Richmond Special Education Advisory Committee

  • What is Richmond Special Education Advisory Committee (RSEAC)?

    The major purpose of SEACs is to provide an opportunity for parents and other school board appointees to have a voice in the way school divisions provide services to students with disabilities.  SEACs are extensions of local school boards since members are appointed by them, and SEACs provide reports and recommendations to their school boards.

    RSEAC 2020 - 2021 Meeting Dates 

    Meetings will be held the 3rd Wednesday of every month with the exception of June.

    October 21, 2020

    November 18, 2020

    December 16, 2020

    January 20, 2021

    February 17, 2021

    March 17, 2021

    April 21, 2021

    May 19, 2021


    RSEAC 2020 - 2021 Meeting Time

    6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. 


    RSEAC 2020 - 2021 Meeting Location

     The meetings will be virtual. Please use the following link to join the meeting: SEAC Meeting Link

    RSEAC Membership

    Chairperson and Member Primary Responsibilities

    Richmond SEAC members fulfill the following functions outlined in the Regulations Governing Special Education Programs for Children with Disabilities in Virginia, effective January 25, 2010:

    • Advise the local school division of needs in the education of children with disabilities
    • Participate in the development of priorities and strategies for meeting the identified needs of children with disabilities
    • Submit periodic reports and recommendations regarding the education of children with disabilities to the division superintendent for transmission to local school board
    • Assist the local school division in interpreting plans to the community for meeting the special needs of children with disabilities for educational services
    • Review the policies and procedures for the provision of special education and related services prior to submission to the local school board; and
    • Participate in the review of the local school division's annual plan.

     Individuals in these positions work closely with the local school division’s director of special education.  

    Chairperson Responsibilities Include:

    • Facilitates meetings, including developing the agenda and guiding discussion.
    • Directs and monitors the flow of work by delegating responsibility to individuals and subcommittees; follows up between meetings.
    • Serves as the spokesperson for the local SEAC in public. 
    • Promotes collaboration among all stakeholders including: SEAC members, the special education director, school division staff, and school board members.
    • Assists in the identification and recruitment of new members. 
    • Networks with other chairpersons of local SEACs and the regional representative of the State SEAC. 
    • Mentors new members and subcommittees members in understanding their job responsibilities and assignments     

    Member Responsibilities Include:

    • Review and abide by SEAC bylaws.
    • Attend regularly scheduled local SEAC meetings.
    • Maintain an ongoing knowledge of special education law.
    • Be informed of activities of the committee and familiar with current school division special education plans.
    • Read the minutes of each meeting; advise the chair of any corrections or additions.
    • Participate in the work of the SEAC, including serving on subcommittees when required.
    • Encourage parents and other community members to join/attend the SEAC.
    • Participate in community awareness activities to increase visibility of the local SEAC.
    • Focus on systems change not personal grievances or individual advocacy.
    • Work collaboratively with other SEAC members and school division leadership and personnel.

    SEAC Ambassador: 

    The ambassador is a employee of Richmond Public Schools. If you are interested in serving as an ambassador, please reach out to Francina Simmons for an application. your adminsitrator will be asked to provide a recommentation.



    SEAC Application (English)

    RSEAC Membership Application (Spanish)


    Parent Education Workshops

    The Parent Educational Advocacy Training Center (PEATC) has several workshops available in our area. These workshops are free and open to the public. Info and registration links will be provided below for anyone interested in participating in these sessions.

    Building a Community of Support – Virtual Training Course – Opens Jan 12, 2020 - - Join Diane Cooper-Gould, parent and child advocate, in PEATC’s latest free online self-paced course. This course is designed to help the participant create, connect and grow a community of supportive individuals. These types of supportive communities could provide mutual peer support, community advocacy, education and/or activities for the group. Too often, caretakers and those with complex needs feel isolated and alone. Developing a structured way for connecting with others who understand and share similar challenges and dreams can open a whole new world of friendship and opportunities for all.

    In this course, we will cover a step-by-step guide for building a supportive group in person or online, with or without the partnership of an outside organization. We will also cover two case studies and provide resources for the participant to use when building a personal community of support in their own community. The series will also feature a section on troubleshooting and maintaining this type of group over time. There will be opportunities for participants to ask questions of other participants and of the instructor.

    Turning 18 in VA: What Individuals at EVERY AGE need to know – Goochland – January 21, 2020 - *This workshop is designed for parents of children with disabilities of ALL ages and will provide many practical tidbits to think about NOW in order to prepare for life after high school.**

    Turning 18 is a big deal for all individuals. An 18-year-old is legally considered an adult in Virginia. Therefore, when your child turns 18, he/she is the person that makes legal, financial, medical, and educational decisions in his/her life. For some individuals with disabilities, this will not be an issue. Others may need support. This workshop will share basic information about things that need to be considered as your loved one turns 18.

    Disability Benefits: VA’s Medicaid Waivers and SSI – Richmond (Faison Center) – January 22, 2020 –

    Morning session –

    Evening session -

    This workshop is open to individuals with disabilities, their families, educators, and professionals.

    Families with special needs children need to have an understanding of government benefits available to them as part of planning a future for their loved one. These benefits can help supplement a person’s income, qualify a person for extra help, and help them receive healthcare and community supports. Navigating the world of disability benefits can be tricky, time consuming and overwhelming. This workshop will help make that process easier. Join us as we discuss in clear understandable language: what are VA’s Medicaid Waivers and what are Social Security benefits, who is eligible, and how do I apply.

    Transition University Winter– Online Course – Opens February 16, 2020 - - Transition University will offer a 5-session self-paced online series to help parents/guardians navigate the transition process for their school age child and prepare for the adult world. This course is open to parents, guardians, self-advocates, educators, service providers and community members.

    Life is full of transitions. For families of children with disabilities thinking about the future can bring mixed emotions. Some families are just trying to make it through day-to-day challenges and might not feel they have the energy to think about what happens after high school. Others may want to plan for that transition, but are confused by unfamiliar language, complex steps, and the many agencies that may be involved in adult services.

    Join us for this FREE 5-week SELF-PACED online course that focuses on providing parent-friendly transition information to help make transition planning easier. This course is designed for parents/caregivers of elementary, middle or high school students that receive special education services, but is open to everyone. The goal is to share factual information on transition services and to help make the transition from school services to the adult services world less confusing.

    Topics covered in this course will include:

    -What is Transition and Why is it Important?

    -Transition Services in the IEP

    -Supported Decision Making, Power of Attorney, Guardianship and Age of Majority

    -Future planning including Special Needs Trusts, ABLE accounts and Letters of Intent

    -Transitioning into Independent Living (employment, further education, housing, etc.)

    -Connecting to Your Community and to Adult Services

    - and much more