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next F-SEPAC event

The Advantages of Dyslexia (and Why E-readers Help)

Las ventajas de la dislexia (y por qué ayudan E-readers) (Spanish)

As vantagens da dislexia (e por que ajudam E-readers) (Portuguese)

Monday, October 27, 2014 from 7-9pm

King Building, 454 Water Street, Framingham, MA 01701 Demarais Room

To RSVP please go to - https://fsepac.wufoo.com/forms/workshop-the-advantages-of-dyslexia/

Adv of Dyslexia flier - Please post



Although dyslexia presents difficulties when it comes to reading, research has shown that there are advantages associated with dyslexia, and that these may be linked to the difficulties with reading. Here we will discuss the research on the advantages in dyslexia, and talk about how to turn these advantages into useful assets by using computer tools such as e-readers.


Presenter’s bio: Dr. Matthew H Schneps is the founding director of the Laboratory for Visual Learning, Professor of Computer Science at UMass Boston, and a visiting Fellow at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, where he carries out research to investigate how differences in the visual neurology of attention and working memory shape learning. A scientist with dyslexia, Schneps received his PhD in physics from MIT in 1979. For 35 years he carried out research in STEM education at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, where he led close to $40 million in funded science education programs. There he produced hundreds of hours of award-winning television programs on STEM education, including the widely acclaimed video A PRIVATE UNIVERSE (famous for scenes of Harvard graduates struggling with the concept of seasons). In recent years Schneps has focused on research in neuroscience, examining how smartphones and other emerging computer devices can be used to manage attention, to help people with dyslexia. He is the recipient of the George E. Burch Fellowship in Theoretic Medicine at the Smithsonian Institution, and winner of the Science Prize for Online Resources in Education from the American Association for the Advancement of Science.


With a 48-hour notice, we will make every attempt to provide interpreters for foreign languages and ASL for anyone who requests such.


Solicitándolo con al menos 48 horas de antelación, haremos todo lo posible por proveer de intérpretes para lenguas extranjeras. (Spanish)


Com 48 horas de antecedência, tentaremos providenciar intérpretes para línguas estrangeiras e Linguagem de Sinais para quem requerir. (Portuguese)


welcome to F-SEPAC     

Being the parent or guardian of a child with special needs comes with lots of challenges. The amount of information you need to help your child can be overwhelming. Just know that you’re not alone. Approximately 23% of children in the Framingham school district have special needs. The Framingham Special Education Parent Advisory Council, also known as the F-SEPAC, is here to help and support you.


information on Framingham Public Schools

On the Framingham Public School website you can find a link to your child’s school, the Special Education Department.  You can also find contact info for your team Evaluation Coordinators, Special Ed Director and Assistant Director, the Location of Services and Programs at each school, and description of what is available at various age levels.


our mission

F-SEPAC is run by parents who are concerned about the special needs of children in the Framingham schools.   We are a district-wide resource to parents or guardians of children with special needs - offering them information, support, and meetings throughout the school year. As a group the F-SEPAC is mandated and supported by Massachusetts law


We are a united voice for special needs children and considered an advisory committee to the Framingham school district and its Special Education Department.   We work with them in partnership to determine appropriate programs and services for children with special needs.   We are a group that works to support and protect access to quality education for all children – especially those with disabilities – and participate in decision making that affects policies, rules, and regulations.  


F-SEPAC’s mission is to work for the understanding, respect, and support of all children with special needs in Framingham.  We provide opportunities for parents to share experiences and information and come together to learn more about challenges facing children with special needs.


membership - get support

General membership is open to any resident of Framingham or person affiliated with the Framingham Public Schools.  All meetings are open to the general public.  Become a member.


Voting membership is required in order to vote in annual officer elections and other business that comes before any F-SEPAC meeting. Voting membership shall be given to any general member who is either:


  1. A parent or guardian of a child with special needs residing in Framingham with an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) or a 504 Accommodation Plan.


  1. A student not less than fourteen (14) years of age who is on an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) or a 504 Accommodation Plan from the Town of Framingham.


Together F-SEPAC members can…

  1. Learn and understand the school culture(s) in our district and discover how to get things done. We will seek information on policies, curricula, and laws that affect our children and share that info.


  1. Share accurate and timely information with members, parents, the school district, and the community at large.


  1. Work within the PAC, with PTOs, and the school district in a constructive manner, maintaining respect for democratic procedures and a tolerance for the diversity of opinions.


We are actively seeking new members and volunteers.   


volunteering

If you are interested in volunteering please fill out our volunteer form or contact one of the Co-Chairpersons.  The survey will ask you what you are interested in doing and how much time you can dedicate to the F-SEPAC.  Some of the things we need help with are the following:


  1. Framingham Public School Liaisons (one for each school) - Role is to make sure F-SEPAC events are posted and brochures are readily available in the school building in all three languages, in school newsletters, and to have a link on school’s web site to our site.  Update the F-SEPAC Committee of any special educations issues regarding the school. FPS Liaison Checklist


  1. School Committee Liaison - Attend meetings and update F-SEPAC of any special education issues.


  1. Liaison for Spanish speaking community - Help F-SEPAC reach out to the Spanish and Latino population in Framingham,


  1. Liaison for Portuguese speaking community - Help F-SEPAC reach out to the Portuguese and Brazilian population in Framingham.


  1. Liaison to Townwide PTO & other groups - Attend their group meetings and keep F-SEPAC informed as needed.


  1. Liaison to Non-Public Schools in Framingham - Role is to make sure F-SEPAC events are posted and brochures are available in the school building.  If it applies to that school, the liaison should make sure all F-SEPAC information will be included in school newsletters and there should be a link on the school’s web site to our site.  Checklist for Private School Liaisons


  1. Outreach to Framingham Town Government - Update F-SEPAC on the status of the Framingham Town Government in regards to special education issues.


ten reasons to get involved

1. Your Child Benefits - When parents get connected to the school, children do better. Research shows children whose parents are involved get better grades, do better on tests, and have fewer discipline problems at school.


2. We make a Difference - Our mission is to create the kind of school community where teachers and administrators can do their best work-and so can our children. We provide support and feedback for teachers in and out of the classroom. We provide resources and ideas they need. We help create learning opportunities for parents, children and staff. And we try to build the kind of supportive, caring atmosphere that makes school a safe and fun place to be for our children.


3. We pledge to honor time constraints - People are often reluctant to participate and get involved with the PAC because they’re afraid they will get pulled into a black hole of never-ending time commitment. That will not happen with the PAC. An hour or two per month or term really makes a difference. And we won’t push you to commit more than you want to or are able to.


4. We have fun - Volunteer work should not be drudgery. We accomplish a lot, and not everything we do is easy. But we know we are not balancing the national debt, either. We don’t take ourselves too seriously, and we try to enjoy ourselves along the way whenever possible.


5. Meet nice people who share your concerns - We all have a common bond. We care about creating the best possible educational experiences for our children. We are neighbors and peers who share many of the same experiences. And many friendships have developed as a result of those connections.


6. There’s a lot to be done - These days, schools are asked to do more with less. Our help and support is needed more than ever.


7. We can match jobs to your interests and abilities. - The work we do covers a broad spectrum: filing and photocopying, planning and executing events, writing and editing, working directly with children, managing a budget and cash flow, and lots more. We encourage creative ideas, and we are thrilled to have people take on tasks that meet their skills and interests.


8. We’re welcoming - To us, there are no “outsiders.” We are people who have come together to work toward common goals. We couldn’t be happier to have you join us in working toward these goals. 


  1. 9.We’re about parent involvement, not fundraising - Our number one goals is to get more parents connected to the schools. That’s because more than 300 independent research studies show that building parent involvement in education is the one thing we can do to create great schools and improve student performance.


  1. 10.This work is very rewarding - It’s seeing the bright light of learning sparkle in a child’s eye. It’s seeing the smile that shows we’re making school a little more fun-and a child feel a little more comfortable and welcomed in a learning environment. It’s learning that test scores have risen and knowing we played a role. There are lots of rewards, both big and small, for those who get involved.


F-SEPAC by laws  


contact us

General Mailbox - info@f-sepac.org


F-SEPAC officers 2014-2015

Chairperson - chairperson@f-sepac.org

Susan Arndt - 508-558-7220 cell

Sheryl Goldstein

Secretary - secretary@f-sepac.org

Rachel Richer

Leann Winn Klaisner


Treasurer - treasurer@f-sepac.org

Luan Jasheri


F-SEPAC volunteers

For a complete list of volunteers including ones for each public school and school department click here.


general mailbox 

F-SEPAC

454 Water Street

Framingham, MA  01702   


our brochure - available in English, Spanish and Portuguese


NOTE:  F-SEPAC is providing the information above for educational purposes as a public service.  References to any treatment, program, or professional are not endorsements.















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