Arlington Special Education Advisory Committee (ASEAC)

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:

  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 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

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 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.

Syphax Education Center: Map   Directions  Memo
2110 Washington Boulevard, Arlington, VA 22204

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: , or email ASEAC at , 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:

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 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 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.

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.

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