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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 2019 – 20


Resource Fair| Meet and Greet  6:30 – 8:30pm

Ruth Braman room, Penfield Library       ***Note Location Change****   

Come on out for our first SEPTA meeting of the school year. Learn more about SEPTA and about agencies right here in our community that can provide supports and services to your child(ren).   SEPTA is comprised of parents, PCSD staff and administrators.

Talk to agency representatives from these local agencies:

AbilitYoga,  Adaptive Rec Services,  ARC of Monroe,  AutismUP,  Best Buddies,  Camp Puzzle Peace/Family Autism,  Cobblestone Arts Center,  Eastside YMCA,  Heritage Christian,  iCircle,    MATT,  Music Ed Center,  Pace Family Chiropractic,  OPWDD,  Parent to Parent,  Person Centered Services,  Physio Logics Wellness,  Roch Accessible Adventures,  Roch Special Hockey (Ice Cats),  Spectrum Creative Arts,  SportsNet/CP Rochester,  Spotted Rabbit Studios,    Starbridge ,  Tutor Doctor


What can inclusion look like at Home, as School and in the Community?                         Baytrail Library 7:00pm

Presented by:   Valerie Smith, M.S.; Strong Center for Developmental Disabilities; Community Consultation Program Manager

This presentation will cover effective strategies for including children with disabilities in the school, home, and community settings, with a focus on recreational and leisure settings. Strategies discussed will include understanding behavior, using visual supports and sensory supports, and social inclusion, as well as strategies for advocating for inclusion. In addition, the presentation will include resources and organizations that are available in the Greater Rochester community.



Executive Function


BOOK FAIR | Barnes and Nobles , Webster

Schedule of events:

  • 9:30am – Scribner  –  Music and reading by Mr Hirchler
  • 11:30am – Harris Hill – Music and reading by Mr Nelson
  • 1:30pm – Cobbles – Music and reading by Dr. Kenny
  • 3:30pm – Indian Landing – Music and reading by Mr Conway and Mr Seaman

Meet author Larissa Juliano 2:30-4:30

Bookfair Barista Bowl Competition  –  vote for your favorite Beverage

  • The Baytrail Chocolate Peppermint Delight
  • Penfield High School Gingerbuddy Swirl


INTELLIGENT LIVES!  Screening and discussion PHS auditorium 

Penfield SEPTA, in partnership with The Golisano Foundation, The Special Education Task Force, and Best Buddies is pleased to offer you this exciting opportunity to view INTELLIGENT LIVES and participate in a community discussion on opening doors to inclusive opportunities. All are welcome to attend.

Tickets are FREE but registration is required. Tickets will be available through December 31, 2019. Click HERE to reserve your seat.

Limited seating may be available to last minute attendees. Inquire at the door.


  • 6:00-6:30pm Opportunity Fair
  • 6:30-8:00pm INTELLIGENT LIVES film screening
  • 8:00-8:30pm Opening Doors to Inclusive Opportunities community discussion

INTELLIGENT LIVES follows three pioneering young American adults with intellectual disabilities – Micah, Naieer, and Naomie – who challenge perceptions of intelligence as they navigate high school, college, and the workforce.

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.



Resiliency Building: The Sharing of Ideas from a Professor, Administrator, and Mom Who Fails to Take Her Own Advice


PRESENTED BY: Shanna Jamanis, Ph.D, Associate Dean of Student Affairs, School of Education Co-Director, Interdisciplinary Specialty Program in Autism at Nazarath

Children and young adults are presented with several difficult decisions and challenges every day, and those with different abilities face barriers that require even more perseverance as they navigate these complexities. As parents and professionals, we are often left feeling overwhelmed and unsure how best to support the children and young adults in our care as they negotiate these demands. This presentation will provide participants  with an opportunity to explore strategies for supporting children and young adults as they face challenges testing their resilience. Since this is a dynamic process, participants will engage in discussion, exploration, and collaboration as we all tackle the complexities of doing this difficult work.


Front Door Information Session

PRESENTED By:  Seth Downy,  OPWDD Youth Program (ETP) Supervisor and Dana Shultz, OPDWW Waiver Services Liaison, Day Habilitation, Site-based Prevocational, SEMP and Local School Transition

This session will give you an understanding of OPWDD’s (Office of People with Developmental Disabilities) mission and purpose, as well as outline the process of how you can become eligible for OPWDD supports and services, the types of supports and services available and where you go to get assistance.



Dyslexia, Dysgraphia, Dyscalculia 

MAY 13


the State of Special Education


SEPTA Social, Location TDB



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