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What is a Suspected Disability?

Your child may have a disability if:

1.  A health or a medical disorder interferes with their development and/or learning.

2.  They seem to have difficulty seeing or hearing.

3.  They appear to have social, emotional or behavioral difficulties that affect his/her ability to learn or interact with others.

4.  They have a diagnosed progressive or degenerative condition that will eventually interfere with their ability to learn.

5.  They have difficulty understanding directions like other children their age.

6.  Their speech is not understood by family or friends.

7.  They have difficulty with reading, writing, math or other school subjects.

Child Find

Child Find is a process of locating, identifying and evaluating children and adults from birth through 22 years of age who are suspected of having a disability or have been previously diagnosed with a disability.  If you suspect that your child has a disability, please contact your school principal or the Director of Special Education, Erin Kremer, at (626) 858-6184.

Community Advisory Committee

The Community Advisory Committee is an advisory group which focuses on SELPA-wide special education issues.  It is an opportunity for volunteers from the school districts to provide input to the SELPA Local Plan.  The primary responsibilities include, but are not limited to

  • Advise the SELPA regarding the development, amendment and review of the Local Plan
  • Make recommendations on annual priorities to be addressed under the Local Plan
  • Encourage parent and community involvement in the development, implementation and review of the Local Plan
  • Assist in parent education
  • Support activities on behalf of individuals with exceptional needs

Azusa Unified needs one parent volunteer to serve as the alternate on the committee.  If you are interested, please contact Erin Kremer at (626) 858-6184.

To contact the SELPA CAC, please feel free to send a message to CACSELPA@gmail.com.

Special Education

Special Education Teacher Receives a Very Special Award

Alice Huelskamp, Special Education Teacher at Foothill Middle School, received a very special award from the Delta Kappa Gamma International Society.  Due to her outstanding performance as a student teacher, she is the honored recipient of the Leota Batt Memorial Grant-In-Aid Award.  Aside from this local distinction, she has been recommended to move forward to regional consideration for additional honors.  Congratulations, Alice!

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Festival of Arts

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Many of our AUSD Special Education students participated in a wonderful event entitled "Festival of the Arts" at Royal Oaks Middle School in Charter Oak.  This event was organized and sponsored by local school districts, including Azusa Unified, along with the SELPA and the SELPA CAC parent advisory committee.  This year's theme was "This Is What I Dream About."  Student artwork was posted for display, students did live performances in the theater, and many activities were available, including face painting, musical instruments, obstacle courses, chalk art, arts and crafts and carnival style games.  This was the first annual event of this kind locally, and it was a smashing success. 

Mountain View Students Visit the Zoo

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Ms. Zuniga's class completed a scavenger hunt activity at the zoo! It was a fantastic learning opportunity.  Before the trip, the students researched their upcoming experience using a zoo map and determined which animals they would encounter.  Each student picked an animal that they were interested in and checked out a library book to find out more information on the animal.  They are currently working on completing a report on their animal.  While at the zoo, the students engaged in a scavenger hunt. They were given a clipboard and checklist with animal names and a drawing of each animal. They worked in teams to find every animal on the checklist.  When they returned to  school, they discussed the results of their scavenger hunt and shared the animals they did and did not see.  The students also engaged in conversation about what the animals looked like and what they were doing during their observations.  The students were really excited to show staff when they found an animal on their scavenger hunt!

Foothill Middle School Special Education Class

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Learning About Science with Academic Rigor

Alice Huelskamp's Life Skills class uses hands-on learning and high standards to approach science instruction.  In a recent lesson, students did an experiment to learn about how polar bears are able to live and thrive in a freezing environment using adaptations in their fur.  Students compared the differences between a polar bear's hollow (air-filled) fur and human skin in withstanding cold.

Life Skills Students Engage in Biology Lesson

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Foothill Middle School Life Skills students participated in several hands-on science experiments.  They learned about owls and dissected owl pellets to determine their diet. They discovered that owls like to eat rodents. They found evidence of this from the bones they found and drew pictures on a graphic organizer. Everyone enjoyed the new discoveries! 

Northrop Grumman employees make another generous donation!


The SPROUT and VOICE employee volunteer groups at Northrop Grumman have graciously donated their time to collect over 250 books for the Powell Elementary School Library and for middle-school special education classrooms.  The books include fiction as well as science texts and biographies.  These wonderful additions to our school and classroom libraries will inspire students to read and dream big for their future. Thank you so much, Northrop Grumman, for supporting us in this way for a third year in a row!

Special Education Local Plan Area

Azusa Unified School District belongs to the East San Gabriel Valley Special Education Local Plan Area (ESGV SELPA).  This SELPA is composed of 10 local education agencies (LEAs) located in Los Angeles County, including Azusa, Baldwin Park, Basset, Bonita, Charter Oak, Claremont, Covina-Valley, Glendora, Walnut Valley, and West Covina school districts and six charter schools.  The purpose of the SELPA is to provide a high-quality education program appropriate to the needs of each eligible child with a disability who resides within the Local Plan Area, and to those eligible students who are residents of other SELPAs who may be in need of services, and who, in accordance with the provisions of the annual budget plan of the cooperating Local Plan Area, attend programs in the region. SELPA governance is structured with interrelationships between the SELPA Director, the Superintendent's Council, District Special Education Directors and the Community Advisory Committee (parent group).

Extended School Year

Extended School Year (ESY) services are special education and related services that are required by an individual with exceptional needs beyond the regular school year.  Such individuals have handicaps that are likely to continue indefinitely or for prolonged periods, and interruption of the pupil's educational programming may cause regression, when coupled with limited recoupment capacity, rendering it impossible or unlikely that the pupil will attain the level of self-sufficiency and independence that would otherwise be expected in view of his or her handicapping condition.  It is the issues of regression and recoupment that provide a framework upon which to base discussion of the student's needs.

ESY dates for Summer 2018 will be posted soon.

 

 

Fax Information

You may fax your inquiries, requests or send information to

Records/Special Education Fax #

(626) 858-6538

SELPA CAC Parent Trainings

All are welcome to the SELPA CAC Parent trainings which occur several times throughout the year.  These trainings are quite informative for parents of students with special needs.   While there are no more trainings scheduled for this school year, please keep checking this page for updated information in the fall.

What Is the Eligibility Criteria?

There are 11 eligibility categories for special education.  These include the following:

♦  Hearing Impairment

♦  Hearing and Visual Impairment

♦  Speech and Language Impairment

♦  Visual Impairment

♦  Orthopedic Impairment

♦  Autism

♦  Intellectual Disability

♦  Emotional Disturbance

♦  Specific Learning Disability

♦  Traumatic Brain Injury

♦  Other Health Impairment

 

Program for the Visually Impaired

The Program for the Visually Impaired, operated by Azusa Unified School District, provides services for all districts in the East San Gabriel Valley SELPA.  The program is designed to meet the needs of three types of students: totally blind, legally blind, and partially sighted.  As a low-incidence program, services are provided from infancy through age 22 (or until a high school diploma is earned).

 ►The program maintains mild-to-moderate classrooms at the preschool, elementary, middle and high school levels for students who require intensive specialized instruction due to their visual impairment.  For students who are more appropriately served at their home school, an itinerant teacher (TVI) is assigned to provide materials and instruction.  The itinerant teachers assist not only the student, but also teachers, nurses and administrators at the home school.

 ►Orientation and Mobility services are provided for students requiring instruction in becoming safe and efficient travelers in their environment.  The mobility instructor (OMI) also provides training for use of the cane, human guides and other adaptive devices.  This training is necessary to prepare students for transition from school to career and may involve experiences in the community.

 ►Adapted Physical Education (APE) is provided for students who have gross motor deficits.  The A.P.E. teacher provides direct instruction, as well as consultation with general physical education teachers.  Skills addressed include locomotion, object control and body awareness.  Itinerant students receive A.P.E. services from their home district.

 ►Transition services are offered to students ages 15 and older.  Career assessment, training, job experience and post-secondary resources are provided to students to ensure that they are prepared for life after high school.  Daily living skills are critical for transition and are addressed beginning with the preschool curriculum.

 ►For visually impaired children who are birth to age 3 and are not being served by the Regional Center, services are provided through home visits, parent training, direct instruction and the provision of specialized materials and support.  Ongoing assessments in various skill areas are given frequently due to the changing developmental levels of infants.

 

Referrals and questions should be directed to:

 

Jane Ostrowski

Coordinator of Special Education

1400 Ranger Drive 

Covina, CA 91723

 

Phone:  (626) 858-2202    Fax:  (626) 858-6514