MCIU RIGHT TO EDUCATION LOCAL TASK FORCE

Local Task Force

Parents of special education students are the mainstay of the Right to Education Local Task Force (LTF).  The LTF brings together all the stakeholders in the education of children with disabilities. The primary purpose of the LTF is to make recommendations that assist in improving, strengthening, expanding and monitoring programs and services for school age children with special needs.  Each LTF is composed of the intermediate unit executive director or designee, a representative school district superintendent or designee, a county mental health and intellectual disability administrator(s) or designee(s), a local chapter of the Arc representative, consumer representative(s) and any other private citizen or agency representative necessary to accomplish the purposes of the group. The LTF works with direct service providers, both public and private in planning for a continuum of programs and services. It serves as a vehicle for educating the community about the needs of students with disabilities. Public awareness campaigns include advertisements in local newspapers, creating a link on the MCIU website, and sending invitations to school districts and parent groups. The LTF is an example of how the MCIU Mission provides dynamic and visionary leadership for our school districts, schools, and students.

Meeting Information

Each Local Task Force meets no less than five times per year.  Our Right to Education Local Task Force meetings are free and include:

  • Parent Input

  • Networking

  • Communication with local school districts and community providers

  • Dissemination of resources

  • Discussions and presentations on current issues within local special education

WE ENCOURAGE YOU TO BE INVOLVED WITH OUR LOCAL RIGHT TO EDUCATION TASK FORCE AND VOICE YOUR CONCERNS ABOUT SPECIAL EDUCATION ISSUES IN YOUR SCHOOL DISTRICT AND HIGHLIGHT THE POSITIVES WITHIN YOUR SCHOOL DISTRICT.

In the event of inclement weather resulting in a 2-hour delayed opening for the MCIU, the LTF meeting will be canceled.

 

Meeting Dates

October 12, 2021
9:30 AM – 11:00 AM
Understanding Your Rights in Special Education

December 14, 2021
9:30 AM – 11:00 AM
Social-Emotional Wellbeing for Students After the Pandemic

February 8, 2022
9:30 AM – 11:00 AM
Early Intervention Transition to School Age

April 12, 2022
9:30 AM – 11:00 AM
Inclusive Practices

May 10, 2021
9:30 AM – 11:00 AM
Elections and Future Planning

CHAIRS & CO-CHAIRS:

Co-Chair
Sandy Katz
Methacton Parent

Co-Chair
Yadir Cruz
North Penn Parent

District Representative
Kate Pacitto
Director of Pupil Services, Pottsgrove

MCIU Representative
Daniel Currie
Assistant Director of Special Education

Local Task Force
phone: 610-755-9350 (please leave a message)
email: localtaskforce@mciu.org

 

Membership

Parents are important and meaningful members of the Local Task Force.  Membership of the task force must consist of 51 percent consumers (parent, guardian or surrogate of school-age children with disabilities).

Persons are eligible for membership upon attending 2 LTF meetings of the current school year.

Also serving on the Local Right to Education Task Force are concerned citizens and representatives from:

  • Montgomery County Intermediate Unit
  • Local school districts
  • The Arc Alliance
  • ODP & Office of Mental Health
  • Local and regional special education service providers

Duties

  • Assist families and professionals of school-aged students with special education needs by providing educational and networking opportunities so that they are able to make informed decisions to meet the needs of the students.

  • Help disseminate local, regional, state, school, and community-based special education services, seminars, and informational opportunities to the community.

  • Identify local needs and systemic issues and forward them to the State Task Force.

  • Assess services and programs for school-age children with special needs, making recommendations for their improvement, expansion or discontinuation.

  • Foster collaboration amongst public and private agencies which provide special education services.

  • Recommend solutions for identified areas of concern and develop an action plan to affect positive change.

  • Assist the administration in carrying out the rules and regulations growing out of the Right To Education Consent Agreement.

  • Review Intermediate Unit and District Special Education Plans and make recommendations that will help assure that they meet the needs of school-age children with special needs.

LINKS AND RESOURCES

Parent Group Links

Cheltenham School District
Special Needs Advocacy Group (SNAG) of Cheltenham Township
www.cheltenhamsnag.org

Lower Merion School District
The Lower Merion Committee for Special Education
www.lmcse.org

Upper Dublin School District
Special Education Advisory Council (SPEAC) to the School District of Upper Dublin
www.SPEACofUD.org

Upper Merion Area School District
Upper Merion Special Education Parent Resource & INterest Group (UM SPRING)
www.umspring.org