CAC News



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.

As you are settling into your school year please know that 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

Next CAC Meeting:

Monday, November 8, 2021 4:00 - 6:00 PM

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

Stay tuned for more details.

To receive Meeting Notices Click Here.

2021-2022 CAC Annual Priorities

Creating Community: Outreach to families and to the broader community

  • CAC Activities: Meet the admins virtual event, regional coffee chats, annual needs assessment, parent guide, social media, website, mini training videos, connection building for CAC reps and district admins
  • CAC Member Activities: District welcome letters — promoting CAC Newsletter and email sign-ups, promoting awareness events and activities like National Bullying Prevention Month, Unity Day, Inclusive Schools Week, and Ability Awareness

Legislative Action: Participate in Legislative Action Day, connect with local and federal lawmakers

Promote Inclusive Practices: Using inclusive language, leveraging resources and training provided to Supporting Inclusive Practices (SIP) grantees, promoting inclusive preschools

Mental Health: Reinvigorate Carpe Diem, promote understanding of dual diagnosis of disability and mental health challenges, providing easily accessible resources for student mental health services and supports, developing resources to help families with out-of-home placements

Support Social Emotional Learning for Students and Families: Create specific training and resources to help families understand and foster their child’s social emotional development

Transition Across the Grade Spans: Virtual Transition Fairs, expand and promote Walking the Path, early awareness of transition planning, develop milestone transition resources and promoting best practices for transition IEP meetings, developing a map/list of support entities available for current and future support needs

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.

Highlights of the Month

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Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a neurodevelopmental disorder affecting 11 percent of school-age children. Symptoms continue into adulthood in more than three-quarters of cases. ADHD is characterized by developmentally inappropriate levels of inattention, impulsivity and hyperactivity.

People with ADHD can be very successful in life. However, without identification and proper treatment, ADHD may have serious consequences, including school failure, family stress and disruption, depression, problems with relationships, substance abuse, delinquency, accidental injuries and job failure. Early identification and treatment are extremely important.

ADHD predominantly inattentive presentation

  • Fails to give close attention to details or makes careless mistakes
  • Has difficulty sustaining attention
  • Does not appear to listen
  • Struggles to follow through with instructions
  • Has difficulty with organization
  • Avoids or dislikes tasks requiring sustained mental effort
  • Loses things
  • Is easily distracted
  • Is forgetful in daily activities

ADHD predominantly hyperactive-impulsive presentation

  • Fidgets with hands or feet or squirms in chair
  • Has difficulty remaining seated
  • Runs about or climbs excessively in children; extreme restlessness in adults
  • Difficulty engaging in activities quietly
  • Acts as if driven by a motor; adults will often feel inside as if they are driven by a motor
  • Talks excessively
  • Blurts out answers before questions have been completed
  • Difficulty waiting or taking turns
  • Interrupts or intrudes upon others
ADHD and School

Strategies to help with school success: A toolkit for parents of children with ADHD

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Down syndrome occurs when an individual has an extra partial (or whole) copy of chromosome 21. It is not yet know why this syndrome occurs, but Down syndrome has always been a part of the human condition. It exists in all regions across the globe and commonly results in variable effects on learning styles, physical characteristics and health.

Adequate access to health care, to early intervention programs, and to inclusive education, as well as appropriate research, are vital to the growth and development of the individual.

The estimated incidence of Down syndrome is between 1 in 1,000 to 1 in 1,100 live births worldwide. Each year, approximately 3,000 to 5,000 children are born with this chromosome disorder.

People with Down syndrome can achieve an optimal quality of life through parental care and support, special education services, and by meeting their healthcare needs including regular check-ups with health professionals to monitor mental and physical condition and to provide timely intervention, such as physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, and counseling.

Community based support systems, such as inclusive education at all levels, facilitates their participation in the community, and the fulfillment of their personal potential.

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The theme for NDEAM 2021, “America’s Recovery: Powered by Inclusion,” reflects the importance of ensuring that people with disabilities have full access to employment and community involvement during the national recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.

NDEAM is held each October to commemorate the many and varied contributions of people with disabilities to America’s workplaces and economy.

Adult services directory

Ventura County SELPA

Ideas for Educators

Office of Disability Employment Policy

WorkAbility I Program

The WorkAbility I program provides comprehensive pre-employment skills training, employment placement and follow-up for high school students in special education.

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SB 639 signed into law!

Governor Signs Senate Bill 639

California Becomes 13th State to Ensure Workers with Disabilities Earn at

Least Minimum Wage


September 27, 2021

Sacramento, CA — California achieved an important civil right today with Gov. Gavin Newsom’s signature on Senate Bill (SB) 639 ending the policy that allowed businesses with special licenses to be able to pay people with disabilities subminimum wage for their work. California now becomes the 13th state to end this practice. Once the implementation process is complete all California employees with disabilities will earn at least minimum wage for their work.

This bill was championed by Senator Maria Elena Durazo (D-Los Angeles) who introduced this legislation, along with her co-authors: Senator Sydney Kamlager (D-Los Angeles) and Assembly Members Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego), Christina Gonzales (D-Bell Gardens)and Isaac Bryan (D-Culver City).

SB 639 addresses an antiquated federal policy from 1938 that allows employers who secured a 14(c) certificate to pay people with disabilities under the minimum wage. While the number of employers in California seeking these certificates has continued to drop, the practice remains legal, effecting the estimated 12,000 Californians with disabilities who work in sheltered workshops. Some of these employees earn just 15 cents an hour.

Implementation of SB 639 is structured with an inclusive stakeholder-led process that phases out subminimum wage in California over the next three years. Stakeholders, including state agencies, providers, university organizations, advocates and community members, working with the State Council on Developmental Disabilities, will draft the plan to successfully transition workers to other types of employments. They will deliver this plan to the Legislature by January 1, 2023, with a status update, recommended funding and specified data.

By January 1, 2025, SB 639 makes it illegal to pay an employee with physical or mental disabilities less than the legal minimum wage.

Additional information on SB 639 is available at

National Bullying Prevention Month is a campaign in the United States founded by PACER's National Bullying Prevention Center.

The campaign is held during the month of October and unites communities nationwide to educate and raise awareness of bullying prevention and promote kindness, acceptance and inclusion.

Historically, bullying had been viewed as “a childhood rite of passage” that “made kids tougher,” but the reality has always been that bullying can leave devastating and often long-term effects such as a loss of self-esteem, increased anxiety, and depression for those involved.

This initiative has helped shift thinking away from bullying as “rite of passage” and toward the knowledge that bullying can be prevented and stopped through education and awareness.

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Bullying Prevention Resource Guide

Resources created by Pacer, curated by the CAC.


to show unity for kindness,


and inclusion

and to send a visible message

that no child should ever experience bullying.

For Resources to Celebrate Click Here.

New 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 during the 2021-2022 School Year?


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Facilitated IEP Meetings for Parents and Caregivers

Wednesday, October 6, 2021 4:00 - 7:00 PM

This workshop will be held via Zoom.

Please log on 10-15 minutes prior to the scheduled start time.

Key2Ed is a national authority on IEP Meeting Facilitation. Participants will learn different skills for when there is conflict during the meeting. Using these skills will result in reduced stress and shortened meetings while building trust and partnership between and among the IEP Team.

This training will provide an overview of the Facilitated IEP Process and is designed to prepare parents and caregivers to be effective team members in their students' IEP meeting. Additionally, they will be able to develop skills for more effective and efficient communication during the IEP Meeting.

To Register Click Here

Save the Date: Walking the Path Together: The Road Back to School


Saturday October 23, 2021 8:00 - 11:30 AM

This Conference will be held Virtually, via Zoom.

Online Registration is required to access the Zoom link.

Ventura County Transition Fair

The Ventura County Transition Fair will be held virtually on Wednesday, November 17, 2021 5:30 - 8:00 PM.

It is quick and easy to register using the link on the flyer.

Access the Transition Fair Agency Directory (English) and Transition Fair Agency Directory (Spanish) anytime.

The intended audience is all secondary and post-secondary families, for both diploma bound and certificate bound students, but it is never too early to plan for a quality adult life (all ages are welcome).

Please feel free to contact the SELPA office if you have any questions or difficulty registering.

Community Resources

Rainbow Connection Family Resource Center

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

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


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.

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
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.

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

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).

The Special Education Local Plan


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
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

Kim DeAnda - Program Specialist

Jeanine Murphy-Coordinator: Family, Student, School Collaboration
Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Services