Wilmington Special Education Parent Advisory Council (SEPAC)

Mission Statement

The Wilmington Special Education Parent Advisory Council (Wilmington SEPAC) provides education and support to parents, school personnel and the broader community on special education issues and services.  The Wilmington SEPAC works towards creating an environment of respect, support and appropriate education for all children with special needs in our community and to ensure that student needs under Chapter 766 and other applicable laws are being met.  The Wilmington SEPAC’s mission is to promote and support an innovative educational environment where children with special education needs have equal access to opportunities and are encouraged to reach their full potential.



Is your child 14 or older and on an IEP?

All students on an IEP are entitled to a transition plan starting in the year they turn 14.

Their plan should be driven by their vision of adult life. It should be student centered,

based on preferences, interests, and appropriate transition assessments.

Helpful Transition Resources:

1. Contact the Federation to join their Transition listserv

2. National secondary transition technical assistance center

has useful information about transition assessment tools

3. Offers a useful handbook of transition

4. College options for people with intellectual disabilities

5. National Center on Secondary Education and Transition: Creating

opportunities for youth with disabilities to achieve successful futures

6. Providing online information, support, and professional

development on topics related to the transition from school to adult life for youth with


7. Where teens prepare for life after high school

MGL c. 69.1! “It is hereby declared to be a paramount goal of the Commonwealth to

provide a public education system of sufficient quality to extend to all children...including a school age child with a disability...the opportunity to reach their full potential and to lead lives as participants in the political and social life of the

Commonwealth and as contributors to its economy.”


Become a member of SEPAC

Board meeting on May 8:  Election of board members for 2014-2015 school year

SEPAC Meeting Schedule:

Please note that all meetings take place at 6:30PM unless otherwise stated.


September 30 Basic Rights Workshop 7PM

Coffee and refreshments at 6:30PM  

Wilmington High School Library


October 10

Board Meeting

Wilmington High School Library


November 14

Board Meeting -Workshop:

Effective Communication and the IEP: This workshop offers communication skill building and conflict resolution for parents in their roles as IEP Team members.

Wilmington High School Library 6:30PM
Additional Information


January 16, 2014

Board Meeting

Wilmington Middle School


February 13

Board Meeting

Wilmington Middle School


March 20

Workshop:  “Update on Common Core Curriculum”

Wilmington High School Library


March 27

Board Meeting

Wilmington High School Library


April 29

Business meeting - 6:30

Wilmington High School Library


May 8

Board Meeting

Wilmington Middle School Library


SEPAC Board Members:

Co-chairmen  Meri Allen and Maryann Donovan
Co-secretaries  Jo Newhouse and Martha O'Brien
Treasurer  William McGloughlin
Information Liaison   Position available
Members at Large  Laury Harwood and Kate O'Malley
"If you are interested in joining the SEPAC board, please send an e-mail or join us at the next board meeting."

To contact any of the above-listed SEPAC Board Members, please send an email to:

Know Your Rights as a Parent/Guardian Under 603 CMR 28.00 & Federal 504:

YOU are an EQUAL member of the Team.  Be confident in your abilities and your rights.

YOU have the right to request special education services for your child.

YOU have the right to an independent evaluation.

YOU have the right to EQUAL participation in the developing and writing of your child’s IEP.

YOU have the right to accept or reject a proposed IEP within thirty (30) school days.

YOU have the right to have your child educated with his/her peers in the “least restrictive environment.”

YOU have the right to request and receive all evaluation results at least two (2) days prior to a Team meeting.

YOU have the right to hire an advocate or attorney.


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