Malden SEPAC

Special Education Parent Advisory Council

We are an established SEPAC, whose focus is that of enhancing the parental voice in Special Education in the City of Malden. Our mission is to promote a family-school relationship of mutual involvement and respect. Our primary consideration is the well-being of the student, regardless of disability, culture or background.

PURPOSE
Advance the public school education of children with Special Needs
Promote meaningful parent-participation
Advise and support at the school, district, and state levels

WE ARE
Governed by elected board members that volunteer.
Assisted by school district, teachers, students and parent volunteers.

ABOUT US
Collectively we represent hundreds of Malden parents with Special Needs children.
We ensure that parents have a strong voice in their child’s education.
We ensure that the Malden Public Education system remains focused on the needs of its students.
We support parents in navigating the Special Education system as they exercise their rights and the rights of their children.
We hold regular meetings to discuss Special Education issues.

Contact Us

Malden SPEAC Council

Salima Slimane, President

Imene Bouziane-Saidi and Amanda Ceide, Vice Presidents

Lynda Diamond, Secretary

Jacqui Hadaya, Treasurer

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Malden SEPAC Advisory Board

Wendy Cardosi

Wendy Carlson

Lori Costa

Dr. Meera Sunder, Cambridge Health Alliance, Malden

Kim Nizza

MPS Special Education Department

Malden Public Schools strives to provide quality educational and related services to each and every child with a disability in the least restrictive environment, in accordance with state and federal regulations.  We offer a wide range of programs and services to meet the needs of approximately 1,100 Malden students with disabilities ages three to twenty-two years old.  We have an active and enthusiastic Parent Advisory Council who welcomes and supports parents and families at any and all events.  At the building and district level, our special education teachers and support staff seek to work collaboratively with parents in addressing the needs of the children.

Office Hours: 7:30 am – 3:30 pm
Location: 77 Salem Street, Room H108

Staff List and Contact Information

State and Law Requirements

Support Groups and Additional Resources

Wrightslaw
Wrightslaw provides  information about special education law, education law, and advocacy for children with disabilities.

Federation for Children with Special Needs
The Federation for Children with Special Needs provides information, support, and assistance to parents of children with disabilities, their professional partners, and their communities. They are committed to listening to and learning from families, and encouraging full participation in community life by all people, especially those with disabilities.

Massachusetts Advocates for Children
Massachusetts Advocates for Children is an independent voice for children who face significant barriers to equal educational and life opportunities, particularly those who have disabilities, are low income and/or are racially, culturally, or linguistically diverse.

SPED Watch
A special education watchdog group that is building a civil rights movement to remove the systemic obstacles that deny schoolchildren their special education rights.

Special Education Law
Special Education Law (specialedlaw.com) is a free search engine for BSEA decisions and rulings, DESE guidance, laws, and regulations in Massachusetts. It was created and is maintained by Attorney Daniel S. Perlman, as a resource for parents, advocates, and attorneys.

TOPSoccer
US Youth Soccer TOPSoccer (The Outreach Program for Soccer) is a community-based training and team placement program for young athletes with disabilities, organized by youth soccer association volunteers.

Transportation Services

Malden Public Schools contracts with the North Reading Transportation to provide transportation services for students. Please note as of August 30th, 2016, transportation will no longer be provided for students in the Malden Public Schools, with the following exceptions:

  • The student has an IEP and specifies that transportation will be provided.
  • The student is homeless and entitled to transportation under the McKinney-Vento Act.

The committee recognizes that this policy change may result in parents requesting transfers to schools closer to their residence. These cases will be considered on an individual basis by the Parent Information Center and the superintendent.

North Reading Transportation

781-851-8400  select option #5 to get to dispatch