Parent Access Collaborative (PAC)

Upcoming Events

State Support Team Region 8/Parent Access Collaborative (PAC) will offer free workshops! All meetings (*except the November 15, 2017 Field Trip) will be held at the Summit Educational Service Center, and require an RSVP. All meetings at the ESC will have lunch provided to those who RSVP. Flyers will be sent out prior to each meeting with more specific details. Any questions, please contact Marianne Lesko. To register, please call or email Alice Doyle at 330 929-6634 ext. 511232 . Dates, times, and topics are subject to change.

Parent Access Collaborative


Parent Access Collaborative (PAC) shares information and provides speakers on various disability related topics with parents, school districts and agencies throughout Summit, Portage and Medina counties served by SST8.

Under the direction of Parent Consultant, Marianne Lesko, the PAC group will meet four times this school year from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Summit ESC. Networking time follows each meeting.  

Everyone is welcome and encouraged to bring a guest to the PAC meetings. Make your reservations by contacting Alice Doyle by email or phone (330-929-6634, ext. 511232).

September 27, 2017

9:30 am – 1:30 pm
SST8 – ODE Updates and Effective Communication (Parent-Teacher Partnership): SST8 staff will share the latest information from ODE including: ESSA updates, HB 410, 2017-18 Graduation Requirement changes, Alternate Assessment updates and more.
Jenine Sansosti – SST8 Director
Helen Brophy – SST8 Special Ed Consultant/Transition Specialist
Kathryn Vuchak – SST8 Special Ed Consultant

October 25, 2017

9:30 am-1:30 pm
Executive Functioning: The Dog DIDN’T Eat My Homework: Gain some familiarity with executive function skills that help the brain organize and act on information, including self-regulation, and how to support difficulties at home and in school.
Wendy Szakacs – Ohio Center for Autism and Low Incidence (OCALI)
Tracy Mail – SST8 Consultant 

November 15, 2017

 *Field Trip
9:30 am – 1:30 pm
Weaver Industries: Their mission is to maximize the independence and personal fulfillment of individuals with disabilities through vocational training and employment opportunities.
Denise Balko – Weaver Industries 

February 14, 2018

9:30 am – 1:30 pm
Recreational Opportunities: Come hear from a variety of providers who offer recreational programming for persons with special needs and disabilities.
Speakers from: All Star Training Club, Buddy Up Tennis, Camp Huddle, Empower Sports, Solon Blue Ribbon Programming, and Special Olympics of Ohio 

April 18, 2018

9:30 –1:30 pm
What’s New in Ohio? In this open forum you will learn about legislative issues, waivers, changes and updates in DD and Medicaid services, and anything else you wanted to know or ask.        

Gary Tonks - Executive Director of Arc of Ohio 
For more information, please email Marianne Lesko.

For more information, please contact

Helen Brophy
Helen Brophy
Educational/Transition Consultant
Office: 330-929-6634 x 511268
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