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

2016-2017 Speaker Series & Events

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

supporting special education in the Upper dublin school district since 2005

Wednesday, 9/28 – Upper Dublin Township Building
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.

Sunday, 10/9 – Ambler Skate Park (10:00 AM- 3:00 PM)
Get On Board Skateboarding Event – Get on Board is a skateboard program designed to teach children with special needs the joys and benefits of skateboard.  30 Minute 1:1 lessons are provided free. Registration is required. 10 AM-3 PM Please contact Karen Salomon at ksal@comcast.net for more information.  

Tuesday, 10/18- Maple Glen Elementary School Library
“Raising Awareness of Disabilities within our Community:  What our Police, Fire and Township Want You to Know”.  Our township and first responders will share information on what they would like parents to know and about the training they have received to interact with people in our community with disabilities. Come out and meet your community representatives. There will be time to ask questions.

​Wednesday, 10/26 - Upper Dublin High School Forum Room

"How to Apply for Medical Assistance" - Medical Assistance, also known as Medicaid, and sometimes referred to as MA, pays for health care services for eligible individuals. Participants will learn the benefits of Medical Assistance, working through the application processes, accessing and maximizing community resources today, navigating government and work incentive programs, and financial planning for students with disabilities. Presented in collaboration with the School District of Upper Dublin this session will be facilitated by MCIU social worker Josanna Reigner and Michele Leahy of M. Leahy & Associates, LLC.

Monday, 11/7- Family Night @ Bounce U (6:00 PM - 8:00 PM)
Join us at Bounce U as we host our 7th 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.

Wednesday, 11/16 - Upper Dublin High School Cardinal Room (2nd Floor)
“Transition Planning for Youth to Adult Age” – Presented by Jamie Ray-Leonetti & Gabe Labella, Staff Attorneys, Disability Rights Pennsylvania. Come learn about:  the importance of assessments for transition age youth, how to develop an IEP with meaningful transition goals, how to access OVR and other community resources, tips for engaging transition age youth in IEP development, and much more!  Students are encouraged to attend with their parents! This training is funded through a grant from the Pennsylvania Developmental Disabilities Council. 

Monday, 1/16 (Martin Luther King Day) – First Presbyterian Church of Ambler
”Skills for Effective Parent Advocacy” – Every parent wants to see their child be happy, healthy, and part of their community. Oftentimes, however, parents need to advocate to obtain the services they believe their child needs.  This workshop explores what it means to be an advocate and introduces six specific skills that are needed to be an effective advocate. This workshop is presented by The PEAL Center (Parent Education & Advocacy Leadership Center). This workshop is 1:30-2:00 hrs. The First Presbyterian Church of Ambler, 4 South Ridge Avenue, Ambler. (Park in the municipal lot behind the church - free after 5:00 PM. Enter church through door closest to municipal lot.)

Wednesday, 1/25 – Maple Glen Elementary School Library
“Bridging the behavioral gap between home and school” – Managing a child with behavioral challenges can be stressful. It's even more stressful when there are communication barriers between teachers, staff and parents. This session will explore strategies to keep the lines of communication open and ways of understanding how to keep a respectful, mutually beneficial relationship that centers on the student. This presentation will be given by Anne Horrocks, Board Certified Behavior Analyst for Upper Dublin School District and Ali Wilbur, a Behavior Specialist Consultant and also a parent of two students with Special Needs.

Wednesday, 2/15 - Sandy Run Middle School
Book Discussion “Building Resilience in Children and Teens, Giving Kids Roots and Wings” by Ken Ginsberg. This book discussion will be facilitated by Dr. Ian Sandberg, Supervisor of Secondary Special Education, UDSD. Reading the book in advance of the discussion is not required but may be beneficial.

Wednesday, 3/8 – Maple Glen Elementary School Library
"Tips and advice about services available and how to get them covered" - Presented by Marc Davies, Esq. Mr. Davies’s talk will cover the IEP process, with a focus on better communication with the school based on needs, and how to get that conversation going early in the process so the parents can be proactive rather than reactive.  Mr. Davies will also touch on insurance, services like ABA, and other topics that might be of interest to parents. 

Tuesday, 4/4 - Upper Dublin High School
"Recognizing the Signs of Depression and/or Anxiety in Children and Teens" - A panel presentation led by social workers and psychologists from Brooke Glen Behavioral Hospital. Any child can be affected by mental health issues but students with learning and attention issues may be at an increased risk for developing psychological difficulties. Join us to learn more about the warning signs, what steps to take, and where to get support for your child. Resources and handouts will be provided. Katie Gleason, MS, Jeannie Kim, LSW, Patrick McElwaine, PsyD and Kevin O'Leary, PsyD are looking forward to answering your questions!

TBD – Wissahickon Valley Watershed Association Community Volunteer Event
The Wissahickon Valley Watershed Association (WVWA) offers programs to the community including environmental education, land stewardship, and open space. Founded in 1957, the WVWA is a non-profit land trust founded to protect the quality and beauty of the Wissahickon Creek. Let’s join together as a community to donate a few hours of our time to support the WVWA. Middle School and High school students can earn community service volunteer hours. The date and time of this event will be posted to the SPEAC website (www.SPEACofUD.org).

Thursday, 5/25 – Upper Dublin Township Building
“Special Education Review with Dr. Deborah Wheeler” – Please join us for an open discussion with Dr. Wheeler, Mrs. Michelle Clegg (Director of Pupil Services), Dr. Ian Sanberg (Supervisor of Secondary Education), and Meredith Penner (Supervisor of Elementary Special Education). Dr. Wheeler will review the district’s accomplishments and discuss plans for the upcoming school year.

Date and Time TBD
Get On Board Skateboarding Event – Get on Board is a skateboard program designed to teach children with special needs the joys and benefits of skateboard.  30 Minute 1:1 lessons are provided free. Registration is required. Space is limited. Time TBD.