A letter from the Special Education and Inclusion Committee Liaison

 The Special Education and Inclusion Committee (SEIC) of the Wake County PTA Council was once known as the Wake Special Education PTA or Wake SEPTA and was a stand-alone PTA for parents and teachers of students receiving special education services. In September 2010, Wake SEPTA disbanded after being invited to join the Wake County PTA Council as the Special Education & Inclusion Committee.

Students receiving special education services make up approximately twenty percent of the Wake County Public School System's (WCPSS) student population. The majority of students receiving special education services are served in regular education classrooms.

A student is considered to be enrolled in special education if he or she has an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) or a 504 Plan. These plans include accommodations and sometimes altered curricula to allow students to fully access the educational opportunities at the school.
Each school in the Wake County Public School System is asked to have a SEIC Liaison to the county SEIC Committee. SEIC Liaisons have a dual role:

Our role is not to advocate on an individual basis in IEP meetings.

At the county level, SEIC will hold several informational meetings on special education topics throughout the year. Everyone is welcome to attend. SEIC also maintains an email listserv where parents and professionals can post information related to special education needs. Many training session announcements as well as various meeting announcements are posted on this list. Subscribing to this list is a great way to stay informed about special education topics in Wake County. If you aren’t a member of this listserv, I recommend joining. For more information about SEIC programs and links to some great resources, please visit www.wake-seic.org.

Other resources you may find useful include the below. For additional resources, please visit our SEIC resource page.

To join SEIC listserv, send an email to wake-seic+subscribe@gmail.com

To like the SEIC Facebook page, visit Wake-SEIC in Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/wakeseic?ref_

Policies Governing Services for Children with Disabilities, published by NC DPI (North Carolina Department of Public Instruction) http://ec.ncpublicschools.gov/policies/nc-policies-governing-services-for-children-with-disabilities

The NC Public Schools (NC DPI) Exception Children Division’s Resource Page: On this page, you will find a wealth of information including links to the NC Extended Content Standards, NC Special Education Reference, Occupational Course of Study Introduction, and Statewide Forms for Special Education, etc. Be sure to review the tabs on the left-hand side of the screen for Behavior Support and Special Programs, Instructional Support and Related Services, Parent Resources, etc. http://ec.ncpublicschools.gov/

Wake County Public School System (WCPSS) Special Education Resource Page: At the top of this page, you will find a link to the SES Parent Information Center. This resource is excellent for helping you navigate special education in WCPSS. http://www.wcpss.net/special-education/

Special Education & Inclusion Committee of the Wake County PTA Council: On this website you will find links to information for preparing for your child’s IEP (including a link to acronyms and definitions commonly used in Special Education), local and national resources, newsletters and articles (including a Mediation Parent Guide), and more. www.wake-seic.org

Exceptional Children’s Assistance Center: On this website, you will find information on IEP’s and more. Get the information and support you need to navigate the special education process. http://ecac-parentcenter.org/

Council for Exceptional Children Families’ Page: On this website, you will find various resources including a section on “About Exceptionalities” which has descriptions and links to information for the various special education eligibility areas http://www.cec.sped.org/Content/NavigationMenu/AboutCEC/Communities/Families/default.htm#pubs

The Center for Parent Information and Resources (CPIR): CPIR serves as a central resource of information and products to the community of Parent Training Information (PTI) Centers and the Community Parent Resource Centers (CPRCs), so that they can focus their efforts on serving families of children with disabilities. The Resources tab includes legacy NICHCY materials and additional information. http://www.parentcenterhub.org/resources/