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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.



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: 



CHADD Children and Adults with Attention Deficit (Hyperactivity) Disorder


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.


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.

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Events sponsored by other organizations serving special needs children & families

Please note that these events are not sponsored or endorsed by the PTA, but are listed solely for informational purposes.  If you you would like to provide feedback regarding these listings, please email the Special Needs Chair at srvspecialneeds@gmail.com


2015 NephCure Walk in San Jose

This family-friendly event raises awareness and vital funds to find improved treatment options and a cure for Nephrotic Syndrome and FSGS. Come out and meet other families in your area, enjoy children’s activities and learn more about how NephCure Kidney International can support you.

WHEN: Saturday, May 16, 2015

WHERE: Wallenberg Park, 1399 Curtner Ave, San Jose, CA 95125

Registration begins at 8:30 AM

The Walk begins at 9:00 AM

The park is located on the corners of Curtner and Cottle Avenues in the Willow Glen neighborhood of San Jose.  Please be sure to park in the Willow Glen Middle School parking lot which is on Cottle Ave.

There will be a bounce house and a play area for kids as well as a raffle and silent auction for adults!


Autism Awareness Walk 

The Adaptive Learning Center has organized a walk to raise awareness for autism. Register today for the Autism Awareness Walk on Saturday, April 25, 2015 from 10am-12:00pm RAIN OR SHINE! The registration deadline is April 15, 2015. To download the registration form and waiver visit http://www.c4al.org. Fill out the form and mail (with check payable to) Adaptive Learning Center, 3227 Clayton Road, Concord, CA 94519. 

The event details are as follows: 
10:00am Registration at TOPS, Loma Vista Adult Center located at 1266 San Carlos Avenue (parking & restrooms available)

10:30am Welcome & Walk Begins. 2 mile walk to Todos Santos Plaza in downtown Concord (water and light snack provided) and return to Loma Vista Adult Center. 

*All are invited to the Adaptive Learning Center for an Open House and refreshments following walk, located at 3227 Clayton Rd, Concord, beginning at 12:00pm. 


San Ramon Valley Little League Challenger Program

San Ramon Valley Little League is proud to once again offer a Challenger Program for our local kids and young adults. The Little League Challenger Program has as its mission:

"To provide an opportunity for individuals with intellectual and physical challenges to enjoy the benefits of Little League participation in an environment structured to their abilities."

Those between the ages of 4-18 are welcome to participate in the program. There are no registration fees or dues, though donations to the program are welcome. Registration is open from now until May 1, 2015.

Please forward this message and the attached flyer to family or friends who might have a player who would like to participate in the Challenger Program. 

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact Mike Giosso at challenger@srvll.org.

District 57 Little League Challenger Division Spring 2015 Season!

The Challenger Division of Little League is a program for developmentally and physically challenged youth, helping them to enjoy the full benefits of Little League participation in an athletic environment structured to their abilities. 

More than the skills of baseball learned through the experience, the value of the Little League Challenger is found in the proven therapeutic and socialization benefits of participating in sports; the strengthening of participants’ self-esteem; the opportunities to mainstream into other divisions of play and the disciplines of teamwork, sportsmanship and fair play, which are hallmarks of the Little League program.

Playing with the same equipment on the same fields, Challenger Division participants have the opportunity to experience the joys of pulling together as a team, being cheered, and earning awards for their achievements.

District 57 Challenger Program Highlights

Two Challenger Leagues Available:
        Regular Challenger for ages 6 – 18
        Senior Challenger for ages 15 and up!

Challenger Game Schedules/Locations:
    Season:     Late March- Early June...Sunday games (1:30 pm start time)
            D57 Challenger Jamboree on Memorial Day Weekend (Saturday)
    Fields:     Most games played at Dublin Sports Ground. 
            Selected games at other Little League venues.
Challenger Game Rules:
    Little League uniforms/equipment provided.
    Games are two or three innings.
    All players bat…hit safely…run the bases and score!!!
    Coach pitch or batting tee if needed.
    Teenage “Buddies” assigned to players help with skills and safety.

Contact Information:
    D57 Challenger Coordinator…Mike Muranaka 
    Danville A’s Coach…Frank Elliott


Alameda County 2015 Transition Information Fair

This is an event to help facilitate a successful transition from school to adult services for youth with developmental disabilities and their families. The Transition Faire includes an educational showcase of adult service programs and a variety of educational workshops. The Transition Faire is an interagency collaboration of the Alameda County Developmental Disabilities Council, Public Health; Regional Center of the East Bay; Bay Area Regional Office, State Council on Developmental Disabilities; College of Alameda; and local school districts.

Mail or online registration is required

Registration Deadline: March 6, 2015 Space is limited; we recommend early registration
All students must be accompanied by an adult in order to participate.
Registration and Adult Services Vendor Fair Location: Gym
Time: 9:30 am – 3 pm
Workshops: Buildings A & C
Session Times: 10:30 – 11:20 am; 1 – 1:50 pm and 2 – 2:50 pm
Lunch: Cafeteria Time: 11:30 am – 12:45 pm

For more information call Sandi Soliday at (510) 267-3261 or by email.

Registration fee: $15.00 per person or $25 per family

Registration includes continental breakfast, lunch, an Alameda County Adult Services Resource Guide, and all workshops.

Scholarships and Interpreter Services are available upon request. A two week notice is required for all accommodation requests to guarantee arrangements.

The Springstone School is hosting a conference for parents of children with executive function challenges. Speakers include Susan Diamond, Marion Marshall, and Susan Marcus. The conference will be on Saturday, April 25, from 9 - 2pm. The cost is $50. For more information and how to register: http://thespringstoneschool.org/Conference-Flyer


CHADD Parent to Parent Classes for 2014-2015

CHADD of Northern California is offering their parent to parent classes for 2014-2015. This workshop series will provide educational information and support for families who are dealing with AD/HD and learning to navigate the challenges of AD/HD across the lifespan. For more information, please visit, www.chadd.org and for the list of calendar events: www.chaddnorcal.org/calendar


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/recreation_guide/index.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 info@sonc.org or call (925) 944-8801.


Special Olympics Sports – San Ramon Parks and Community Services Registration


 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)  

Contact the Special Needs Committee:



Committee Meetings

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

Future Special Needs Committee meeting dates are as follows: 

May 7, 2015


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.



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 2014-2015 school year!


Erica Griffin

Chairperson, Special Needs 

San Ramon Valley Council of PTAs