Arlington Special Education Parent Teacher Association (SEPTA) is a countywide organization that represents all Arlington Public Schools and programs with a focus on special education issues and advocacy for children with disabilities.  If your child has an IEP or a 504, SEPTA can provide resources and support. To learn more and join, please go to http://www.arlingtonsepta.org.

Upcoming SEPTA Events:

Suicide Prevention Month – To learn more, please go to https://www.nami.org/Get-Involved/Raise-Awareness/Awareness-Events/Suicide-Prevention-Awareness-Month

Traumatic Brain Injury Month – To learn more, please go to http://www.brainline.org/landing_pages/features/blkids.html

Arlington Special Education Advisory Committee (ASEAC) Meeting will be held on Monday, September 21st from 7:00 -9:00 PM at the APS Education Center, Room 101 A/B at 1426 N Quincy Street. The topic of the session will be Inclusion.  ASEAC invites interested family, staff and community members to an open discussion about Inclusion. APS’s Vision Statement is as follows: “Arlington Public Schools is a diverse and inclusive school community, committed to academic excellence and integrity. We provide instruction in a caring, safe and healthy learning environment, responsive to each student, in collaboration with families and the community.” In 2014, the Arlington Inclusion Task Force (community sponsored) was formed to ensure that students with significant support needs are adequately supported in the general education setting to the greatest extent possible.  All are welcome to participate as ASEAC and APS continues to improve on their collaboration to become a more inclusive school district.

Other News:

Apply for upcoming awards.  The deadline for applications to both is September 30, 2015. Award   winners will be announced at SEPTA’s annual Superintendent Chat.

  • Crawford Award Nomination – This award is given to an educator or county service professional who in his/her professional capacity has made outstanding achievements that improve the lives of Arlington special needs children and youth. More details and application can be found at http://www.arlingtonsepta.org/crawford-award-nominations/  
  • SEPTA/ASEAC/Parent/Student Volunteer (Howie) Award – This is awarded to a special education volunteer or other parent or student who has made an outstanding contribution to the special education community to benefits students. More details and application can be found at http://www.arlingtonsepta.org/howie-award-nominations/