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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


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 (Posted 26-Aug-2009)
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.

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.

Training and Technical Assistance Opportunities

DRDP access Assessment System (Removed 23-Mar-2015)
Preschool Special Education Federal Requirements. (This page is currently being reviewed and revised.)

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

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

  • California Services for Technical Assistance and Training (Cal STAT) External link opens in new window or tab.
    Develops partnerships with schools and families by providing training, technical assistance and resources to both special education and general education.
  • Least Restrictive Environment (LRE) Resources Project
    Provides resources for use by districts and sites to improve services of all students, and includes information on teacher training, mentoring, facilitating, technical assistance, specialized materials and leadership sites.
  • Special Education Early Delivery System Project (SEEDS) External link opens in new window or tab.
    The SEEDS Project assists the California Department of Education in providing technical assistance to early childhood special education programs.
  • State Personnel Development Grant (SPDG) External link opens in new window or tab.
    • Information on California's federal professional development grant assisting schools in implementing research-proven instructional and behavioral strategies.
    • Project READ External link opens in new window or tab. California’s new State Personnel Development Grant focusing on improving reading achievement and academic performance for middle school students in 44 competitively selected middle school sites.

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.

  • Service-Learning External link opens in new window or tab.
    Explore a career in special education through service-learning

California Department of Education Employment Opportunities:

  • Professional Development
    Prepares, trains and recruits high-quality teachers, principals, paraprofessional and other staff.
  • Selection Services Office
    Information on Special Education Consultants, Assistants and Visiting Educators and links for qualified personnel seeking education positions in California.
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Last Reviewed: Monday, June 1, 2015

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