Somerville seminar puts spotlight on special ed

December 16, 2016 by  

Residents in Somerville who are involved with the special education system, or are enrolling a student into the system for the first time, are getting ready for the SPAN presentation: Basic Rights in Special Education.

The event provides information that is up to date for families of people with disabilities.

The primary focus of the seminar is to make sure that families will have a proper introduction to both their rights and responsibilities under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) as well as section 504 of the Vocational Rehabilitation Act. The presentation will be given by Jeanette Mejias, who is a bilingual associate with SPAN of New Jersey, meaning that the information will be available in English and Spanish.

In addition to a primer on basic rights and responsibilities, the event will also try to help families improve the quality of life for their family member with a disability. Topics include setting dreams and goals and learning strategies of advocacy to help the children achieve those goals. The event will also feature informational brochures after the presentation is over, as well as a Q and A.

Basic Rights in Special Education will take place on January 19 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm at the Empower Family Success Center, located at 34 W. Main St. Admission is free, but preregistration is required. Anyone interested in more info should visit the website.