The Arlington Special Education Advisory Committee (ASEAC) space 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 (SEACs) “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 that ASEAC’s official role is to:
- Advise the local school division of needs in the education of children with disabilities;
- Assist in the development of long-range plans designed to provide needed services for children with disabilities;
- Participate in the development of priorities and strategies for meeting the identified needs of children with disabilities;
- Submit periodic reports and recommendations to the school board;
- Assist the school division in interpreting educational plans to the community for meeting the needs of children with disabilities;
- Review the policies and procedures for the provision of special education and related services prior to submission to the school board; and
- 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 students 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 student with disabilities 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: Application for Committee Membership No application is needed to participate in working groups.
ASEAC 2017-18 Committee
- Alison Acker firstname.lastname@example.org
- Alison Dough email@example.com
- Caitlin Davies caitlin.davies@apsva.
- Cloe Chin firstname.lastname@example.org
- Jennifer Johnson email@example.com
- Kay Luzius firstname.lastname@example.org
- Leila Carney email@example.com
- Margaret Johnston firstname.lastname@example.org
- Michelle Best email@example.com
- Nadia Facey – Secretary firstname.lastname@example.org
- Nickolas Walkosak email@example.com
- Paul Patterson-Chair firstname.lastname@example.org
- Rebecca Patterson email@example.com
- Sara Jane Owens firstname.lastname@example.org
- Tauna Szymanski email@example.com
- Wendy Pizer- Vice Chair firstname.lastname@example.org
- David Rosenblatt email@example.com
- Hannah Dannenfelser firstname.lastname@example.org
ASEAC 2017-18 Meetings
ASEAC meets monthly from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. at the Syphax Education Center, 2110 Washington Boulevard, Arlington, VA 22204. 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 email@example.com and request to join the email list. Members and parents also frequently gather in the meeting room from 6:00-7:00 pm for informal brown bag discussions or working group sessions prior to the meetings.
|September 12, 2017||7:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.||Syphax Education Center – Rooms 101/103/105|
|October 10, 2017||7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.||Syphax Education Center – Rooms 101/103/105|
|November 14, 2017||7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.||Syphax Education Center – Rooms 101/103/105|
|December 12, 2017||7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.||Syphax Education Center – Rooms 101/103/105|
|January 9, 2018||7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.||Syphax Education Center – Rooms 101/103/105|
|February 13, 2018||7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.||Syphax Education Center – Rooms 101/103/105|
|March 13, 2018||7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.||Syphax Education Center – Rooms 101/103/105|
|April 10, 2018||7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.||Syphax Education Center – Rooms 101/103/105|
|May 8, 2018||7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.||Syphax Education Center – Rooms 101/103/105|
|June 12, 2018||7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.||Syphax Education Center – Rooms 101/103/105|
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 ASEAC at ASEAC.firstname.lastname@example.org , or text 571-620-APS5 (2775). Questions emailed to ASEAC’s email address will only be read by the ASEAC leadership team and your privacy will be respected. While ASEAC cannot guarantee that they will have time to answer every question during the 2 hour meeting, they will work to provide answers to every question that they receive within a reasonable amount of time.
Directions and parking information for the Syphax Center can be found at: www.apsva.us/prc/directions/
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.email@example.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.
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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.
- 2016-2017 Report
- 2015-2016 Report
- 2013-2014 Report
- 2012-2013 Report
- 2011-2012 Report
- 2010-2011 Report
ASEAC 2017-18 Meetings Minutes
ASEAC submits monthly meeting minutes to the School Board and the Advisory Committee. Below are this year’s meeting minutes.
- Special Education Annual Plan 2017-2018 Final Annual Plan
- TR Narrative November 2016
- The APS 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, referrals, parent workshops and training, and an extensive library on disability and parenting topics, and sponsor support groups and activities for families with disabilities. Read more about the PRC
- The Special Education Parent Liaisons project is a joint project of APS’ 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
- 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. http://www.arlingtonsepta.org/
- More about SEPTA SEAC Guide — Guide for Local Special Education Advisory Committees in Virginia
- VDOE — Local Special Education Advisory Committees resources
- VDOE – Federal Law, Regulations, and Policies
- VDOE – State Law, Regulations and Policies
- VDOE – Special Education resources
- VDOE — Troubleshooting Parents’ Special Education Concerns Within A Local School Division (This document is under revision)
- VDOE — Resolving Disputes
- Parents’ Guide To Special Education Dispute Resolution
- Virginia Tiered System of Supports (VTSS): A Guide for School Divisions
- Final Report: Evaluation APS 2013Eval.pdf (1) of APS Services for Students with Special Needs (Public Consulting Group, January 2013