The Fairfield Special Education Parent and Teachers Association, Inc., (SEPTA), invites anyone with an interest in improving the educational, social and recreational opportunities of children with special needs to join our membership. Together we can make a difference in every child’s life.

Click here to learn about the history of Fairfield SEPTA, Inc.

It is the mission of Fairfield SEPTA to promote continuous improvement and excellence in public education for children with disabilities through:

  • Social, Recreational and Educational Programs
  • Parent Education and Resources
  • Professional Development and Grants supporting innovation
  • Recognition of Outstanding Practices in Special Education

and Fairfield SEPTA’s mission is in line with the CT PTSA’s mission to:

  • Support and speak on behalf of children and youth in the schools, in the community, and before governmental bodies and other organizations that make decisions affecting children;
  • Assist parents in developing the skills they need to raise and protect their children; and
  • Encourage parent and public involvement in the public schools of the nation.

The Fairfield SEPTA is a group of parents, teachers, community professionals and community supporters striving to improve the education and social interactions and recreational opportunities of children with special needs. Begun in 1999, the Fairfield SEPTA grew out of a parent support group at the Early Childhood Center, with 44 members. As of this fall, SEPTA has 200+ members. SEPTA provides the parents/ guardians/ caretakers of special education students with support and resources. SEPTA, however, does not and will not provide legal advice or individual advocacy.

Our purpose is to address broader issues that impact all children with special needs in our community. Fairfield SEPTA’s overall message and approach as a PTA is to work in a positive and collaborative manner with our school system and our community.


DATE: Wednesday, January 18th

TIME: 7:30 pm
PLACE: McKinley Elementary School

TOPIC/SPEAKER 1: The ABC’s of your child’s IEP

Laurie Markus and Kristin Berry, of Advocacy for Kids, will present on The ABC’s of your child’s IEP… how to ensure you understand where and how to find all the important elements in your child’s IEP to maximize your understanding of their rights. What should you know about each section and which sections do you have the most influence on as a parent. This will be a general presentation on IEP language and structure, and was a big success when last run… and just in time this year for the season of Annual Reviews!! Don’t miss this chance to be reminded of the basics (and the platform) that your child’s next year will be built on!

Laurie B. Markus, Esq. and Kristin Berry are special education advocates (and Fairfield SEPTA Members!) who work with parents and families throughout Connecticut in securing educational rights for their children with disabilities. They educate families with varied information and tools focused on data, collaboration, and empowerment to ensure parents have an active role in their quest to have their child’s needs productively met.

TOPIC/SPEAKER 2: Introduction of Challenger Baseball  …getting our kids involved in team sports!

Tim Heitzman, will also be on hand to tell us about his plan to collaborate with SEPTA to support Challenger Little League Baseball teams in Fairfield.  Challenger sports programs in Fairfield provide a unique opportunity for children with special needs to get involved with team sports! They get our kids on the field (or the court) and encourage them to work with their teammates toward common goals. Teams will be organized through Little League International for children ages 5-18. He will have details about start dates and eligibility so we hope you will join us to learn about this exciting new program!

Childcare will be provided on an as needed basis. If you need childcare, reservations need to be made at least 24 hours BEFORE the meeting, by emailing fairfieldeptapresident@gmail.com.

ALL ARE WELCOME! Bring a friend!

SEPTA welcomes everyone!! 

  •  Not a member?  Please consider joining!  

The Fairfield Special Education Parent and Teachers Association, Inc., (SEPTA), invites anyone with an interest in improving the educational, social and recreational opportunities of children with special needs to join our membership. Together we can make a difference in every child’s life!

It is EASY… Go to: http:// join.myschoolanywhere.com  
Join Code: fairfieldsepta  and become a member today!

  • Get Involved…

We still have several open positions (see below) If you would like to learn more about them, please contact Nancy at fairfieldseptanominating@gmail.com . If you’d like to volunteer in some other way (on a committee, for a fundraising event, etc.) please contact Will at fairfieldseptapresident@gmail.com.  Every little bit helps!

Fairfield Emergency Communication Special Needs Alert Form

This program allows the Town of Fairfield Emergency Services to input information regarding persons with special needs, into the 911 System. This information is then available to responders from the Fairfield Police and Fire Departments who are answering a call at your home. This program is VOLUNTARY. If you are interested, please click here for more detailed information and the contact person.

New Federal Law – Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015 (ESSA)

On December 10, 2015, President Barack Obama signed the Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015 into law. This landmark legislation reauthorizes the Elementary and Secondary Education Act/No Child Left Behind (ESEA/NCLB). Click here for more information.

Click here for a schedule of town meetings.

Click here for the information about the Town Budget.