Special Education Family Newsletter

The Special Education Family Newsletter serves to connect families with important information, deadlines, announcements, and current stories that illustrate the work of the Special Education department at Seattle Public Schools. If you have suggestions for how to improve these newsletters, please contact Emily Nitz-Ritter (Special Education Communications Specialist) at spedcommunications@seattleschools.org.  

Announcements + Updates
October is Disability History Awareness Month! 
Disability History Awareness Month (RCW 28A.230.158) takes place during October to increase awareness, respect, and acceptance for people with disabilities and to bring a greater sense of pride to people with disabilities. During October, each school is required to engage in activities that provide instruction, awareness, and understanding of disability history and people with disabilities. For additional information, please contact Jess.Inocencio@k12.wa.us.
One Out of Five: Disability History and Pride Project
The Office of the Education Ombuds (OEO) and Rooted in Rights have partnered to create six student voice videos highlighting students with disabilities' experiences in Washington's public K-12 schools as part of the One Out of Five: Disability History and Pride Project, an educational resource for teachers and students. Join the discussion on disability awareness and inclusion on Twitter. We encourage you to share this resource with anyone who may be interested. Project overviews, lesson plans, and resources are located on the OEO Webpage.
October is National Physical Therapy Month!
We would like to take this opportunity to raise awareness of the benefits of physical therapy and highlight the work of Emily Goldstein, one of the district's stellar physical therapists. Thank you to Emily and all our hard-working physical therapists! Read the full story on the district website.

Got Good News?
Know of wonderful work happening in Special Education that needs to be celebrated? Share successes and stories with the Special Education Communications Specialist at  spedcommunications@seattleschools.org.
Upcoming Events
Deaf Community Day at the Seattle Aquarium
Saturday, November 16, 2019 from 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. 
1483 Alaskan Way, Pier 59, Seattle WA 98101
Sign language interpreters will be present at our scheduled daily talks and throughout our exhibit areas as well. Regular admission prices apply. For information on our community ticket program, go to SeattleAquarium.org/connections. Questions? Email: connections@seattleaquarium.org
Psychosocial Aspect of Being Deaf/Hard of Hearing
John Stanford Center for Educational Excellence, 2445 3rd Ave S, Seattle, WA 98134
An increasing number of students with lower hearing levels are being placed in general classroom settings. However, these students need specific accommodations and services to support their learning and social-emotional development. This presentation will discuss the impact of limited access to language, academic learning, and social-emotional development in mainstream classroom settings and strategies that can help Deaf or hard of hearing students succeed at school. Join this session to develop a basic understanding of factors to consider while working with Deaf/hard of hearing (DHH) children and adolescents, and learn how to create trauma-informed classrooms geared for DHH students. Use social emotional learning tools with DHH students and increase comfort working with DHH persons, either directly with them or via an interpreter. 
Cost: FREE
Presented in ASL. Interpreters will be provided.
To register, email: christy.camarata@cwu.edu or call 509.963.1670.
Clock hours will be available through ESD 112. Instructions for claiming clock hours following the event will be sent with confirmation of registration. Clock Hour Claim Code: QYM-DRS.
Presented by:
Julia Peterson, MA, LMHC, Mental Health Therapist - Seattle Children's Hospital
Julie Spigner, CPC, School Counselor - Washington Center for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Youth 

BRIDGES and Transition Information Night
John Stanford Center for Educational Excellence, Auditorium, 2445 3rd Ave S Seattle, WA 98134
Come learn about Seattle Public Schools' special education transition services and the   BRIDGES program . Meet transition teachers, staff, and adult service agency providers and ask questions. Contact Sherry Studley, BRIDGES Principal & Transition Supervisor, at (206) 252 9934 OR   srstudley@seattleschools.org . Interpreters will be available upon request.

Family ASL Classes
Family members of Deaf or hard of hearing students are invited to attend these family-friendly American Sign Language classes, taught by Dennice Jordan. 
The following upcoming classes are being offered at Montlake Center (1618 E Calhoun St, Seattle, WA 98112): 
  • November 2, 10:30 a.m. - noon in the small classroom.
  • November 9, 10:30 a.m. - noon in the small classroom.
  • November 16, 10:30 a.m. - noon in the small classroom.
  • November 23, 10:30 a.m. - noon in the small classroom.
Special Education Contacts
If you have questions, please visit our special education staff directory. The information has been updated for the 2019-2020 school year. 
Leadership Opportunities
We will be sharing information about leadership opportunities for the 2019-2020 school year over the next few weeks. If you have questions in the meantime, please contact Emily Nitz-Ritter at spedcommunications@seattleschools.org.
Access to Information for Families in Seattle Public Schools
To ensure information is accessible for all families in Seattle Public Schools, the district has methods for community members to request communications assistance for district sponsored programs, events, and activities. These services will be provided in an accessible format at no cost to the requester.

Seattle Public Schools Department of Special Education

2445 3rd Ave. S. Seattle 98134