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.

Here is the AAPAC Brochure, 2018-19

The Interim Executive Director of SISS was Concetta Lewis. Her last day was June 28th, 2019. You can reach SISS at 734 994-2318. If you have concerns about your child’s special education, here is the SISS Responsibility Chart. It says who to go to first, and next, when you have concerns.

Here is the 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/.

Here is the 2018-2019 list of self-contained special ed classrooms by building.

2018-2019 Meeting Calendar

6:15 – 6:50 PM with SISS team *
7 – 9 PM general meeting *
* Important! Note earlier time schedule for the May 13th meeting! SISS staff will be available from 6-6:30pm, and the meeting itself is from 6:30 to 8:30pm — for this one meeting.

Location: Tappan Middle School
2251 E. Stadium Blvd., Ann Arbor
Media Center (2nd Floor), unless otherwise noted below

2018-2019 Meeting Schedule:

  • Monday October 1 – Dr. Swift and the SISS directors were introduced. And there wasan AAPS Board of Education Candidate Forum with a focus on special education for the eight candidates running for the four open seats on November 6–that was the feature of AAPAC’s first parent meeting of 2018-19 school year! Please come to inform yourself on your votes and to ask questions if you have some! (flyer, agenda, livestream)
  • Monday November 5: District Reading Initiative, Upper Level–Sarah Andrew-Vaughn, District Dept. Chair, 6-12, English Language Arts. Also, Secondary Sexual Health Education for Individuals with Developmental Disabilities — Shalyn Furton, Autism Spectrum Disorder Coordinator, SISS (flyer, livestream, safety care class flyer, safety care signup link)
  • Monday December 3, 2018: (flyer, agenda) “Updates and Enhancements from SISS and Instruction” from Concetta Lewis, Interim Executive Director, SISS, and Lee Ann dinkinson-Kelley, Assistant Superintendent, K-12 Instruction and “Adaptive Physical Education Updates” from Deak Swearingen, Adaptive PE Specialist, SISS
  • Monday January 7, 2019: 7:00pm: LeeAnn dinkinson-Kelley, Assistant Superintendent for Instruction, will show Atlas, the new AAPS online curriculum map. This tool provides a comprehensive database for parents to see curriculum standards for every grade level and subject area. 7:30pm: two webinars from Michigan Alliance for Families: Free & Appropriate Public Education and Least Restrictive Environment. (invitation, agenda)
  • Monday February 4: AAPS Elementary Support Interventions for Reading, Math and Science – Presented by Erica Hatt and Tony Stamm (flyer)
  • Monday March 4 – Adapted Summer Camps and Activities Fair – Representatives from over 25 local organizations who offer summer programming with accommodations or for children with special needs (invitation, list of camps)
  • Monday April 1 – What to expect when your child with an IEP will change a level to a new school next year – Presented by Concetta Lewis – Interim Executive Director, SISS – NEW: Live-streamed to the public (to be archived on AAPS website for viewing, too!) Attend remotely using this link: zoom.us/j/547807587 (invitation)
  • Friday April 12 – Special AAPAC Parent Workshop – Planning For Your Loved One’s Future – Learn about services and supports available for your teen as you help them make a successful transition to adulthood. Please RSVP below. – 8am to 12:30pm – NEW Center, 1100 N. Main Street, Ann Arbor (free parking in adjacent lot) – Presenter: Suzi Naguib, Psy.D., Clinical Director, Sunfield Center for Autism, ADHD and Behavioral Health – ALL parents welcome! – RSVP: rsvp@aapacexecboard.groups.io
  • Monday May 13 – This month AAPAC is excited to offer a live presentation from Michigan Alliance for Families. Sandee Koski will present an Introduction to Positive Behavior Supports. Topics covered include how to ask for a Functional Behavior Analysis (FBA), how the FBA leads to a Behavior Intervention Plan, making sure the team is using positive behavior supports, and what to do when the plan isn’t working. (invitation).
  • Monday June 3 – Concetta Lewis, Interim Executive Director for SISS will open the meeting with a recap of the progress has SISS has made over the 2018–2019 school year and changes implemented, as well as discuss next steps in the development of the SISS Strategic. At 7:15 p.m. AAPAC will hold elections for next year’s Executive Committee (details for expressing interest and submitting nominations are below).

    At 7:30 p.m. Suzi Naguib, Psy.D., Clinical Director of Sunfield Center, will give a presentation on Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT). PCIT is an evidence-based treatment for young children with emotional and behavioral difficulties. PCIT focuses on improving the parent-child relationship, increasing child compliance, and reducing problem behaviors. (flyer)

Last updated June 28, 2019