What is AAPAC?
The Ann Arbor Parent Advisory Committee for Special Education (AAPAC) is a group of parents and guardians whose focus is on supporting children in AAPS who have IEPs or 504 Plans.
Our Executive Committee members and individual Building Representatives and Alternates provide parents and guardians with a helping hand to go to anytime with questions.
AAPS SISS Administrator Responsibility Chart 2017-18 – shows who to contact to troubleshoot IEP issues if you can’t resolve it with the school team and principal. For issues with 504 plans, contact Terra Webster, AAPS’s 504 Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
AAPAC Committee Report that Mary Duerksen gave to the Board of Education on June 28, 2017. It gives a thorough description of what AAPAC does.
Here is an IEP Team Contact Form for a parent or guardian to keep track of the names and contact information for their child’s IEP service providers. You can take it to IEP meetings to note service providers for the next school year, or to ask the special education teacher or case manager at the start of new school year. For contact information for SISS Assistant Directors, go to www.a2schools.org/Page/8746 or a2pac.wordpress.com. For AAPAC Building Representatives, go to a2pac.wordpress.com/current-reps/.
2017 – 2018 Meeting Calendar
6:15 – 6:50 PM with SISS team
7 – 9 PM general meeting
Location: Tappan Middle School
2251 E. Stadium Blvd., Ann Arbor
Media Center (2nd Floor), unless otherwise noted below
- October 2, 2017 (flyer, agenda, minutes)
- November 6, 2017 (flyer, agenda, slides from Access & Opportunity Team presentation, about 504 plans and McKenny Vento Homeless Assistance Act)
- December 4, 2017 — Two Topics: “Including Samuel (Inclusive Schools Week, Dec. 4-8, 2017) “…(a documentary) film that captures the cultural and systemic
barriers to inclusion,” and “The IEP Parent Input Letter: Why and How” will be presented by Heather Eckner and Patricia Memmott, A2IDEAS advocates. You are encouraged to bring your child’s current IEP for reference during these presentations! (agenda, video of the meeting, later followup with Samuel)
- January 8, 2018 — Topic: How to Tell Your Child About their Disability, and How to Teach Your Child Self-Advocacy Skills – Nicole Mathes, PhD candidate, School Psychology, Michigan State University, Intern, Sunfield Center for Autism, ADHD and Behavioral Health (agenda, flyer, video of the meeting, 25 books that portray characters with disabilities, Magination Press books listed by subject, PowerPoint with slides from presentation)
- February 5, 2018 The IEP: An Overview – Lohren Nzoma, Assistant Director, SISS; and Naviance – AAPS’s new education development plan (EDP) tool for middle and high school students, by Paul DeAngelis, Executive Director, High School Education (agenda, flyer, live stream, slides from IEP overview presentation, slides from Naviance Supports for Students with Special Needs or Who Need Accommodations presentation)
- March 5, 2018 – Camps and Activities Fair (flyer, agenda)
- April 9, 2018 – Assistive Technology Playground for Parents (invitation, agenda, live stream, slides, AAPS assisitive technology inventory chart, and newsletter)
- May 7, 2018 – An Information Session on QBS (Quality Behavioral Solutions), a new behavioral safety program for AAPS, by David Barton, BCBA, AAPS District Support Services Team, and Update on the Third-Grade Reading Initiative – How it helps K-3 students with IEPs – by Erica Hatt, Curriculum Coordinator, K-5 ELA, and Lee Ann Dickinson-Kelley, Assistant Superintendent AAPS K-12 Instruction. Also a paperwork party and potluck appetizers (invitation, agenda, live stream)
- Special AAPAC Workshop for parents of 13- to 18-year-olds: Wednesday May 30, 2018, 8:30am-1:30pm
WISD Teaching and Learning Center, Vogel C
Suzi Naguib, Psy.D. Sunfield Center & Kristen Rispoli, Ph.D. MSU
Planning Your Loved One’s Future
Learn about services and supports available for your teen as you help them make a successful transition into adulthood.
Breakfast and Lunch Included
Parents of teens diagnosed with Autism will be asked to participate in research providing feedback regarding this program and will receive a $30 gift card for participating.
Participation in research is NOT required.
Planning for Your Loved One’s Future Workshop
- Next meeting: June 4, 2018 – What Do AAPS Parents Need From AAPAC? – A conversation about AAPAC’s bylaws and the possibility of revisions. Join us in person or on Facebook Live to contribute your thoughts. Also: Nominations and Voting on 2018-19 AAPAC Executive Committee Officers – Note 8pm ending time (invitation)
last updated June 3, 2018