Introduction to SEPTA and Notice of Meeting on Thursday October 13th at 7 p.m.

Hi everyone,

Did you know that Arlington County has a
PTA just for parents or guardians of kids with special needs?  It is the first of its kind in Virginia.  Following is some information
on SEPTA and how you can get involved.  If
you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at 

What is SEPTA?

Arlington SEPTA is a separate nonprofit organization affiliated
with the National PTA and Virginia PTA.  Arlington
SEPTA was established in March of 2010 and is the first Special Education PTA
in Virginia. 

Arlington SEPTA does the following:

  • facilitates events and
    resources about special needs services in the (APS) system and Arlington

  • provides a voice of
    advocacy for the good of our children and families;

  • supports APS teachers
    and administrators to achieve the best outcomes for students with special
    needs, including mini-grants for educators;

  • raises awareness and
    acceptance of disabilities and special needs; and

  • hosts social events
    with for special needs families.

For more information
on SEPTA or to join, go to:

October Monthly Meeting – This Thursday

SEPTA’s next monthly
meeting is on Thursday, October 13, 7-8:30 pm at the Syphax Education Center. We’ll
discuss SEPTA’s annual mini-grant program, which features awards of
up to $500 for teachers of students with an IEP or 504 plan in Arlington Public
Schools.  We’ll provide information about this year’s revamped
criteria for the grants, and some of the grant recipients from last
year will talk about their mini-grant projects.  As a special bonus,
all teachers attending the meeting will be gifted a membership to SEPTA!

featured at the October meeting will be a presentation from Catina Claytor,
Arlington Public Schools’ coordinator for Medicaid billing.  Parents
are asked at their children’s IEP meetings whether they will consent to the school’s billing
a public insurance provider
 for certain services provided
under the IEP. Come hear about what this common request means, and get your
questions about Medicaid billing in APS answered!

always, parking is free, snacks will be provided, and children are welcome! 
you on the 13th at the Syphax Education Center,
2110 Washington Blvd., Suites 101, 103, Arlington, VA  22204.