CAC News

VENTURA COUNTY SELPA, January 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.

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.

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE MONTH

Preparing for Life's Transitions

What's Next After Early Start?

A Resource Guide To The Transition Process When Your Child Is Turning Three Years Old

Transitioning To High School

Questions and strategies to prepare you and your student for the move to high school

Transition To Adult Life

A critically important part of educational planning process is transition planning which involves assisting the student, with their family, in identifying their dreams and goals for the future and developing a plan to get there.

Family Fact Sheet

Sorting through services..... Schools or Regional Center?

UPCOMING EVENTS

Next CAC Meeting:

Monday, January 10, 2022

4:00 - 6:15 PM


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


To receive Meeting Notices Click Here.

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Presented by:


Jeanine Murphy, MFT, PPS-C Coordinator: Family, Student, School Collaboration, VC SELPA


Kim De Anda, MFT, Program Specialist, VC SELPA


Students and families have had to adapt to many changes throughout the pandemic. The return to school has been a time of anxiety and stress for many. Ventura County SELPA is excited to announce a forum for families to learn tips and strategies and to discuss ways to support their child's behavioral and social emotional needs. Come with your questions and ideas as we support each other through yet another challenging year.

Each session is offered virtually either in the morning or afternoon. Both sessions will cover the same content; you do not need to attend both.

Social/Emotional Learning Strategies and Simple Conflict Resolution


Wednesday, January 19, 2022

10:00 – 11:00 AM


Coffee Talk with Jeanine Murphy


Wednesday, January 19, 2022

3:00 – 4:00 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 address.


Click Here to Register.

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 Adulthood (English)


Monday, January 31, 2022

6:00 to 7:30 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.

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

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

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

Community Resource Directory

Programs and Services For Families of Students Enrolled in Special Education

Celebrate Inclusive Schools throughout your schools and communities in 2022!

Inclusive Schools Week Resource Guide

Curated by the Ventura County SELPA

Bullying Prevention Resource Guide

Resources created by Pacer, Curated by the CAC

COMMUNITY RESOURCES

Grief is a natural response to various losses we will experience in our lifetime. Learn about the stages of grief and how to best care for yourself.


Please join us on:


Wednesday, January 12, 2022
3:00 – 4:00 PM


Register for this free Zoom event via email:
MHSA@ventura.org


Interpretation is available upon prior request.

Independent Living Resource Center (ILRC)

Independent Living Resource Center is now a Voice Options provider.


Eligible Californians who are unable to speak, or who have difficulty speaking, can receive a free device and a free speech generating application.


Please contact ILRC to learn about this program:


Phone: (805)650-5993

Video Phone (805)256-1036


Or visit their website:


https://ilrc-trico.org

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.

https://www.tri-counties.org

Register Here For Regional Email Alerts

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.

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

CONNECT WITH US

Sign Up for Emails from the Ventura County SELPA

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

Ventura County SELPA


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.

THE SPECIAL EDUCATION LOCAL PLAN

SELPA COMMENDATIONS

To nominate someone (Teacher, Student, Parent, Specialist) for "going above and beyond" in serving special education students and/or families, please click here.

SELPA LEADERSHIP AND STAFF

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