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The Ventura County SELPA is dedicated to providing information and support to families of children with special needs so that they can be informed partners in the educational process of their children. There are numerous activities and resources that are provided to fulfill that mission. These include:
Community Advisory Committee (CAC) - The Ventura County SELPA has a Community Advisory Committee (CAC) that facilitates communication between districts and families, has regular meetings to discuss issues with SELPA leadership, and provides parent trianings on topics such as the IEP process, behavior strategies, life after high school and social skills.
FREE Programs Available for Students with Disabilities
Information Alerts for Parents
2020 Parent Information Flyer
Parent Rights for Special Education
9.29.20 Distance Learning: What Does it Mean?
20-21 Katie Novak Parent and Caregivers Series: Let Them Thrive!
10.22.20 Behavior Basics in the Distance Learning Environment
11.9.20 Facilitated IEP Meetings
11.12.20 Transition Fair - Save the Date
3.20.21 Spring Transition Fair - Save the Date
On occasion, parents and the school district may have disagreements. Special education law provides specific steps for resolving those conflicts. It is always a good idea to try to resolve things at the lowest level possible. If you haven't spoken to the Special Education Director in your district, you are encouraged to give them a call to express your concerns (phone list). If there is a disagreement between a parent and the district on what is best for the child (usually at the IEP Team level) either party may file for Due Process. Due Process is a system for increasing levels of intervention in resolving the conflict. Please visit the Office of Administrative Hearings website to download the Mediation or Due Process form. Also available from the Office of Administrative Hearings is a Free/Reduced Cost Special Education Attorney Advocate List.
Solving Special Education Disputes Between Parents and School Districts
Special Education Handbook (PDF, new window) A comprehensive guide to understanding Special Education Due Process Hearings at OAH.
If a parent feels his or her rights or the rights of their child have been violated by the district or an employee of the district, the parent has a right to file a complaint. A complaint may be filed with the District Complaint Resolution Office. If not resolved, or if the parent chooses not to file the complaint with the district, a complaint can be filed directly with the California Department of Education using this form.
Complaint Process Brochure
Request for Complaint Investigation
Helpful Hints When Requesting Direct State Intervention
Rainbow Support Groups
United Parents - Educational Advocacy, Parent Partners, Respite Services
California Parent Organizations