The priority of the Disabilities Services Area is to support families to navigate the special education system, and ensure that the children’s needs are being implemented and met. The Disabilities Services staff works closely with the Teachers/Home Visitors to assist in referring children who are suspected of having a disability to the appropriate Local Education Agency (LEA) and/or Regional Center, with the parents' written consent.
Disabilities Services supports families and children in various ways, including but not limited to:
- Providing families with resources and ideas to work with their child at home
- Informing parents of their Rights and Due Process in Special Education
- Providing workshops
- Advocating for the special education services the children are entitled to
- Attending Individualized Family Services Plan (IFSP) and/or Individualized Education Program (IEP) meetings with the families
- Working closely with Teachers/Home Base Visitors to refer children who are suspected of having a disability to the appropriate Local Education Agency (LEA) and/or Regional Center, with the parents' written consent.
Our teaching staff and Home Base Visitors work with children of all abilities. Classroom and home-based instruction is modified, when appropriate, to meet the unique needs of our children with disabilities.
Special Education Partners:
Alhambra Unified School District – 1000 South 8th St. Alhambra 91801 626-308-2591
Bellflower Unified School District –16703 S. Clark Ave. Bellflower 90706 562-866-9011, Ext. 2024
Downey Unified School District – 11627 Brookshire Ave. Downey 90241 562-904-3500
Los Angeles Unified School District – 333 S. Beaudry Ave., 17th floor Los Angeles 90017 213-241-4713
Whittier Area Cooperative Special Education Program (WACSEP) – 8036 S. Ocean View Whittier 90602 562-945-6431
East Los Angeles Regional Center (ELARC)- 1000 S. Fremont Ave. Alhambra 91802 626-299-4777
(East Los Angeles Family Resource Center) – 626-300-9171
Harbor Regional Center – 1155 E. San Antonio Dr. Long Beach 90807 310-540-1711
(Harbor Family Resource Center) – 562-933-8050 or 562-933-8430
South Central Los Angeles Regional Center – 2500 S. Western Ave., 3rd floor Los Angeles 90018 213-744-7000
(South Central Los Angeles Regional Center Family Resource Center) – 213-744-8878
Mental Health Advocacy Services, Inc. – 3255 Wilshire Blvd., Ste. 902 Los Angeles 90010 213-389-2077
Special Education Websites & Resources:
NICHCY serves the nation as a central source of information on disabilities in infants, toddlers, children and youth. You’ll find easy-to-read articles on IDEA, the law authorizing early intervention services and special education, as well as researched-based information on effective practices, programs and services.
Parents Helping Parents (http://www.php.com/)
Parents Helping Parents (PHP) strives to improve the quality of life for any child with any special need of any age, through educating, supporting and training their primary caregivers.
E-Ready Special Education Information for Parents (http://www.pta.org/advocacy/content.cfm?ItemNumber=3713)
This page provides parents, as well as teachers, of children with disabilities with information on specific disabilities, a glossary of special education terms, and links to helpful resources.
AllExperts – Special Education (http://www.allexperts.com/cl2/636/education/Special-Education/)
This website allows parents to ask questions of AllExpert’s volunteer experts regarding all aspects of special education; questions and answers are available for search as well.
U.S. Department of Education (http://www2.ed.gov/parents/needs/speced/edpicks.jhtml)
The Department of Education provides a list of resources pertaining to the needs of children with disabilities.
Easter Seals (http://www.easterseals.com)
Easter Seals provides exceptional services, education, outreach and advocacy so that people living with autism and other disabilities can live, learn, work and play in our communities.
TASH is an international leader in disability advocacy for human rights and inclusion for people with significant disabilities and support needs. TASH works to advance inclusive communities through advocacy, research, professional development, policy and information and resources for parents, families and self-advocates.
Special Education News (http://www.specialednews.com/)
Special education News is a newspaper that provides information on issues related to special education.
For further information, please contact:
Claudia Huezo, Disabilities Coordinator – firstname.lastname@example.org
Janette Angel, Disabilities/Mental Health Aide – email@example.com