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Special Education
  Information  
 

Welcome to the Special Education Department!

Please note: We are in the process of re-developing this webpage.The purpose of this website is to provide information about the supports and services we provide to students with disabilities. The website is also a tool to provide access to important documents, forms, and other special education information for teachers, administrators, and parents.
 

 

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 
Teacher on Special Assignment

Emily Blake-Fisher
Instructional Coach
 
     
Thank you for visiting the Special Education Department
2016-2017 Community Advisory Committee

WEST SAN GABRIEL VALLEY SELPA

TENTATIVE WEST SAN GABRIEL VALLEY SELPA COMMUNITY ADVISORY COMMITTEE (CAC) MEETING SCHEDULE FOR 2016-17

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, August 29, 2016

Monday, September 12, 2016

Monday, October 10, 2016

Monday, November 14, 2016

Monday, January 9, 2017

Monday, February 13, 2017

Monday, March 13, 2017

Monday, May 8, 2017

* 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.

Welcome to the newest members of our AUSD Special Education team!
We are excited to welcome an incredible group of Special Educators to the Arcadia Unified School District!
  • Erika Abraham, our new teacher for students with autism in grades TK-1st at Camino Grove Elementary School
  • Laird Anderson, our new teacher for students with moderate to severe disabilities at Arcadia High School
  • Alexis De Leon, our new teacher for the 1st grade Special Day Class at Highland Oaks Elementary School
  • Paul DeSurra, our new teacher for a self-contained Special Education class at Foothills Middle School
  • Genevieve Huffman, our new Language and Speech Specialist at Arcadia High School
  • Jonathan Leung, our new teacher for students in the SD Special Day Class at Arcadia High School
  • Lisa Tedei, our new Language and Speech Specialist at Camino Grove Elementary School, Dana Middle School and Foothills Middle School
  • Nicole Reed, our new School Psychologist at Longley Way Elementary School, and Rancho Learning Center
  • Megan Robinson, our new Teacher for students with visual impairments at Longley Way Elementary School
  • Belen Salgado, our new Resource Specialist Program teacher at Longley Way Elementary School
  • Maria Stemwell, our new teacher for students with moderate to severe disabilities aged 18-22 at Arcadia High School
  • Renee Yeh, our new Resource Special Program teacher at Highland Oaks Elementary School​
  • Andrea Vallejo, our new Resource Specialist Program teacher at Camino Grove Elementary School
  • Elizabeth Wong, our new Language and Speech Specialist at Highland Oaks Elementary School, Baldwin Stocker Elementary School and Little Stars Preschool
  • Joyce Woo, our new Language and Speech Specialist at Longley Way Elementary School and Arcadia High School

We are looking forward to the positive impact they will have on our students, families and staff!
"Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success." ~Henry Ford
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