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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 jlinhar@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 

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

The Oakland Zoo Goes BLUE for Autism Awareness Day!

Join Autism Speaks at the Oakland Zoo on April 27th from 10am-3pm. FREE admission to all individuals on the spectrum with the purchase of an adult ticket. Tell the cashier you're there for the autism awareness event! 

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Posted by: Marilyn Lucey
Published: 4/12/14

April is Autism Awareness Month

April is Autism Awareness Month. Is your school awareness activities? Email and share how your school is building awareness to srvspecialneeds@gmail.com

Posted by: Marilyn Lucey
Published: 4/8/14

Autism Events in Nothern California

Stay current and meet others who love and care for individuals on the Autism Spectrum:

In Sacramento - the Mind Institute will be holding several FREE events between March 31-April 29, see the attached flyer for details and registration information.

In San Leandro - The STAR Conference will be held on April 12, see the attached flyer for the details and registration information.

Posted by: Marilyn Lucey
Published: 3/8/14

2014 SNC Summer Resource Programs Fair

 

SPECIAL NEEDS

SUMMER PROGRAMS RESOURCE FAIR

Presented by:

SRVUSD Special Needs Community Advisory Committee

&

SRV Council of PTAs Special Needs Committee

 

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

7:00 to 9:00 pm

Iron Horse Middle School-MPR

12601 Alcosta Blvd., San Ramon, CA 94583

 

Looking for something to do with your child this summer? Come meet local providers of camps and services for children with special needs. Please feel free to ask questions, learn about their programs, and take home some brochures. We hope this will be a very informative evening.

 

Numerous vendors represented including:

Special Olympics, Aspen Network, Horses Healing Hearts, Able Closet, KS Speech Therapy, Quest Camp, Trails to Success, Today for Tomorrow: Behavior Intervention Services, Skill Builders, Care Parent Network, City of Walnut Creek, Via Services, The Speech Pathology Group, Tutor Doctor, The Learning Fountain, Camping Unlimited, Goals for Autism & MORE!

 

This program is geared towards parents of school-aged children with special needs.

Posted by: Melissa Rapela
Published: 3/3/14

SRVUSD-SPONSORED EVENTS

 


 
For more information about events sponsored by the San Ramon Valley Unified School District and offered by the Special Needs Ombuds

 


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.

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

(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)  


Contact the Special Needs Committee:

srvspecialneeds@gmail.com

 

Committee Meetings

Special Needs Committee meetings are held from 9:15 to 11:00 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.

March 26

April 23

May 13 7:00 to 8:30pm (tentative) - joint meeting with all Parent Ed committees

 

Parent Education Evening Speaker Series 

The Parent Education Evening Speaker Series is held on the 3rd Wednesday evening of every month, September through April (excluding March due to the Annual Parenting Conference and April due to Spring Break), 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.

The remaining dates in our Parent Education Evening Speaker Series:

April 23  Annual Special Needs Summer Resource Fair (co-hosted by SRVUSD Community Advisory Committee)

 


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!

Sincerely,

Marilyn Lucey

Chairperson, Special Needs 

San Ramon Valley Council of PTAs