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Seeking input on special needs services

Does your child have special needs? Do you have a struggling student who may have special needs? Do you have comments, praise, concerns, or recommendations about how APS serves students with special needs? We need to hear from you.

The Arlington Special Education Advisory Committee (ASEAC) is a parent advisory committee that advises the school board through the superintendent regarding the unmet needs of students with disabilities. This year Arlington Public Schools hired a consulting firm, Public Consulting Group, Inc. (PCG), to conduct an independent and comprehensive evaluation of the services provided to students with special needs. The goal of the evaluation is to improve services for students with special needs. An important part of the evaluation is to review parent and student experiences with the referral and eligibility process, the services provided, and outcomes; please share your stories with us. Consultants from PCG will be at the forum to listen.

If you wish to speak, please submit the comment form found on this webpage http://www.apsva.us/site/ Default.aspx?PageID=1290 by April 17 — speakers will be called in the order that we receive the comment forms (you can submit them at the forum).

If you cannot attend the forum, or wish to submit comments without speaking, please be sure to complete the form and submit by April 17. To send your form as an email, you will need to save the completed form onto your computer and send it as an attachment to specialneedsevaluation@gmail. com or copy the form and paste it into your email. Or simply send an email with your comments to specialneedsevaluation@gmail. com. You can also mail your comments to Nancy Van Doren, ASEAC Member, 3316 2nd Rd North, Arlington VA 22201.

This is your opportunity to influence the future for your child and other children with special needs. Please attend or submit your comments. If you have any questions or need assistance, please contact Nancy Van Doren, ASEAC member at 703-516-0024 or Linda Arnsbarger at arnsbarger@mofo.com.

ASEAC Public Forum
April 17, 2012, 7:00 to 9:00 PM
School Board Room, Education Center
1426 N. Quincy St., Arlington VA 22207

Spanish interpretation will be available.