CAC NEWS

VENTURA COUNTY SELPA, SUMMER 2022

INFORMATION FOR FAMILIES AND CAREGIVERS OF STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES

A collaborative partnership of

school districts, staff, students, parents/families, and community agencies

Supporting Equitable Learning, Programs and Access

for ALL students.

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ANNOUNCES SUPERINTENDENTS' POLICY COUNCIL PUBLIC HEARING:


Friday, June 10, 2022, at 8:30 a.m.

Ventura County SELPA Local Plan Annual Update:

Local Plan Section D: Budget and E: Annual Services


Per EC Sections 56205(b)1) and 56205 (b)(2)


The Program Descriptors/Annual Service Plan for Special Education list the types of special education services provided in the SELPA. The SELPA includes: all school districts in Ventura County, the Las Virgenes Unified School District in Los Angeles County, and the Ventura County Office of Education.

This teleconference is being held in accordance with Governor Newsom’s Executive Orders N-33-20 and N-29-20 respectively in regard to the COVID-19 virus.


Join Zoom Meeting via Video Click on URL to join:

https://zoom.us/j/97329427437?pwd=MEYyMjJ5Uk1Hc2JpdE9Nb2ZvK0Ntdz09



Or to join by phone Dial: 1-669-900-6833 Meeting ID: 97329427437

Password: 502208


Spanish translation will be provided.


For Sign-language interpretation please send an email to vcselpa@vcoe.org in advance.


Individuals who require special accommodation to participate in this meeting, including but not limited to an American Sign Language interpreter, or documentation in accessible formats, should contact the SELPA office 48 hours prior to the meeting to enable the SELPA to make reasonable arrangements to ensure accommodation and accessibility to this meeting.


Members of the Public have the right to present public comments. Please contact the SELPA at vcselpa@vcoe.org, if you would like to provide a public comment.

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE MONTH

School's out, how can I keep my child busy?

Local Resources

805 Families

A guide to family friendly places, spaces and events in Ventura County.

Conejo Valley Guide

Things to do around Ventura County and surrounding areas.

Opportunities for Students with disabilities

Autism Safari Nights

Drop the kids off to play while you connect with other parents of kids with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Children (up to 18 years old) will enjoy a movie, reading corner, bounce house, and sensory activities while parents eat, drink, and mingle.


Pre-registration is required for this event as space is limited. Register online here.


We strive to host inclusive, accessible events that enable all individuals to engage and participate fully. To request accommodations or for inquiries about accessibility, please email welcome@sbzoo.org.

Special Olympics Ventura County

Special Olympics Southern California enriches the lives of 35,000 athletes and their communities in Southern California through sports, education, and athlete health.

Best Day Foundation

Creating best days for youth with disabilities! Give your child a chance to feel the thrill of surfing a wave with the assistance of capable and passionate volunteers.

Local Accessible Parks

Arroyo Verde Accessible Park

The City of Ventura was thrilled to announce the official opening of its all-inclusive play area at Arroyo Verde Park on Friday, April 1, 2022.


This new public amenity is Ventura’s first fully inclusive play area for youth of all abilities.


The 10,750 square foot play area features a colorful play surface, new landscaping, gathering areas, swings, hammocks, balance beams, a sensory garden, a motion-inclusive carousel, embankment climbers, and music play areas.


It also features a sensory wall with recognition tiles dedicated to those who donated to the project.

5000 Foothill Rd, Ventura, CA 93003

Old Meadows Center DreamCatcher Playground

Our park includes a one-of-a-kind "SensAbility Playground", an interactive play area stimulating senses and abilities.


The playground features many unique play pieces including "Playville" miniature village, elevated sand table, "Sand Works", one backhoe digger, Tenor Marimba (a xylophone-like musical piece), Talking Bob, talking horns, a sign language panel, and several sensory panels.


The play area is surfaced with sand and rubber, providing accessibility to approximately 60% of the playground.

1600 Marview Dr, Thousand Oaks, CA 91362

WHAT IS THE CAC?

The Ventura County SELPA has a Community Advisory Committee (CAC) that facilitates communication between districts and families, has regular meetings to discuss issues with SELPA leadership, and provides parent trainings on topics such as the IEP process, behavior strategies, life after high school and social skills. The CAC promotes services and resources for special education students and their families.


Who is in the CAC?


  • Parents/guardians of individuals with disabilities (the majority)
  • Representatives of agencies that serve people with disabilities
  • School staff

How can I participate?


Members of the public are always welcome to attend CAC meetings and give public comments. CAC Meetings are governed by the Brown Act and only items on the agenda will be discussed. Staff may follow-up as needed. If you prefer to speak with a CAC member privately or by phone, call the SELPA office at (805) 437-1560 for contact information, including the name of your school district representative.

To Receive CAC Meeting Notices

To receive Meeting Notices Click Here.

The CAC Is Here to Support You!

2022-2023 CAC BOARD


Carole Shelton, Chair

Lee Ann Holland, Vice-Chair

Myra Medina, Membership Secretary

Amanda Alfred, Treasurer

Lynda Karl, Parliamentarian

Flavia Seawright, Public Information Officer

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NEWS/LEGISLATION

SB 1113 Special Education

SB 1113 Special Education: Inclusive Education: Universal Design for Learning (UDL)

This conference is for all General Education and Special Education Professionals, Parents, and Caregivers of all Student(s); Family Support Agencies, and Community Members.

Zooming Out and Zooming In On Inclusive Practices

Join us on our collective journey as educational partners in systematic change for inclusion and students with disabilities

SAVE THE DATE!

There is no cost for this conference but does require registration. For Spanish translation, please request seven (7) days in advance.


Register: https://vcoe.k12oms.org/1630-215871


September 20, 2022


3:00pm - 5:00pm


Katie Novak Ed.D, Consultant

Internationally renowned education consultant


Shelley Moore, Educator

Internationally recognized teacher, researcher, consultant and storyteller

Supporting Inclusive Practices

VC SELPA RESOURCES

Community Resource Directory

Programs and Services For Families of Students Enrolled in Special Education

What is Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR)?

Ventura County SELPA is committed to supporting families and districts as they work towards early resolution options. Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) provides a neutral environment and a variety of choices and utilizes consultation, collaboration, and communication to resolve disagreements, preserve relationships and maintain focus on the needs of our students. ADR allows the decision-making process to stay in the hands of the family and district.
Distance Learning & Emergency Conditions from SELPA

On July 1, 2020 legislation went into effect that amended the California Education Code 56345(a)(9), adding a new Emergency Distance Learning component to IEPs.

Celebrate Inclusive Schools Throughout Your Schools & Communities in 2022!

Inclusive Schools Week Resource Guide

Curated by the Ventura County SELPA

Create A World Without Bullying All Year Long!

Bullying Prevention Resource Guide

Resources created by Pacer, Curated by the CAC

COMMUNITY RESOURCES

Rainbow Connection Family Resource Center

For more information and to register or for ongoing Support Groups, Training & Activities go to:

www.rainbowconnectionfrc.weebly.com

Call: 805-485-9643 or 800-332-3679

Email: rainbow@tri-counties.org

Tri-Counties Regional Center

Tri-Counties Regional Center is one of twenty-one non-profit regional centers in California providing lifelong services and supports for people with developmental disabilities residing in San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties.


TCRC provides person and family-centered supports for individuals with developmental disabilities to maximize opportunities and choices for living, working, learning, and recreating in the community.


Tri-Counties Regional Center Offices

All TCRC offices have re-opened to the public.

On-Call Managers
Simi Valley Office: (805) 456-8020 sv@tri-counties.org
Oxnard Office: (805) 456-8021 ox@tri-counties.org

Early Start Program – Newborn to Age 3, No Referral Needed

Are you concerned about your child's development? Does any aspect of their speech, physical abilities, behavior, or any other area seem delayed? We want you to know that the Tri-Counties Regional Center Early Start program is here to identify and treat developmental delays in children 0-3 years of age. These services are free; there is no cost to you. Our clinical and intake teams are fully operational. Please share the word that anyone may refer to our Early Start program. If you are concerned about your child’s development, visit our Connect with an Intake Coordinator web page. Learn more about our Early Start program here.


Register Here For Regional Email Alerts

State Council on Developmental Disabilities (SCDD)

Welcome to SCDD!

The State Council on Developmental Disabilities (SCDD)is established by state and federal law as an independent state agency to ensure that people with developmental disabilities and their families receive the services and supports they need.

Consumers know best what supports and services they need to live independently and to actively participate in their communities. Through advocacy, capacity building and systemic change, SCDD works to achieve a consumer and family-based system of individualized services, supports, and other assistance.

Vision:

Californians with developmental disabilities are guaranteed the same full and equal opportunities for life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness as all Americans.

Mission:

The Council advocates, promotes and implements policies and practices that achieve self-determination, independence, productivity and inclusion in all aspects of community life for Californians with developmental disabilities and their families

Email Sign-Up!


The Ventura County SELPA is dedicated to providing information and support to families and caregivers of students with disabilities so that they can be informed partners in the educational process of their children. There are numerous activities and resources that are provided to fulfill that mission.


Sign up to receive announcements of informational items for families directly to your email.

Ventura County SELPA is on FACEBOOK!

We are excited to share that our VC SELPA Facebook page has gone live! We know that Facebook can be a great way to communicate with our families and are looking forward to using this new tool. We hope you will "Like" and visit our page and that it becomes a place that you can find information and resources in support of our students throughout the SELPA.


Find the link at: https://www.facebook.com/vcselpa

SELPA COMMENDATIONS

To nominate someone (Teacher, Student, Parent, Specialist) for "going above and beyond" in serving special education students and/or families, go to the SELPA website, click on "Information for Families" and look under CAC for an application.

SELPA LEADERSHIP AND STAFF

The Ventura County SELPA office is responsible for the implementation of the Ventura County Special Education Local Plan, and for ensuring a free appropriate public education to all students with identified disabilities according to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.



Emily Mostovoy-Luna - Associate Superintendent

Sarah Fontenot- Administrative Assistant III

Local Plan Implementation

Interagency Coordination, Policies & Procedures

SELPA Office Operations

Related Staff: Adapted PE Teachers, Assistive Technology Assessment Center,

Orientation & Mobility Specialists, Residential Placement Consultants


Regina Reed - Director of Personnel Development Barbara Rush - Administrative Assistant II Program & Personnel Development

ERSES Program & COEDS

Behavior

Early Start

Related Services Staff: Social/Emotional Services Specialists, DHH Teachers


Joanna Della Gatta - Director of Technical Support and Transition Mariella Cazares-Flores - Administrative Assistant II

SIRAS Support, Forms & Instructions

Private Schools

Pattern of Strengths & Weaknesses Model

WorkAbility Program

Transition

Related Services Staff: Occupational Therapists, Physical Therapists, WorkAbility Specialists


Kim DeAnda - Program Specialist


Jeanine Murphy-Coordinator: Assistant Director: Family and School Collaboration

Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Services