CAC NEWS

VENTURA COUNTY SELPA, APRIL 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.

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE MONTH

Respect and Dignity for People with Developmental Disabilities

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This April, the Autism Society of America is proud to continue its fourth annual #CelebrateDifferences campaign in honor of Autism Acceptance Month.


Everyday, we work to create connections, empowering everyone in the Autism community to live fully.


We believe that acceptance is creating a world where everyone in the Autism community is connected to the support they need, when they need it.


And by everyone, we mean every unique individual: the implacable, inimitable, and irreplaceable you.

United Nation's World Autism Awareness Day, April 2, 2022

Background

The UN General Assembly unanimously declared 2 April as World Autism Awareness Day to highlight the need to help improve the quality of life of those with autism so they can lead full and meaningful lives as an integral part of society.

2022 Message

The UN supports the rights of persons with autism to fully participate in society, in line with the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

What is Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)?

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a complex, lifelong developmental condition that typically appears during early childhood and can impact a person’s social skills, communication, relationships, and self-regulation.


The Autism experience is different for everyone. It is defined by a certain set of behaviors and is often referred to as a “spectrum condition” that affects people differently and to varying degrees.


While there is currently no known single cause of Autism, early diagnosis helps a person receive resources that can support the choices and opportunities needed to live fully.

Education

Every child in the United States has a right to a public education.

New Diagnosis

A new diagnosis of Autism can be emotionally challenging for both the individual and the family. The Autism Society is here to help navigate that diagnosis and connect you to the resources and support you need.

Social Connections

Building community and connecting with other people is often seen as a key to happiness in life. Acquaintances, colleagues, friends, and family, including intimate partners, can all contribute to quality of life.

Resources by Topic

Knowledge is Empowerment

Autism Society: The Connection Is You.

Spread the Word >> Inclusion

Champions of Change
2022 Resources

Spread the Word Inclusion Resources

LEGISLATIVE UPDATES

SB 1113 Special Education

SB 1113 Special education: inclusive education: universal design for learning.

UPCOMING SELPA EVENTS

Equipping Parents to Navigate the IEP Process Series

A collaboration and partnership with VC SELPA & Rainbow Connection Family Resource Center


Presented by:


VC SELPA Administration Team and

Norma Perez-Sandford, District K-12 Counselor, Fillmore Unified School District


  • Have questions about the IEP process?
  • Questions about transitioning students and transition process?
  • Would you like to be more familiar and comfortable with process(es)?


This series is for you! Come learn about about different aspects of the IEP and get your questions answered!


Transition To Preschool (English)


May 3, 2022

5:00 to 6:30 PM


Transition to Preschool (Spanish)


May 4, 2022

5:00 to 6:30 PM


There is no cost for the sessions, however, online registration is required. You will receive the Zoom link once your registration is confirmed and we have a current email addresss.


Click here to register.

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

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


April 25, 2022


3:00pm - 5:00pm


Katie Novak Ed.D, Consultant

Internationally renowned education consultant


Shelley Moore, Educator

Internationally recognized teacher, researcher, consultant and storyteller

A Sneak Peek of Katie Novak!

What is UDL?

A Sneak Peak of Shelley Moore!

Removing the Barriers: Planning for ALL!

COMMUNITY EVENTS

Celebrate Autism Awareness/Acceptance Month

Date: Monday, April 11, 2022 Time: 1:30 p.m. -3:00 via Zoom


Event cost: FREE!


Audience: All Staff and Leadership: Education Specialists, School Psychologists, All Related Services, School Teams, General Education Teachers and Parents


About Presenter: Temple Grandin is a noted animal expert and advocate for autistic populations. She has become a leading advocate for autistic communities and has also written books and provided consultation on the humane treatment of animals.


Grandin has taken strong positions on autism and the education of autistic children. She advocates early intervention, including the training of teachers to direct each child’s specific fixations. She is a champion of “neurodiversity” and has opposed the notion of a comprehensive cure for autism.


To REGISTER: Access the SBCSELPA OMS system at https://sbcselpa.k12oms.org/


**You will need to create an OMS account if you do not yet have one**


No Phone Registrations Questions: Call (805) 683-1424 or email selparegistration@sbceo.org

Supporting Inclusive Practices

MISSION: POSSIBLE Inclusion Conference

Mission: Possible Inclusion Conference

MISSION: POSSIBLE Inclusion Conference



The Supporting Inclusive Practices (SIP) Project is hosting its first annual conference.


Our theme? MISSION: POSSIBLE


We are excited to hear from a diverse selection of speakers on inclusion related topics including culture, policy, practice, and shared leadership. Inclusion is a choice and far from impossible,


Do you accept the mission?


May 4, 2022 9:00am-2:00pm

May 5, 2022 9:00am-12:00pm


MISSION: POSSIBLE Inclusion Conference is FREE. It requires registration.


Click here to register.

MISSION: POSSIBLE Key Note Speakers

Supporting Inclusive Practices (SIP)

Why Inclusion? Because Special Education is a Service, Not a Place...

The SIP Logic Model and Blueprint are derived from best practices as defined in research and literature in the fields of inclusion, education, and change management.


The goal is to provide our grantees with a solid framework upon which to base their work in improving inclusion within their organizations.

Key Take-Aways from the 2021 Inclusion Collaborative Conference

The Evolution of Inclusion


Shelley Moore


Why is inclusion important?


Inclusion leads to belonging, acceptance of identity, understanding strengths & interests.


Inclusion Bus = Double Decker Party Bus of Love


People have to see it moving to want to get on! Make the bus accessible and worth choosing.

The Circle Makers: The What, Why and How of Inclusion


Dr. Julie Causton & Dr. Kristie Pretti-Frontczak


•Develop the heart set, mindset and skill set for inclusion


•Disability is a natural part of human diversity


•Research, ethics, social justice — Segregation hurts all kids all the time. It’s not inclusion if you segregate kids!


•Move from medical lens of disability to equity lens

Because of Oliver
The Circle Makers
I am Afraid There Has Been a Mistake

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.

Next CAC Meeting:

Monday, May 2, 2022

4:00 - 6:15 PM


Members of the public are always welcome to attend CAC meetings and give pubic comments.


To receive Meeting Notices Click Here.

The CAC Is Here to Support You!

2021-2022 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

CAC 2021-2022 Annual Priorities

The CAC develops Annual Priorities that reflect current issues and are geared toward the support of the students, families, agencies, and districts within the Ventura County SELPA .



  • Creating Community
  • Legislative Action
  • Promote Inclusive Practices
  • Mental Health
  • Support Social Emotional Learning for Students and Families
  • Transition Across the Grade Spans

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.

What You Need To Know About AB 130 (Independent Study)

Why Can't My Child Continue to Participate in Distance Learning for 2021-2022?

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: Family, Student, School Collaboration

Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Services