RUSD Special Education Newsletter

Community Advisory Committee August/September 2022

Welcome Back to School

On behalf of the RUSD SELPA CAC, we would like to welcome our students and their families back to school! After three weeks into the school year, we hope your student has settled in well with the school year routine. But, we know as parents, we also need to adjust to the routine ourselves!

This year, we will be launching our First Annual Family Picnic for our Special Ed students and their families as a way for us to gather together and meet each other. To receive updates on our events, sign up at Parent Square to get all the information.

CAC Meetings and Parent Training Topics 2022-23

We invite all parents to join us! Please register on the RUSD website.

Meetings: 3rd Tuesdays of designated Months

*Business Meetings 4:00 pm

*Parent Trainings 5:00 pm

2 additional family social events will be announced.

Parent Panel Q & A Tips from Experienced Parents

Tuesday, September 20, 2022 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM Via Zoom, Visit Website for Registration Link

What is SELPA CAC/Review Local Plan & Programs

*Tuesday, October 18, 2022 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM Via Zoom, Visit Website for Registration Link

IEP Tips/ How to work collaboratively

*Tuesday, November 15, 2022 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM Via Zoom, Visit Website for Registration Link

CAPTAIN Evidenced Based Practices for parents

*Tuesday, February 21, 2023 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM Via Zoom, Visit Website for Registration Link

Very Special Arts Festival

*Tuesday, March 21, 2023 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM, Location To Be Determined

Summer Planning, Camps travel tips & free resources

*Tuesday, April 18, 2023 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM Via Zoom, Visit Website for Registration Link

Back to School/ Important Phone Numbers

What is the RUSD CAC and what does it do for you and your child in special education?

Any parent of a student in the district, as well as staff or community members may attend and participate in CAC meetings.

Membership is NOT required.

Duties include the following:

● Advising the administration of the RUSD Local Plan and review of special and services.

● Making recommendations on needs, goals, and priorities based on the Local Plan.
● Assisting in parent education and training on special education programs, issues, rights, and responsibilities, leadership development, and other issues as identified by parent-members of the CAC.

● Recruiting parents and volunteers who contribute to the implementation of the Local Plan.
● Participating in awareness programs and in-servicing for parents, students, and educators
● Learning the current laws and regulations pertaining to special education and related services.
● Encouraging community involvement in local schools.
● Supporting district-wide and local school activities on behalf of individuals with disabilities.
● Establishing and fulfilling other duties and responsibilities as deemed necessary by the CAC and approved by the District Board of Trustees (Board)

We are in need of more Voting Members this year. Please consider joining us.

Local Community Resources

Parents Place Family Resource Center

Register at or call 626-919-1091

IN-PERSON: Active IEP Participation: Understanding Student Rights, & Effective Communication (Alternative Dispute Resolution)
Thursday, September 1, 2022 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

REACH Parent Support Group
Topic: To Be Determined
Thursday September 1, 2022
7:00 p.m. -9:00 p.m.

Birth to 5 Seminar via Zoom
Saturday, September 17, 2022
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Please Register!

TASK (Parents Training Center)
Navigating IEPs
Tuesday, September 27, 2022 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.,
For a one to one IEP clinic you may request an appointment with us at:

Play to Learn
“What is Early Intervention?”
Wednesday, September 28, 2022
10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Starlight-Mandarin and Cantonese
Parent support group
In-Person Meeting: 9/27/22
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

San Gabriel Pomona Regional Center


This is an online resource that offers training modules to parents; providing tools and techniques that will effectively guide parents on how to support their children by navigating the entire support system

To access this site, please Click here

State Council on Developmental Disabilities

SCDD Statewide Trainings

Mondays at 10am

All trainings will use the same Meeting ID# and Password, all year long!

Direct Link

Meeting ID# 829-8230-7774 Password 123456

To participate by phone, call (888) 475-4499 and enter the

All are Welcome!

8/22: Spanish 8/29: English

Community Resources & Benefits

**No training on 9/05**

9/12: Spanish 9/19: English

IEP Strategies Part 1 - Special Education

9/26: Spanish 10/03: English

IEP Strategies Part 2 - Special Education

10/10: Spanish 10/17: English

Understanding Evaluations - Special Education

10/24: Spanish 10/31: English

State Compliance Complaints - Special Education

11/07: Spanish 11/14: English

Anti-Bullying for Children & Adults

Helpful Free On-line Resources for Parents

Special Education Rights and Responsibilities (SERR) Manual

Individual Education Program (IEP) Strategy Guide

Back-to-School Toolkit for the 2022–23 school year

From Team Undivided

Back to school student information for teachers

Back to school Checklist

Back to School Toolkit with

Students Emergency Medical information download for teachers

Active Shooter Guide for People with Disabilities

Bullying & Hate-Motivated Behavior Prevention


COVID-19 Resources

Monkey Pox Resources

Centers for Disease Control:


Online Free Conferences : Autism Research Institute

*Back-To-School Strategies for Autism


Looking for advice about how to navigate the ups and down of the new school year? Learn evidence-based strategies for supporting students as they transition back to the classroom.


Amy Moore Gaffney, M.A., CCC-SLP

Indiana Resource Center for Autism

|Wednesday, August 31st

1 pm Eastern Time (U.S.)

Live presentation will be offered in English and Spanish


*Este seminario por internet también será presentado en Español regístrate gratis


Autismo y el Procesamiento Sensorial: Estrat egias Prácticas para Usar en Casa

Presentación en español


Aprenda sobre las estrategias de procesamiento sensorial para el hogar y cómo el procesamiento sensorial atípico afecta las experiencias de las personas con autismo.


Moira Peña, BScOT, MOT

Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital


|Miércoles, 14 de Septiembre

1 p.m. Hora del Este (EE. UU.)

Live presentation will be offered in Spanish

This webinar was previously recorded in English - watch here


Parent to Parent

We know that special needs parents are the busiest parents in the world. Between IEP's, therapies, doctors appointments, work, and school, we barely have time for ourselves. We don't have much time for friends and feel like there are not many people that understand us. We are all special needs parents and we invite you to join our CAC meetings and trainings to get the support and understanding you need to best help your child. Join the CAC and meet parents who support each other and are helping to better our schools for all students.