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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 



SEPTA Meeting & Event Dates



April 4,  Autism Awareness,

"Light it Up Blue" Day!


April 29, SEPTA's Bingo and Brownies! 7:00 PM


June 1, SEPTA Executive Board Meeting, (closed meeting), 7 PM




After School Club For Special Needs Students is back!




Backyard ALL-Sports Club is here!! 

Register by March 12th


The BYS Plus Program offers Special Needs children a safe and appropriately competitive program to learn and enjoy team sports. The activities focus on athletic development skills while stressing the proper behaviors required for optimal group cooperation. Staffed by outstanding coaches and MS/HS peer mentors.  Professionally designed curriculum. Program builds skills, confidence, self-esteem, and a lifetime devotion to sports and fitness. Praised by parents and professionals as one of Westchester’s leading Special Needs Sport Programs



Special Thanks to Robert Tudisco for his  insightful presentation: "Addressing and Fighting Stigma" at our March 8th SEPTA Meeting.  Robert M. Tudisco, is a nationally recognized author, motivational speaker and adult diagnosed with ADHD.  He is also a practicing attorney at the law firm of Barger & Gaines in Tarrytown, NY.  




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!







Arc of Westchester has just posted their spring/summer program schedule!   

The ARC of Westchester provides a wide variety of leisure and learning activities designed to help individuals build social skills, experience life in the community, transition from school to work and build lasting friendships. Their programs are conveniently located throughout Westchester County.






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 invites students to





Tuesday, April 4th is Eastchester’s Autism Awareness Day

(April is Autism Awareness Month!)


To Celebrate those friends/mentees who are affected by this ever growing condition, we ask that you/your child wear BLUE on this day and if possible, donate just $1

with a Post it note addressed to SEPTA, with their name on it~ we will donate 2017 proceeds to  

Canine Integrative Therapy & SEPTA after school clubs



Parents, teachers, administrators, students and community members please join Eastchester SEPTA at

Salon Atelier

during the entire month of April to…

“Light It Up Blue”

with a BLUE hair extension to support autism awareness! Blue hair extensions are available during the month of April! Just $10.

133 Hillside Place ~ Eastchester ~

Call 914.337. 4949 for an appointment!

Benefiting Eastchester HS Junior Class

"Stay Awake a -thon”




Thank you for your support!



Saturday, April 29, 2017

7pm, Holy Trinity Greek Church


Donors, Sponsors, Parents & Underwriters

Click here to donate!




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'