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Programs and services available to students with disabilities, publications, training and technical assistance opportunities, and recruitment resources and materials.

Training and Technical Assistance Opportunities
TEACH California and Special Education Employment Opportunities


WorkAbility I (Updated 07-Nov-2011)
A California Transition Program - Students Learn to Earn.

Epilepsy Education and Awareness (Added 18-Oct-2010)
Information for parents and educators on the needs of children with epilepsy in the California school system.

Special Education Resources (Updated 06-Mar-2012)
Links to sites related to Special Education national and state laws, regulations.


The Guidelines for Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapy in California Public Schools (Second Edition) External link opens in new window or tab. (PDF; 2MB) defines and describes the occupational therapy (OT) and physical therapy (PT) services to be provided in an educational setting, compliant with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) of 2004; Title 20, United States Code Section 1400 et seq.; and the OT and PT scopes of practice and state license requirements.

Addressing Learning Disabilities and Difficulties: How to Reach and Teach Every Student External link opens in new window or tab.
This revised edition of I Can Learn will help students with learning difficulties or learning disabilities excel in the general education classroom.

Braille Mathematics Standards (PDF; 2MB) - adopted by the State Board of Education in 2006
Braille Reading Standards (PDF) - adopted by the State Board of Education in 2006

The California READING Initiative and Special Education in California External link opens in new window or tab. (PDF)
Provides information on important issues related to the California READING Initiative, its base of research, and its application to both general and special education.

Early Childhood Special Education Handbook Series (Revised 19-Nov-2007)
Core concepts and preferred practices for successful, high-quality intervention services.

Determining Specific Learning Disability Eligibility Using Response To Instruction And Intervention (RtI2) (DOC; 4MB; Posted 26-Aug-2009 | PDF)
Technical assistance information for local educational agencies as they begin planning to implement RtI2.

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.

Programs for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students - Guidelines for Quality Standards, 2000 (PDF; 1MB)
This publication can be ordered from the CDE Press Sales Desk. The item number of this publication is 001502.

Reasons for Concern Brochure (Posted 25-Jan-2006)
That your child or a child in your care may need help.

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.

The Special EDge Newsletter External link opens in new window or tab.
Informing and supporting parents, educators, and other service providers on special education topics, with a focus on research-based practices, legislation, technical support, and current resources.

Student Success Teams (Posted 03-Nov-2008)
A complete sequential training to resolve many individual student needs and school-wide issues.

Surrogate Parents in California Special Education (Updated 08-Feb-2012)
Prepublication release of revised manual to train surrogate parents to serve as child representatives in California Special Education.

Transition to Adult Living: An Information and Resource Guide External link opens in new window or tab.
Handbook of transition efforts for students with disabilities as they move from their junior high and high school years into the world of adulthood and/or independent living - revised in 2007 and includes changes as related to the regulations of IDEA 2004.

Training and Technical Assistance Opportunities

DRDP access Assessment System (Updated 14-Oct-2013)
Preschool Special Education Federal Requirements.

STAR Legacy Module (Posted 28-Oct-2010)
Creating an Inclusive School Environment: A Model for School Leaders

IDEA Web Cast Training (Revised 06-Jun-2007)
A free video cast delivered via the Internet, provides information on the final federal regulations implementing the IDEA.

Individualized Education Program (IEP) in compliance with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), as amended in 2004.

Learn to Connect Curriculum to the Standards, A Web cast Training Series External link opens in new window or tab.
Top educators provide development and implement strategies to ensure the participation of students with disabilities in a curriculum that reflects California's content standards.

Special Contracted Projects: (Revised 10-May-2011)

Department of Developmental Services Early Start (Birth to Three Services) External link opens in new window or tab.
Provides information regarding early intervention services for infants and toddlers through California Early Start. Includes regional services and online resources.

TEACH California and Special Education Employment Opportunities

TEACH California External link opens in new window or tab. - Recruiting California Teachers
Provides information and links for individuals seeking teaching positions in California with emphasis on special education, mathematics and science teachers.

California Department of Education Employment Opportunities:

Questions: Special Education Division | | 916-445-4613 
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