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Special Education
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Welcome to the Special Education Department!

Mission/Vision Statement

The Special Education Department exists as an organized team to provide specialized service, support and knowledge to students with special needs, their parents, the community and staff. The results of such efforts are the development and implementation of effective, evidence-based programs and services for all Arcadia Unified School District students.

 

Overview

Federal and state laws require the district to identify, locate and assess all students within the district from birth through 21 years of age who may have disabilities, and then provide appropriate programs and/or services to those eligible. Programs and services are provided based on the individual needs of the student outlined in an Individualized Education Program (IEP).

  • Parents are key members of the IEP team.  

  • This site is designed to provide families with information about the processes listed above in order to enhance their meaningful participation.

 

The Arcadia Unified School District is committed to providing eligible students with disabilities a free and appropriate public education.

Special Education is defined in the California Education Code (56031) as:

Specifically designed instruction, at no cost to the parent, to meet the unique needs of individuals with exceptional needs whose educational needs cannot be met with modification of the general instructional program, and related services at no cost to the parent, which may be needed to assist such individuals to benefit from specially designed instruction. Special education is an integral part of the total public education system and provides education in a manner that promotes maximum interaction between children with disabilities and typically developing children in a manner which is appropriate to the needs of both.

Special education programs in Arcadia Unified School District are provided for children ages 3 through 21 who qualify according to laws and regulations as outlined in the California Education Code and the Federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). Infants and toddlers 0-3 who are deaf or hard of hearing, orthopedically impaired, or visually impaired may also qualify for services provided via our West San Gabriel Valley member districts.

Children with disabilities may need Special Education services in addition to or different from those provided in their general school program. Through Special Education and supportive technology, instructional techniques, materials, and equipment will be adapted to meet the individual educational needs of the exceptional student while maintaining, to the extent possible, the educational program and setting that is available to the general education population.

 

 

 
     
  Contact:  
  150 S. Third Avenue
Arcadia, CA. 91006
(626) 821-8371

Katherine Mahoney
Director of Special Education

Bernice Carrasco
Administrative Assistant

Nicole Markley
Office Assistant

Traci Sergi
Program Specialist

Cecilia Griego 
Program Specialist

Emily Blake-Fisher
Instructional Coach
 
     
Thank you for visiting the Special Education Department
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Parent Coffees
Please join Katherine Mahoney, the Special Education Director, for coffee at the Arcadia Educational Center (AEC). It is an opportunity to learn about various topics via presentations, as well as to get to know other families within the district.

October 24th Workability and TPP and

the new California Dyslexia Guidelines

November 14th Behavior

December 12th Getting Ready for the IEP Meeting

January 23rd Curriculum and Evidence Based Interventions

February 27th Articulation (Transitions from preschool, elementary, middle, high school and beyond)

March 27th Mental Health in Schools

May 8th End of Year Wrap Up

2017-2018 Community Advisory Committee

WEST SAN GABRIEL VALLEY SELPA

TENTATIVE WEST SAN GABRIEL VALLEY SELPA COMMUNITY ADVISORY COMMITTEE (CAC) MEETING SCHEDULE FOR 2017-2018

Meetings will be held in the West San Gabriel Valley SELPA – Board Room 15 West Alhambra Road Alhambra, CA 91801

From 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM*

Monday, September 11, 2017
Monday, October 9, 2017
Monday, November 13, 2017
December Holiday Mixer 12/4/17
Monday, January 8, 2018
Monday, February 5, 2018
Monday, March 12, 2018
Monday, May 14, 2018
Monday, June 11, 2018​

* Childcare will be provided at all meetings.

For information regarding how, to whom, and when a request for disability-related modification or accommodation, including auxiliary aids or services, may be made by a person with a disability who requires a modification or accommodation to participate in the public meeting, please contact Elizabeth Pau at 626-943-3435.

Any materials required by law to be made available to the public prior to a meeting of the West San Gabriel Valley Superintendents’ Council can be inspected at the following address during normal business hours: 15 West Alhambra Road, Alhambra, California 91801.

"Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success." ~Henry Ford
Resources for Families
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@KMahoney_AUSD
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