Welcome to the Franklin SEPAC!


Join us for our first SEPAC workshop of the year…

Introduction to Special Ed. Programming in Franklin/Parents Rights and Regulations

Thursday, September 22, 2016

7:00-8:30 p.m.

Municipal Building, Training Room 3rd Floor

Director of Pupil Personnel Services, Ms. Debbie Dixson will present followed by Ms. Laura Gillis, Esq.

Email us at with any questions. Looking forward to seeing you there!! 

As a parent of a Special needs child it is of paramount importance for you to know what kinds of programming exist In your district. Director of Special Education, Ms. Debbie Dixson will be on hand to explain all that Franklin has to offer! It is just as important to understand your rights as a parent as you navigate this system and advocate for your child. Ms. Laura Gillis, an attorney, will be on hand to walk you through your rights as a parent and the regulations that districts are required to follow!! Looking forward to seeing you on the 22nd. All workshops are free and open to all...please share and spread the word!


For many children with Special Needs and their families, back to school time can be a welcome return to schedule and predictability.  For others, the thought of a new year with new teachers or a new environment can be anxiety-provoking.  For many it is a combination of both.  We at SEPAC are here to help!  Our goal is to create a strong community of special needs families here in Franklin, where we can learn from each other while providing support and understanding.  

We have spent the summer creating a calendar of speakers/workshops that we hope will meet the needs of our community.  The first will be held Thursday, September 22, at 7:00.  This workshop will cover two topics...a look at Special Education programming here in Franklin, presented by Ms. Debbie Dixson, and then an overview of parents' rights by Ms. Laura Gillis, a Special Needs attorney here in MA.  We look forward to seeing you there.  Take a look at our calendar page for the complete list of workshops and dates for the year.  

In addition, we will be providing monthly opportunities for parents/caregivers to get together in a relaxed environment to share stories, make connections and learn from one another.  The first of these evenings will be held on September, 29th, 7:00 at Cole's Tavern.  

This year, one of our main goals is to provide more social events for families.  The first of these will be our yearly Halloween Hayride at Tangerini's Farm in Millis.  This event will held on Friday, October 28th.  More information will follow soon, so stay tuned.  These events will provide families with an opportunity to come together for some fun in a "judgment free" environment.  

We are always looking for feedback and ways that we can help meet the needs of our community here in town.  Please don't hesitate to reach out to us via email at, follow us on Facebook at franklinsepac, and now on Twitter at @franklin-sepac. We are looking forward to a great year and are very excited to meet you!  


The SEPAC Board



Going forward, we would love to expand the board to include Representatives from each of the school buildings in town.  We feel that this is a great way for SEPAC to learn more about successes and issues taking place in each building.  If this is something that you would be interested in, please let us know...the time commitment is minimal.

In addition to Board positions, we are looking for volunteers to help with the planning of social events and fundraising.  This is a great way to help out without taking on a Board position.

About Us:

  The mission of the Franklin Special Education Parent Advisory Council (SEPAC) is to promote a network for parents of children with disabilities and provide a forum to share information and discuss matters of relative interest and concern regarding our children. This group provides regular forums for Pupil Personnel Services and parents to share information and discuss pertinent issues; develops, maintains and shares tools and a resource guide; and raises awareness of children with special needs.

 We host monthly workshops educating parents on special-needs topics. We run monthly parent support groups and periodic events for children. Franklin SEPAC also contributes an annual donation to Franklin's Special Education programs. We are a 501(c)(3)  volunteer-run organization and rely on donations to help alleviate the costs of the above-mentioned programs. 

Your participation will provide a unique opportunity to meet school officials and other parents, stay informed on policy and legislative changes, ask questions and discuss concerns, and learn something new. Your input into potential speaker topics, and other SEPAC initiatives of particular interest is also welcomed.

We are a member of the Massachusetts Association of Special Education Parent Advisory Councils (MassPAC). 

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