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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.

 

WHAT IS A SUSPECTED DISABILITY?

Children 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.

Special Education

Special Education Local Plan Area (SELPA)

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).
 

Eligibility Criteria

There are 13 eligibility categories for special education:

♦  Hearing Impairment

Deafness

♦  Speech and Language Impairment

♦  Visual Impairment

Blindness

♦  Orthopedic Impairment

♦  Autism

♦  Intellectual Disability

♦  Emotional Disturbance

♦  Specific Learning Disability

♦  Traumatic Brain Injury

♦  Other Health Impairment

Multiple Disabilites

 

Visually Impaired

The Program for the Visually Impaired, operated by Azusa Unified School District, provides services for all school districts in the East San Gabriel Valley SELPA (Special Education Local Plan Area).  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.

 

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 pupils 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.

 

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

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

Contact Us


Pupil Services/Special Education

Phone:    626-858-6184
Erin Kremer, Director

 

Fax Information

You may fax your inquiries, requests or send information to:

Records/Special Education Fax:         626-858-6538