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SEPTEMBER 24
Open House Meet & Greet – Upper Dublin High School Media Center (Library, 2nd floor)
Open House – Please join us for an opportunity to learn how SPEAC supports families of students with disabilities in our community and school district. This is a wonderful opportunity to learn more about SPEAC and to meet members of SPEAC’s committees along with parents and educators who share your concern for your child with special needs.

OCTOBER 9
Chipotle Fundraiser (4:00 PM – 8:00 PM)
Eat a burrito and help raise money for SPEAC. Join us at Chipotle Mexican Grill in Dresher for a fundraiser to support SPEAC. Tuesday, October 9 from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm.  One-third of sales will be donated to SPEAC. Tell the cashier you are supporting SPEAC. On-line sales are not eligible.


OCTOBER 10
ADD/ADHD Parent Share & Support Group (7:00 PM) - 
The support group will meet in the Upper Dublin Township Building.

​The topic will be “New School Year Challenges”, this format for the meeting is an open discussion. Parents are encouraged to ask questions, seek support on struggles they are facing and anticipating, and contribute their own on-the-ground expertise. If you are the parent of a child in public, private, or home school with ADD/ADHD like symptoms that are troubling you, please join us.

OCTOBER 14
Get on Board Skateboarding Event (10:30 AM – 4:00 PM)
Get on Board is a skateboarding program designed to teach children with special needs the joys and benefits of skateboard.  1:1 lessons are provided free. This event will be held in doors at the Ambler Skateboard Academy (300 Brookside Drive, Unit C, building 19. Enter through gate D). Please contact Karen Salomon at ksal@comcast.net for more information.  Space is limited. Reservations required.

OCTOBER 16
Understanding the Individualized Education Program (IEP) – Maple Glen Elementary School Library
Presented by Kathleen Haigh of the PEAL Center. Learn your parental/guardian rights when it comes to your child's IEP. This presentation will address parental/guardian and student rights in the special education process. Particular emphasis will be
given to the Procedural Safeguards Notice, received annually by all parents/guardians. This session will also provide tips and tools necessary to work collaboratively with your school team, as well as your role in the IEP process. Families can expect to learn:
What their rights are in the IEP and other documents, What makes a good IEP, and What they can do to improve outcomes for their child.


NOVEMBER 5
Family Night @ Bounce U (6:00 PM - 8:00 PM)
Join us at Bounce U as we host our 8th annual family night for children with learning differences and their siblings. This event is limited to Upper Dublin township families.  Space is limited, reservations required. This is not a drop off event, parental supervision is required. For additional information and to reserve your space, please send your inquiry to speac.event@gmail.com.  SPEAC will cover the cost of admission. This event will be held at Bounce U in Horsham.

NOVEMBER 13
ASD Parent Share & Support Group -  Upper Dublin Township Building (7:00 PM)
Discussion topic: Working out school year kinks and sensory concerns


NOVEMBER 27
Transition Planning for Young Adults – UDSD High School, Cardinal Room
Additional information will be provided on our website.

JANUARY 8
Behavioral Topic– Maple Glen Elementary School Library
Additional information will be provided on our website.


JANUARY 16
ADHD/ADD  and ASD combined Parent Share & Support Group (7:00 PM)
Discussion topic: Summer camps and options for neuro-diverse kids

FEBRUARY 7
Executive Functioning Discussion based on the book, “Smart but Scattered” - Maple Glen Elementary School Library
Come join us for a discussion about Executive Functioning (aka Executive Skills) based on the book "Smart but Scattered" by Drs. Dawson and Guare. As they put it, ".....many kids who have the brain and heart to succeed lack or lag behind in crucial 'executive skills' - the fundamental habits of mind required for getting organized, staying focused, and controlling impulses and emotions." Deficits in specific executive skills are a hallmark feature of ASD, ADHD, and some other learning disabilities. At this meeting, we will start with an overview about what executive functioning is, and define the specific executive skills the term encompasses. We will also go over some of the formal and informal ways that executive functioning can be assessed. Finally, we'll talk about ways that kids who have executive skill deficits can be supported at home and at school, and have an opportunity to share ideas with each other. It is not necessary to read the book beforehand. 

MARCH TBD
Movie Event – Film and location to be determined
Additional information will be provided on our website.

MARCH TBD
ADD/ADHD Parent Share & Support Group – Details and location to be determined
​Discussion topic: Keeping kids engaged.


APRIL TBD
IEP Clinic – Details and location to be determined
​Additional information will be provided on our website.

​MAY TBD
ADD/ADHD Parent Share & Support Group – Details and location to be determined
​Discussion topic: Summer Slide & Summer Activities


MAY  TBD
“Special Education Review with Dr. Steven Yanni” – Upper Dublin Township Building
Please join us for an open discussion with Dr. Yanni (Superintendent of Schools), Mrs. Michelle Clegg (Director of Pupil Services), Sarah Feather (Supervisor of Secondary Special Education), and Meredith Penner (Supervisor of Elementary Special Education). Dr. Yanni will review the district’s special education accomplishments and discuss plans for the upcoming school year.


A series of educational, informative, & community based programs designed for parents, students, and educators brought to you by SPEAC of Upper Dublin

2018-2019 Speaker Series & Events

Sessions begin at 7:00 P.M. unless otherwise noted