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LCSD, SUPAC to Host Special Education Workshops

Friday, December 22, 2017

The Liverpool Central School District’s Special Education Department is partnering with the Syracuse University Parent Assistance Center (SUPAC), Mid-State Special Education Parent Center to provide a series of four special education parent workshops. All LCSD parents and staff are invited to attend.

Session one, Transitioning from Preschool to School-Age Services, will be held on Tuesday, January 30 from 7 to 8 p.m., in the District Office Board Room (195 Blackberry Road). LCSD Chairperson Deborah McGowan will provide information regarding the transition process from preschool to kindergarten special education services for families that have a preschooler eligible to enter kindergarten in September 2018. There will be a question and answer session with a panel of professionals including a special education teacher, general education teacher, speech therapist, occupational therapist and physical therapist.

Session two, Functional Behavior Assessments (FBA) and Behavior Intervention Plans (BIP): How to be a Partner with Your School District, will be held Wednesday, January 31, from 6 to 8 p.m., in the District Office Board Room (195 Blackberry Road). SUPAC will present this workshop which will cover topics such as:

  • What to do when your child is having behavior difficulties at school?
  • What is an FBA and BIP?
  • How to request an FBA and BIP for your child.
  • How to act as a partner with your child’s school and the Committee on Special Education (CSE) team during the FBA Process.
  • The steps the CSE team should take in developing and implementing a BIP.
  • The role of each CSE team member (teacher, parent, psychologist, administrator, etc.) in this process.

Session three, Understanding Diploma and Credential Options for Students with Disabilities, will be held Wednesday, February 28, from 6 to 8 p.m. in the District Office Board Room (195 Blackberry Road). SUPAC will present this workshop and discuss the new diploma and credential options for students with disabilities. The workshop will provide families with important information to help them understand these options to become an active participant in the transition planning process. Additional topics include:

  • What are the current graduation/diploma options in New York State?
  • What are the current credential/exiting options in New York State?
  • What is the importance of Career Development Occupational Studies integration?

Session four, Tools for Parents: A Transition Focused Guide (AKA The Transition Tool Kit), will be held on Wednesday, March 14, from 6 to 8 p.m., in the District Office Board Room (195 Blackberry Road). This training session was developed by Central and Mid-State RSE-TASC Transition Specialists and SUPAC. A successful transition process is based on the student strengths, preferences and interests, and requires collaboration between the student, family, school district and community agencies. Transition planning and services are designed to prepare a student with a disability to achieve his or her post-secondary goals related to living, learning and earning within the community. Attendees will learn what is required by educational entities in planning and preparing for a student’s transition from high school to adult life. Parents will be given a comprehensive resource binder, which will include general information, regulation requirements and transition planning tools. Parents and other participants also will be given the opportunity to:

  • Identify key actions that should take place during a young adults’ journey to adult life in order to be best prepared;
  • Become familiar with various tools and assessments that will strengthen the transition process and assure preparatory activities are targeted and purposeful; and
  • Give an overview of various community connections that should be established in order to assist in adult life.

Registration is required. Click here to register for the workshops online or call 315-443-4336 (toll free 877-824-9555).

For more information regarding any of these workshops, contact the LCSD Special Education Office at 315-622-7185.

SUPAC is funded through a contract with the New York State Education Department (NYSED) Office of Special Education and seeks to empower parents to become meaningfully involved in their children’s education through school, family, and community partnerships. SUPAC is a project of the Center on Human Policy and is located on the Syracuse University campus.

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