The Maryland Special Education State Advisory Committee (SESAC) is established in accordance with the provisions of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), Part B. The mission of the SESAC is to advise and assist the Maryland State Department of Education, Division of Early Intervention and Special Education Services in administering, promoting, planning, coordinating, and improving the delivery of special education and related services to assure that all children with disabilities, three through 21 years of age, and their families have access to appropriate education and related services.
SESAC membership conforms to the requirements of Federal and State regulations. The majority of the members shall be individuals with disabilities or parents of students, ages birth through 21, with disabilities.
Co-Chair: Pamela Talley, Parent, Prince George’s CountyCo-Chair: Leanne Carmona, Parent, Anne Arundel CountyCo-Vice Chair: Wendy Balda, Parent, Howard CountyCo-Vice Chair: Marjorie Guldan, Parent, Carroll CountyCo-Vice Chair: Marlene Powell, Parent, Washington CountyVittoria Aiello, Parent, Montgomery CountyKathleen Barazotto, Parent, Frederick CountyJennifer Brekke-Miles, Parent, Baltimore CountySheila Billups, Parent, Baltimore CitySamantha Carter, Parent/Military Family Member, Anne Arundel CountyTyese Dillard, Parent, Montgomery CountyMartha Goodman, Parent, Baltimore CityElisa Hartman, Parent, Baltimore CountyTiffany Williams, Parent, Baltimore CountyNeal Lichter, Parent/Agency Member, Baltimore County/Pathfinders for AutismLaShonda Scott, Parent, Calvert CountyKarleen Spitulnik, Parent, Baltimore County/Decoding Dyslexia MarylandPrakash Anthony, Thomas J.S. Waxter Center, Department of Juvenile ServicesSarah Farr, Cecil County Public SchoolsBrian Fausel, The SEED School of MarylandDorie Flynn, Maryland Association of Nonpublic Special Education Facilities (MANSEF)Rachel London, Esq., Maryland Developmental Disabilities CouncilPeaches Wilson, Maryland Department of Human ServicesJill Pierce, Division of Rehabilitation ServicesSue Rattman, The ARC Northern Chesapeake Region, Inc.Dr. Miguel Reyes, Maryland Department of LaborRene Averitt-Salzone, The Parents’ Place of MarylandRachel Stoyanov, Maryland Coalition of FamiliesMaura Taylor, Maryland State Education Association, DESIGNEEValerie Ashton-Thomas, Homeless Education Programs, MSDEEx-Officio: Kathy Kaufman, Carroll County Public SchoolsSESAC Staff: Carmen Brown, Division of Early Intervention and Special Education, MSDE
The SESAC general meetings are open to the public. Requests for reasonable accommodation should be made at least two (2) weeks in advance of a scheduled meeting. For meeting information or to make a request for reasonable accommodation, please call the SESAC staff in the Division of Early Intervention and Special Education Services at 410-767-7197.
SESAC Meeting Schedule 2019-2020
Subject to change. Revised April 2020
Special Notice – Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, meetings will be conducted entirely via teleconference until further notice. SESAC members and presenters will participate via conference call. Members of the public will be able to hear the audio of the meeting in real time via the google hangouts link available on the agenda posted. Agenda items have been condensed to include updates to COVID-19 and items specific to the guidance of SESAC. The public comment portion of the meeting will not take place; however, the SESAC encourages the public to submit their comments in writing to email@example.com and this information will be distributed to SESAC members.
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