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Wake PTA Special Education and Inclusion Committee
Quarterly Newsletter


Wake-SEIC PTA
Back to School  2013-2014

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Our mission is to create a network of parents, educators, and administrators who will work cooperatively and constructively to meet the needs of all students receiving special education services in the most integrated environment, with appropriate supports in place, to ensure that the students will learn and be valued members of their school community.
In this issue:
  • Greetings from SEIC Chair
  • Call for Liaisons and training update
  • October is Disability Awareness month
  • College Disability Workshop
  • Wake PTA Reflections program
  • WCPSS Parent Academy
  • Upcoming Events of interest
2012-2013 Officers
  • Kim Rineer
  • Kia Slade
  • Kerry McCarthy-Adams
  • Christine Ryan
  • David Simmons
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The 2013-2014 Special education handbook is currently being printed. You can download a PDF copy  of last year's version now.

Wake-SEIC Updates

Greetings from Wake SEIC!
By now you hopefully have gotten into the full swing of the new school year. With all calendars back in sessions its a good time to pause and take in Fall. The leaves are changing, several local community organizations are hosting Halloween themed events around the county and the weather is finally cooling down. I personally am looking forward to attending a Trunk or Treat. That is just our speed. October is Disability awareness month and we love hearing your stories of successful schools. I'm already getting a few notes about upcoming school events and after the PTA leadership conference I met many wonderful PTA members who are looking forward to reaching out to their Special Education population. Working together is how we make for a successful school year. 

Kia Slade
Chair

Call for Liasions

We are looking for liaisons to serve during the 2013-2014 school year! Each PTA is asked to find a volunteer to serve as a SEIC liaison. By default a member of your school's PTA board is our contact but if you as a parent wish to take on the role we welcome you! Liaisons are asked to attend their schools’ PTA meetings and work with the PTA board to make sure all events/decisions take into account the needs of all children and families in the school community. Also, liaisons are asked to attend 2 meetings/workshops per year so that they can share the information with their school community.  There will be a liaison training provided online in the next few weeks. Not sure if you have enough time to take on all the responsibility? Some schools have two liaisons that share the responsibility! Please help serve in this role to ensure ALL students have their needs taken into consideration in their school community regardless of disability. You can sign-up to be a liaision by completing this form

Other ways to get Involved 


Join Your School PTA
A fabulous way to participate is to join your school’s PTA or PTSA.  If your school doesn't currently have a Wake SEIC liaison, volunteer for the role.  Planning for including and supporting special needs families in each school community needs to be a vital part of PTA planning.  Volunteer to host a special needs open house or an administration tea.  Volunteer to staff the book fair for an hour dedicated solely to special needs student who wouldn’t be able to access it otherwise.  This list of ways to help goes on and on and can vary in each school.  The most important thing is to be present, looking for opportunities for make PTA programs more accessible and building an environment of inclusion at your school.
 

October is Disability Awareness Month

October is Disability Awareness month. SEIC has started a new series were we highlight ways schools have reached out and promoted inclusiveness at their schools. Does your school fit the bill? Maybe your school holds a monthly coffee for all the parents who's students qualify for special education? Maybe Your school opened its carnival an hour early just for its students who need a quieter low sensory environment. Or many you have a parents educational series that focuses on various disabilities. We want to hear from you.

Stories submitted will be highlighted on our website and in future newsletters. if you would like to submit your school's story please email us with the details. 

WCPSS is also highlighting Disability Awareness month with a special section of their website. it is filled with details of activities based on grade level and student spotlights. 

College Disability Services Workshop

Davis Drive Middle School Special Education and Inclusion Committee (SEIC) is bringing you a highly requested and popular workshop.
When leaving high school to pursue college studies, families and students are familiar with IEPs, parent conferences, and other adults advocating on the student’s behalf. That all changes when the student goes to college.

Once college classes begin, the student is considered an adult who must take charge of his/her own academic needs.  This shift in responsibility has a major impact on how students request and receive accommodations at college. 

Join Us Tuesday, October 22, 2013 from 6:00 – 8:00 pm
 
Get more details and register to attend this free event on Eventbrite.

Wake PTA Reflections

The National PTA Reflections Program is an arts recognition and achievement program for Pre-K- 12th grade students. It offers these students opportunities to express themselves creatively in six different art categories and to receive positive recognition for original works of art inspired by a pre-selected theme. Students can enter in the regular or the Special Artist division. For more details visit the Wake PTA site or contact the Reflections chair at your child's school. 
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WCPSS Parent Academy 

WCPSS Parent Academy

The next series of Parent Academy workshops are now availble on the WCPSS website. Each workshop is offered 3 times in 3 designated locations around Wake County. The program sites are Athens Drive HS, Reedy Creek MS and Millbrook HS. Some upcoming academies include, Personal Education Plans, College is Possible, How to Become an Assertive Parent Advocate vs. an Aggressive Parent Advocate and Digging Deeper into the Special Education Process: Evaluations and Monitoring Goals
Please visit WCPSS to get more details and to register. 
Other Events

Other Events

The Arc of Wake County will host a Meet & Greet with our new superintendent Dr. Merrill. The event will be held on October 24th at 6:30pm. More details available from The Arc of Wake's website. 

The ECAC presents Parents as Leaders – A FREE training for parents of children with disabilities.
Wednesday, November 20, 2013 More details

Helping Children Cope with Anxiety Workshop to be help on January 27th 2013. Details will be be forthcoming. 

A Resource fair for Hearing Impaired students and their parents will be held on January 28th 2013. Details are still TBD.
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