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    SPECIAL EDUCATION & AUXILIARY SUPPORT SERVICES DEPARTMENT

     

    DEPARTMENT PHONE NUMBER (805) 742-3301


     

    Cynthia Ravalin
    Director
    ravalin.cynthia@lusd.org

    Jamie Johnson
    Coordinator, Special Education
    johnson.jamie@lusd.org

    Tisha Quam
    Coordinator, Special Education
    quam.tisha@lusd.org

    Kayla Heinlein
    Program Specialist
    heinlein.kayla@lusd.org

    Chantal Martinez
    Program Specialist
    martinez.chantal@lusd.org

    Karen Deming
    administrative Assistant III
    deming.karen@lusd.org


    WHAT IS SPECIAL EDUCATION?


    The California Education Code (Section 56031) defines special education as

     

    • Specially designed instruction to meet the unique needs of individuals with exceptional needs, whose educational needs cannot be met with modification of the general instruction program; and

     

    • Related services that help individuals with special needs to benefit from specially designed instruction. Special education is an integral part of the total public education system. 

     

    • Other features of special education are:
      • It is provided in a way that promotes maximum interaction between students with and without disabilities in a manner which is appropriate to the needs of both
      • Services are provided at no cost to parents
      • It provides a full range of program options to meet the educational and service requirements of individuals with exceptional needs in the least restrictive environment (LRE). The LRE is generally the setting that is most similar to those attended by general education students.


    The individualized education program (IEP) team, of which the parent is an important member, determines a student’s eligibility and identifies any needed program aids, services, and instruction considered necessary for the student to progress in school. The needed program, aids, and services must be provided in the LRE.


    Members of the student’s IEP team meet at least once a year to:

    • Review the student’s progress, the IEP (i.e., programs and services), and the appropriateness of the placement
    • To make any necessary changes in the student’s program


    Examples of Specially Designed Instruction

    • Systematically teaching a student to walk
    • Use of pictures in a lecture-type lesson
    • Use of manipulatives in an algebra lesson


    Examples of Specialized Aids

    • Books on tape
    • Textbooks with enlarged print
    • Auditory training equipment
    • Communication boards
    • Adaptive switches
    • Footrests


    Examples of Support Services

    • Collaboration and consultation with teachers and parents
    • Modified lessons
    • Job coaching
    • Functional behavior plans
    • Mobility training
    • Sign language interpreter


    Special Education is the provision of instruction aids and services for eligible students such as:

    • Braille homework
    • Auditory trainers
    • Modified curriculum
    • Physical assistance
    • Behavior plans
    • Speech and language instruction
    • Various accommodations
    • Adapted physical education
    • Occupational therapy
    • Consultation with various school specialists


    Remember that special education is

    • A service, not a place
    • Not for students with learning difficulties that are due primarily to cultural or economic differences, lack of familiarity with the English language, or limited school experience. In addition, special education is not designed to meet the needs of students who have temporary physical disabilities.


    QUALIFYING FOR SPECIAL EDUCATION SERVICES


    A student, age three through 22, having one or more of the following 13 federally defined disabling conditions that adversely affect his or her educational performance, may be eligible to receive special education services.

    • Autism
    • Deaf-blindness
    • Deafness
    • Hearing impairment (hard of hearing)
    • Mental retardation
    • Multiple disabilities
    • Orthopedic impairment
    • Other health impairment
    • Serious emotional disturbance
    • Specific learning disability
    • Speech and language impairment
    • Traumatic brain injury
    • Visual impairment


    Eligibility is determined through an assessment process that identifies one or more impairments that prevent a student from achieving at his/her potential. A student may be performing significantly below the District’s standards and additional interventions may be necessary for the student to maximize access to the educational program.