Lighting the Way for Excellence Award

ASHPAC appreciates the work the entire staff in Ashland does for its students who are unique learners. This year, ASHPAC would like to recognize some of these special people as having been nominated by the ASHPAC Board to receive ASHPAC’s new “Lighting the Way for Excellence Award.”

Eva Luther, Special Education Teacher

Jenna Mastroianni, Special Education Teacher
Monique Smith, Educational Support Personnel

Kathleen Evans, Special Education Teacher
Sheila Fiandaca, Neighborhood Teacher
Amanda Walker, Guidance Counselor

Jennifer Caputo, Special Education Teacher
Michele Stanislawzyk, Special Education Teacher

Heather Smith, Psychologist

Tricia Davis, Physical Therapist

These staff members have developed special relationships and connections with our children and have been instrumental in helping them enjoy school, have full access to their curriculum, and reach towards their full potential. Next September, ASHPAC will thank the group by inviting them to our Meet the Administration workshop and presenting them with a certificate of appreciation. Date still to be determined.

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IEP Survey

Have you ever wanted to give feedback about the structure and content of an IEP form? Now is your chance! The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (ESE) and the Office of Special Education Planning and Policy (SEPP) are planning to revise the Individualized Education Program (IEP) Form. Click on the following link to let your voice be heard!

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College For Students With Disabilities Night June 23rd

On June 23rd at MassBay Community College in Framingham (Main Auditorium), there will be an event for parents to hear from a panel including a student, parent, and administrators about the Inclusive Concurrent Enrollment program (ICE)  and how this program helps children with intellectual and developmental disabilities participate in college courses.

For more information, click on the this link: ICE Flyer or call Gregory MacDonough at (774) 290-4238 or email me at



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Message of Thanks

ASHPAC would like to thank everyone that supported us this school year, from volunteering and donating to coming to the workshops. It has been wonderful to be involved with such dedicated and involved parents, teachers, and administration.

We also want to thank and honor Sue Lankton-Rivas ASHPAC fundraising and scholarship chair for all the hard work, dedication, and years she has provided the SEPAC. She is moving on from ASHPAC with her children grown but she has been a great source of information for so many families. Thank you Sue.

Workshops are being planned for next year and we welcome any comments or questions that you have. Please stay tuned for our schedule for next year.

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2 Upcoming Events

“What Makes a House a Home” Workshop:

Wings for Autism:

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Puzzling Piece Fundraiser

Join ASHPAC in the iPad challenge from the Puzzling Piece. The Puzzling Piece is an online jewelry store raising awareness for Autism. There are many designs available. In addition to Autism puzzle pieces, there are smiling faces, angel wings, hearts, ‘Love You’ charms, peace signs, inspirational bracelet, and earrings with the infinity sign with a heart design.  If ASHPAC sells 60 pieces of jewelry, then an iPad gets donated to us which in turns gets donated to the district. 

How to order online…..

Go to

Click on products

Click on iPad challenge pieces

Click on the piece you would like

Pick a drop down box, no extra cost.

Then add ASHPAC in the challenger name box.

Click another photo if you would like more than one piece.

Thank you very much for supporting this worthy endeavor.


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Boston Globe Article on College Inclusion

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