Providing a voice and support for Boston parents of children with special needs

We are the Boston Public Schools Special Education Parents Advisory Council. The purpose of Boston SpedPac is to provide a voice and give support for parents of children with special needs. We are a multi-lingual, multi-cultural, council made up exclusively of parent volunteers. We work with the Boston Public Schools district to ensure that children get the services and support they need to develop to their full potential.
All parents are welcome and encouraged to participate.

The more voices we have, the more we can accomplish.

Our children represent more than 20% of the students in the Boston Public Schools (BPS) system. More than 11,000 students have disabilities and require services based on their own individual needs. Whether your child has a specific learning disability, a developmental disorder, or multiple disabilities, we need to work together as a group to have our voices and concerns heard by BPS and effect change to improve services for our children. Please participate in any way that you can.

Boston SpedPac Purpose:

  • Advise the BPS on matters that pertain to the education and safety of students with disabilities
  • Meet regularly with school officials to participate in the planning, development, and evaluation of the school District’s special education programs
  • Advocate for the appropriate supports and special education services necessary to meet the individual needs of children with disabilities
  • Hold monthly SpedPac meetings to discuss important updates from BPSʼs Office of Special Education and Student Services
  • Educate parents and caregivers through training and workshops on special education matters and issues


Childcare and Spanish translation available upon request at all meetings and light refreshments will be served

Please check out our flyer page for our General Meetings.

We need your help.  The more people get involved, the more we can do.

Thank you


What is PATH?

The PATH Program provides special education services for students with an IEP for Emotional Impairment. Students identified for PATH have at least one diagnosed medical condition that impairs healthy socio-emotional functioning, and thus are entitled to accommodations to help bolster school adjustment and decrease school failure risks. These students generally have “W3” (Fragile) special needs code; however, some may have “X3” (Autism) coded as the primary disability.

What is the PATH Community Room?

Located on the top floor in Room 3-333, the PATH Community Room is a therapeutic milieu (or “comfort room”) for students with Emotional Impairment. The space functions as a therapeutic learning center for Social and Emotional Learning & Wellness (SEL/WELL). Students use the space as a school-based respite for anxiety and stress management, crisis management and diversion, deescalation, reentry transition, and for the development of life and social skills. Other services include:

  • 1:1 Counseling
  • Social Skills Groups
  • Two sections of Personal Growth class (SEL/WELL)
  • Twice daily “lunch bunch” groups for students who require a smaller setting
  • Extended school day hours (6:45AM-2:30PM Daily)
  • Case Management 
  • Teacher Consultation 
  • Therapeutic Outings
  • …and more!

What is the PATH “anytime” pass?

Per their IEPs, PATH students have anytime access to the PATH Community Room and should be granted a pass if requested. To support the teaching and learning process, when a student arrives with a pass, our three-fold goal is to: 1) assess the immediate need(s); 2) provide the appropriate intervention and supports; and 3) transition the student back to class.

How do teachers make a PATH Referral?

If a teachers suspects a student has an emotional disability and/or may require PATH Program supports they fill out an SST Referral form. This will initiate the pre-referral process to assess the appropriate levels of interventions and, if appropriate, determine the need for a special education evaluation.

Are there other PATH Programs in BPS?

There are several “Fragile” programs in the district (we don’t use the “F” word at O’B), including Snowden, TechBoston, Urban Science Academy (USA), Boston Collegiate Leadership Academy (BCLA), East Boston and others.

Is PATH an acronym? 

PATH is not an acronym at the district level. At O’Bryant, PATH Program stands for: Personal Growth, Achievement, Teamwork, Health & Wellness.