VENTURA COUNTY SELPA, FEBRUARY 2021
LOVE ALL THE RESOURCES!
RARE DISEASE DAY
February 28, 2021
Rare Disease Day takes place on the last day of February each year to raise awareness amongst the general public and decision-makers about rare diseases and their impact on patients' lives.
Building awareness of rare diseases is so important because 1 in 20 people will live with a rare disease at some point in their life. Despite this, there is no cure for the majority of rare diseases and many go undiagnosed. Rare Disease Day improves knowledge amongst the general public of rare diseases while encouraging researchers and decision makers to address the needs of those living with rare diseases.
International Angelman Day
SYMPTOMS OF ANGELMAN SYNDROME:
Developmental delays: Infants (0-24 months): inability to support one’s head, pull oneself up to stand and delayed motor skills like crawling. Feeding issues due to problems sucking or swallowing. Young children: Delayed ability to walk and an unstable gait or balance issues.
Seizures: Usually begin to occur between 18 months – 3 years old.
A happy demeanor: Frequent laughing, smiling and easily excitable.
Sleep problems: Abnormal sleep-wake cycles and diminished need for sleep.
Lack of speech: Infants display lack of cooing or babbling; young children usually use nonverbal methods of communication because conversational speech is either absent or limited to very few words.
National School Counseling Week 2021!
"School Counselors: All In for All Students"
National School Counseling week will be celebrated from Feb. 1-5, 2021, to focus public attention on the unique contribution of school counselors within U.S. school systems.
National School Counseling Week, sponsored by ASCA, highlights the tremendous impact school counselors can have in helping students achieve school success and plan for a career.
Community Advisory Committee (CAC)
February 1, 4 - 6 p.m.
You are invited, please join us!
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. We meet in early September and on the first Monday of November, February and May. CAC Meeting Schedule
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.
Walking the Path Together Conference:
The Roadmap for the Path
February 27, 8 - 11:30 a.m.
Walking the Path Together is an annual conference focused on families of young children with disabilities (0-5 years old) and the professionals who support them.
This year's conference features keynote presentations by two parents of small children with disabilities who will share their journey Walking the Path Together.
Marla Rosenblum will be presenting in English and Miguel Miranda will be presenting in Spanish.
Breakout sessions are offered in both English and Spanish as well: (You may choose two)
- Learning to Learn Skills
- ABC's of the IEP
- Sensory Needs
This conference will be presented via Zoom. Online registration is required.
SAVE THE DATE
March 20, 9 - 12 p.m.
Spring Transition Fair
Students, parents, teachers and care providers are invited to join us via Zoom for the Spring Transition Fair.
It's never too early to learn about resources for students with disabilities after high school. Help your high school student prepare for a quality adult life they envision.
The purpose of these fairs is for parents, teachers, care providers, and students with disabilities to learn about the transition to adult life process. Meet local agency representatives, and attend breakout sessions to assist with making lifelong decisions, managing resources, self-advocacy, benefits planning, the college application process, and resume building.
Meet directly with the representatives from adult service agencies in Ventura County.
SAVE THE DATES
Supporting Social Emotional Needs
During These Extraordinary Times
Keynote Presentation by: Michelle Dean, Associate Professor of Special Education, CSU Channel Islands
Michelle completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the UCLA Center for Autism Research and Treatment. Her research interests include the social development of children with disabilities at school, school-based intervention services for children with autism in economically disadvantaged communities and the study of gender differences in the social behaviors of boys and girls with autism.
This conference is designed for families, mental health professionals, educators, speech language pathologists, occupational therapists and other professionals who support individuals from middle school through transition age with autism.
The goal for this conference is for families and staff to walk away with resources they can implement immediately.
April 14, 4:30 - 6 p.m.
April 21, 4 - 5 p.m.
April 28, 4 - 5 p.m.
April 30, 9 - 2 p.m.
25th Annual Carpe Diem Conference
For parents and professionals who care about children and youth with emotional challenges.
Keynote Presentation by: Ricky Robertson, M.Ed.
Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and trauma are prevalent across class, race and gender. ACEs and trauma have been shown to negatively impact students' behavior, academic performance and social/emotional development. Children can display symptoms of trauma, including externalizing behaviors; along with anxiety, depression, substance abuse, emotional outbursts, physical aggression, etc.
During the keynote presentation, we will explore the prevalence and impact of ACEs and childhood trauma, deepen our understanding of vicarious trauma and compassion fatigue and develop practices to cultivate resilience for adults and youth.
This conference will be held via Zoom. Online registration is required
FUTURE SELPA EVENTS
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.
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).
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
Program & Personnel Development
ERSES Program & COEDS
Related Services Staff: Social/Emotional Services Specialists, DHH Teachers
SIRAS Support, Forms & Instructions
Pattern of Strengths & Weaknesses Model
Related Services Staff: Occupational Therapists, Physical Therapists, WorkAbility Specialists