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 Consultants, Susan Foley and Tami Vandygriff, 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 at 330-929-6634, ext. 511232 or email

Upcoming Events:

State Support Team Region 8/Parent Access Collaborative (PAC) will offer free workshops!
All meetings (*except the October 12, 2016 Field Trip) will be held at the Summit  Educational Service Center. All meetings 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 Susan Foley ( or Tami Vandygriff ( To register, please call Alice Doyle at 330 929-6634 ext. 511232 or email at Dates, times, and topics are subject to change.

September 21, 2016
9:30 am – 1:30 pm
1:30 – 2:30 Individual Question and Answer
Special Education Updates/Maximizing Your Role in the ETR/IEP Process: SST8 staff will share the latest information from ODE. They will also explain how the ETR should inform the IEP and demystify the most complex parts of the IEP. Please go to the following link to share your questions and/or concerns prior to the meeting.
Jenine Sansosti – SST8 Director
Helen Brophy – SST8 Special Ed Consultant/Transition Specialist
Kathryn Vuchak – SST8 Special Ed Consultant

October 12, 2016
*Field Trip
9:30 am – 12:30 pm
Hattie’s Hub: A division of Hattie Larlham that provides fresh local produce and Ohio products through a work training program for people with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities.
Field Trip – Hattie’s Hub
395 Douglas St.
Akron, OH 44307

November 16, 2016
9:30 am – 1:30 pm
Those Teenage Years: Topics to be discussed will include sexuality and puberty, social media, apps to be aware of, cyberbullying and more.
Child Guidance and Family Solutions along with Blick Clinic

February 15, 2017
9:30 am – 1:30 pm
Mental & Behavioral Health Agency Fair with Keynote Speaker on “Alphabet Soup” Mental Health Diagnosis: What it Does and Doesn’t Mean. Come hear an expert discuss mental health in an energizing and engaging way. Afterwards, visit with multiple mental health agencies that serve Medina, Summit and Portage Counties.
Keynote Speaker:
Jim Still-Pepper, MA, LSW
Mental Health Provider Agency Fair Tri-County area

April 19, 2017
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 Susan Foley or Tami Vandygriff.

Staff Photo

Helen Brophy
School Improvement/Transition Consultant
330-945-5600 x511268

This document/product/software was supported in whole or in part by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs, (Award #H027A130158, CFDA 84.027A, awarded to the Ohio Department of Education). The opinions expressed herein do not necessarily reflect the policy or position of the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs, and no official endorsement by the Department should be inferred.

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