East Islip SEPTO

Special Education Parent Teacher Organization


We never stand so tall as when

we stoop to help a child






Next Meeting On :

Wednesday , September 30th @ 7:30

in the District Office Boardroom


                          Our Special Education To Do List


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National PTO website


Navigating the Website

Mission Statement *

2013-2014 Officers *

List of Support Parents *       

Membership *

Septa Meeting Dates *

SEPTA Guest Speakers * Updated 11/12/13

Meeting Back Pack NEW


SEPTA Websites *

Parents Rights *

Acronyms and Definitions *


Special Education in NYS *

Procedural Safeguards *

IDEA 2004

IDEA 2004 Amendments

Section 504 *

Prior Written Notice

F A P E 

IEP's *

Assistive Technology

 Response To Intervention *


Decoding Test Scores *

A I S      FAQ's

Identifying Specific LD's

Advocacy *

How to Document

Regents vs IEP Diploma  *

 Articles and Viewpoints  *   

Resources  *



Feta web  

Wrightslaw Blog  

Workshops  * Updated 1/26/11

Disability Associations *

 Disability Specific Info *

Associations Information

C H A D D     

EJ Autism Foundation

Parent 2 Parent

P2P Family Voices New

Services and Programs

Legislation *

Politics and Disabilities  *    

You Tube & Disabilities  Updated 8/7/11

IDEA Funds

Contact Us

* Music on Page

Free Hit Counters

 Visitors since 11/8/07












Welcome to the      

East Islip Septo Website

This website has been created in order to provide information and support to parents of Special Education students in the East Islip School District and to help all parents and Education professionals understand Special Education issues. Our hope is that this site becomes known as a reliable source for up to date information, as well as a valuable resource for assisting parents in successfully advocating for the educational needs of their children.

              Heavenís Very Special Child


A meeting was held quite far from earth
It's time again for another birth
Said the angel to the Lord above
This special child will need much love
His progress may be very slow
Accomplishments he may not show
And he'll require extra care
from the folks he meets down there
He may not run or laugh or play
His thoughts may seem quite far away
In many ways he won't adapt
And he'll be known as handicapped
So let's be careful where he's sent
We want his life to be content
Please Lord, find the parents who
Will do a special job for you
They'll not realize right away
The leading role they're asked to play
But with this child sent from above
Comes stronger faith and richer love
And soon they'll know the privileges given
In caring for their gift from heaven
Their precious charge, so meek and mild







Change the Conversation

Our choice of language frames how we think about others.
 It is time to respect and value people with intellectual disabilities.
 It is time to accept and welcome us as your friends and neighbors.

Stop Using the R-Word

Spread the Word

A different perspective

"It is often easier to become outraged by injustice half a world away than by oppression and discrimination half a block from home."












Letter from your Child's former Teacher


Dear Parents of Special-Needs Children Iíve Taught In the Past,

            I need to make a big apology.  You see, Iíve been teaching now for fourteen years, but I have only just recently joined your ranks.

            I didnít know.  Not even a clue.  I thought, mistakenly, that having two special-needs children in my family made me more sensitive to your needs as a parent .  It didnít.  And Iím so sorry for operating under the assumption that it did.  Iím not attempting verbal self-flagellation here.  I meant well.  I knew a lot about autism and some about other special-needs conditions.  I did care about your child.  And I did want to do right by him.  But, like a lot of teachers who just donít get it, I thought doing right by him meant giving him extra time on assignments and not allowing him to fail my class.  I thought being extra nice and seating her at the front of the room was what you needed from me.

            But you needed more.  And I didnít understand that.  You needed communication.  A lot of it.  You needed me to understand your depth of worry.  You needed me to understand that, if youíve met one special-needs child, youíve met one special-needs child.  You needed me to understand that I was teaching your child, not an I.E.P.  You needed to know, not assume, that I would go out on a limb to make sure your childís needs were met all over the school and not just in my classroom.  You needed to not worry that, when your back was turned, I was still doing everything that I promised as well as thinking of better ways to meet your childís needs.  You needed to talk about your child in meetings and not worry about the clock.

            I know better now.  In just a few months, I am going to be placing my special little boy into the hands of the public school system.  Because he is non-verbal, I will have no way of literally knowing how his  day went, if he is being treated well, and if those to whom I am entrusting his care really do care about him.  This kind of fear is paralyzing.  And more so because I know just how little training (read almost none) that most of the staff in a public school have in dealing with children like my son.  They, too, will mean well.  But they wonít know.  They wonít get it.  I now know why you carry The Binder of Epic Proportions to every meeting. Mine is getting bigger by the day.

          I look back now at all of your children and wish that I had picked up the phone more, written quick notes home more often, challenged your child more often rather than less, and made you feel certain that someone else loved your baby in your absence. For that, Iím sorry.  I promise to do better for those kids in the future.  I promise to not assume anything about your childís unique situation and needs.  I wonít just react to bullying of your very different child.  I will actively be on the lookout for it.  I will remember your child and her possible confusion on activity bell schedule days.  I will take more time each day to get to know her.  I promise to do my best to push, cajole, educate, and even take to task my colleagues who donít get it in the years to come.  I pray that teacher training will improve in the future and that my son will reap the rewards of that.  And I hope that I am just as patient, kind, and understanding with his teachers and schools as most of you were with us.

And those of you who werenít?  I get you too.


Your Childís Former Teacher

Thanks to Kelly Pipitone for submitting this




Animal School


An amazing short video about the differences in children and learning styles.


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Did you know?

Fast facts about . . . Special education

  • Special education is the education of children with disabilities

  • Schools are required to provide special education services to every eligible child and must provide the needed accommodations, no matter the cost.

  • When the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act was passed in 1975, the law included a commitment to pay 40% of the average per-student cost for every special education student. That commitment has never been met.

  • Congress currently funds IDEA at less than 18%. Since 1975, the unfunded federal portion has cost local schools and taxpayers more than $300 billion.    

  •                          LD Fast Facts






                                       PTO Vision 

                                     Making every child's potential a reality.

                           PTO Mission

  •              A powerful voice for all children,               

  •              A relevant resource for families and communities, 

  •              A strong advocate for the education and well-being of every child



Do not train children in learning by force and harshness, but direct them to it by what amuses their minds, so that you may be better able to discover with accuracy the peculiar bent of the genius of each.



This website is a work in progress, and belongs to the entire East Islip Special Education community. Please feel free to send any questions, suggestions, information, or links to other Special Education associations or disabilities, which you would like to have included on the site, to:



                                                Site Last Updated on 6/20/14