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Welcome to the website for the Grafton SEPAC, a small but enthusiastic group of parents who feel that a strong partnership with our students, the schools, and us as parents can create the best outcomes for our children. We are also grateful for the cooperation and camaraderie we share with the Department of Special Education Services. We hope that by perusing our site, you find answers to your questions and ideas of how best to help your child. Finally, we are always happy to hear your opinion and take suggestions of how we can better support each other as special needs parents. Thanks for visiting!

IEP Improvement Project Update

The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) appreciates the feedback you have provided so far on the Massachusetts IEP Improvement Project.

We are following up with a second survey specific to families, students with IEPs, and other interested parties. This survey is open now through our deadline of May 18th.

If you are a parent/guardian of a student with a disability, please complete the survey as soon as possible (https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/MAIEP3).

Updated information about the status of the Massachusetts IEP Improvement Project will continue to be posted on our website. (http://www.doe.mass.edu/sped/ImproveIEP/)

Input from family members and students with disabilities is essential in order to strengthen the direction of the state’s new IEP. Feedback from stakeholders in your community is critical in advancing the Massachusetts IEP Improvement Project, and impacting outcomes for students with disabilities. We sincerely appreciate your support and participation in this survey.

Thank you again for your time and feedback.


Russell Johnston, PhD
Senior Associate Commissioner
State Director of Special Education


“Basic Rights in Special Education” Workshop

Thursday, November 16 at 6:30 p.m., GHS Library

The Federation for Children with Special Needs puts on a Basic Rights Workshops in Grafton once a year; but you may also attend a workshop in any other town (Go to  https://fcsn.org/ for the latest schedule). We strongly encourage parents to attend at least once, especially if you are just starting out on the journey of parenting a special needs child. We promise this will be TIME WELL SPENT.

The Basic Rights workshop provides families with an introduction to their rights and responsibilities under:
• Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)
• Massachusetts Special Education Law

This workshop is designed to help parents learn to be effective partners with their child’s school, to decide their child’s eligibility for special education, and to plan, make decisions and monitor their child’s progress in school. Best of all? It’s FREE!