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South Colonie charters SEPTA

"A lot of times those kids, because of their issues, they don't mainstream well enough," Chesky said. "Not only did I feel, as a council president, that it may be able to help these kids socially, but also because it would be able to help the parents."

Still, the SEPTA is mostly designed for those who are challenged at school, Chesky said.

Gregory Jensen, co-president of the SEPTA, said that he hopes to stir up conversation about curriculum development. He also hopes that the parents can learn something from one another.

"There's so much stuff out there, but unless you're really intertwined in the special needs system or community, you don't know the programs and the services that are available."

Jensen said he sees this new opportunity as one to network with parents of special needs in the South Colonie community, but on a larger scale as well.

"I have a child with special needs and we all want to advocate for our children," he said. "The system that's out there now is very complex. [The SEPTA is] an avenue for us to be able to network with other people."

Jensen's daughter will be a freshman at Colonie Central High School in the fall, but he hopes that the tools the SEPTA can bring to her and other special needs students will carry on throughout the rest of her life.

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