VENTURA COUNTY SELPA, SEPTEMBER 2023
To The 2023-2024 School Year!!!
As you are settling into your school year please know that the CAC is here to support you!
Please welcome our newly elected Executive Board:
Amanda Alfred, Chair
Carole Shelton, Vice Chair
Flavia Seawright, Membership Secretary
Ashley Pope, Treasurer
Lee Ann Holland, Parliamentarian
Carole Shelton, Public Information Officer
SELPA Commendations Are Being Accepted!!!!
To nominate someone (Teacher, Student, Parent/Caregiver, Specialist) for "going above and beyond" in serving special education students and/or families please download the application below.
Attendance Awareness Month!
Starting as early as preschool and kindergarten, regular attendance is essential for students gaining the academic and social skills they need to thrive. Research shows that when students are chronically absent (missing 10% or more of the school year or 18 days over an entire year), they are less likely to read proficiently by third grade, achieve in middle school and graduate from high school.
Chronic absence has more than doubled since the start of the pandemic, from 8 million to an estimated 16 million students nationwide. That’s one out of three students. Absenteeism has risen among all student groups, at every economic level. Black, Latino and Native American students, students living in poverty, students with disabilities and English language learners have been especially affected.
School Attendance Workshop
September 18, 2023
4 – 6 PM
Presented by: Christopher Kearney, Ph.D.
Professor and Chair Department of Psychology, University of Nevada
This training is about problematic school absenteeism and a multi-tier approach that focuses on prevention, intervention for emerging or moderate cases, and strategies for more chronic and severe cases.
There is no cost to attend this training.
4 – 6 PM
VCOE Program Specialist
VUSD Program Specialist
In this conference participants will learn about reinforcement as an evidence-based practice and have time after the presentation to make some token boards and reinforcement systems.
Resources created by Pacer, Curated by the Ventura County SELPA CAC
Programs and Services For Families of Students Enrolled in Special Education
What is Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR)?
Rainbow Connection Is Now A Family Empowerment Center!
Rainbow Connection serves children and adults with developmental disabilities, their families, the professionals who work with them, and their communities, families of children and young adults with disabilities between the ages of 3 and 22 navigating special education and the IEP process throughout Ventura County.
Rainbow Connection believes that every person should be valued, respected, and given the opportunity to reach their fullest potential. Rainbow Connection is dedicated to offering understanding, support, information, education, and resources to all members of the community in both English and Spanish.
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.
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. 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.
2401 East Gonzales Road, Oxnard, CA 93036
(805) 485-3177 (800) 664-3177 FAX (805) 988-9521
2635 Park Center Drive, Suite A, Simi Valley, CA 93065
(805) 522-8030 (800) 517-2524 FAX (805) 522-8142
970 W. Ventura Street, Fillmore, CA 93015
(805) 292-1101 (844) 926-5992 FAX (805) 292-1103
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
Introducing the dynamic individuals who form our team for this school year, poised to inspire and excel together.
Have a great 2023-2024 school year!
SELPA LEADERSHIP AND STAFF
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.
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
Anabel Lopez-Penny - Administrative Assistant II
Program & Personnel Development
ERSES Program & COEDS
Related Services Staff: Social/Emotional Services Specialists, DHH Teachers
Joanna V. Della Gatta - Director of Technical Support and Transition
Mariella Cazares-Flores - Administrative Assistant II
SIRAS Support, Forms & Instructions
Pattern of Strengths & Weaknesses Model
Related Services Staff: Occupational Therapists, Physical Therapists, WorkAbility Specialists
Nick Vlahos - Director
Jeanine Murphy - Director, Family & School Collaboration
Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Services
Ruben Ramirez - Program Specialist
Peter Aguirre - Program Specialist