About Franklin SEPAC

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 workshops educating parents on special-needs topics. We run 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 Council


Amy Maranville
Patricia Middelmann
Arielle Shearer
Casey Walsh


Franklin Special Education
Parent Advisory Council
c/o Student Services
Franklin Municipal Building
355 East Central Street
Franklin, MA 02038


All workshops are held at 7:00pm in the 3rd floor training room unless otherwise specified.

Franklin SEPAC Board and General Membership Meetings

Board meetings occur on the first Wednesday of each month at 7PM unless otherwise specified.

Next Meeting:  TBD

Join Zoom Meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85252450122?pwd=UmpuVm1ja1M3VExRUXFWMFV0VjNyQT09
Meeting ID: 852 5245 0122
Passcode: 910748
Find your local number: https://us02web.zoom.us/u/k2FDtLhDg 

Parent/Caregiver Meet-Ups

Parent/Caregiver gatherings occur on the third Thursday of each month unless otherwise specified. Time and location will vary so that everyone can have an opportunity to attend, regardless of schedules.

Next Meeting:  TBD
Location: TBD

Please also note that St. John's Episcopal Church holds a non-denominational Parent Support Group on the first Thursday of each month at 7PM. See here for more information: http://www.stjohnsfranklinma.org/events

January: Managing Behavior Challenges

Presented by: Dr. Miranda Milana of NESCA
Date: 1/11/2023
Time: 7:00 PM
Register: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYqde6tqDkoGdBy3JqY5Lp5QMua5pLy_v3y

Managing Behavior Challenges: Strategies for Preventing and Managing Challenging Behaviors in Young Children
This presentation outlines the various types of behaviors young children can display, why they may be engaging in a particular behavior, behavior as communication, and strategies parents and caregivers can implement to not only manage behaviors but prevent them from taking place.

February: Neuropsychological Evaluations 101

Presented by: Dr. Erin Gibbons of NESCA
Date: 2/8/2023
Time: 7:00 PM
Register:  https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZMrcuqvpjkrEt0M0iJrxhiIWFqzvZqaFojI

Neuropsychological Evaluations 101 – What is a Neuropsychological Evaluation and What Can I Expect from it?
This presentation will explain what a neuropsychological evaluation is, including common referral questions, the evaluation process, and the types of activities involved. The differences between hospital-based and clinic-based assessments will be discussed, including what clients should look for when choosing an evaluator. The presenter will seek to explain the most important outcomes of an evaluation, including a comprehensive, individualized report that can be a vehicle to getting the appropriate supports for a student who is struggling academically, emotionally, socially, or developmentally.