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A collaborative partnership of

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

Supporting Equitable Learning, Programs and Access

for ALL students.

School is out! How do I keep my children busy?

Ventura County Special Olympics

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.

2021-2022 Budget and Annual Review

The Ventura County SELPA would like to encourage you to attend the Superintendents’ Policy Council public hearing on the 2021-2022 Local Plan Section D: Budget and Section E: Annual Services.

During this meeting, you will be able to learn about the Ventura County SELPA Annual Budget for the 2021 -2022 school year and Annual Services.

This public hearing will be held on June 11, 2021 at 8:30 am during the Superintendents Policy Council Meeting.

Please call the Ventura County SELPA if you would like to participate in this meeting.

Ventura County SELPA
Located at the Ventura County Office of Education
5100 Adolfo Rd • Camarillo, CA 93012

Phone: 805-437-1560 • Fax: 805-437-1599

Future SELPA Events coming soon!

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.

Community Events

From Surviving to Thriving!

Join renowned educational psychologist Dr. Michele Borba for a unique virtual learning engagement. Across four webinar sessions, Dr. Borba will guide participants from across California through each chapter of her latest book, Thrivers: The Surprising Reasons Why Some Kids Struggle and Others Shine. She will outline the seven essential character traits that help children thrive, including the ability to nurture a caring heart, develop a strong mind and cultivate a determined will. Participants will leave each session with relatable and applicable ideas to help students learn and grow.

This series is designed for families, educators, and all champions for kids and youth!

The first 1,000 registrants will receive Dr. Borba's book, Thrivers: The Surprising Reasons Why Some Kids Struggle and Others Shine, so register now!

Please register for the Summer webinar series below. If you have any questions, please contact SIP Project Coordinator, Janelle Mercado at: or Program Assistant, Jessica Takacs at

Register Here For The Summer Series: June 2, 9, 16 & 23, 2021

Just a Reminder....

Starting again in Fall 2021, you can bring Ability Awareness to your school.

Available to all Schools in Ventura County SELPA!

  • Ideal for PTAs, PTCs, PFCs and special education groups
  • For Elementary and Middle Schools
  • Ability awareness fairs are opportunities for helping students understand different disabilities and the challenges their peers face.
  • All materials are provided for you.

Areas covered are ADHD, Autism, Communication Disorders, Deaf/Blind, Fine Motor Disabilities, Hearing Impairment, Intellectual Disability, Learning Disabilities, Mobility Disabilities, and Visual Impairment. All you need to provide is the volunteers to man the stations! It’s that easy!!

This is a 3-day event for most schools so all classes may have the opportunity to experience this unique opportunity.

COST: $250.00

Please call the Ventura County SELPA for more information at (805) 437-1560 or via e-mail at

Rainbow Connection Family Resource Center

Our offices will be open beginning June 14th! Please call for an appointment.

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

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


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.


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


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


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.

Register Here For Regional Email Alerts

Re-Opening Tri-Counties Regional Center Offices

Our staged approach to re-opening TCRC offices to staff is underway. Throughout our re-opening process, the health and safety of our visitors and employees remains a top priority. Facilities have been adapted to allow for social distanced work stations and air quality monitoring has been added to conference rooms. All six TCRC offices will be re-opened to the public on June 14th. While drop-in visitors are welcome we encourage you to make appointments in advance to try to limit the number of people in our buildings at one time in accordance with public health guidelines. We look forward to safely reconnecting with you in person in the coming weeks and months.

On-Call Managers
Simi Valley Office: (805) 456-8020
Oxnard Office: (805) 456-8021

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.


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.

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 PL 94-142 (amended by PL 108-446, 2004).

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

Joanna Della Gatta - Director of Technical Support and Transition
Evangelina Diaz Ortiz - Administrative Assistant II

SIRAS Support, Forms & Instructions
Private Schools
Pattern of Strengths & Weaknesses Model
WorkAbility Program
Related Services Staff: Occupational Therapists, Physical Therapists, WorkAbility Specialists