Belmont Special Education Parent Advisory Council (Belmont SEPAC)

Belmont SEPAC Contacts

Belmont SEPAC
Timothy Flood
Administrative Chair
Mary Jo Peterman
Program Chair
Jill Norton
Fundraising Chair, Awards Chair
Diane Hutchins-Friedmann
Joanna Tzouvelis
Web Site
Jessie Bennett

BSEAC LogoWhat is the Belmont Special Education Parent Advisory Council (Belmont SEPAC)?

Belmont SEPAC is a parent advisory council as mandated by Massachusetts state law (Chapter 71B). We are dedicated family members of children with disabilities, who educate each other, who collaborate with school professionals and who exchange ideas and information. We welcome participation from all interested community members.

BSEPAC Awards for ExcellenceBelmont SEPAC Appreciation Awards

The Belmont SEPAC hosts an annual special Appreciation Presentation in conjunction with the Annual Meeting. The 2019 honoree was Mary Jane Weinstein, Assistant Director of Student Services. SEPAC also alected the 2019-2020 slate of officers at the Annual Meeting. 

Click here to find out more.

Belmont SEPAC Announcements and Events


Basic Rights: Understanding the IEP

Date: Wednesday, October 23rd, 6:30-8:30pm at Winn Brook Elementary School

Presenter: Federation for Children with Special Needs

Who should attend? Families of students with identified special needs and those with questions about their students' learning. All interested community members and all members of Belmont SEPAC.


This session of Basic Rights: Understanding the IEP provides an understanding of the Individual Educational Plan (IEP), including the topics:

  • why it is important,
  • how it is developed,
  • what information belongs in each section,
  • what types of services are included,
  • measurable goals,
  • what to do when you receive a proposed IEP, and
  • procedural due process rights for resolving disputes

Dislecksia: The Movie & Community Forum

October is Dyslexia Awareness Month!

Date: Sunday, October 27th, 2pm - 4pm in the Belmont Library Assembly Room
336 Concord Ave, Belmont MA 02478

Topic: Dyslexia Movie & Community Forum
Who should attend? Families of students with identified Dyslexia and those with questions about their students' learning, any interested community member who wants to understand more about this topic.

Co-sponsored by Belmont SEPAC and Decoding Dyslexia-Belmont Parents Group

Dislecksia: The Movie is a light-hearted documentary with a serious purpose: to give viewers a better understanding of the condition itself, the challenges and opportunities it creates for individuals and families and the supports needed to address it. The movie will give hope to students with language-based learning differences and their families – as well as providing an opportunity to laugh and share stories with others.


NEXT PIS TOPIC: "Seasoned Parent Panel: Tips and Lesson’s Learned" 

Wednesday, November 20rd from 6:30-9:00pm


AM Coffee: 

Questions?? Contact Rachel Nathan -

DATE: Thursday, October 24th, 10am – 11am 

PURPOSE: A time for parents to get together and share or ask questions with other parents who have children with different abilities (IEP’s, 504’s)

LOCATION: Bruegger’s Bagels, Belmont Center, 41 Leonard Street, Belmont, MA 02478


PM Coffee: 

Questions?? Contact Lisa Oteri -

DATE: Thursday, October 17th, 7pm – 8pm

PURPOSE: A time for parents to get together and share or ask questions with other parents who have children with different abilities (IEP’s, 504’s) 

LOCATION: Starbucks (Cushing Square), 110 Trapelo Road, Belmont, MA 02478


What We Do

  • We advocate for a quality education for all students in the Belmont Public Schools, in particular those with special needs.
  • We advise the Belmont school administration and School Committee on special education issues.
  • We assist families to effectively participate in the special education process.
  • We acknowledge school professionals and community members in their efforts to support our children

How We Do It:

  • We provide workshops, presentations, and discussions for families and professionals.
  • We meet regularly with school administrators and the School Committee.
  • We communicate via our newsletter, web site, and list-serve.
  • We host the annual Appreciation Awards in May.
  • We organize an afternoon of games, crafts, and food for children with special needs and their families.
  • We sponsor a support group.
  • We offer a resource library at the Chenery Middle School.