2018/2019 Franklin SEPAC Workshop Schedule:

Franklin SEPAC invites you to join us for our monthly workshops

Below is our schedule of events/workshops for the 2018/2019 school year. All workshops will take place at 7:00 p.m. on the 3rd floor training room of the Franklin Municipal Building, 355 East Central Street unless otherwise noted. All workshops are free and open to the public.

We look forward to seeing you there! For questions please email

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September 20th, 2018: Introduction to Special Ed. Programming in Franklin/ Parent Rights and Regulations; Director of Student Services Deborah Dixson will present followed by Ms. Torie Roig, Esq.

October 25th, 2018: Public Safety and Individuals with Special Needs- How to have safe outcomes and be prepared for emergency situations; Statewide ALEC (Autism and Law Enforcement Education Coalition) Coordinator from The Arc of South Norfolk Family Autism Center and Captain in the Westwood Fire Dept. Bill Cannata will present; Members of the Franklin Police and Fire Departments will also be a part of this workshop ( )

November 15th, 2018: Self Care for Special Needs Parents; presented by author, speaker and educator Adrienne Bashista ( POSTPONED- Stay tuned for the new date! 

*January 17th, 2019: Anxiety in Relation to Learning/Developmental Disabilities and How to Address in the IEP; presented by Neuropsychology & Education Services for Children & Adolescents (NESCA) Pediatric Neuropsychologist Dr. Erin Gibbons ( CHANGE OF VENUE- due to high interest we are moving this workshop to Horace Mann Middle School Auditorium at 224 Oak Street in Franklin. 

February 28th, 2019: Autism and creating a fulfilling life for the family and child with special needs; presented by author, journalist, public speaker and special needs parent Susan Senator (

March 21st, 2019: When Friends Don't Come Easy...Supporting Children Who Struggle Sociallypresented by Alison Ratner Mayer, LICSW and owner of Child Therapy Boston (

April 25th, 2019: Guardianship and Estate Planning; presented by paralegal and notary Amy E. Strand of The Law Office of Alexander F.X. Matulewicz

*May 16, 2019: Executive Function Skills; presented by Ms. Kristen Jacobsen, MS CCC-SLP, a trained speech pathologist and Co-Director at the Cognitive Connections Executive Function Practice. Please note time change- workshop will be held from 6:30 p.m.-8:00 p.m. at the Horace Mann Middle School Auditorium. We also hold our yearly election for our Board at this meeting.

*Workshops will be held in an alternate location

Past Franklin SEPAC workshop topics have included sibling support, MCAS preparation and accomodations, bullying, emotional dificulties, estate planning, and a special presentations by renowned speakers such as, the Sisters, "Shut up about your Perfect Kid",  Dr. Ross Greene, Sarah Ward, M.S., CCC/SLP and best selling author, speaker and non-profit founder/CEO Kerry Magro.  and Dr

Mr. Kerry Magro- April 2018


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