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Family Involvement & Partnerships

Resources and support for parents, guardians, and families of children with disabilities.

This page will highlight the topics and links from other sections of this Web site, which are of particular interest and will provide information, resources and support to parents, guardians and families of children with disabilities.

Procedural Safeguards and Referral Services

Provides technical assistance information and resources for parents, school districts, advocates, agencies and others of procedural safeguards regarding students between ages 3 and 21 with disabilities and their educational rights.

  • Toll-free Help Line: 800-926-0648; Weekdays, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Videophone Line: 916-374-7182 (deaf/hard of hearing); Weekdays, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • E-mail:
  • FAX: 916-327-3704
Rights of Parents and Children

Special Education Rights of Parents and Children Under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, Part B - Notice of Procedural Safeguards (English) | DOC (Updated 22-Jan-2009)
This document complies with the final federal regulations, effective October 13, 2006, implementing the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, as amended in 2004.
Available Translations of the Notice of Procedural Safeguards (Updated 02-Feb-2009)

Parents' Rights (Posted 23-Jul-2007)
A brief summary of Procedural Safeguards for students with disabilities receiving special education services.


Training on Writing IEP Based on State Standards (Updated 19-Nov-2009)
Writing measurable annual goals and objectives in the IEP related to California Content Standards.

National Autism Center Standards Project External link opens in new window or tab.
Provides critical information about which treatments have been shown to be effective for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders.

California Parent Organizations (Revised 11-Mar-2014)
List of California agencies providing resources for families of children with disabilities.

Reasons for Concern (Revised 08-Jan-2014)
When you suspect your child or a child in your care may have a disability or special need(s).

Diabetes Management in Schools (Posted 07-Aug-2007)
Information to assist schools in effectively managing diabetes, one of the most common chronic diseases in school-aged children.

Early Childhood Special Education Series (Revised 16-Nov-2007)
Core concepts and preferred practices for successful, high-quality intervention services.

Test Variations
Accommodations and modifications available to students with disabilities for California statewide assessments.

California Alternate Performance Assessment (CAPA) (Revised 12-Jan-2007)
The development and implementation of an alternate assessment for children with severe cognitive disability.

Algebra I Graduation Requirement (Revised 17-Jul-2006)
Guidance and resources for teaching algebra concepts to students with disabilities.

ED Response to Report Card and Transcript Questions (Posted 24-Aug-2006)
United States Department of Education clarifies issues regarding grade reporting for students with disabilities.

California High School Exit Examination (CAHSEE) (Revised 17-Feb-2006)
Assistance for students, parents, and schools with the administration of the CAHSEE.

Early Start External link opens in new window or tab.
A child with or at risk of developmental delay or disability can receive an "Early Start" in the State of California. The California Department of Developmental Services plans, develops, implements, and monitors the statewide early intervention services system in collaboration with the California Department of Education.

National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities External link opens in new window or tab.
A central source of information on IDEA, No Child Left Behind (as it relates to children with disabilities) and research-based information on effective educational practices.

Technical Assistance ALLIANCE for Parent Centers External link opens in new window or tab.
The Technical Assistance ALLIANCE for Parent Centers (the ALLIANCE) provides technical assistance to more than 100 Parent Centers funded under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).

Resources in Special Education (RiSE) Library External link opens in new window or tab.
RiSE Library is located with Parents Helping Parents (PHP) of Santa Clara, a Parent Training and Information Center (PTI), in an effort to enhance parent partnerships.

Announcement: The California Department of Education, Special Education Division, announces the RiSE Library will close effective July 1, 2013. The PHP Library, where the RiSE library collection has resided since the late 1990’s, will assume and manage the collection. The California Department of Education is combining resources for families of students with special education needs while simplifying the process of accessing online and hard copy materials. Select the link above to access the combined collection.

Questions: Special Education Division | | 916-445-4613 
Last Reviewed: Thursday, February 11, 2016

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