Bucks County Right To Education Task Force
Calendar & Programs  

705 N Shady Retreat Rd.,  Doylestown, PA  18901
215.348.2940 x1201 
2016-17 Task Force Meetings:
~ Tuesday, October 19, 2016, 7:00 - 8:30 pm
Conference Rm F - Flyer
Speaker:   Lori E. Brew, PEAL Center
Agenda:   Planning for Transition:  When to Begin/ Who can help you/ How to start talking to your school district
~ Wednesday, January 11, 2017, 7:00 - 8:30 pm
Conference Rm I - Flyer
Speaker:   Mary Dunn, Bucks County Mental Health and Developmental Programs
Agenda:   Transition Planning:  What are the barriers and challenges our children face /questions to ask your school district regarding goals in the IEP 
~ Thursday, February 16, 2017 7:00 - 8:30pm
Conference Rm I - Flyer
Speaker:  Mary Garrett-Itin, Consultant - Bucks County Now is the Time
Agenda:   Healthy Transition - Transitioning to Independence:  Resources for youth and young adults transitioning to independence.  Erin Hewitt, Asst. Director Bucks County TIP Program - providing resources to youth and young adults
~ Thursday, March 23,  2017, 7:00 - 8:30 pm
Conference Rm I - Flyer
Speaker:  Liliana Yazno-Bartle, Esq.
Agenda:   Special Needs Trusts:  What they are and why they are important

~ Thursday, April 6, 2017, 7:00 - 8:30 pm
Conference Rm I - Flyer
Speaker:   Ira Fingles, Esq.
Agenda:   Guardianship:  The different types of guardianship / when and why to apply for guardianship of your loved one
 ~ Friday, May 19, 2017, 12:00 - 1:30 pm
Conference Rm I - Flyer
            Speaker:  Patrick Bergmaier, Financial Planner
            Agenda:  How to fund a Special Needs Trust
Prior Meeting Minutes:  Click Here 
              Special Education 101
Mikalya's Voice - Letter to Principals / Book Covers
Elementary Principals in Bucks County received the book Our Friend Mikayla last spring with the letter asking for support from Mikayla's mother, Kim Resh.  Kim's hope is that parents and Right To Education Task Force members will go into the schools to read the book to the Kindergarten thru 3rd grade children.
Mikayla was born with a brain injury resulting in profound multiple disabilities, and has never spoken a word. Her mother engaged Mikayla's teacher and classmates to write and illustrate this delightfully true story of how the children in her classroom helped Mikayla have a voice and be included in every aspect of the school experience.  
We hope this story will inspire the students, teachers, principals, staff, and parents of Bucks County schools to share the message of inclusion.  

(Ordering Materials Flyer)


Pennsylvania Department of Education- Special Education website  

SAS Toolkit

Office of Dispute Resolution:  www.odr-pa.org 


Parent Chair for the Right to Education Task Force:

Denise Hooper, Parent Chair, DSHooper@accessservices.org


Bucks County Intermediate Unit Director of Special Education:

Dr. Lenny Greaney lgreaney@bucksiu.org

State Right to Education Task Force website for meeting dates, notes and links
To find the Right to Ed Task Force Handbook, 
Scroll down past the staff pictures to the Downloads & look for "New State Task Force Handbook"