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State of Special Education Powerpoint Available now!

State of Sp Ed presentation 4.18.18 Final



Attention: Please see our page  “Goals and Objectives” for an update!!


SEPTA Speaker Series 2018-19


Resource Fair| Meet and Greet   –  Flyer 

Final Participant list

Penfield Recreation Center – 1985 Baird Road, Penfield       ***Note Location Change****    Learn about agencies in our community that can support families


Building Level Supports, Accommodations and Modifications for Students

Presenters: PCSD staff   –  PCSD administrative staff from elementary, middle and high school will present on how PCSD meets the needs of all learners.  Reps from each level will present on different building level, general education supports to meet academic and social emotional needs of students.


Managing Anxiety in Students with Autism and Other Disabilities During the Holidays and Other School Breaks

Presenter:  Strong Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics

The holiday season and school breaks can be periods of great family fun, however, for some learners, such as students with autism spectrum disorder, ADHD, or intellectual disability, these times of year can be stressful for them and challenging for their families.  This interactive presentation will center upon practical ways families can promote the comfort, well-being and anxiety-management skills in their children  during the holidays and other school breaks.


BOOK FAIR | Barnes and Nobles


Access VR 

Presenters: Kathy Shay MS; Acces -VR Senior Vocational Counselor & Judy Honan MS; Acces- VR Vocational Counselor

 The Office of Adult Career and Continuing Education Services (ACCES-VR) is part of the New York State Education Department.  The goal of ACCES-VR is to assist individuals with disabilities meet career goals.  An overview of ACCES-VR, eligibility criteria and what services can be provided will be shared.


Dignity of Risk: How to Avoid Learned Helplessness


Resiliency: Encourage and Support Resiliency in our Children/Students

Presenter: Carrie Burkin, Family Experience Coordinator URMC Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics

Participants will learn how to identify risk affecting people with disabilities and the protective factors that help to mitigate these risks.  We will also discuss ways to promote strength within our children/families while acknowledging that each individual family is equipped with their own unique resiliency.


State of Special Education

Presenters: Scott Drechsler; PCSD Director Special Education/PPS,  Jim Peiffer; PCSD Assistant Superintendent for Instruction

Hear an update about Special Education in Penfield and learn about new trends that may be on the horizon including Social Emotional Learning (SEL).

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Advocating for Inclusion in Recreational Settings

Presenters: Jennifer Ward – Project Coordinator, Strong Center for Developmental Disabilities

The presenters will share resources and tips for advocating for your child(ren) to participate as part of inclusive programs in the community. They will cover topics related to the benefits of inclusive programs, how to prepare a sensory/calming kit and make visual supports to help facilitate positive behavior. The presentation will also provide time for questions, and discussion around inclusion in recreational settings.



Parents Night Out     6:00-9:00PM       Jeremiah’s Tavern  (Penfield – Small party room)

Please join us at Jeremiah’s for a casual evening with SEPTA members and other Penfield parents. Appetizers provided; beverages on your own. Join the conversation around our students and how to support them; sharing ideas and successes; input on programming ideas, and meeting parents who have insight in navigating the world of students with different abilities.

All are welcome!


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