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June 26, 2024 Meeting Minutes - Making It, New Look, Schedule

PALS Meeting Minutes

June 26, 2024 9:30 a.m.

Virtual Meeting using Zoom

Open Forum

Open Forum is an opportunity for participants to come together and discuss a variety of topics, offer resources, and ask questions related to special education.

Making It Better

Many families feel they are on shaky ground when walking the path of adaptive education for the first time. Unsure about this new world of diagnosis and services, life can become overwhelming. With the help of groups like PALS, families can engage with others at various mile markers of the same path.

Chris Baldwin, a founding member of PALS, stopped by for a refreshing reminder; things do get better. Having navigated the waters of public education with her son from O'Hara Elementary to graduating from Fox Chapel Area High School, Chris remembers the ebb and flow. After high school Chris' son went on to participate in AmeriCorps for a year before heading to Beacon College. Now in his early 30s, Chris' son is a Personal Trainer within the Athletic and Fitness Department at Beacon College.

With experience and support, the overwhelming feelings a family first faces gradually give way to confidence. Within that confidence is the advocate in all of us. As we work together to educate ourselves, we become strong advocates for our children, passing these strengths to them along the way. Goals are set, SDIs are written, and all stakeholders are informed and educated. Remember, a student's IEP is a living document; one that grows with your child; not one and done. Frustrations may resurface through the years, and a family's experience and support system will help them through the rough times. By celebrating the triumphs, large and small, we remind ourselves that things do indeed get better.

New Look

Take a look around the recently redesigned website. Same great content with a fresh look.

2024-2025 Meeting Schedule


Next Meeting: July 31, 2024 9:30 a.m. Virtual Meeting using Zoom.

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