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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: 

www.contracostaarc.com

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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

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Special Day Class Parent Information Meeting for 2015-2016 High School Students

The SRVUSD Special Education Department and SELPA invite you to an orientation meeting for parents of incoming ninth grade students who receive special education services. Our Special Day Class teachers will discuss their programs and provide an overview of the high school curriculum. A short question and answer session will follow the presentation. 

Mild High School Special Day Class will be held on Wednesday, February 25, 2015 from 3:30pm-4:30pm at California High School, Room 210, 9870 Broadmoor Drive, San Ramon. 

Moderate High School Special Day Class will be held on Thursday, February 26, 2015 from 3:30pm-4:30pm at Dougherty Valley High School, Room 4107, 10550 Albion Road, San Ramon. 

Intensive High School Special Day Class will be held on Wednesday, February 25, 2015 from 3:30pm-4:30pm at Monte Vista High School, Room 402, 3131 Stone Valley Road, Danville. 

Transition Special Day Class will be held on Tuesday, February 24, 2015 from 3:30pm-4:30pm at San Ramon Valley High School, Room C9, 501 Danville Blvd, Danville. 

Posted by: Erica Griffin
Published: 2/8/15

Special Day Class Information Meeting for 2015-2016 Kindergarten Students

The SRVUSD Special Education Department and SELPA invite parents of incoming kindergarten students who receive special education services to an orientation meeting. Our Special Day Class teachers will discuss their programs and provide an overview of the kindergarten curriculum. A short question and answer session will follow the presentation. 

Mild Kindergarten Special Day Class orientation will be held on Tuesday, February 24, 2015 from 3:00pm-4:00pm at Greenbrook Elementary School Room 608, 1475 Harlan Drive, Danville. 

Moderate Kindergarten Special Day Class orientation will be held on Thursday, February 26, 2015 from 3:30pm-4:30pm at Green Valley Elementary School in Room K-3, 1001 Diablo Road, Danville. 

Intensive Kindergarten Special Day Class orientation will be held on Wednesday, February 25, 2015 from 2:00pm-3:00pm at Bollinger Canyon Elementary School, Room 409, 2300 Talavera Drive, San Ramon. 

 

Posted by: Erica Griffin
Published: 2/6/15

Special Day Class Parent Information Meeting for 2015-2016 Transitional Kindergarten

We invite you to an orientation meeting for parents of incoming transitional kindergarten students who receive special education services.  Our Special Day Class teachers will discuss their programs and provide an overview of the transitional kindergarten curriculum. A short question and answer session will follow the presentation. 

Transitional kindergarten will be a great adventure and we strive to address your child’s unique needs and offer a variety of experiences for your child.  We hope you can join us for this opportunity to gain valuable information on our Special Day Class programs. 

Transitional Kindergarten (TK)
Mild Special Day Class

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

3:30pm-4:30pm

Golden View Elementary School

Room K-3

5025 Canyon Crest Drive

San Ramon

Posted by: Erica Griffin
Published: 2/6/15

Special Day Class Parent Information Meeting for 2015-2016 Middle School Students

We invite you to an orientation meeting for parents of incoming sixth grade students who receive special education services.  Our Special Day Class teachers will discuss their programs and provide an overview of the middle school curriculum. A short question and answer session will follow the presentation. 

Middle school will be a great adventure and we strive to address your child’s unique needs and offer a variety of experiences for your child.  We hope you can join us for this opportunity to gain valuable information on our Special Day Class programs. 

Mild Middle School Special Day Class (SDC)

Thursday, February 26, 2015

3:30pm-4:30pm

Pine Valley Middle School, Room A107

3000 Pine Valley Road, San Ramon

Moderate Middle School SDC

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

3:30pm-4:30pm

Charlotte Wood Middle School, Room 504

600 El Capitan, Danville

Intensive Middle School (SDC) 

Thursday, February 26, 2015

3:30pm-4:30pm 

Diablo Vista Middle School, Room 112

4100 Camino Tassajara, Danville

Posted by: Erica Griffin
Published: 2/6/15

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

 


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


Let’s Talk About Assessments!

Come learn more about the key elements of assessments in the following areas:

  • Occupational Therapy
  • Psycho-educational
  • Behavior

Please join Gina Miller, M.Ed and Deiredre Ryan-Booth, Psy.D, BCBA for an exciting panel discussion on assessments and how to use this information to best support your child’s learning and behavioral needs.  Debra Nipp, OTR/L is co-founder of PlayWrite Therapy East Bay and will be discussing Sensory Processing Disorder, how to assess for it and strategies for coping at home and school.  Lisa Pippin is a Licensed Educational Psychologist who will be discussing the roles and responsibilities of the school psychologist, explaining assessments and how assessments guide intervention.  Behavioral assessments and plans will also be explained and how to incorporate these into your child’s IEP.

When:            Saturday, February 28, 2015

Where:           Fusion Academy

                       3003 Oak Rd. Suite 150

                       Walnut Creek, CA

Time:              Social 9:30-10:00am                     

Workshop 10:00am-1:00pm

This workshop is designed for parents who have school-aged children with IEPs.

Cost is $20 per participant.  Please bring a check made out to Gina Miller Consulting or cash.  No credit cards accepted.  Light refreshments will be served.  Please RSVP to the link by February 24, 2015http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c044ca5ac2cabf49-lets/


FREE Vision & Cognition Workshop for Parents and Educators!

Vision Issues and How they Affect a Child’s Ability to Learn

Wednesday March 4th - 6:00pm - 8:00pm - (Pizza will be served)

Location: DSCBA - 101 J Town & Country Drive, Danville

A serious gap exists between the diagnoses and treatment of vision difficulties in children and parents' and educators’ awareness of the significant impact that vision can have on a student’s ability to learn. This presentation uses video, slide presentation and anecdotal information to demonstrate key elements of vision and how those elements affect how a student reads, takes in visual information, attends and learns. The presenter will discuss resources available for educators and parents as well as tangible ways to foster binocular visual development skills.   

Our Presenter: Regina Hartmann is an Educational Therapist with a Masters of Education. She has 33+ years of experience working with children, training teachers and holds a teaching credential from the American Montessori Society. Regina is a practicing Montessori classroom teacher, Educational Therapist and trained Vision Therapist in the East Bay.   Regina is so passionate about helping children learn, that she designed a professional development seminar to share cutting edge information with her colleagues.  The presentation on Vision & Cognition, has been enthusiastically received by educational therapists, graduate school classes, school boards, as well as public and private school faculty. Don’t miss this great opportunity! Click here to RSVP! This event brought to you by the Down Syndrome Connection of the Bay Area


Tips for Change benefiting local nonprofit organizations!

Tips for Change is a fun and unique way for local charity organizations to fundraise. Gianni's Bistro in San Ramon partners with local nonprofits and is committed to supporting and strengthening our community. Volunteers and supporters of local nonprofit organizations suit up and become your servers for the evening with all the tips and 10% of sales going to support the organization. This event occurs most Monday evenings. 

Monday, February 23rd: 5:00pm-8:00pm benefiting Reins in Motion

Monday, March 2nd: 5:00pm-8:00pm benefiting Care Parent Network

For more information and to view the calendar of upcoming events and what organizations are benefiting, please visit the website


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.

 


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: SUPERHEROES – 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

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

(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 11:00am 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: 

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 2014-2015 school year!

Sincerely,

Erica Griffin

Chairperson, Special Needs 

San Ramon Valley Council of PTAs