If you are a parent of a student in a New York suburban public school, and your child is receiving special education services under IDEA or Section 504, your Special Education PTA, or SEPTA, can be a valuable resource. The SEPTA is primarily a suburban phenomenon. In New York City, every school must have a Parent Association or Parent Teacher Association, but parents whose students are receiving special education services don't have the same kind of district wide group we see in areas outside of the city.
There are some terrific, active SEPTAs that provide programs and support to parents throughout the region. One of these is the Westchester East Putnam group, which holds a variety of programs throughout the year for parents of children who learn differently. There are also a number of active groups on Long Island. Check out your district's SEPTA and see what they are offering.