1426 N Quincy St
Arlington, VA 22207
Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Arlington Special Education Advisory Committee

Arlington Special Education Advisory Committee

The Arlington Special Education Advisory Committee (ASEAC) provides an opportunity for parents to have a voice in the way APS provides services to students with disabilities, from preschool to age 21.  A majority of ASEAC members must be parents of students with disabilities, but the committee also welcomes other parents and community members, and must include one teacher.  The committee also values the support and contributions of several APS staff, who serve as consultants to the committee.

ASEAC’s role and duties are mandated by the Regulations Governing Special Education Programs for Children with Disabilities in Virginia as defined by the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE).  As described by the VDOE, Special Education Advisory Committees  (SEAC) “are extensions of local school boards since members are appointed by them, and SEACs provide reports and recommendations to their school boards.”  ASEAC provides an annual report to the School Board, but also submits comments and recommendations throughout the year as needed.   The Regulations state, ASEAC’s official role is to:

  1. Advise the local school division of needs in the education of children with disabilities;
  2. Assist in the development of long range plans designed to provide needed services for children with disabilities;
  3. Participate in the development of priorities and strategies for meeting the identified needs of children with disabilities;
  4. Submit periodic reports and recommendations to the school board;
  5. Assist the school division in interpreting educational plans to the community for meeting the needs of children with disabilities;
  6. Review the policies and procedures for the provision of special education and related services prior to submission to the school board; and
  7. Participate in the review of the school division’s annual plan.    

 All ASEAC meetings are open to the public -- parents, teachers, and community members are welcome to attend.    Every month, the committee sets aside time to hear the concerns of parents of student with disabilities.  If you wish to speak to the committee or join in committee discussions, simply attend a meeting.   You are encouraged to let one of the officers know ahead of time so they can set aside enough time on the agenda, but that is not required.   ASEAC also sponsors an annual forum which typically combines a public presentation on a topic of interest to families of students with disabilities, with an extensive parent comment session.   ASEAC is very interested in working with other APS advisory committees on topics of common concern, such as transportation, reading or math instruction and interventions, or students who are identified as needing both special education and ESOL/HILT services.    

ASEAC is always interested in recruiting new members!  The committee tries to have a membership that reflects the diversity of special education students in Arlington.   Much of the committee’s work is supported by working groups that focus on particular topics of concern, such as autism, dyslexia, or ADHD  (the topics can vary with the interests of the committee members).   ASEAC encourages all members to participate in and provide leadership for these working groups.   Parents who are not committee members are also welcome to participate in these working groups.    If you are interested in joining the committee or a working group, please feel free to discuss your interest with any of our officers or members.   The application for committee membership is here.  http://www.apsva.us/cms/module/selectsurvey/TakeSurvey.aspx?SurveyID=514.  No application is needed to participate in working groups.

ASEAC 2015-2016 Committee

Committee Members 2015-2016  Click Here

 ASEAC 2015-2016 Meetings

ASEAC meets monthly from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. in room 101 at the Education Center, 1426 N. Quincy Street, Arlington VA.   We invite all interested citizens to participate in our monthly meetings.  All ASEAC meetings are public meetings and anyone can attend and participate. A Spanish Interpreter is also available at all ASEAC meetings. If you wish to receive email notification of our meeting dates and agendas, please send us an email at aseac.mail@gmail.com and request to join the email list. Members and parents also frequently gather in the meeting room from 6:00-7:00pm for informal brown bag discussions or working group sessions prior to the meetings.  


ASEAC Meeting Schedule 2015-2016




September 21, 2015

7:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.

 Education Center, Room 101/102

October 27, 2015

7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Education Center. Room 101/102

November 17, 2015

6:30  p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Education Center, Room 101/102

December 15, 2015

7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Education Center, Room 101/102

January 26, 2016

7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Education Center, Room 101/102

February 23, 2016

7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Education Center, Room 101/102

March 15, 2016

7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Education Center, Room 101/102

April 19, 2016

7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Education Center, Room 101/102

May 24, 2016

7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Education Center, Room 101/102

June 14, 2016

7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Education Center, Room 101/102

If you cannot attend a meeting in person, you can still participate. Feel free to ask your questions related to the topic being discussed prior to the meeting, during, or afterwards at: https://todaysmeet.com/ASEAC , or email us at ASEAC.mail@gmail.com , or text us at 571-620-APS5 (2775).  Questions emailed to our email address will only be read by the ASEAC leadership team and your privacy will be respected. While we cannot guarantee that we will have time to answer every question during the 2 hour meeting, we will work to provide answers to every question that we receive within a reasonable amount of time.

If you have a question or comment regarding an individual student, due to meeting time constraints, these discussions should take place outside of the 7:00-9:00 pm meeting hours. Any questions or comments about a specific student situation can be emailed to the ASEAC.mail@gmail.com address or any ASEAC Committee Member (contact information is listed with the Committee Membership listing on this webpage), or discussed in person at monthly meetings before or after the 7-9 official meeting hours. 

Find us online at:

http://www.apsva.us/page/1290 and on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/ArlingtonSEAC



ASEAC Reports

ASEAC submits annual reports to the School Board and the Advisory Committee on Instruction.    A few of our recent reports are linked below.   From time to time, ASEAC also will submit comments to the Board or APS administrators on current issues that impact students receiving special education services.   

2013-2014 Report Click Here

2012-2013 Report  Click Here

2011-2012 Report Click Here
2010-2011 Report  Click Here

 Other Resources

APS Office of Special Education Annual Plan 2016:   Click Here

APS Parent Resource Center:  The Parent Resource Center (PRC) is a resource and information center for families, staff and community members.  While it offers significant support and training for families of children with special needs, the PRC also has many resources for families seeking information on general parenting topics as well.   The PRC staff offer individualized consultations, information and referral, parent workshops and training, an extensive library on disability and parenting topics, and sponsor support groups and activities for families with disabilities.  Read more about the PRC: http://www.apsva.us/page/2881.     

The Special Education Parent Liaisons project is a joint project of the Arlington Public Schools' Parent Resource Center (PRC) and the Arlington Special Education PTA (SEPTA). The goal for the project is for each elementary, middle, and high school in Arlington to have at least two parent volunteers who will serve as Special Education Parent Liaisons to support and encourage the flow of information between each of the schools, the PRC, and SEPTA. Read more about Parent Liaisons: <http://www.apsva.us/prc/events>.

The Arlington Special Education PTA (SEPTA)  welcomes parents and teachers from all schools in Arlington.  SEPTA provides additional opportunities to get involved with parents and teachers supporting students with disabilities, through regular meetings, activities, and events.  More about SEPTA: http://www.arlingtonsepta.org.

 SEAC Guide -- Guide for Local Special Education Advisory Committees in Virginia

VDOE -- Local Special Education Advisory Committees resources     http://www.doe.virginia.gov/boe/committees_advisory/special_ed/local_sped_advisory_committees/index.shtml 

VDOE – Federal Law, Regulations, and Policies       http://www.doe.virginia.gov/special_ed/regulations/federal/index.shtml 

U.S. Department of Education -- IDEA 2004     http://idea.ed.gov/explore/home 

VDOE – State Law, Regulations and Policies     http://www.doe.virginia.gov/special_ed/regulations/state/ 

VDOE – Special Education resources      http://www.doe.virginia.gov/special_ed/index.shtml

VDOE -- Troubleshooting Parents’ Special Education Concerns Within A Local School Division   http://www.doe.virginia.gov/special_ed/resolving_disputes/troubleshooting_special_ed.pdf

Parents’ Guide To Special Education Dispute Resolution    http://www.doe.virginia.gov/special_ed/resolving_disputes/parents_guide_dispute_resolution.pdf    

Virginia Tiered System of Supports (VTSS): A Guide for School Divisions     http://www.doe.virginia.gov/instruction/virginia_tiered_system_supports/resources/vtss_guide.pdf 

Final Report: Evaluation of APS Services for  Students with Special Needs (Public Consulting Group, January 2013) 





Last Modified on May 4, 2016