Seattle Special Education PTSA Newsletter


In the year of uncertainty since Seattle Public Schools (SPS) closed for the pandemic, Seattle Special Education PTSA knows one thing is certain. The problems experienced by students and their families reflect a system that was failing them both long before the first case of COVID came to our state. Delays in getting access to appropriate services. Contradictory communication. A reactive approach to problem-solving that puts the burden on the individual instead of the institution. Isolation and restraint. Segregated classrooms. Undiagnosed learning disabilities. Racism.
The move to remote learning certainly created new challenges, and although it’s easier to adapt to new challenges with a flexible system, the largest school district in the state is not yet there.


The newest challenge involves parents, teachers, and students as the calendar dates shift. As of this writing, the newest challenge for families tracking the shifting dates for students “enrolled in Special Education Intensive Service Pathways” defined by the District as Social/Emotional (SEL), Moderate Intensive, Focus, Distinct, Developmental Preschool, and Medically Fragile. March 29th is the start of a phased return to in-person.


The Seattle Special Education PTSA community will continue to ask questions of the district to ensure the voices of students with disabilities, and their families, are heard.
Share this newsletter with other families, with friends, your child’s teachers, aides, therapists, your school principals, share with anyone in your community who can help reach families of students with disabilities.
Consider becoming a member of our PTSA. Join any of our events, all are welcome. And keep sharing your stories with us.  Join the Seattle Special Education PTSA

Monthly Open Meeting

Tuesday March 16
Starts at 7:00PM

Our next monthly meeting is on March 16, 2021 at 7 pm.  We will welcome Adrienne Stuart, Public Policy Director of the Developmental Disabilities Council, who will present a legislative update regarding bills affecting the disability community.  Other agenda items include:

  • Discussion about in-person learning
  • Report regarding the anti-racism training sponsored by Seattle Council PTSA
  • Updates on our work on our three substantive focus areas: inclusionary practices, dyslexia and restraint and isolation.

The Nominations Committee will also present about how they are identifying leadership for the 2021-22 year. We will be electing officers for the 2021-2022 PTA year at our May 18 meeting. Nominees are being sought for the following positions: President, Vice-President, Secretary & Treasurer. Learn how to make a recommendation, including yourself, here.


Sip & Chats:
Casual community meetings hosted by the PTSA where you can connect with other parents and caregivers.
Café y Charla | Grupo de Apoyo en Español
March 18th, 7-8pm
Zoom link
Meeting ID: 543 800 1964
Passcode: 191413
+1 253 215 8782 US (Tacoma)All Families
March 25th, 6:30-7:30pm
Zoom link
Meeting ID: 853 4984 6759
Passcode: 457827
+1 253 215 8782 US (Tacoma)Dyslexia Focused
April 1st, 7-8:00PM
Zoom link
Meeting ID: 889 6879 1737
Passcode: 696613 +1 253 215 8782 US (Tacoma)
Have questions about dyslexia screening? The school district is holding multiple family information sessions.


Assistive Technology Overview for Families

Tuesday, March 30, 7:30 – 8:30PM

Learn how assistive technology (AT) can support the needs of your students. This event will introduce AT resources for communication, organization, reading and writing, as well as ideas for transition planning. Rose Racicot and Heidi Brislin, Occupational Therapists and Assistive Technology Specialists from the Special Education Technology Center will explain various options available and take your questions. Open to all.EventBrite registration

In 1987, President Reagan recognized March as Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month to increase “public awareness of the needs and the potential of Americans with developmental disabilities” and to provide the “encouragement and opportunities they need to lead productive lives and to achieve their full potential.”
A story of changing times from the National Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities.