically restrained because of potential harm to others or themselves.

Please consider sending us a note at to be read as public comment at either of these meetings if you can’t join us. Please indicate in your note if you would like your message to be presented at the public meeting as anonymous.

Our Next Events will be:

Autism Awareness, April 4-6

Sensory webinars with Family Empowerment
April 13 at 6:00 pm: Creating a Sensory Space
April 20 at 12:00 pm: Resources to Help Fund Your Child’s Sensory Space
Additional details will be posted on our
2020-21 Events and Meetings page when they are available.

Other Information:

Slides from March’s Autism Insurance Workshop can be viewed here.

November’s event was a well attended workshop by ARPS’s Transition Specialist, Crystal Cartwright. If you were unable to attend, you can view a recording of the talk here and view the slides here.

At our November meeting, Sarah Weirich presented the full results of SEPAC’s September COVID Impacts Survey of IEP families. You can find the results of the survey here, and a recording of the presentation here.

What is SEPAC?

The Special Education Parent Advisory Council is a volunteer organization of families of children with disabilities in Pelham Elementary, Amherst Elementary, and Amherst Regional Schools as well as students out of district. We are federally mandated to exist under Massachusetts Special Education Law and are charged with: “advising the district on matters that pertain to the education and safety of students with disabilities, meeting regularly with school officials to participate in the planning, development, and evaluation of the school district’s special education programs. ”603 CMR 28:07(4)

Our 2020-2021 Board Members:

Catherine Lodge, Co-President
Heather Sheldon, Co-President
Vacant, Vice-President
Sarah Weirich, Secretary
Vacant, Treasurer

Link to By-Laws

Who are members of SEPAC?

Parents and/or guardians of children who receive any type of special education services or accommodations in school, such as an Individualized Education Program (IEP), a 504 accommodation or an out-of-district placement.

Families who think their child may have some learning issues or differences and/or would like to understand or have an interest in special education.

Educators and any other member of the community who want to learn more!

Ways to contact us:


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