Prince William County Special Education Parent Teacher Association

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Dec 5, 2020 06:30 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

From the Prince William County Special Education PTA, THANK YOU for sharing about our Virtual Dance-a-thon and Virtual Gala. Your support is much appreciated!

THANK YOU for the donations to PWC SEPTA to raise funds for our Spring Annual Recognition Awards Ceremony and to support our growth and continued advocacy. We have received photos/ videos of families and schools participating in the Dance-A-thon, and we look forward to sharing these at the Virtual Gala! These have also been shared on our PWC SEPTA Facebook page. There is still time to place donations through our website and to email photos/ brief videos to secretary@pwcsepta.org

You and your family are invited to join us in celebration of the completion of our 1st Virtual Dance-A-Thon at our Virtual Gala tomorrow, Saturday, December 5. Please see the attached flyer and consider sharing the flyer today with other family and friends. (The event will be held via ZOOM and is free.

This will be a fun, engaging, and inspiring event for families of the entire Prince William County, Manassas City and Manassas Park Community to gather together safely. Participating schools will be recognized and raffles for prizes will be drawn throughout the event. We will end the night dancing together as a community. We are all in this together, and we look forward to continuing to work with you into the new year!

About Us

Our mission is to make every child’s potential a reality by engaging and empowering families and communities to advocate for all children of Prince William County, Manassas Park and Manassas City.

Inform

Share information regarding special education policies and laws, community resources and supplemental services. Offer workshops and training regarding various high interest topics such as determining eligibility for services, early intervention, legislative issues, and high school graduation requirements. Provide up-to-date district information relating to special education services and programming. Provide statewide legislative information as it relates to special education

Support

Provide opportunities for parents and teachers to share experiences and resources. SEPTA is your place for the sharing of special needs resources and ideas. We believe that there are many great resources and ideas out there that really need to be shared so that they can be used for children with special needs. We believe that Special Education will be lifted greatly if we all have a desire to share and build these resources for all to use.

Advocate

Introduce parents of students in Greater Prince William County to the special education process. Providing an overview of special education services, the rights of students with disabilities and your rights as the parent of a child with a disability.

Prince William County SEPTA logo looks like a tree with hands as the trunck thrust upward holding the green leaves
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Why SEPTA can be a major benefit

Families with children who have special needs often seek out opportunities to meet other parents in similar circumstances. Special Education PTAs (SEPTAs) provide this opportunity and often bring together families of students who attend different schools in a district under one PTA umbrella. Becoming a SEPTA provides families with an organizational structure, resources and the opportunity to be a collective voice for their child and for all children.

Many units offer family fun days for the whole family, such as a bowling day, a picnic and so on. This is a comfortable place for the whole family to go and be together.

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SEPTA can offer support to parents who have similar circumstances

One major benefit of a SEPTA is to offer support to other parents who have similar circumstances. Some SEPTA units have a business meeting then adjourn and offer a parent support time off the record. Sometimes parents like to speak on issues that concern their children and just listening to them can help other caretakers. Other things can happen during the support time, for instance, caretakers can learn about doctors and services that are a positive experience for their child such as a place to take your child for a haircut that is not stressful and a place of business that is understanding and patient.

Other benefits are that SEPTAs sponsor workshops and speakers on topics that can help better advocate for exceptional children and topics that can help parents better understand aspects of special needs and many diagnoses. Many SEPTAs start out with a general topic like understanding your child’s IEP or 504plan, the rights of your special needs child, and the parent’s rights under IDEA.