A new group brings together parents, families, teachers, school administrators, students, and friends who are interested in special education and children with special needs. Stratford SEPTA meets the second Wednesday of each month from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Stratford Parents’ Place at Johnson House of Stratford Academy, 719 Birdseye St.

A SEPTA is a PTA within a school district. Stratford’s group is the 19th such organization in Connecticut. A listing of most other Connecticut SEPTA organizations can be found at ctpta.org/Resources/SEPTAS.html.

Other such groups in the vicinity are in Easton, Fairfield and Milford (with the Milford-based SEPTA Network offering support to Stratford, Milford, Trumbull, Shelton and West Haven families and educators).

The group encourages parents, families, and educators to share their experiences and perspectives, and help families realize the importance of their role in the community, according to a press release. It will provide parents with information on navigating the special education system and work to increase the community’s understanding of exceptional children’s abilities to reach their full potential.

Information can be found at stratfordsepta.org or the “Stratford Septa” page on Facebook, or e-mail info@stratfordsepta.org.