WELCOME!

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 otherorganizations 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.


SPECIAL SEPTA MEETING

DATE: Wednesday, January 14th
Snow Date: March 11th
PLACE: McKinley School
TIME: 7:00 p.m.

Fairfield SEPTA is hosting a free workshop for parents and educators presented by Connecticut Parent Advocacy Center: Developing the Individualized Education Program (IEP)

This training focuses on how parents can be actively and effectively involved in the development of the Individualized Education Program. Participants will learn the key components of an IEP and will become familiar with the Connecticut IEP forms. The workshop will offer guidance about developing measurable goals and tips for monitoring a student's progress.

Register online at www.cpacinc.org/workshop-registration. For more information contact CPAC at 1-800-445-2722 or cpac@cpacinc.org. Registration is required. Click here for more information.

Childcare will be provided only on an as needed basis. If you require childcare, please email Shannon at fairfieldseptapresident@gmail.com. Requests for childcare must be made no later than 24 hours in advance of the presentation.


SEPTA BOOK CLUB

November's book club meeting was canceled. New date to be announced soon!


Click here for a schedule of town meetings.

Click here for the Town Approved Budget.




SEPTA NEWS

MEMBERSHIP NEWS!
Join online and pay with PayPal.


FUNDRAISING NEWS!
SEPTA Rocks On! was a success!
Click here for more information about other fundraisers!


GRANT NEWS!
It's That Time Of Year - It's Grant Time
Click here for more information!


CELEBRATIONS!
SEPTA Year in Review


Please join us this school year (2014-2015) for the following meeting dates*:

1/14 - IEP Workshop presented by CPAC (Snow date 3/11)
2/11 - Special Needs Trusts and Financial Planning presented by Stephen Ehrens
3/11 - Snow Date for IEP Workshop
4/8
5/13
6/10

* Dates, times and locations subject to change.

Meetings generally take place on the 2nd Wednesday of each month and typically take place at McKinley Elementary School Library, 60 Thompson Street, Fairfield, CT 06825, though some meetings may be held off site. All General Membership meetings will start at 7:30 pm.

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. Childcare will not be provided for any meeting held off site.


Brochure Look for our SEPTA Brochure in your School Offices and around town.

Click here to download a copy.pdf