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Special Education Advisory Committee

SEAC REPRESENTATIVE TALKING POINTS February 1, 2017

The following TALKING POINTS are highlights of interest to the special education community. Please share this information at your next PTA/PTO meeting, on your school website, school or PTA/PTO social media, and/or in your school newsletter.

 

Presentation: Transition: Focus on CII-Community Independence Instruction (formerly known as CBI)

Janet Clark, Transition Specialist, Bridget Gorey, Special Education Supervisor and Mary Young, Transition Consulting Teacher, who are all a part of the LCPS Transition Team, shared information on LCPS’ mission for transition services: “To provide a full and efficient continuum of transition services empowering all students to make meaningful contributions to the world.”

·         Each high school has a transition teacher and a job coach, LCPS has 250 business partnerships and is actively recruiting more.

·         LCPS has a published Life after High School, A Handbook on Transition Planning for Students and Families https://www.lcps.org/Page/170757.

·         During the presentation, the YouTube video “Top 10 Ways to Change the Outcomes” was shown: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qpx7PWx_sFc

 

Transition Programs:

·         Community And Schools Together (CAST) for students with disabilities aged 18-22 years old. CAST is a program centered on teaching independent competencies for life after school using an integrated transition model is utilized. Application information can be obtained from your school’s transition teacher or http://tinyurl.com/LCPSTransitionServices

·         College Steps is an Individualized College Support Program. More information about College Steps can be found at: http://www.collegesteps.org/#!college-steps-virginia/c3vn

·         Project SEARCH is an employer-based internship program that provides a one-year highly integrated work experience for young adults aged 19-22 with disabilities. The goal of Project SEARCH is for each intern to obtain paid employment by the completion of the internship year. Information can be obtained from your school’s transition teacher or http://tinyurl.com/LCPSTransitionServices

 

SEAC:

·         As a result of our heightened awareness of the VA Administrative Code and the January 9, 2017 School Board resolution, all future SEAC members will be appointed by the School Board and subject to the Virginia Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).

·         SEAC is in the process of revising their bylaws, last approved and adopted in October 2011. SEAC members have 45 days to consider the proposed revisions and provide input and/or suggestions.

·         SEAC will hold an election in April 2017 for their 2017-18 Officers. A nominating committee has been appointed by the Chair to assist with the recruitment of new officers. In order to be elected as a SEAC Officer, an individual must first be appointed as a SEAC Member.

 

·         The next state SEAC meeting will be held on March 30-31, 2017. Update to be provided in April.

·         On May 17, 2017, SEAC will present the “Excellence in Supporting Special Education” awards program. This event is designed to recognize educators, program, parents and students who go ‘above and beyond’ to serve and support the LCPS special education community and inspire others to do the same. The request for nominations will be announced in early March.

·         SEAC subcommittee Chairs are Lisa Glasgow (Transition), Deana Czaban (Autism) and Jackie Baker (Dyslexia). Input or concerns regarding the unmet needs of students, with regards to Transition, Autism and Dyslexia, should be provided to the SEAC Subcommittee Chairs.

·         SEAC also has a focus group to explore speech language services and supports. Parents or staff who wish to contribute information about speech language services and support should contact Billie Jo Bevan at bjbevan@hotmail.com.

·         The January 25, 2017 LCPS Specialized Reading Instruction Stakeholder Advisory Group meeting was cancelled. SEAC is waiting for LCPS to determine a new date for this meeting.

 

Parent Resource Services:

Sign up for regular notices at www.lcps.org/parentresourceservices

Highlights of upcoming events for February and March https://www.lcps.org/Page/185643:

·         Tuesday, February 7 from 6:30 to 8:30, Dyslexia: Current Research and Practice with Mary Stowe, MEd Training and Technical Assistance Specialist from T/TAC at The College of William and Mary Download Flyer Here Register Here

·         Tuesday, February 7 from 6:30 to 8:30, Leisure Skills and their Importance in Transition and Independence Download Flyer Here Register Here

·         When the Bus Stops Coming: Life After High School Transition Fair 2017. Parents, students and caregivers of middle and high school youth with disabilities are invited to attend. Gather information on support services and options for transitioning youth and adults who will need short term or ongoing, more intensive support upon exiting school. Participants will learn about LCPS Career and Transition Services, the Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Employment Services, and parents as case managers. A parent and student panel, vendor fair and light refreshments are included.

·         Wednesday, February 22 from 7:00-8:30pm, Accessible Instructional Materials (AIM)

·         Thursday, February 23 10:00 am or 6pm, Project Emergency Response

·         Join representatives from Loudoun County Sheriff's office and Loudoun County Public Schools to learn about Project Emergency Response. This pilot program is for students and families in the Dominion cluster and aims to assist local first responders, individuals with autism and other developmental delays and their families to successfully manage emergency situations. Learn about program benefits, details, and resources.

·         Parents can choose to attend a morning meeting at 10 am at Seneca Ridge Middle School or an evening meeting at 6 pm at Dominion High School.

·         March 15, 9am to 11am, Communication and Play

·         Learn about the purpose and characteristics of play; the types of play and ways to enhance it; and how to use shared, social experiences to build early communication skills. This presentation is designed for children who are just acquiring or have not yet developed play skills. The workshop is intended for the parents (not the child) of children on the Autism Spectrum or Related Developmental Disabilities.

·         March 23, 6:30 to 8:30pm, A Will Is Not Enough: Legal Planning for Your Child’s Future

·         Transitioning from school to adult services is a time many families look at a number of issues. For example, should you become guardian of your child or will a Power of Attorney be sufficient? Does your child have assets that need to be put in a special needs trust in order to qualify for or protect future benefits? Do you need to draft or change your will? Who should you choose to make personal, health care and financial decisions for your child? Join attorney Kelly Thompson to learn about legal planning for your child's future.

·         LCPS Department of Pupil Services will be presenting a Mental Health & Wellness Parent Seminar Series beginning in 2017 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm at the LCPS Administrative Building https://www.lcps.org/Page/185265

·         February 16, Promoting Healthy Teen Relationships Download Flyer Here Register Here

·         March 2, Managing Bumps in the Road: Building Resilient Relationships with Your Teen how to avoid an emotional response, stay in charge and maintain a good relationship. Download Flyer Here Register Here

·         March 16, Cyberbullying and Internet Safety Get advice on how to talk with your children about the dangers.

·         March 29, Anxiety and School Refusal Participants will deepen their understanding of children’s anxiety and potential next steps.

·         April 6, Fostering Resilience in a Stressful World earn about the impact of stress on development as well as strategies to nurture resilience.

·         May 4, The Role of Restorative Practices in Building Emotional Literacy how the use of restorative language and circles teaches children empathy and self-awareness and creates a safe learning environment.

·         May 18, Mindful Parenting: Remaining Calm While Improving Family Dynamics utilize Mindfulness in your role as a parent to support your children in improving focus, reducing anxiety, and being more present in each moment.

Paxton Campus Activities www.paxtoncampus.org:

·         Futures Planning: Higher Education – Options for Higher Functioning Individuals, February 16; 10am to noon. http://www.paxtoncampus.org/futures-planning/ Please contact Tammy at tgoddard@paxtoncampus.org or 703-777-1939x207

·         Decoding Dyslexia: Next meeting, February 15 from 7pm to 9pm, “Conscious Discipline”

·         Next Chapter Book Club (NCBC) offers opportunities for adults of all abilities 18 and older with cognitive or developmental disabilities to read and learn together, talk about books and life, and made friends in a relaxed, community setting. Meetings are at the Rust Library from 6:30pm to 8pm, next meeting dates are February 6, March 6 and 20.

 

Accessibility Summit, Register by Feb. 19 for the Early Bird Rate!

Online registration for the 2017 Summit is open!

Discounts are also available for groups of 5 or more. Check the website for the complete workshop schedule, session descriptions, and speaker bios.

Click here to view the 2017 Accessibility Summit brochure!

 

Location Change! Next SEAC Meeting is March 1 at 7pm, at Harmony Middle