Sunday, April 6, 2014

CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION, SPECIAL EDUCATION Partnering With Parents Survey

The California Department of Education (CDE) Special Education Division (SED) is working with school districts and California Parent Organizations to gather information on how well parents think their child's school is partnering with parents of students with disabilities. Through use of a survey tool adapted from the National Center for Special Education Accountability Monitoring, CDE-SED will gain valuable insight from parents on their perceptions related to parent involvement. Local Education Agencies and California Parent Organizations will have access to parent response data by region. This information will be helpful in determining potential content for parent/professional training.
Read more at Supporting Early Education Delivery Systems (SEEDS) website HERE.

Survey HERE.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC)/Assistive Technology (AT) Meeting - Wednesday, April 2nd

What: Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC)/Assistive Technology (AT) meeting

When: Wednesday, April 2nd

Time: 11:45 a.m. - 12:20 p.m. 

Where: Library at Northgate High School
425 Castle Rock Road, Walnut Creek (map)

Sunday, March 30, 2014

CAC Meeting, Tuesday, April 1st at 7 p.m. - Dr. Meyer to speak on LCAP

MDUSD Community Advisory Committee on Special Education Meeting
Tuesday, April 1st at 7 p.m.
Dent Center 1936 Carlotta Dr., Concord
All welcomed! Bring a friend!
Agenda

Autism Spectrum Disorder Prevalence Rises in New CDC Data Report

About 1 in 68 children in 10 states monitored by the Centers for Disease Control have been identified with an autism spectrum disorder, the highest prevalence of the diagnosis since the CDC first started monitoring this in 2000.
In 2008, the estimate was that approximately 1 in 88 children in the monitored states had been diagnosed with an ASD. In 2006 the ratio was 1 in 110, and in estimates for 2002 and 2000, it was 1 in 150. 
Read more of Christina Samuels On Special Education article HERE.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Some Bunny Loves You, Easter Egg Hunt (For Children with Special Needs)

Join All in Need, Family Support for their first Easter Egg Hunt! Egg Hunt in the field for younger children or those who need more support and a Scavenger Hunt for those who are older! Join the fun, space is limited make sure you register now!


Monday, March 10, 2014

Assistive Technology (AT) / Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) Meeting - Wednesday, March 12th


What: Assistive Technology/AAC meeting

When: Wednesday, March 12th

Time: 12:40 p.m. - 1:15 p.m. 

Where: Library at Northgate High School
425 Castle Rock Road, Walnut Creek (map)

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Please contact the MDUSD Board of Education and the Superintendent regarding Common Core Funding for Special Education

The one time Common Core funding  plan currently does not address the special education community.  We are asking parents and community members to write to the Board of Education and Superintendent Nellie Meyer regarding this matter as soon as possible.  Please see the supporting information that is prompting these concerns and address your own concerns in your correspondence.
At the last CAC meeting on March 3, 2014, Dr. Kerri Mills spoke on the Common Core Funding needs for special education students.  This is th
  • As of last pupil count, we had 3,679 special ed students in the district, which was 11.4% of the student body.
    We have 117 SDC teachers and 77 RSP teachers.
    At the last Common Core committee I had requested:

  • Under Professional Development
    Separate funds for special education staff, including instructional assistants, in order to provide specialized training.
    2 instructional coaches for special ed teachers and DIS staff -
    1 for students with mild/moderate disabilities
    1 for students with severe disabilities

  • Under the Technology Category
    Computers to be placed in special ed classrooms, to enable the students to develop skills in multiple areas by using them daily; as well as to feel comfortable with the computers to enable them to take the common core assessments successfully.  They need practice every day.  Going to a computer lab or accessing computers on a traveling cart is not practical for students with severe disabilities.
    Each special ed teacher should be given a laptop, projector and printer in order to utilize them at IEP meetings.Under the Instructional Materials Category
  • Software and site/district licenses for specialized software, such as Unique Learning Systems, News 2 You, SOLO software, etc.  This is already listed on the plan, but if funds are allocated by site, this may not be the priority for the funds.

  • Although not all the items listed above can be covered by the one-time funds, there should be a fair allocation of this funding.  There is concern that if this funding is based on site allocation, the special ed students and staff may or may not be considered at each site.  Additionally, there needs to be consistency between sites. If there was bulk funding, we have more of a possibility of getting discounts as well as larger purchases than each site would.  I hope the technology funds out of Measure C will also be accessed fairly for special ed students. (End of information from Dr. Mills.)
Considering the needs of all students is problematic in many places.  Recommendations will be made by site groups who may not have the knowledge of the needs of our special education students. Please consider this in your correspondence.

Please review the Common Core funding plan as presented by Rose Lock to the Board of Education on February 26, 2014 HERE and write to the BOE members and superintendent regarding your concerns in this matter.

Board of Education names and email addresses

Thank you!
Dorothy Weisenberger, CAC Chairperson