Greetings from Wake SEIC!
With the school year half-way complete, it’s a good time to review what we have accomplished to date, set our goals for the rest of the year, and start planning for 2013-2014. I must say that I’m proud of what our group has done so far, and I’m looking forward to continued success.
Wake SEIC reorganized for 2012-2013 and brought in new volunteers, without whom we could have never accomplished all we have. Our committee is made up of fabulous volunteer parents of children with special needs – and inherently maxed-out group – so each role has back-up is built into our structure. With that said, we are always in search of more volunteers to lighten the load and strengthen our back-up system. If you would like to take part, please feel free to attend any of our committee meetings or contact us to see how to get involved.
This year we have greatly increased our on-line presence. We have updated our website and added a Facebook page. We have moved to on-line registration and electronic fliers. This is the first electronic-only version of our newsletter. These electronic outlets have enabled us reach out to many more people and to deliver updates in real time. If you haven’t done so already, please check out our website and “like” us on Facebook.
We continue to provide workshops on special education topics. We have begun to partner with individual schools and outside organizations to spread the reach of our programs. This fall we worked with Davis Drive Middle School to provide a well-attended College Disabilities Workshop. In January, we worked with Davis Drive Middle School again on a workshop entitled Helping Children Cope with Anxiety . For the upcoming IEP workshop (more information in this newsletter), we will be partnering with ecac and WCPSS. Please check our website regularly to get information on upcoming offerings. If your school would like to partner with Wake SEIC to host a workshop, please let us know.
Another service our group provides is quality publications (such as this quarterly newsletter and our website materials) that spread the word about what we are up to and to provide information on special education topics.
In the upcoming months, our focus is going to be on outreach to school-based PTAs. We illto spread the word on the fantastic programs that have been initiated at individual schools in order to inspire others to create programs that will work in their own school environment. We will use the PTA structure to make sure that parents are aware of the resources we offer special-needs families and the resources available in the community. We hope to make it easy and simple for PTA’s to include and support their special-needs families.
Best wishes for a fantastic 2013!