Special Ed Parent Newsletter
RUSD CAC Committee Feb/March 2023
Upcoming CAC Special Ed. Parent Training Meetings
CAPTAIN Evidenced Based Practices for parents
*Tuesday, February 21, 2023 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM Via Zoom
Save the Date: Art Festival
Tuesday, March 21, 2023, 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM at Nogales High School
Summer Planning, Camps travel tips & free resources
*Tuesday, April 18, 2023 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM Via Zoom, Visit Website for Registration Link
The Rowland CAC Supports our Community
February is Black History Month
African Americans with disabilities that made major advancements for our society:
Harriet Tubman- abolitionist that also suffered from epilepsy
Fannie Lou Hamer- civil activist that suffered from long term chronic illnesses
Tom Wiggans- World renowned pianist born blind and on the autism spectrum
Maya Angelou- poet who was selectively mute as a child
Wilma Rudolph- Olympic runner with physical disabilities as a child
Harry Belafonte- famous singer with dyslexia
The Celebration of the Art at Nogales H.S. is almost here!
Save the Date: Tuesday, March 21, 2023, 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM at Nogales High School
The CAC is looking for parent volunteers and donations from the community. Email the Rowland CAC at Rowlandcac@gmail.com if you are interested in helping prepare this event.
Special Education Service Providers recognized as Employee of the Year at their Schools!
Mrs. Becky Gomez-Education Specialist
Mrs. Gretchen Reynolds-Education Specialist
Mr. Mark Foster-Education Specialist
Adult Transition Program STARSbucks Coffee Cart Success
Alfonso Iniguez Memorial Award for Outstanding Care of Special Education Students
Link to download : CAC Memorial Award Nomination Form
Nominate your favorite teacher, staff member, support staff or volunteer!
Special Education High School Basketball Game is coming up!
Parent Involvement Academy
March 3, 2023The Parent Involvement Academy will be on at Pacific Palms Resort, providing parents support and resources to ensure their children's success in school.
Please reach out to your child's Principal or the Special Education Department if you are interested. Due to a limited number of tickets, a spot is not guaranteed and preregistration is required.
Parents Place Family Resource Center
Parents Place will be open on Saturdays on the following days: Abierto los sabados
February/Febrero 4th 8:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
February/Febrero 18th 8:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
March/Marzo 11th 8:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
March/Marzo 25th 8:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m
1500 S. Hyacinth Ave. Ste B West Covina CA 91791 626-9191091 www.parentsplacefrc.com
Save the Date!!
Come get all the information you need on community resources including after school activities, local dentist and doctors, fingerprints for safety, regional center resources, advocacy networking, and free food and fun!
Annual Information Fair & Festival!
Sunday, April 30, 2023
Time: 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Office of Clients Rights
Friday, February 3, 2023
10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. Eng.
TASK-Parent Training Center
Tuesday, February 21, 2023
10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Play to Learn Workshop
Gross Motor / Fine Motor
Wednesday, February 22, 2023
10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
call office to register 626-919-1091
Starlight Support Group in-person
IHSS Eligibility – English & Chinese
Tuesday, February 28, 2023
10:00 a.m. - 12: 00 p.m.
Office of Clients Rights Advocacy,
(Disability Rights CA)
Friday, March 3, 2023
10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Starlight Support Group on
Tuesday, March 28, 2023
10:00 a.m - 12: 00 p.m.
Play to Learn Workshop
Special Presentation on Social Emotional Development
Wednesday, March 29, 2023
10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
call office to register
DRAWING CLASSES ONLINE-
This program teaches children how to draw using a step-by-step process.
Classes are available on-demand (recorded). Website: www.artkidsrock.com or by calling
(626) 974-1806. Year round: 1 free class then $10 for additional courses.
Parents' Place does not receive funds from student registration.
Workshops in Spanish
TASK-Centro de capacitación para padres, Proceso de Evaluación
Martes, 21 de Febrero 2023 10:30 a.m. - 12:00p.m.
Play to Learn: Motricidad gruesa / Motricidad fina
Miercoles, 22 de Febrero 2023
10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.Hablar a la oficina para registrarse al 626-919-1091
Carita Feliz! Grupo de apoyo (Syndrome de Down)
Cada tercer Viernes del mes 4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Dad Rocks! Grupo de apoyo para padres en Ingles y Espanol
Cada tercer Viernes del mes 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Play to Learn, Presentadora especial del desarollo social y emocional
Miercoles, 29 de Marzo 2023, 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
hablar a la oficina para registrarse al 626-919-1091
RUSD Wellness Wednesdays
RUSD Family Resource Center
Virtual Calming Room
Great resource for to help our kids feel more regulatedhttps://sites.google.com/rowlandschools.org/rusd-virtual-calming-room/home?pli=1&authuser=1
San Gabriel Pomona Regional Center
Community of Practice
Join service providers, people who have intellectual/developmental disabilities, family members and regional center staff to explore how person centered approaches align with Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)quality standards and people living their best lives.
Sessions will be held on the 1st Tuesday of every month over Zoom.
To RSVP for one or all visit SGPRCCoP.eventbrite.com
Tuesday / February 7, 2023
10:30 - 12:00 PM
Reimagine Services and Support: Shifting our Mindset
Consider the challenges, old and new, discuss needed change, and explore together how to shift and reimagine how human services workers can better support people with disabilities in living
To RSVP for one or all visit SGPRCCoP.eventbrite.com
Tuesday / March 7, 2023
10:30 - 12:00 PM
In-Person Free Trainings
Friday, February 10 & 24, 2023
Friday, March 10 & 24, 2023
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Check-in begins: 9:30 a.m.
310 W. 1st Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012
First come-first served basis, call The Conservatorship Center at 310-869-9792 to register
ESGV CAC Training Meetings
Overcoming Misinterpretations in
Cross Cultural Communication
Alternative Dispute Resolution)
Thursday, February 16, 2023
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
1400 Ranger Drive, Covina, 91722
Love and Literacy Day
DDS Early Start
Annual Statewide Love and Literacy Day
Language Equality and Acquisition for Deaf children
March 4, 2023
For event locations and to learn more, visit:
LEAD-K Family Services
The Early Start program is California's early intervention program for infants and toddlers with
disabilities and their families. Early Start services are available statewide and are provided in a
coordinated, family- centered system. Visit Our Website Early Start Webpage Frequently Asked Questions Resources for Families, Parents & Caregivers
Friday, February 10, 10:00 am-12:00 pm
Students with sensory difficulties, like those with autism, ADHD, and other diagnoses, may have trouble filtering out background noise, sitting under bright lights, show tactile defensiveness, and much more. This workshop will include information about resources such as fidgets, alternative seating, reading tools, auditory devices, items for sensory stimulation, and sensory apps. Join us for a fun, informative session and leave with resources galore!
Friday, February 24, 10:00 am-12:00 pm
Is your middle or high schooler struggling with reading, writing, or both? If so, please join us for an informative presentation that will include helpful technology tools including iOS apps, Google Chrome Extensions, websites, and more!
FREE Visual Supports:
What are visual supports? A visual support refers to using a picture or other visual item to communicate with a child who has difficulty understanding or using language. Visual supports can be photographs, drawings, objects, written words, or lists. Research has shown that visual supports work well as a way to communicate. Here are some visual support resources:
Accessible Chef is a collection of free visual recipes and other resources to help teach cooking skills to individuals with disabilities at home or in a special education classroom.
ConnectAbility.Ca has templates to create free visual supports for your child or client.
do2Learn has free printable picture cards with subjects like self-help, medical care, social, safety, home, school, etc.
Say It with Symbols is a site that has tons sources for free and low-cost communication boards, picture symbols and visuals for adults.
Visual Schedule Template will help your young learner stay on track each day! With a customizable template, you can create a unique schedule that works for your family! This worksheet is a great way to get learners involved in the process of establishing a daily routine and granting them the independence to see it through.
Conversation Therapy: Work more effectively toward your speech therapy goals. Help people who have had a stroke, live with autism, or have a speech or language impairment get talking with an app that sparks conversation. The best way to improve talking is by talking! Engage in real-life discussions with pictures and questions that get people talking to practice communication strategies. (iOS, Android; Free trial/$24.99)
MYDys: An application to instantly read, translate and listen to all types of texts. Doing homework, reading a restaurant menu, understanding a sign at the museum...MYDys by FACIL’iti makes it easy to read all types of texts, everywhere, from a simple photo. (Currently available on iOS. Android version coming soon! Free/IAP $2.99/$5.99)
SEMBL: Every design is a puzzle, and every game is unique. Paint, cut, punch, stencil, and spin your way to the perfect design. Master 32 levels and over 190 puzzles at your own pace in the Journey, or race the clock in Challenge mode. This app is great for critical thinking. (iOS, Free/$1.99 to remove ads)
Helpful Safety Product
If I Need Help provides special needs safety products and a system to help reunite you with your loved ones in the event that they wander or have issues communicating in a critical situation. If you have a loved one who has autism, Down syndrome, epilepsy, Alzheimer’s disease, or other issues with disorientation, they can get lost more easily and have more problems communicating to any bystanders that they need help. The If I Need Help system mitigates the risks to your loved one by bypassing communication barriers. The If I Need Help system accomplishes this through several steps:
- A free online membership
- A profile for your loved one on their special needs registry
- A confidential Emergency question-and-answer section that can be printed or emailed in an emergency
- A QR-code enabled ID tag that can be worn or fastened to your loved one’s clothing
When you or your loved one is discovered lost or needing help, any finder can notice the QR code tag, scan it, and instantly have access to the information you have chosen to include in your profile, including contact information, one’s name and condition, and anything else relevant to an emergency.
Holt Interactive Graphic Organizers: Graphic organizers are an illustration of your thoughts on paper. They can help you brainstorm, organize, and visualize your ideas. Click on a graphic organizer to download a PDF of it. Once you’ve downloaded an organizer, type in your comments and print it out. Each graphic organizer includes teaching notes with lessons and tips on how to use graphic organizers in the classroom.
Typing Club is a free online keyboarding program that has 685 progressive lessons. If you prefer to go ad-free, there is a premium paid option.