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Family Footprints Newsletter OCPS ESE OCPS ESE Parent Support Team Newsletter for Bright Feats Magazine Spring 2017 OCPS PARENT ACADEMY The OCPS Parent Academy conducts family events online and at school locations throughout the school year. These events take place typically on Saturdays at high school campuses. The ESE Parent Support Team gives a presentation at each school based Parent Academy, and has an exhibitor’s table. Attending these Saturday workshops gives ESE families an opportunity to learn more about their child’s IEP, collaborative school partnerships, transition times in development, and how to access community resources. OCPS ESE PARENT SUPPORT TEAM Most of those reading this know who we are and what we do but many may not. The OCPS parent services program for Exceptional Student Education is a parent to parent partnership funded through the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. For more than ten years, this program has offered peer support, community resource access, District information important to families, and acted as a conduit between schools and families in need.  The program is designed to empower parents to advocate for their own children and to help parents teach their children self-advocacy skills. Availability is important, so our team answers emails and takes parent phone calls at all hours, seven days a week.  The parent services program is administered by parents of OCPS students with disabilities who contract with the 12 www.BrightFeats.com District and are not employees. These services for support and information are available in person, via the telephone, and online through email and our Parent Support Team pages at www.ese.ocps.net. We provide the information for this newsletter in Bright Feats magazine and contribute content to the OCPS ESE Facebook page. OCPS ESE PARENT SUPPORT TEAM CONTACTS Sarah Sequenzia, Parent Liaison Southwest Learning Community Sarah.sequenzia@ocps.net 321-228-9772 cell Jill Morrison East Learning Community Jill.morrison@ocps.net 407-256-4212 cell Carmen Ziers (Spanish) North Learning Community Carmen.ziers@ocps.net 407-701-7723 cell Leila Brihoum (French, Arabic) Southeast Learning Community Leila.brihoum@ocps.net 407-731-9033 cell Maureen Wright West Learning Community Maureen.wright@ocps.net 407-529-4013 cell


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