The North Andover Parent Advisory Council (NAPAC) is a volunteer organization of parents with children on IEP and 504 plans. It is our mission to serve as advocates for the special needs community by promoting the understanding, respect, support and appropriate education for all school-age children and young adults with special needs in our community.
We hold monthly planning meetings and frequently sponsor educational seminars and programs. All are welcome. Please contact us or join our mailing list to find out how you can get involved or to learn about upcoming events.
Mission Statement of the North Andover Parent Advisory Council
The mission of the North Andover Parent Advisory Council (“NAPAC”) is to serve as advocates for the special needs community by promoting the understanding, respect, support and appropriate education for all school-age children and young adults with special needs in our community.
To that end, the NAPAC shall:
For its Members:
Create a network for parents and educators of children with special needs and provide informational forums for parents, educators, students, professionals and community members to share information and discuss matters of relative interest and concern regarding our children with special needs.
Educate and inform its members on an on-going basis of any and all issues affecting the special needs community, including changes in legislation, developments in curriculum or programming, legal and medical issues and debate, local, state and national concerns, and any other issues involving children with special needs.
With the Community:
Collaborate with the local community beyond the school system to continually enhance and create extra-curricular opportunities and service programs available within the community that promote improved social and cultural opportunities for children with special needs.
Encourage communication and participation with local, state and national organizations, councils and groups involved in special needs issues, activities and policy-making.
With the School System:
Promote and support a cooperative educational environment where children with special needs have equal access to educational opportunities through a school and community environment where all children are encouraged to reach their full potential.
Collaborate with the school community to continually improve the educational opportunities available within our schools that promote improved educational outcomes for children with special needs.
Be outspoken and proactive with the Special Education Department and the School Committee regarding policy issues involving existing special education programs for our special needs children. The NAPAC will be informed of and whenever possible participate in any and all developments and changes in special education policy. The NAPAC will advise the Special Education Department and the School Committee of any new opportunities and/or suggest changes and enhancements in the current special education programs, including but not limited to parent & teacher training needs, classroom technological needs, etc.