WHAT IS THE CAC?
The Community Advisory Committee (CAC) is a legally mandated group formed to focus and advise on issues which affect our children in special education, SELPA-wide. The members are primarily parents of children with disabilities. In addition, membership includes representative from public and private agencies concerned with individuals with exceptional needs.
THE FUNCTION OF THE CAC IS TO:
- Provide parent education/support through workshops, seminars, informational meetings, etc.
- Promote community awareness and educate the public about individuals with special needs.
- Enhance the channels of communication between schools, parents, and related agencies.
- Encourage meaningful communication among school administrators, the Boards of Education, parents, and communities.
Parent committee members are appointed by their school district of residence. Other CAC members are community representatives from various agencies as well as teachers from different special education programs.
ALL ARE WELCOME
Parents, family members, and others who are interested in children with special needs are welcome to attend the CAC meetings, which are held at least four times per year. Meetings follow an open and relaxed format oriented toward informational presentations, discussion, and a time for questions and answers. The meetings address significant issues identified by parents through a needs assessment. There are also opportunities for networking among attendees.
- Provide parent support.
- Open the door to invaluable networking with other parents and agencies.Open access to school and other staff.
- Provide important child-centered information about resources, programs, and legislation.
- Help a parent find his/her voice and become more informed and empowered.
Working in conjunction with SELPA and member school districts, the CAC provides parents with the opportunity to attend professional presentations on topics and strategies such as:
- Helping your child in academic, social, and life skills situations at home and at school
- Working with the school staff to enable them to do the best possible job of meeting the unique needs of your child.
- Learning about strategies for addressing the needs of students with various disabilities.
- Learning where valuable resources exist that will help both you and your child as you move forward in this journey together.
SELPA-sponsored speaker presentations are provided at no cost.
PLEASE JOIN US
You will find the atmosphere to be warm and welcoming. Come mingle, share, and learn. Knowledge is power: The more you know, the more empowered you become, the more you can intelligently help your children.