Transition does not occur in a single moment. It is an extended period of planning and instruction leading to a shift to adult life. The goal is to prepare each individual student in accordance with their strengths, interests and challenges to be ready for that step forward. Watch presentations about transition services and visit Seattle Public Schools website for more information.
During the 2022-23 school year, the Dyslexia Committee partnered with literacy advocacy groups across Washington to create the Supporting Your Dyslexic Student virtual series. We’ve hosted a variety of professionals to discuss important literacy topics, including Special Education, Progress Monitoring, Assistive Technology, Effective Intervention, and more. Both parents and professional educators will benefit from the wealth of information shared in this series!
Each year our membership votes for our organization's legislative agenda by identifying focus areas to guide our Legislative Advocacy Committee's work. We hosted a legislative forum calling on legislators to Fund our Future by fully funding special education and testified numerous times to stop the use of isolation and restraint in Washington schools.
Membership meetings generally include an update from Seattle Public Schools Special Education administrators and special guests speaking about a wide range of important issues. If you've never been, we invite you to watch one online and hope to see you soon in a meeting! Visit our calendar for meeting dates.
All students have a right to meaningfully participate in the general education setting, both academically and socially to the fullest extent possible. Inclusion is realized when all students, regardless of their designation to receive special education services, are provided with targeted services, supports, and accommodations; allowing them to learn in the general education classroom, interact with peers, and engage the core curriculum.
It is important to know your rights as a parent. The district must provide accommodations to ensure you are an active participant in planning your child's IEP. Visit our playlist highlighting our webinars and presentations re: IEPs.
Collaborative and Proactive Solutions (CPS) uses compassion and problem solving to help schools meet the needs of all learners, while reducing punitive, exclusionary disciplinary practices like suspensions, restraints, and isolation. SSEPTSA advocates for banning these practices in Washington's public schools, and we are working to bring Dr. Greene's program to Seattle Public Schools.
Browse videos we have presented with care to our community of families. Various topics include school avoidance, music therapy, mental health strategies, sensory regulation, advocacy tips for parents of students with disabilities, and more. If you would like to suggest a topic that you are interested to learn more about, please email us using the contact form on our home page.
There are situations where you may need to escalate issues in order to receive a free and appropriate education, as required by federal law. Learn about due process hearings, compensatory and recovery services, and other topics you may encounter as you advocate for your child's education.
Useful documents available for download. Handouts are linked in the video descriptions on our YouTube channel, and are noted as handouts below.
Mental Health, Trauma, and IEPS_May2022 (handout) (pdf)Download
Strategies to Involve Families in Career Technical Education (handout) (pdf)Download
How Inclusion is working in WA state schools (handout) (pdf)Download
Managing School Avoidance Oct. 14 (handout) (pdf)Download
Seattle Public Schools Name Guide for Services (pdf)Download
Restraint and Isolation Slides PDF (pdf)Download
ADHD School Resource Toolkit from www.ADDitude.com (pdf)Download
From the editors of ADDitude Magazine: The-ADHD-Autism-Link (pdf)Download
Seattle Public Schools, the largest K-12 school system in Washington state, has a deep commitment to every student’s journey—to ensure that each student will graduate ready for college, career and life.
In 2006, the Washington State Legislature passed House Bill 3127 to establish the Office of the Education Ombuds (OEO) to reduce the opportunity gap by supporting families, students, educators, and communities in understanding the public K-12 education system and resolving concerns collaboratively. The legislature placed us within the Governor’s Office to ensure our independence from the public education system.
Washington Autism Alliance (WAA) extends access to healthcare, education and services for people with autism spectrum disorders (ASD’s) & related intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) in Washington State. WAA offers support, encouragement, training and can provide access to services and information individuals or caretakers need to succeed.
Open Doors for Multicultural Families (Open Doors or ODMF) provides culturally and linguistically relevant information, services, and programming to culturally and linguistically diverse families of persons with developmental and intellectual disabilities. The families we serve are often immigrants, refugees, and/or people of color.
The Office for Civil Rights serves student populations facing discrimination and the advocates and institutions promoting systemic solutions to civil rights problems. An important responsibility is resolving complaints of discrimination.
The Arc of King County promotes and protects the rights of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities so they can live, learn, work and play in the community – improving the quality of life for us all.
All the materials found on the CPIR Hub have been created and archived for Parent Centers around the country to help them provide support and services to the families they serve.
Approximately 143,000 eligible students in Washington state receive special education and related services. The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) fulfills the requirements of the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), which ensures all children with disabilities have access to a free appropriate public education.
Collaborative & Proactive Solutions (CPS) is the evidence-based model of care that helps caregivers focus on identifying the problems that are causing concerning behaviors in kids and solving those problems collaboratively and proactively.
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