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 Welcome to Eastchester SEPTA!                        


SEPTA is an organization of interested parents, most with children receiving special services through the district, as well as special education faculty/administration who join together to help all our children reach their fullest potential. Special services range from resource room, classroom aides, occupational/speech therapy, special education classes in district and outside the district.  Any parent of a child who receives special services should join SEPTA. 


The Goals of SEPTA:

-->To ensure that all children receive an education that allows them to reach their full potential.

-->To bring together parents, families and teachers of children with special needs in order to share their experiences.

-->To educate parents about special education, including the identification and placement procedures for children with special needs.

-->To inform legislators, school boards, and the community about the importance of special education programs.

-->To improve the lives of children by providing cultural, social and physical enrichment.

-->To advocate for children with special needs and their right to a free and appropriate public education in the least restrictive environment.         


SEPTA Calendar  




Have a happy and safe summer!

See you back here in September!






October 19 - Special Education & Services

Staff Appreciation Event, 4-6 PM  

(Join  SEPTA by October 1, 2017)


October 25 -  SEPTA Meeting, 

EHS, Library, 7 PM


November 17  SEPTA Fundraiser

 Mickey Spillane's,  5 to 10 PM


November 20 - EHS/SEPTA/EMS

Joint Meeting, EHS Library, 7 PM  



January 8 -  EHS/SEPTA/EMS

Joint Meeting, EHS Library, 7 PM  



March 14 - SEPTA Meeting,

7 PM, EHS Library, 7PM 


April 10 -  Autism Awareness,

"Light it Up Blue" Day!

(more info to follow)


April 18 -  SEPTA Meeting

EHS Library, 7PM


June 7 - SEPTA Exec Board Meeting,

Closed Meeting, 7PM




Interested in joining Eastchester SEPTA?  


Who are Eastchester SEPTA Members?
Any individual that has an interest in the welfare of children with special needs. Parents, teachers, families, neighbors, school administrators, students & friends are members of SEPTA. Membership is open to everyone!


General Membership 2017-18


Faculty/Staff Membership 2017-18





Special Education - Links:  


The New York State Education Department has released two brochures that are being used to disseminate key information to parents and community businesses on the Career Development and Occupational Studies (CDOS) Commencement Credential. Learn more

In addition, regarding the Questions and Answers CDOS Commencement Credential were also updated.


Informational Site for parents and teachers of children with special needs:


For special education teachers:

 iPad applications organized by useful categories: 50 BEST iPad Apps for Reading Disabilities

Hudson Valley Special Education Parent Center:

Wrights Law:                


Special Education Advisor:

Other Useful Links:

NYSED Special Education Office 

Regulations of the Commissioner of Education - Parts 200 and 201

Special Education Publications 

Westchester Institute for Human Development Publishes New Housing Resource Guide

Created with the support of "Autism Speaks" this new expanded edition of the Guide will help people with I/DD and their families to understand their housing options.  



Eastchester SEPTA NEWS




Eastchester SEPTA applauds the EPD for their efforts in bringing awareness to Autism. Thank you for your service to our community and for joining New Rochelle and at least 15 other agencies in this fantastic program! Jeff Hunter Eastchester Police Department New Rochelle Police Autism Patch Challenge.



Eastchester SEPTA & The Eastchester School Foundation partner to bring Therapeutic Assistance Dog Training into the special education classrooms at Anne Hutch and Waverly. 



SEPTA with support from the Eastchester School Foundation, has brought this program into it's second year in the district. Giving Retriever’s curriculum"teaches children to work collaboratively to train the Assistance Dogs while practicing life skills: focus, concentration, patience, timing-sequencing, planning, teamwork and cooperation. Students who may be fearful or apprehensive learn through observation and may actively begin participating as the program progresses." Learn more about Heidi Bonorato and Giving Retriever.




Eastchester School District's Music Therapy Program ...



ASCAP Recognizes the Importance of Music Therapy!  Lisa Sandagata, MA, MT-BC of the Music Conservatory of Westchester's Music Therapy Institute engages students with autism and developmental delays in the Eastchester School District in Westchester, NY. The music therapy program provides opportunities for students to explore songwriting and improvisation, addressing cognitive, social and emotional goal areas through this motivating, creative experience. Video by Andrew Dapolite. watch the video!



Eastchester Students Take a Magical Journey at Lincoln Center


SEPTA Sponsors Eastchester Students to Take Trip To the Clouds With 'Up and Away'