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2020-2021 Special Education Parent
Advisory Group Meeting
ABSECON PUBLIC SCHOOL DISTRICT
May 10, 2021 @ 2:00pm
Via Meet: meet.google.com/fqq-xsvk-nye

Special Education Parent Advisory Group
● Each district board of education shall ensure that a special education parent advisory group is in place in the district to provide input to the district on issues concerning students with disabilities (N.J.A.C. 6A:14-1.2(h))
● The advisory group is a state-mandated, district-level parent driven group charged with providing input to the local school district on system-level challenges in special education and related services. It is a collaboration and partnership with the district to better improve services in special education.
● It is not a advocacy assistance group, a support group, or a special education parent teacher organization

Outreach and Building Positive
Relationships
Improve Services and Share Resources

Purpose and Benefits of SEPAG
Collaborative Problem-Solving
Build and Maintain a Trusting Partnership

How It Works: Individual vs. Systemic Process
Often, parents bring a perspective to an issue that is based on personal experiences with their own child. Taking action on behalf of a single child is “individual advocacy.” While this is vital, the goal of the SEPAG is to look at systemic issues – that is, challenges and opportunities that affect more than one student or family.
An effective SEPAG invites, collects, and coordinates individual stories and perspectives from parents. It then looks at this input to see patterns or trends that can be addressed through policies, programs, and services that have the potential to affect many students with disabilities.
That is how SEPAGs move from an individual issue to systemic change.

WELCOME!
What is your ROLE?
Tell us your role within this SEPAG (Parent, CST Member, Community Member, etc)
What is your GOAL?
What do you hope to accomplish within your role?

Special Guest
Please welcome Absecon resident, Jacob Hackett, to discuss person centered planning and considerations for life after
middle school

WHERE PERSON-CENTERED PLANNING HAS TAKEN ME!
BY: JACOB HACKETT

PCP REFLECTION
I BELIEVE THAT MY PCP MEETING IN THE SPRING OF 2018 WAS A VERY SUCCESSFUL START TO MY TRANSITION TO ADULTHOOD. I’M APPRECIATIVE THAT MY TRANSITION COORDINATOR, ANNE CAME TO ME 2 YEARS AGO AND ASKED IF I WOULD BE WILLING TO BE A CANDIDATE AND GUINEA PIG FOR THE SCHOOL. IT WOULD TEACH ME HOW TO ADVOCATE FOR MYSELF AND TELL THOSE AROUND ME WHAT IS MOST IMPORTANT TO ME AND MY MOST NECESSARY NEEDS.

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