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(Dis) Ability Fact Sheets

SRVUSD has compiled fact sheets on many disabilities affecting students in our district. These sheets may be used to share information on common characteristics of a specific disability - great for your child's teachers, your relatives, and more!

View the Fact Sheets.

 

Food Allergy Research & Education

Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE) works on behalf of the 15 million Americans with food allergies, including all those at risk for life-threatening anaphylaxis. This potentially deadly disease affects 1 in 13 children in the United States – or roughly two in every classroom. FARE is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that was formed in 2012 as the result of a merger between the Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network and the Food Allergy Initiative. 

http://www.foodallergy.org

 

California State PTA (CAPTA) website link for Special Needs: http://capta.org/focus-areas/education/special-needs/

 

ED100

Ed100.org was created to help parents, teachers, and community leaders understand the process and tools to make schools better and to how better understand how funding works. By signing up for Ed100, parents, teachers and community leaders and learn about the many topics in education from special needs to charter schools to college readiness. Please visit the website for more information and to learn how your school's PTA can earn $1000! 

www.ed100.org

 


Resource Library

Over the years, the PTA Special Needs Committee has purchased a collection of books and DVDs, which we store at the library at Iron Horse Middle School.  These books and DVDs are part of the library's Parent Resources, and any parent, teacher or staff member in SRVUSD can check out these materials.  Please check out the Parent Resources section at IHMS.  You can access the list as follows:

Go to http://library.ihms.srvusd.net

Click on the Catalog tab

Click on Copy Categories

Click on Parent Resources and browse the list.

Email the librarian at emgantt@srvusd.net to request materials.  She will email you back when the materials are ready for pick-up at Iron Horse.


 


Safe Schools Tipline

To report any acts of school violence, bullying or vandalism, students, staff members, parents and community members are encouraged to call the district's anonymous tipline: (925) 820-5632. 


Local Special Needs Organizations 

CARE Parent Network: 

www.contracostaarc.com

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SEED (Special Education Enrichment Development Foundation) Lafayette:

https://seed34.wildapricot.org

CHADD Children and Adults with Attention Deficit (Hyperactivity) Disorder

www.chaddnorcal.org

Let us help connect you with AD/HD professionals and resources and, together, we can chart a path for the healthy growth of your loved one and, in the process, make life a little easier.

AspergersResource.org

Group based in Walnut Creek with monthly meetings featuring a variety of speakers. For more information, go to www.aspergersresource.org.

Down Syndrome Connection

Support group based in Danville. Go to www.dsconnection.org for more information.

POISE - Parents of Orinda Individuals in Special Education

Support group based in Orinda with monthly meetings featuring a variety of speakers. Go to www.orindapoise.org for more information.

PRAISE - Piedmonters for Resources, Advocacy, and Information in Special Education

Piedmont parents who support and provide information to fellow parents of children with special needs.  Go to www.piedmontpraise.org for more information.

Tri-Valley Special Needs Fun Group

Group based in Pleasanton that plans playgroups and other social outings for children with special needs and their families.  Go to http://www.meetup.com/Tri-Valley-Special-Needs-Fun-Group for more information.

National Society for the Gifted and Talented Connecting gifted and talented children and youth with opportunities and resources.  Go to www.nsgt.org for more information.

Special Needs

News

2/6/16

 

 

Special Needs Family Appreciation Night with the Golden State Warriors!

 



Families of children with special needs can enjoy the game at an exclusive discounted rate of just $75 per person
(a savings of over $20 with NO taxes, surcharges, or fees)!

When: Monday, March 7, 2016  -  Game Starts at 7:30pm

Where: Oakland Coliseum, 7000 Coliseum Way, Oakland

Click here to purchase tickets!

 

Bring your family and friends out to the Oracle Arena and cheer on the Warriors as they take on the Orlando Magic!

 

Fifteen lucky youth (18 & under) with special needs will get to enjoy exclusive opportunities with the Warriors!

 

*Early bird tickets are now sold out, but contact numbers can be found below for more information on how to attend this event*


Please don’t hesitate to contact me, Ali Barclay (abarclay@supportforfamilies.org) or Sarath Suon (ssuon@supportforfamilies.org) with any questions.  Hope to see you there!
 

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Parents with School Aged Children 

Parent Meeting

 

 

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 10

7:00-9:00 P.M.

At Down Syndrome Connection of Bay Area, 101-J Town & Country Drive, Danville, CA 

Facilitated by Laurie Hawley

Our opening topic will be, ideas for helping our children develop coping skills to deal with frustration.  Bring your experiences, questions and ideas on this topic.  We will also have time for sharing, addressing your pressing questions and concerns and IEP questions.

 

Please RSVP here.

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2/1/16

 

“Finding the Words, Conversation about Your Child’s Special Needs”

  • Thursday, March 17, 9:30-11:00 a.m., presented by Deborah Penry, Early Education Educator, Care Parent Network. Deborah will help us to develop thoughtful answers to the questions that arise regarding our children’s special needs.

“Tips for Successful IEP Meetings: Essential Information for Parents”

  • Thursday, April 21, 9:30-11:00 a.m., presented by Deborah Penry, Early Education Educator, Care Parent Network, and Laraine Domenico, Dispute Resolution Coordinator, Contra Costa SELPA. Deborah and Laraine will help parents learn how to have successful IEP meetings.

Trainings will be held at Care Parent Network's office in Martinez.

Please RSVP to lschneiders@careparentnetwork.org or call 925-313-0999 ext. 101. 

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1/27/16

                         

Navigating through high school is challenging enough – school, homework, sports, parties, and more. Managing a food allergy on top of all of that can be overwhelming. Due to a tendency for risk-taking and avoidance behavior at this age, teens are the highest risk group for fatal allergic reactions. Join us for an interactive discussion on how to prepare and thrive through adolescence with severe allergies. Topics include: Bullying & Peer Pressure, Increased Responsibility & Independence, Dating & Intimacy, Open Communication, Travel, and Empowerment & Allies

 

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

7-9 PM

Iron Horse Middle School MPR

12601 Alcosta Blvd., San Ramon, CA 94583

 

Come share your experiences and tips along with our expert panel who are living and working with food allergies. The panel consists of:

 - Teens with severe food allergies within our community

 - Dre Berendsen, Psy.D., Clinical Psychologist

 - Dr. Matthew Lodewick MD, a local allergist / immunologist

       with Allergy and Asthma Medical Group

 - Kyle Dine, a food allergy educator & musician who lives

       with severe food allergies and travels the country

       entertaining and educating school children. He is also a

       program coordinator and consultant for Food Allergy

       Canada.

 

Please encourage your teen or friend to join us for this informative presentation.

 

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1/26/16

 

Wrightslaw Special Education Law and Advocacy Conference

with Pete Wright, Esq. 

 

Thursday, February 25, 2016 

San Jose, CA 

sponsored by Parents Helping Parents

 


One-day special education law and advocacy programs focus on four areas:

  • special education law, rights and responsibilities
  • tests and measurements to measure progress & regression
  • SMART IEPs
  • introduction to tactics & strategies for effective advocacy

Wrightslaw programs are designed to meet the needs of parents, educators, health care providers, advocates and attorneys who represent children with disabilities regarding special education. The program is not disability specific.

 

Click here to register. 

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1/26/16

How to Improve Your Child's Fine Motor and Sensory Integration Skills

 

Tuesday, February 23, 2016 

7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. 

Hart Middle School, MPR 

4433 Willow Rd., Pleasanton, CA 

 

Does your child have a hard time fastening buttons and zippers? Do they hold their pencil in an awkward way? Do they have problems orienting their letters on the paper? Do they have difficulty focusing in a loud environment? 

 

At this presentation, you will: 

• Gain an understanding of age appropriate fine motor skills and typical challenges 

• Learn how to engage your child in play activities to practice fine motor skills and address sensory issues 

• Be able to see and touch equipment and materials for the home environment 

• Get information on helpful resources and ask general questions.

 

Please Note: due to confidentiality issues, specific questions about an individual child or eligibility for OT services will not be addressed during this time 

 

Introduction by Marla Silversmith, Director of Special Education. Presentation by Christine Frazier and Diane Warzecha, PUSD Occupational Therapists.

 

Register for this free event at www.tinyurl.com/FebSNC

 

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1/26/16

 

Come Join Our Individually Tailored Clinics

 

The IEP clinics are designed to answer many of the questions parents have. They are for parents of children with current IEPs that are between the ages of 3-15 years old. Parents can learn how to create a "better version" of their child's IEP, create goals specific to their child, and much more. 

 

The upcoming clinics are:

 

In English– March 7 (Central), March 11 (Far East), April 7 (West), April 21 (South).

 

In Spanish-February 26 (Far East), March 17 (East), March 24 (West), April 12 (Central)

 

For more information and/or registration, contact info@careparentnetwork.org

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AROUND OUR COMMUNITY

 


Events sponsored by other organizations serving special needs children & families

Please note that these events are not sponsored or endorsed by the San Ramon Valley Council of PTAs, but are listed solely for informational purposes. If you would like to provide feedback regarding these listings, please email the Special Needs Chair at specialneeds@srvcouncilpta.org

 


Down Syndrome Connection of the Bay Area

The Down Syndrome Connection of the Bay Area (DSCBA), located in Danville, started in 1998 to fill a void in services for families who have children born with Down Syndrome.  Our mission is to empower, inspire and support people with Down syndrome, their families and the community that serves them, while fostering awareness and acceptance in all areas of life.

Down Syndrome is the number one chromosomal disorder. Each year approximately 5000 babies are born in the US to families and there are currently 400,000 people living with Down syndrome.  Down syndrome occurs when a person is born with 47 instead of 46 chromosomes due to an extra pair on the 21st chromosome. The extra genetic material results in unique facial and physical features and can bring many medical issues such as hypotonia, hearing and vision loss, heart defects, speech and cognitive delay, gastrointestinal issues, leukemia and more.   

The DSCBA currently in its 18 year remains unique as the only organization in the Bay Area serving the specific needs of people all ages with Down syndrome and their families.  

At the DSCBA we pride ourselves on taking care of the entire family and the community that serves them with programs focused on education, support, communication, development and abilities. 

Going on its 5th year, the DSCBA Educational Alliance reaches 28 Bay Area school districts providing education teams free training, a lending library of research based materials and communication technology, on going support and access to experts in many areas. 

Our Medical Alliance program is currently connected to 39 Bay Area Hospitals offering training and materials to medical professionals ensuring families receive up to date information about Down syndrome at diagnosis and delivery.  

The DSCBA also offers a summer Communication/School Readiness Program for children attending preschool to first grade  who have limited ways of verbally expressing themselves.  The program works to develop communication, literacy and other skills needed to participate and learn alongside their peers and provides consultation and on going support to their fall school teams.  

We have classes for children of all ages and adult social classes in 4 locations throughout the Bay 4 days a week. You will also find Speech and Music Therapy, Reading Tutoring, AAC services, Early Expression classes for new parents, Grandparent support groups and much more.  

Each year we host many events, both community and fundraising focused. The DSCBA is not government funded, so we work very hard to secure funds to keep the doors open. 

Our 2 main fundraisers are an annual spring Gala which is a magical night of auctions, dinner, dancing and fun to be held on May 21st 2016 at the Diablo Country Club.  We also host a Step Up for Down Syndrome Walk and Picnic each October during National DS Awareness Month. This year we welcomed almost 1000 attendees including 175 volunteers from the community.  

If you would like to get involved with the DSCBA call us at 925-362-8660 or visit our website at http://dsconnection.org

 

CARE Parent Network

What is CARE Parent Network? 

*We are a one-stop family resource center serving families of children with disabilities and special health care needs

*We help families meet the unique challenges of parenting a child with special needs. 

*We are all parents of children with special needs ourselves. 

What services do we provide? We provide: Family Support and Mentoring, Early Start, Special Education and Individualized Education Program (IEP) planning, Resource and Referral, Health Care and Mental Health Care Information and Resources, Teen Transition to Adult Life, Early Education Council (Resource for Professionals), Community Involvement, and Advocacy Information. 

 

http://www.contracostaarc.com/html/care.html

 


Pleasanton PTA Special Needs Committee

 

The Pleasanton Special Needs Committee (SNC) understands that all students possess great abilities and all face different challenges. We are committed to making a difference in the lives of students with special needs by being a valuable resource for our 

 

We broadly define “special needs” as applying to any child with a learning or processing difference, physical disability, cognitive delay, speech & language delay, social or emotional difficulty, behavioral challenge or food allergy, as well children who are gifted learners.

 

We sponsor evening speaker events with well known local authorities on topics such as learning and behavioral challenges, anxiety in children and teens, ADHD, understanding the Individual Education Plan (IEP) process, and the ways to build a successful collaboration between parents and schools. 

 

We strive to foster positive relationships between parents and PUSD, and spread awareness of the different abilities throughout our community.

 

We are comprised of dedicated parent volunteers from schools throughout Pleasanton as well as administrators from the Parent Liaison and Special Education departments.

 

Contact the Special Needs Committee: snc@pleasantonpta.org and for more information on Pleasanton SNC events please visit https://sites.google.com/a/pleasantonpta.org/snc/events

 


City of San Ramon Therapeutic Recreation

The City of San Ramon offers a variety of therapeutic recreational programs for children and adults with special needs.  Please visit their website at http://www.sanramon.ca.gov/parks/programs/therapeutic.htm


RADD (Recreational Activities for the Developmentally Disabled)

Sponsored by the Town of Danville.  The program provides a range of activities from meals out at local restaurants, bowling, trips to the theater, basketball, and baseball games for people with disabilities ages 15 and up.  These activities are on Friday nights and Saturdays. For a detailed schedule and registration form, go to the Town of Danville Parks & Recreation Activity Guide.

 


Special Olympics

Special Olympics offers numerous sports programs throughout the year, free of charge to athletes.  In order to participate, the athlete must have a current application/medical form on file with Special Olympics.  The application form is valid for three years.  If you would like to register your child or find out if your application is still on file, email http://info@sonc.org or call (925) 944-8801.

 


Special Olympics Sports – San Ramon Parks and Community Services Registration

(www.sanramon.ca.gov/Parks/recreation_guide/index.htm)

 The City of San Ramon together with Special Olympics Northern California provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic style sports for persons eight years of age and older with developmental disabilities. All sports training and competition opportunities are free for Special Olympic Athletes. Special Olympic medical forms must be on file prior to the first day of training.  Sports offered include basketball, bocce, swimming, bowling.

Through games and activities our athletes will build self-esteem, develop motor skills, learn proper stretching and basic rules of the sports. The program is a collaboration between the Parks and Community Services Department and the CSU East Bay Recreation Department.  (www.sanramon.ca.gov/Parks/recreation_guide/index.htm)  

 

Special Needs Committee Meetings & Events Calendar

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Contact the Special Needs Committee:

SpecialNeeds@srvcouncilpta.org

 

Committee Meetings

Special Needs Committee meetings are held from 9:15 to 11:00am on the fourth Wednesday of each month, except for November and December.  They are held in Board Room A of the SRVUSD Offices at 699 Old Orchard Drive, Danville. 

These are the upcoming dates for the Special Needs Committee Meetings: 

 

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Wednesday, March 23

Wednesday, April 27

Wednesday, May 25

 

Parent Education Evening Speaker Series 

The Parent Education Evening Speaker Series is held on the 3rd Wednesday evening of every month, September through April (except if noted otherwise), 7-9pm at Iron Horse Middle School MPR, 12601 Alcosta Blvd., San Ramon, CA, 94583.  Many of our speakers address topics that are of interest and applicable to both families of children with special needs and families of children who may not be identified as having special needs.  All are welcome to attend.

 

Coming of Age with Severe Food Allergies

 

Navigating through high school is challenging enough – school, homework, sports, parties, and more. Managing a food allergy on top of all of that can be overwhelming. Due to a tendency for risk-taking and avoidance behavior at this age, teens are the highest risk group for fatal allergic reactions.

 

Join us for an interactive discussion on how to prepare and thrive through adolescence with severe allergies.

Wednesday, February 10, 2016 at Iron Horse Middle School MPR from 7pm-9pm.

 


Background on the PTA Special Needs Committee

The committee was formed in Fall 2002 to:

  • Provide information and support to parents and staff so they can help children with special needs succeed.
  • Help ALL children and adults understand and appreciate challenges faced by children with special needs.
  • Work legislatively to secure and retain adequate laws and funding for children with special needs.

In 2002, the school district was faced with many parents unhappy with how their children's educational needs were being met, pending litigation, and a long list of compliance issues. The initial committee included seven parents with varying PTA experience, a school board member, and the school district's Assistant Director of Special Education. We knew that parents of children with special needs often feel disconnected from the schools and are craving information and support, and we hoped that this committee could help meet some of this need. We define “special needs” broadly - as applying to any child with learning or processing differences, physical disabilities, speech & language difficulties, social or emotional issues, etc., as well as gifted learners.

Eager to start making a difference, the new committee hosted a series of four educational evening programs.  Each of the schools were encouraged to appoint a PTA special needs representative for the following year, and a handful did. The following year the committee hosted an evening program almost every month as well as a full-day Saturday conference. The committee's events consistently drew large audiences by providing information on a variety of topics to parents craving support as well as educators eager to learn.

The number of PTA special needs representatives has continued to grow and as a result we now have an active, collaborative committee. We host 5-6 evening programs a year and collaborate with PTA's Parent Education group to put on a full-day Saturday conference in February.

The school district has moved from being initially hesitant about our efforts to being fully supportive and appreciative. They now encourage teachers and staff to attend our programs, and provide facilities and support whenever asked. The high attendance at all of these programs, the appreciation from parents and staff members who attend them, and the resulting cooperation and collaboration that has positively changed how parents and educators view one another, prove that this program is helping children.

We look forward to another productive year of providing information and support through our evening programs and other events, and the networking and support opportunities that result from participating in these events. We hope you'll check out our events planned for the 2015-2016 school year!

Sincerely,

Erica Griffin

Chairperson, Special Needs 

San Ramon Valley Council of PTAs