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Group provides help for parents of special needs kids

Posted: August 23, 2009 8:46 p.m.
Updated: August 24, 2009 9:00 a.m.
The Santa Clarita Valley Special Education Local Plan Area is encouraging parents who have a child who may have special needs to contact their local school district office.

The SELPA is a group of 5 school districts: Castaic, Newhall, Saugus, Sulphur Springs and William S. Hart Union High School District.
These districts work together to provide special education services for students with identified disabilities from birth to age 22.

Once referred to special education, students are assessed to determine the disability and its impact on school performance to determine eligibility for special education services.

Students with any of the following disabilities may be eligible for special education services: deaf, hard of hearing, blind, partially sighted, mental retardation, orthopedic handicap, autism, learning disability, traumatic brain injury, speech and language
disorders, emotional disturbance and other health impairment.

All assessments are followed by an Individual Education Plan (IEP) team meeting at which parents, teachers and staff determine eligibility, specific goals, placement and objectives.

Parent permission is required for all special education services. To make a referral contact your local public school office or your district office.


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