The mission of the Mendon-Upton Special Education Parent Advisory Council (SEPAC) is to facilitate understanding, respect, and appropriate education for all children, while supporting families and educators who are also striving for this goal.

2013 - 2014 Upcoming Meeting Schedule


                                                                                                            The Mendon-Upton

Special Education Parents Advisory Council



Presentation by Y.O.U., Inc.

DATE:  Thursday, May 8th 2014

TIME:   7:00pm – 9:00pm

LOCATION:      Northbridge High School Media Center,

       Second Floor, 427 Linwood Avenue,  Whitinsville, MA                


            The Northbridge and Mendon-Upton Special Education Parent Advisory Councils are co-sponsoring a presentation by Y.O.U., Inc. on Thursday, May 8, 2014 at Northbridge High School Media Center, 2nd Floor, 427 Linwood Avenue, Whitinsville, MA from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.

            Youth Opportunities Upheld, Inc. is a private, non-profit child welfare and behavioral health organization serving troubled and at risk children, adolescents, and families in the Worcester county area since 1971.  Y.O.U., Inc. offers more than 45 programs at 32 distinct sites within five components:  Family Support Networks, Education and Employment, Residential Care, Community Based Services, and Behavioral Health.

            Cheryl Marino Paige and Debra Grazulis will give an overview of the organization along with presenting information about the Wraparound Program, a program that works with families with children in a wide range of mental health issues.  This program offers an intensive care coordinator who coordinates all providers and manages cases to have all of the providers on the same page – it is all family driven with a family partner who works with the family to support them and make sure their voice is heard.  This program is provided through MassHealth.  Family partners also support the family and assist them in various things which may include understanding their child’s IEP and helping with behavior management in the home and at school.

            This is a free workshop and is open to the public.  For more information on this presentation, please contact Kathy Lyons at or                                                        Who we are:



Contact:  Denise Brereton, Chair


Past 2013 - 2014 Meetings: 

Thursday, October 10, 2013 7:00 pm   Basic Rights Workshop

Tuesday, December 3rd, 7:00 pm  Reading Success for All Kinds of Learners Presenter:         Kibbe Brown

Thursday, March 13, 2014  7:00 pm  Ages 18 and 22 Transition Presentation  Presenter:  Federation for Children with Special Needs

Thursday, April 10th,  7:00 pm   "An IEP for my Child"  Presenter:  Federation for Children with Special Needs


Past 2012 - 2013 Meetings:

Tuesday, October 2nd                    Presenter:  Dr. Theolinda Barry    Are You (unknowingly) Feeding Your Kid’s “Bad “ Behavior?


Thursday, October 11th:               The Northbridge Special Education Parent Advisory Council joins Mendon-Upton, Blackstone-Millville Regional, Uxbridge, and Douglas to co-host a 

                                                                Basic Rights in Special Education presentation in the Northbridge High School Media Center



Tuesday, January 8th, 2013         Presenter:  Linda Katz      "FINDING THE RIGHT FIT FOR COLLEGE " 
                                                                Linda Katz of Right Fit College Coaching in Hopkinton will help you and your child get on the right track as you navigate the college planning process.

Tuesday, March 5th  2013            Dr. Jason Minow from Pediatric Behavioral Health   Topic:  ADHD

Thursday, October 10, 2013        BASIC RIGHTS in Special Education