SEPAC to host virtual workshop on Basic Rights this Thursday

WESTFIELD – The Westfield Special Education Parent Advisory Council (SEPAC) will host its first workshop of the school year Oct. 1 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., entitled Basic Rights: Understanding the IEP. The free workshop for parents and professionals will be hosted virtually on Zoom.

The workshop, run by the Foundation for Children with Special Needs, will delve into the Individual Education Program (IEP) document, its development, the breakdown of each section and understanding how the document will support a student.

Topics include: Why the IEP is important, who is eligible for an IEP, how the IEP is developed, strengths and concerns, vision statements, and an overview of specific sections of the IEP.

“I believe the more knowledge you have regarding the special education system the better you can advocate for your child/grandchild/guardian. You also get a chance to give the knowledge you have to other parents just starting off or who are overwhelmed by the process,” said SEPAC parent advocate Michele Douglas.

The registration link to the zoom workshop is: Douglas said parents can manually type in the address, which is case sensitive, to bring them to the registration page. Any questions may be sent to [email protected]

For more information about the educational workshops available from the Federation for Children with Special Needs, go online to or email: [email protected]

The mission of the Special Education Parent Advisory Council is to foster knowledge, understanding and communication between parents, school and the community.

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