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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

2017-2018 Speaker Series & Events

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

Open House Meet & Greet – 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.

Get on Board Skateboarding Event
Get on Board is a skateboarding program designed to teach children with special needs the joys and benefits of skateboard.  30 Minute 1:1 lessons are provided free. This event is held at the Ambler Skate Park. Registration is required. Please contact Karen Salomon at for more information.  

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 will cover the cost of admission. This event will be held at Bounce U in Horsham.

Transition Planning for Young Adults – UDSD High School, Cardinal Room
Presented by Michele Leahy, Founder and CEO of M. Leahy & Associates. Transition Meeting: Life planning for young adults with disabilities, discussion topics will include SSI/SSDI, Medicaid Benefits, Waivers, and Special Needs Trusts. The importance of becoming eligible for SSI and transition to adult services so that students CAN work.

“Living with a disability: A sibling’s perspective” – UDSD High School, Cardinal Room
The Special Education Advisory Council of Upper Dublin presents, “Living with a disability: A sibling’s perspective”.  Having a brother or sister with a disability affects the entire family. Much attention is focused on how parents and caregivers are impacted but we do not often understand how siblings are affected.  Our panel of siblings will share their experiences, insights, challenges, and good times living with a sibling who has a disability.

ADD/ADHD Committee - Upper Dublin Township Building
The ADD/ADHD committee topic for January will be Summer Camp

Examining Behavior from a Scientific Perspective, Maple Glen Elementary School Library
Examining Behavior from a Scientific Perspective, “Why do they do that and what can I do? Meet with Hilary Kingery and Anne Horrocks, two Board Certified Behavior Analysts from Upper Dublin School district as well as Ali Wilbur,  SPEAC board member, parent and BCBA to talk about common behavioral scenarios and learn a little more about figuring out why our children do what they do in order to help us understand how to best help them.  

ADD/ADHD Committee - Upper Dublin Township Building
The ADD/ADHD committee topic for March TBD

Suicide Prevention - Maple Glen Elementary School Library
Dan Schwarz, Ph.D., Licensed Psychologist and the Montgomery County Suicide Prevention Task Force will present Q.P.R. Gatekeeper Training Ask a Question, Save a Life. QPR stands for Question, Persuade, and Refer- 3 simple steps that anyone can learn to help save a life from suicide. This Gatekeeper Training prepares attendees to: Recognize the warning signs of suicide, Ask someone about suicidal thoughts, and Offer and connect to help.

The ABC’s of Social Media: Addiction, Bullying, and Consequences on today’s Youth -  UDSD High School, Cardinal Room
From knowing about the latest apps to the newest text lingo, it can feel overwhelming to keep up with technology that seemingly changes overnight. In this workshop, we’ll unpack the latest research on technology and kids. How do we know what our kids are doing online, how to keep social media and technology under control, how to know when something is wrong, and, most importantly, how we as parents can connect with our kids. Presented by Catherine McLaughlin, MA, NCC, LPC. Ms. McLaughlin is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Certified Professional School Counselor. She offers individual and group therapy to adolescents and adults, and has a special interest in issues of parenting and adolescence, incorporating mindfulness into daily living, and in working with emotions of performers and creatives. Her private practice is within the Resiliency Center, in Flourtown, PA. Complimentary phone consultations are available; please call me at 267-800-5073 to connect. 

​MAY 3
“Special Education Review with Dr. Deborah Wheeler” – Upper Dublin Township Building

Please join us for an open discussion with Dr. Wheeler (Superintendent of Schools), Mrs. Michelle Clegg (Director of Pupil Services), Dr. Ian Sandberg (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.