Special Needs Advisory Council (SNAC)
The Special Needs Advisory Council (SNAC) is organized to ensure that parents, school, staff, and community professionals come together to promote a shared decision-making process to plan and implement educational programs for students with special needs. Special needs students are those who have IEP's or 504 plans, those who are medically fragile, and those who are being considered for eligibility for special education within the Exceptional Children's Programs.
The Council functions as an advocate for children with disabilities in the school system. The-major focus of the Council is system-wide issues as opposed to individual concerns. Individual concerns should be directed to the Exceptional Children's Programs Office. The purpose of the SNAC is to work collaboratively on the improvement of the quality of education for children with special needs in Union County Public Schools (UCPS).
Special Needs Advisory Council Activities:
Serve as an avenue of public input for the improvement of special education and increase school and community awareness concerning children with special needs and their families.
Advocate for effective, coordinated, and comprehensive programs.
Provide workshops, learning opportunities, and information to parents and the school community concerning issues and programs for students with special needs.
Connect families with community agencies (e.g. mental health, vocational rehabilitation, etc.) and resources.
Make recommendations for needed improvements to the school system with regards to EC students and programs.
Communicate appreciation and support to those serving children with special needs.
The EC Director will present the Council's recommendations concerning issues, policies, and programs to the superintendent as appropriate.
UCPS Special Needs Advisory Council 2020-2021 Meetings
will be held on the Second Tuesday of the following months:
September 8, 2020
November 11, 2020
January 12, 2021
March 9, 2021
May 11, 2021
at 6:30 pm at the Professional Development Center
600 Brewer Drive
Names Phone Numbers Title (parent representative by cluster, UCPS Staff and Others Linda Little
UCPS - Transition Specialist
Dr. Wendy Gravely
UCPS Coordinator for Section 504 & Compliance
Assistant Principal Kensington Elementary, Cuthbertson Cluster
Disability Organization - Executive Director, The Arc of Union/Cabarrus
Dr. Laura Beachum
Director of Exceptional Children’s Program for UCPS
Parent- Parkwood Cluster
EC Program Specialist
Parent - Cuthbertson Cluster, Teacher
Parent - Monroe Cluster
Parent - Piedmont (Fairview) Cluster
Assistant Principal, Piedmont High School
Parent - Cuthbertson Cluster
Assistant Principal, Union Elementary School
Belle Walker, MSW
Lead and EC School Social Worker
Mishaun Mitchell, MSW
EC School Social Worker