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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

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 -  Maple Glen Elementary School Library (7:00 PM)
Discussion topic: Working out school year kinks and sensory concerns

NOVEMBER 27
Post-Secondary Planning for Students with Disabilities – UDSD High School, Cardinal Room
Join us for an informative session on planning for students considering extending their education at the post-secondary level. Hear from Montgomery County Community College, Arcadia University, and Upper Dublin School District.

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) - Upper Dublin Township Building
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. 


FEBRUARY 21 (7:00 PM)
ASD Parent Share & Support Group -  Maple Glen Elementary School Library
Discussion topic: TBA

MARCH 12 (7:00 PM)
ADD/ADHD Parent Share & Support Group – Maple Glen Elementary School Library
​Discussion topic: Keeping kids engaged.


MARCH 13 (7:00 PM)
Intelligent Lives – UDHS Performing Arts Center (Snow Date March 14)
You're invited to join the community for a FREE screening of INTELLIGENT LIVES. This movie stars three pioneering young American adults with intellectual disabilities who challenge perceptions of intelligence as they navigate high school, college, and the workforce. Academy Award-winning actor and narrator Chris Cooper contextualizes the lives of these central characters through the emotional personal story of his son Jesse, as the film unpacks the shameful and ongoing track record of intelligence testing in the U.S. INTELLIGENT LIVES challenges what it means to be intelligent, and points to a future in which people of all abilities can fully participate in higher education, meaningful employment, and intimate relationships. Following the screening of the 70-minute film, SPEAC will host a 30-minute panel discussion featuring local self-advocates.


APRIL 9 (7:00 PM)
ASD Parent Share & Support Group -  Maple Glen Elementary School Library
Discussion topic: TBA


MAY 2 (7:00 PM)
ADD/ADHD Parent Share & Support Group – – Maple Glen Elementary School Library
​Discussion topic: Summer Slide & Summer Activities​


MAY  7 (7:00 PM)
“Special Education Review with Dr. Steven Yanni” – UDHS Cardinal Room, 2nd Floor
Please join us for an open discussion with Dr. Yanni (Superintendent of Schools), Mrs. Michelle Clegg (Director of Pupil Services), Sarah Feather (Supervisor of Special Education), and Meredith Penner (Supervisor of Special Education). Dr. Yanni will review the district’s special education accomplishments and discuss plans for the upcoming school year.


JUNE 5 (7:00 PM)
ASD Parent Share & Support Group -  Maple Glen Elementary School Library
Discussion topic: TBA​



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