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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.

Special Needs


Ed Supports offers Spring Break Respite Camp
Ed Support Services is offering a “Spring Break” respite camp for children with special needs, ages 5 – 15 (may be extended based on intake).
Theme: SUPERHEROS – We’ll be making capes and finding our super powers!
Dates: April 6 – 10, 2015
Time: 9 am – 12 pm, extended care available until 1 pm for additional fee, arranged in advance.
Location: Wood Rose Academy School, 4347 Cowell Road Concord CA 94518
RCEB Vendorized: HB0947 Contact your Case Manager for a purchase of service of Out Of Home Respite (no cost to you).
Private Pay: $60 per day
Details: Ratio is 4:1. Campers must be able to access camp without a 1:1 aide, or families may provide a 1:1 aide; we are not currently vendorized for this service. (We are currently working with RCEB to be able to offer this service). 
New to our camp program families must attend an intake session for assessment, which will occur Saturday March 28, from 11 am to 1 pm at the site.
Please contact Lynn Galliano, Camp Director, for more information or a registration packet. 510.693.4418 lynn.galliano@edsupports.com
Posted by: Erica Griffin
Published: 1/27/15

Individual Transition Plans: Timelines, Options, and Rights

Join SRVUSD Ombuds, Helene Momita with Special Education Program Supervisor, Vanessa Horeis for a lunch time presentation on the Individual Transition Plan. Learn about this and its timeline, option and your student's rights. 

Wednesday, February 4, 2015 at 12:00pm 

SRVUSD Education Center, Boardroom B

699 Old Orchard Drive, Danville


Posted by: Erica Griffin
Published: 1/26/15

SRV Council of PTAs presents: Parenting 2015 & Beyond...


Parenting 2015 & Beyond...

Saturday, February 21, 2015

8:30am to 2:30pm

Dougherty Valley High School

We are pleased to announce our keynote speaker for the Parenting 2015 & Beyond… parenting conference:

Dr. Gene Roehlkepartain of Search Institute!

Dr. Roehlkepartain will be speaking on "Discover Your Family Strengths:  Five dimensions of family life that really matter".  The research and information from Search Institute is enlightening and relevant to parents of all age children.

Eugene C. Roehlkepartain, Ph.D. - Vice President, Research and Development

As Vice President of Research and Development, Roehlkepartain provides leadership for Search Institute’s research and development projects as well as serving as part of the nonprofit organization’s leadership team. Working with colleagues, he designs and implement major projects and partnerships aligned with Search Institute’s strategic priorities. He also represents the organization through consultations, presentations, and workshops. Roehlkepartain joined Search institute in 1991 and, prior to assuming his current position, has had a number of roles, including acting CEO, executive vice president, senior advisor to the president, and director of publishing.


  • Linking and aligning youth, family, and community development
  • Youth development in a global context
  • Family strengths and family engagement
  • Service-learning and youth philanthropy
  • Integrating research and practice    

We will have over 20 small group sessions to choose from!  A variety of speakers and topics offer important information for parents of all age children, from preschool to college prep.

Watch for registration to open at the beginning of February!

Posted by: Erica Griffin
Published: 1/26/15

Special Olympics Spring 2015 Swimming Program

Sea Serpents Swim Program for Special Olympics will soon begin its Spring 2015 season! The East Bay Sea Serpents is a non-profit swim program affiliated with the Special Olympics of Northern California (SONC). Click the links below for more information for students/athletes and their families as well as volunteers who are interested in helping with the program.  

Posted by: Erica Griffin
Published: 1/19/15

California Youth Leadership Forum for Students with Disabilities

Student delegate applications are now available for the 2015 YLF, held July 27-31, 2015 in Sacramento, CA. This program is provided to selected students with disabilities at no cost to them.

YLF is an annual five-day leadership program that provides information and resources about employment, education, independence, and assistive technology. YLF is held in Sacramento, and students will stay in the dorms on campus at California State University, Sacramento. 

Students will have the opportunity to live on a college campus and join more than 1,200 alumni from across the state that have been a part of this unique program created specifically for young leaders with disabilities. Students who attend YLF make new, life-long friendships and resource connections to help them reach their personal, academic and career goals. 

Further information and instructions on how to apply are available at www.dor.ca.gov/YLF. 

Deadline to submit applications: February 27, 2015. If you experience any difficulty filling out the application, please contact us by email at YLF@dor.ca.gov, by phone (855) 894-3436, or by relay using 711. 


Posted by: Erica Griffin
Published: 12/19/14


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


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: 

January 28, 2015

February 25, 2015

March 25, 2015

April 22, 2015

May 27, 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 2012-13 school year!


Erica Griffin

Chairperson, Special Needs 

San Ramon Valley Council of PTAs