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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
Information for parents and educators on the needs of children with epilepsy in the California school system.

International Dyslexia Association External link opens in new window or tab.
According to its mission statement, the International Dyslexia Association (IDA) is an association that actively promotes effective teaching approaches and related clinical educational intervention strategies for dyslexics. It supports and encourages interdisciplinary research. It facilitates the exploration of the causes and early identification of dyslexia and is committed to the responsible and wide dissemination of research-based knowledge.

Special Education Resources
Links to sites related to Special Education national and state laws, regulations.

WorkAbility I
A California Transition Program


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.

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

Determining Specific Learning Disability Eligibility Using Response To Instruction And Intervention (RtI2) (DOC; 4MB; 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
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.

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: An Overview (PDF; 3MB; Posted 02-Apr-2019)
An overview of federal and state statutes and regulations for use as a reference to assist local educational agencies in developing and implementing procedures for parental representation as required by Government Code Section 7579.5(m).

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:

  • 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.
  • Project Read External link opens in new window or tab.
    • California’s State Personnel Development Grant, Project Read, 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.

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.
Questions: Special Education Division | | 916-445-4613 
Last Reviewed: Friday, April 5, 2019
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    Download California Special Education Management Information System Software for June 30, 2019, reporting requirements.
  • FMTA Consultant Assignments by Region (updated 14-May-2019)
    The Focused Monitoring and Technical Assistance (FMTA) Consultants are assigned geographically and by quality assurance activity to align with the eleven California County Superintendents Educational Services Association (CCSESA) regions.
  • WorkAbility I State Advisory Meeting (added 24-Apr-2019)
    May 7, 2019, WorkAbility I State Advisory Meeting.
  • August 20, 2018, Letter (added 17-Apr-2019)
    Letter regarding the Anniversary of the California Dyslexia Guidelines Publication.
  • ACSE Agenda April 17-18, 2019 (added 04-Apr-2019)
    Advisory Commission on Special Education (ACSE) meeting agenda.