The Botetourt County Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC) is sponsoring an informational session entitled “Legal Issues/Financial Planning for Individuals with Disabilities” on April 9 at Lord Botetourt High School in the library from 6-7:30 p.m.

Topics in this session include guardianship, alternatives to guardianship, special needs trusts, and ways for families to save, invest and pay for qualified disability expenses. This informational session is appropriate for any family member of a child with special needs at any age, as it is never too early to begin planning for your child’s future. Presenters include:  Ann Green, a local attorney with over 20 years of experience on a variety of areas related to Special Needs Planning; and Sarah Pennington, the Brand Manager for ABLEnow, the national ABLE savings program offered by the Commonwealth of Virginia administered by Virginia529.

The SEAC functions to advise the school division of needs in the education of children with disabilities. In addition, the SEAC assists in the development of long-range plans, priorities and strategies for meeting the identified needs of children with disabilities.  The SEAC is comprised of parents of students with disabilities, representatives of local agencies, community members and school representatives.

Special Education Advisory Committee meetings are open for public access.  For more information regarding the BCPS SEAC, contact your child’s case manger/teacher at your school; Matthew Gouker, SEAC chairperson, at mgouker@bcps.k12.va.us; or Julie A. Baker, Supervisor of Special Education, at jbaker@bcps.k12.va.us.

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