For anyone following the development of CA's Dyslexia Guidelines called for by #AB1369 passed in October 2015 - The multi-stakeholder workgroup formed by the CA Department of Education (#CDE) to develop the guidelines has been meeting since last April. At their November 18th meeting, surprising new developments were announced, including an arbitrary page limit on an electronic document and elimination of important sections on the characteristics of dyslexia, the neuroscience that explains it, classroom accommodations for students with dyslexia, and the social-emotional consequences of dyslexia. These meetings are live-webcast, with the recordings usually posted within a few weeks, but it took 56 days to post the recording of the Nov. 18th meeting, http://www.cde.ca.gov/sp/se/ac/dyslexia.asp.
The workgroup meets again on Tuesday, January 17th at 9:30 AM (PST) to finalize their draft of the guidelines that will be submitted for review and publication by the CDE. View the Live Webcast by clicking on this link: http://cde.videossc.com
(Note: You will need Adobe Flash Player to watch webcast. If you plan on watching webcast using a mobile device or tablet, you will need to purchase an additional application in your device’s App Store. Click on above link for details.)
Or you can attend the meeting in person at:
California Department of Education
1430 N Street
Sacramento, CA 95814
(Bring a photo ID; Arrive early to sign in at the security desk)
Wednesday, January 18th, 7:00pm-8:30pm
Iron Horse Middle School MPR
You are invited to come learn about the variety of instructional technology available to SRVUSD students to enhance their learning, including four stations where you will have the opportunity to interact with specific programs/apps and learn some tips for supporting your student. The four stations will explore: Google Drive tools, Other digital tools, Learning Ally (the audiobook service the district is piloting for students with print disabilities), as well as low tech tools.
This event is free; please register here to attend
The SRV Council of PTAs Special Needs Committee is partnering with Decoding Dyslexia CA to provide a Dyslexia Support Group that will meet in the Tri-Valley. The new support group will provide an opportunity and space for parents and educators to come together once a month to offer support, share ideas and resources, and empower each other as they experience the successes and challenges of raising/teaching a child with dyslexia. The group is parent-moderated and free. Please RSVP so we can assure enough seats and materials.
Thursday, January 26, 2017, 7:00-8:30pm
Bella Vista Elementary School Library
1050 Trumpet Vine Ln, San Ramon, CA 94582
(just 3.7 miles north of the I-580 Hopyard Exit)
Parenting 2017 & Beyond Conference
Saturday, February 25, 2017
Dougherty Valley High School
8:00am - 3:00pm
Mark February 25, 2017 on your calendar for the next Parenting Conference presented by the San Ramon Valley Council of PTAs. This annual event offers engaging workshops on various topics relevant to parents with children of all ages. Registration will open in January.
For 2017, we are fortunate to have as our keynote speaker, Dr. Michele Borba, an internationally recognized expert and author on children, teens, parenting, bullying and moral development. She will be speaking on Empathy: The Best Antidote to Bullying and Lessons for Success in the Digital Age, and introducing her latest book, UnSelfie, which gives 9 proven and teachable habits to nurture children’s empathy and why developing empathy is key predictor to help kids succeed in our global, digital-driven world.
Please visit the SRV Council of PTAs Parenting Conference page for more up to date information and a list of speakers.
Special Needs Committee meetings are held from 9:30 to 11:30am 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.
The next meeting will be on Wednesday, January 25, 2017 from 9:30am to 11:30am.
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.
ABILITIES AWARENESS PROGRAM IN ACTION
Tassajara Hills hosts first Abilities Awareness Week
Mission: To create a more tolerant and empathetic learning environment for all students attending schools in the San Ramon Valley Unified School District.
How we do it: Through interactive hands-on curriculum aimed at each age group students are allowed to feel the challenges and frustrations that they and others encounter during their school days. Experiencing these challenges both physically and emotionally highlights the coping mechanisms that one may create to get through an ordinary task. Acknowledging that all people have areas of expertise and areas of challenge helps create a safer social environment.
To learn more about the Abilities Awareness Program, please visit: http://www.srvusd.net/AbilityAwarenessProgram
Highlights from the 2016 Special Needs Summer Programs Resource Fair
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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
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: email@example.com 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 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://firstname.lastname@example.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
Fair Chance for Special Needs
Fair Chance for Special Needs is a non-profit organization run by Special Education professionals. The program is fee based and classes will be held at various locations within the San Ramon Valley School District. This after school enrichment program offers state of the art curriculum in the areas of social and communication skills, community based education, independent living skills, recreation and sports, music and dance, arts and crafts, and cooking and culinary skills. For more information, please call 866-417-1092 or email: email@example.com or visit: www.fairchanceforspecialneeds.org