Special Education

There are numerous special education sites on the web - just type in "special education" on your favorite search engine. The URL for Google, a good search engine, is: http://www.google.com.

If you suspect that your child has a disability that would enable her or him to be eligible for special education services, you may contact your local school site for assistance. Although you may request a nearly immediate assessment in writing (please specify what you suspect is your child's disability) and have an Assessment Plan developed for your review within 15 days, it is preferred that the Student Success Team (SST) process be followed. That way, interventions can be implemented more quickly, basic screenings can be done (such as vision and hearing), and your child's difficulties may be resolved without the need for more comprehensive- and, thus intrusive- testing. To begin the SST process, just consult your child's teacher, school administrator, or SST Chairperson. The school psychologist at your child's school site may also be a valuable resource. Ask the school secretary to help you schedule a telephone or in-person consultation.

National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities (NICHCY)

1 (800) 695-0285 (Voice/TTY; phone is answered from 6am - 2pm PST; voice mail is available at other times)

Information and referral, with focus on children from birth through 21 years of age, is available. (Spanish/English).

Parent to Parent Telephone Support Line

(951) 358-3622

Reneé Becker will return your call within 24 hours, Monday through Friday.

Special Education Procedural Safeguards Referral Service

1 (800) 926-0648

This California agency provides assistance to parents with the intent of helping parents and schools communicate and efficiently resolve conflicts regarding special education for student with disabilities. They provide technical assistance informing parents about options for dispute resolution as well as providing information on parents' rights under state and federal law. This resource may be helpful when there is a dispute in the development of a student's IEP or when a parent believes that his or her student's IEP is not being implemented appropriately.