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Student & Personnel Services: Special Education
The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) requires that disabled students between birth and twenty-two years of age, or until high school graduation, be provided with all "educational and related services" needed to receive a free appropriate education (FAPE). Disabled students requiring specialized settings or interventions beyond the scope of services offered by district general or special education programs, or public regional agencies are referred to the Santa Cruz County Office of Education's Special Education Department for enrollment in one of our programs. The parents, district of residence, county office, and agencies collaborate to develop an IDEA compliant Individual Family Service Plan (IFSP) or Individual Education Plan (IEP) based upon student age, levels of functioning and needs.
The Santa Cruz County Office of Education's (SCCOE) Special Education services are divided into several programs. The Early Start Program provides early childhood education from birth to three to children identified with developmental delays. The Chrysalis Program provides services to students with an educational diagnosis of autism in pre-school through 8th grade. Our moderate to severe special day classes serve students who require specialized services to support their individual needs. Our post senior programs, housed both at our local community college and high school, serve students with IEP's who are age 18 to 22. These programs are located on comprehensive school sites throughout the ten local school districts.
The SCCOE's Special Education Department is focused on providing each student with highly effective individualized instruction and related support services so each student will achieve their full educational, social, emotional, and vocational potential. Highly trained specialists in the areas of teaching, speech/language, nursing, adapted physical education, psychology, vision, hearing, occupational therapy, physical therapy, orthopedics and work experience serve these students. Some of these specialists also serve students in various district operated special education, and general education programs. Continuing communication and collaboration with parents, school districts, agencies, and local businesses who provide student employment opportunities is essential to our programs.
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Congratulations to Yeltsin! Special Education students went to the Wellness Fair on the Cabrillo College campus, and participated in a few activities. There was a raffle. Students had to complete the Wellness Survey to be eligible for the raffle drawing. Yeltsin Rodriguez, a post senior student at Cabrillo, won the grand prize, a brand new bike! He has never had a bike before! Then he went up to the Cabrillo Health Services and bought his helmet for only $10.
The SCCOE Special Education Department includes the following programs:
Early Start Program
Special Connections Family Resource Center (SCFRC)
Chrysalis Center Autism Program
Program for Students Challenged by Severe Handicaps:
Elementary: SH classrooms integrate basic skills, life skills, and communication for students challenged by severe handicaps (SH). All classrooms include medically fragile students and students diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).
Middle: SH classroom provides students with exposure to functional curriculum, prevocational skills, and specialized training focused upon individual student needs.
Secondary: SH classrooms integrate functional skills curriculum and pre-vocational and vocational skill training programs. Students in SH classrooms at all levels have opportunities for inclusion in general education classes and activities.
Program for Post Secondary Students
Designated Instructional Services (DIS):
Adaptive Physical Education Specialist
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