Ridgefield Council of PTAs - Special Services




Special Services representatives are eager to support their school community in the following ways:  

  • Help provide information about the special education process and/or additional learning support that might be available to students. 

  • Help direct family members to the right school and community resources. 

  • Offer emotional support to families through informal chats.

  • Provide district special education updates.


This is a PTA position, designed to support the needs of all families in the school district, especially those with children receiving special services through an IEP or 504. Special Services Representatives serve their individual school community, as well as attend monthly meetings with the Ridgefield Special Services administration. 


As a council with the special services administration, representatives collaborate in the following ways:   

  • Gather program updates from each school and from the special education administration.

  • Discuss special education-specific PTA programming or enrichment.

  • Communicate these updates to the individual schools and families we represent.


All families are welcome to contact their Special Services Representative at any time with questions or concerns. We are here to help! 


Erica DiGrazia - BMES Special Services Representative - email: eadigrazia@gmail.com, (925) 858-8910
Kate White - BMES Pre-K Special Services Representative - email: kate_white13@yahoo.com, (215) 920-0384



News from Special Services:



Ridgefield Little League's Challenger Division provides a baseball sporting outlet for children with physical and intellectual challenges. Any child age 4 - 19 may participate.  There is a lighted diamond on Route 7 which is ADA compliant and the home field for the RLL team.   In addition, games will also be played at the Wilton YMCA in Wilton, CT.


There is no fee to participate and the schedule is flexible.

Please contact Lisa Ipp-Voellmicke at lippvoellmicke@gmail.com with questions.




Useful Links:
Ridgefield Public Schools Special Education & Student Services Department
CT State Department of Education- Special Education
IEP Guide Page by Page (Dec 2015)

Parents Guide to Special Education in CT - 2021 (English)

Parents Guide to Special Education in CT - 2021 (Spanish)
Transition Bill of Rights (May 2016)
Making the PPT Process More Effective for You (DDS/CTDOE)
Connecticut Parent Advocacy Center (CPAC)
Bringing Knowledge to the Table
State Education Resource Center (SERC)
IDEA-Building the Legacy (USDOE)
Frequently Asked Questions about Section 504 (OCR)
Parenting Special Needs Magazine
DDS-Family Support Groups


Local Organizations:
Smart Kids with LD
Dyslexia Society of CT
The Arc Connecticut
Connecticut Down Syndrome Congress
Connecticut Autism Spectrum Resource Center (ASRC)
Connecticut Allergy Association


Special Olympics CT - Email for Ridgefield Chapter
Holland Soccer (SCOR)
Holland Baseball (RLL)
Holland Basketball (RBA)
Best Buddies (RHS)
Ridgefield Friends (SRMS/ERMS)




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