Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC)


The vision statement of the Special Education Advisory Committee is to advocate for full integration and participation for all students regardless of ability by providing access to all opportunities in our school communities.      

Liz Dunn, Towns
Bonnie Echavarria, Keene
Traci Fairbanks, Chesterfield
Rick Matte, SAU29
Misty Martinez-Bohannon, Keene
Christine Parshall, Marlborough
Amy Royce, Westmoreland
Ryanne Schoonover, SAU29

For more information regarding the Special Education Advisory Committee, or to speak to one of the committee members, please contact:
Administrative Assistant Ryanne Schoonoverrschoonover@sau29.org
Director of Student Services Rick Matte: rmatte@sau29.org

SEAC is hosting Rebecca Whittaker Matte on Thursday, November 16th, 2017. She will be presenting "Executive Functioning in College Life for Students with Disabilities". The presentation will be held at SAU 29, in the large conference room from 6:30pm to 8:00pm. All are welcome to attend this free event. Any questions you may have can be sent to the office of Student Services.

Rebecca Whittaker Matte, M.S. is an educational consultant and Associate Professor of Education at Landmark College in Putney, Vermont. She has nearly 25 years of experience in the field of learning disabilities, student life, and the transition to college. She presents regularly on these topics consulting with school providing workshops for students, parents and faculty. Specific topics include demystifying student profiles, regulating health and wellness in the student lifestyle, navigating the transition to college, student athletes with LD and ADHD.  She has published articles on alternative teaching activities, is frequently consulted for responses to current events in education in publications such as the New York Times, The Chronicle of Higher Education and Understood.org and was a recent guest on the podcast “Distraction” with Ned Hallowell. Rebecca is an Associate Professor of Education at Landmark In that time she has served in the capacities of educational consultant, student life administrator, student advisor and for the past 17 years as a faculty member. Rebecca earned a B.A. in English and Communication from the University of New Hampshire and a M.S. from New England College.

Procedural Safeguards

The NH DOE has recently updated it's procedural safeguards. See the link below for the most up to date copy.

Special Education Procedural Safeguards

Online Reading Resources

1.  Understood.org
2.  Parent Information Center of NH
3.  LD Online
4.  Disability Scoop
5.  Disability Rights Center
6.  Parent Advocacy Coalition for Educational Rights
7.  Parents Helping Parents
8.  E-Ready Special Education Information for Parents
9.  National center for Learning Disabilities
10. Learning Disabilities Association of America
11. Autism Now
12. NH Special Education for Parents
13. Connecticut Parent Advocacy Center
14. Statewide Parent Advocacy Network, Inc.
15. Special Education Advocates Training and Certification
16. Bismark (N.Dakota) Public School District
17. NH Family Voices

Featured Reading
"Wonder" by R.J. Palacio  

Suggested Books

1.  "From Tutor Scripts to Talking Sticks" by Paula Kluth and Sheila Danaher

2.  "Crossing Bridges: A Parent's Perspective on Coping After a Child is Diagnosed with Autism/PDD,ASD" by Viki Satkiewicz-Gayhardt, Barbara Peerenboom, and
Roxanne Campbell

3. "This is Asperger Syndrome" by Elisa Gagnon and Brenda Smith Myles

4. "Asperger Syndrome: A Practical Guide for Teachers" by Val Cumine, Julia Leach and Gill Stevenson

5. "All About IEP's - Answers to Frequently Asked Questions about IEP's" by Peter W.D. Wright, Esq. Pamela Darr Wright, MA, MSW and Sandra Webb O'Connor, M.Ed.

6. "From Emotions to Advocacy, The Special Education Survival Guide" by Pam Wright and Pete Wright

7. "Wonder" by R.J. Palacio