Frequently Asked Questions
What is WWSNPTA?
Wheaton Warrenville Special Needs PTA is a member of the Illinois State PTA that is dedicated to special education across Community Unit School District 200 (CUSD200,) serving parents and students with special needs from pre-K through age 22. National PTA first introduced the concept of SEPTA (Special Education PTA) in 1996 to address the needs of parents of children with special needs.
What's the difference between WWSNPTA and a regular PTA?
In many ways, WWSNPTA is just like any other PTA. WWSNPTA has bylaws and a board of directors, including a President, Secretary and Treasurer. Like all PTAs, WWSNPTA reports our membership to Illinois PTA and submits the same dues. And like all PTAs everywhere, WWSNPTA exists to improve the welfare of children.
In other ways, WWSNPTA is unique. WWSNPTA is a community-wide organization that supports all 15 schools in CUSD200. We aren't associated with a single school, like the vast majority of PTAs. And unlike most PTAs, WWSNPTA focuses primarily on special education issues and advocacy for children with disabilities.
What do you mean by "special needs"?
A student with special needs is any student who needs additional support, accommodations, and/or intervention in order to be successful in their social and learning environment.
Why should there be a PTA for parents of children with special needs?
Because parents of children with special needs have special needs themselves. They need to learn how to work with the teachers and other specialists who educate their children. They need to understand the system of special education and their rights under the law. And they need to connect with and support other parents in the same position. WWSNPTA helps meet these needs by bringing together people who have an interest in special education and providing a forum for them to share their experiences.
If I belong to the PTA in my child's school do I need to become a member of WWSNPTA?
Yes. WWSNPTA members should also participate in their school PTA and vice-versa. School-based PTAs provide parent involvement opportunities and school-specific programs that WWSNPTA cannot.
What Is WWSNPTA?
• WWSNPTA is a PTA within Illinois PTA serving Community Unit School District 200.
• WWSNPTA brings together people who are interested in special education and children with special needs.
• WWSNPTA supports, strengthens and promotes the welfare of children with special needs.
What Are the Goals of WWSNPTA?
• To ensure that all children receive an education that allows them to reach their full potential.
• To bring together parents, families and teachers of children with special needs for sharing of experiences.
• To educate parents about special education, including the identification and placement procedures for children with special needs.
• To inform legislators, school boards, and the community about the importance of special education programs.
• To support teachers, therapists and other educators in understanding and providing the best support to children with special needs.
• To improve the lives of children by providing cultural, social and physical enrichment.
• To advocate for children with special needs and their right to a free and appropriate public education in the least restrictive environment.
Who Are WWSNPTA Members?
• Anyone who has an interest in the welfare of children with special needs.
• Parents, families, teachers, school administrators, social workers, therapists, students, friends.
• Membership is open to all.
How Can I Support WWSNPTA?
• Join WWSNPTA.
• Attend meetings.
• Participate in programs.
• Volunteer your time.
• Become a Sponsor.
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