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

Registration link:


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

CAC stands with the community and the parents in Rowland Unified celebrating our diversity, culture, and talents. The CAC stands against any attacks towards any members of the community. With the most recent tragic events in the news, the CAC wants to show support. When one of us hurts, we all hurt. The hope is communities can celebrate without fear and always feel safe in our neighborhoods and have positive interactions with personnel that serves to protect us.

February is Black History Month

Celebrate our diversity and all members of our community. Let's teach cultural awareness and celebrate achievements of African Americans that benefit us all.

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!

The CAC is working hard to create an exciting event for RUSD students and families. The Celebration of the Arts will host a few new changes such as providing hands-on fun, making arts and crafts, and a talent expo!

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.

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Special Education Service Providers recognized as Employee of the Year at their Schools!

Every year each school selects a Certificated and Classified Employee of the Year for their school. This year four Special Education Services Providers were selected and recognized at their sites.

Adult Transition Program STARSbucks Coffee Cart Success

Our adult students will be presenting their success with the STARSbucks coffee cart that they created to SuperIntendents from school districts. Our kids had a great idea and followed through and now they are serving as role models for other students. GO STARS Program!

Alfonso Iniguez Memorial Award for Outstanding Care of Special Education Students

Please nominate teachers, staff, and community members that you have met who have helped your child. We will be selecting the award recipient in March and presenting the award at the Very Special Arts Festival Family Night. Please submit your nominations by February 28th to Rowlandcac@gmail.com.

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!

Stay tuned for the date Enjoy a fun morning cheering on our favorite players in the whole school! Cheerleaders will be cheering, the band will be playing, friends will have banners, and we will all have great memories!
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Parent Involvement Academy

March 3, 2023

The 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

Advocacy, (DRC)

SSI Overview

Friday, February 3, 2023

10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. Eng.

TASK-Parent Training Center

Assessment Process

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)

IHSS Overview

Friday, March 3, 2023

10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Starlight Support Group on


TASK-Navigating IEP's


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



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 regulated


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

meaningful lives.

To RSVP for one or all visit SGPRCCoP.eventbrite.com

Tuesday / March 7, 2023

10:30 - 12:00 PM

Considering Conservatorship?

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


Assistive Technology for Sensory Difficulties

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!

Reading and Writing Supports for Middle and High School

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!

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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.

Featured Apps

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.

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Thank you Ms. Gomez for all you do - From the Quan Family