Watch the College Planning Video

College Planning Video

Helping Your Student Pack their Disability for College: The challenges of college planning can seem daunting for students with disabilities and their parents. This interactive session helps students and parents understand the key factors to consider when choosing colleges, completing applications, writing essays, seeking accommodations, and transitioning to college.

Presented by Janet Thibeau.
Janet Thibeau is the principal of BTA Education, an educational advocacy and college consulting firm based in West Newbury, MA. Ms. Thibeau also serves as the Northeast Regional Representative for the International Dyslexia Association.


SPEAKER: Addiction and the Adolescent Brain January 10

Dr. Ruth Potee will be presenting on the Physiology of Addiction and the Adolescent Brain. The North Andover Police Department will also be setting up their Hidden in Plain Sight display for adults to walk through before the presentation.
DATE: Thursday January 10th at
TIME: 6:30 pm
LOCATION: North Andover High School Auditorium

WORKSHOP: Using the IEP to address non-academic skills Jan. 28


Using the IEP to addressnon-academic skills  

  • Need help in developing an IEP that addresses your child’s social, emotional or behavior needs?
  • Have an IEP but wish it could be more effective for your child?

Join ABLED Advocacy, a nonprofit that serves families in the Merrimack Valley, as they offer strategies on creating an IEP that works!

DATE: January 28, 2019

TIME: 7:00 – 8:30 pm

PLACE: Stevens Memorial Library, 345 Main Street, North Andover, MA 01845

REGISTRATION: FREE and open to the public


This event is hosted by Parent Support for LD North Andover



4th Annual Wrestle ‘Lympics Nov. 17

The 4th Annual Wrestle ‘Lympics will take place on Friday, November 17 at 6:30pm in the NAHS gym. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased online or at the door. Wrestle ‘Lympics is one of our signature events that celebrates inclusion for our Best Buddies® North Andover Chapter that features exhibition wrestling matches between special athletes and varsity standouts. Youth and high school divisions compete on the center mat under the lights at the North Andover High School gymnasium, with all the fanfare of a traditional wrestling match.

Learn more here:

Volunteer for Understanding Our Differences

Understanding Our Differences (UOD) is a nationally recognized, educational program that teaches elementary school children to develop understanding and respect for fellow students and others with physical, sensory or developmental disabilities. UOD is an interactive disability awareness curriculum that North Andover Elementary Schools teach to 3rd, 4th and 5th graders. Each year, students participate in 2 to 3 sessions introducing various kinds of disabilities. The programs’ goals are to foster respect, acceptance and compassion for people of all abilities as well as increase tolerance and reduce bullying. It reinforces North Andover’s RAISE values.

You do not need any experience nor a child with a disability. All training takes place online and can be completed in under twenty minutes. You will be done by 10:00 AM most mornings. If you can help please click here:  and add your name to any program(s) this year.

Learn more about UOD here and see the full list of program dates: Understanding Our Difference

Take the IEP or 504 Survey

We want to hear from you!

NAPAC will be conducting several surveys this year to gather your feedback, ideas and suggestions on special education issues in North Andover. We need your input!

Please complete one survey per child. If you have multiple children on IEP or 504 plans, please complete a new survey for each child. All responses are confidential.

Take the survey on:

The IEP Annual Review Process

504 Plan Implementation

Thank you,

Kirsten Lovett and Maureen Ryan