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Special Education Workshops Offered on UMFK campus

May 1, 2009


The Maine Parent Federation and the University of Maine at Fort Kent’s Academic Outreach will host a three-part special education training workshops in the Nadeau Hall teleconference room on Tuesday, May 26.             

The workshops are free and open to the public. Participants can attend one or all three of the workshops about the special education process.  

Registration is required.           

Two sessions will be offered from 3 to 5 p.m. The first one is entitled “Transition to Kindergarten: A Natural Progression.” When preparing for your child’s transition to kindergarten it is an exciting and at times, a chaotic journey. For parents of children with disabilities and special needs, the transition from Child Development Services (CDS) to public school can seem confusing and overwhelming. During this session, participants will learn some of the changes to expect as you and your child move from the pre-school to the public school experience and feel more comfortable with the changes that will take place.              

The second session is entitled: “Developing IEP’S: A Step-by-Step Guide.” Attendees will learn what information needs to be included in the Individual Education Plan (IEP), how to write an IEP, and how to participate in the process. Parents are encouraged to bring their child’s IEP to the workshop to gain an understanding of the various aspects of the IEP and how to be a full participant in the process.  The last workshop “Special Education: The 3 R’s: Rights, Responsibilities and Results” will be offered from 6 to 8 p.m.  

The session is about the key elements of the current special education regulations. There will be time allocated for questions and discussion in this part of the workshop.            

Call (800) 870-7746 or e-mail Penny Steeves at to register or for more information.                                                                         ####