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Special Ed Parent Advisory Committee

The H-W Special Education Advisory Council (SEPAC) serves as an advisory group to the school committee and school officials on matters that pertain to the education and safety of students with disabilities, as well as the planning, development, and evaluation of the school's special education programs. The SEPAC strives to offer education, networking and support to parents and guardians of children with learning differences and disabilities. We work to educate the community at large regarding issues surrounding special education and to advocate for our needs and rights. The council is open to all parents, guardians, and other interested parties of children receiving services for learning, neurological, physical, psychological, emotional or cognitive disabilities.

SEPAC Board Members

Becky Bonenfant, Co-Chair
Hallie Britton, Co-Chair
Lindsay Whitman, Treasurer

Agendas and Minutes
Please click on this link for the Agendas and Minutes page.

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Students will work effectively to pursue goals within a climate of diverse views, ambiguity, and changing priorities. They will demonstrate flexibility and resilience while responding productively to feedback, criticism, and even failure.

The Hamilton-Wenham Special Education Parent Advisory Council (SEPAC) 

Autism 102: What's Next

Tuesday, November 8th from 7-8:30pm

via ZOOM

A Workshop for Parents of Diagnosed Children/Teens/Young Adults (through age 22)

The Hamilton Wenham SEPAC is pleased to bring AANE (Asperger Autism Network) via ZOOM for this virtual presentation. Families are often unsure what to do upon learning their child or teen has an autism diagnosis. Whether handed a report with dozens of recommendations or leaving a clinician’s office with none, this workshop will give you tools and ideas for a path forward. Topics include crafting a vision for your child and your family to help with decision making, figuring out the “right” services, getting started with educational advocacy, public support, respite, and more.

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The Hamilton-Wenham Special Education Parent Advisory Council (SEPAC) 

Parents Rights Workshop

Monday, November 14th from 6 – 8pm

 via ZOOM

The workshop will be presented virtually via ZOOM by Tracey Morgan, a special education advocate. Everyone must register via the Zoom link in order to receive the meeting link and presentation materials for this workshop.


This workshop will provide a comprehensive introduction to special education laws and procedures. We will cover the purpose of the law, referrals, evaluations, and the team meeting process including determining eligibility.  You will also learn what to do if the student is not eligible and the parent’s procedural due process rights for resolving disputes. The Federation for Children with Special Needs hosts additional parent workshops on topics such as “Transition Planning” and “Understanding the IEP”. Dates and times of all Federation-sponsored events can be found on their website:


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