Spotlight on Special Education in Riverside: Resources for Students, Teachers, and Parents

The county seat of Riverside County, the city of Riverside, California, is located approximately 50 miles east of Los Angeles. This fairly large city provides special education resources for students and their families as well as teachers and other educational professionals.

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Many of these resources are offered through learning institutions and government offices. Special education parents, students and teachers can also turn to nonprofit organizations in the area that focus on specific disorders or disabilities.

Riverside Educational Institutions and Their Special Education Resources

The Riverside Unified School District provides special and modified classes for special education students.  On the school’s website, parents, students and teachers will find links to helpful resources:

  • Parents will find links to various organizations focusing on specific learning and developmental disorders as well as special education curriculum information and U.S. Department of Education articles
  • Professionals can access information about IEPs and intervention resources as well as simulated learning experiences and strategic teaching methods
  • Students can enjoy links to online learning aids such as games and stories in addition to online learning assistance tools and textbook sites

According to its website, the Riverside County SELPA (Special Education Local Plan Area) is the “largest multi-district SELPA in California”. This SELPA has an online training development guide for special education teachers and administrators that provides information about meetings, trainings and workshops.

For parents, the Riverside County SELPA has a Community Advisory Committee designed to increase awareness of special education services and provide support for parents. Details about this committee are also found on the organization’s website.

The Sunshine Early Childhood Center in Riverside began as a school for students with Cerebral Palsy in 1947 and today serves special education students with many types of disabilities and disorders, including autism, Down’s syndrome and speech and language impairments. The school has an Early Start program.

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Therapeutic and Support Resources for Special Education Students and Parents in Riverside

Autism Society Inland Empire offers advocacy and support services for special education students and their families. The organization provides these services through parent support groups, workshops, and a regional taskforce. Parents can also access an electronic newsletter with information about autism and referral services.

The organization also hold various social events for parents and special needs children. These events include camps, day ranches and trips to ball games.

The Southern California Tri-Counties Brach of the International Dyslexia Association serves Riverside. This association has a parent support group and an action group focusing on awareness of this disorder. The organization’s website provides an online book list and informational videos.

The Riverside County Department of Mental Health has a children’s treatment center in Riverside that offers individual and family therapy programs, evaluations and case management.

Legal support and advice in the area of special education is provided to Riverside residents by the California Special Needs Law Group (CSNLG). Serving counties throughout the state, CSNLG can help with, among other issues, dispute mediations and IEP development.

Spotlight on Special Education in Irvine: Resources for Students, Teachers, and Parents

Consistently ranking as among the best places to live in the U.S., Irvine, California is located approximately 40 miles from Los Angeles. The city achieves the aforementioned honor in part because it offers a highly-ranked public school system, which provides many several education resources for parents, teachers and students.

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Resources can also be found through nonprofit organizations and other learning centers throughout the city. These resources range from therapy programs to online articles.

Educational Resources for Irvine Special Education Teachers and Students

The website of the Irvine Unified School District supplies extensive resources for parents and educators. Parents will find links to online guides regarding special education programs and legislation as well as information about specific disorders such as autism and ADD.

The Orange County Department of Education provides information concerning parent rights, assistive technology and early education programs. Teachers will find training opportunities focusing on classroom management, behavior analysis methods and special education student success strategies.

The Child Development School at University of California – Irvine focuses on supplying a supportive educational environment for children with AD/HD. Services include assessments and transition programs. Behavioral parent training and family social skills training are also offered.

With a location in Irving, the Stowell Learning Center provides assessment and educational therapy programs for students with learning disorders. The center strives to help students improve skills in area of memory, language, communication and attention. The website also has links to many free articles.

Special Education Supportive, Therapeutic and Legal Resources in Irvine

Beyond educational institutions, Irvine is home to several organizations providing services and programs for special education students and their parents.

Irvine-based Talk About Curing Autism (TACA), a nonprofit organization, offers learning seminars and social events for autistic children and families. The organization’s website provides links to helpful articles about therapies, medical interventions, parents’ rights and support groups, and more. Books, DVDs and CDs on autism are available to members through the organization’s resource library.

KiDA (Kids Institute for Development and Advancement) is based in Irvine and serves Orange County. It is the largest Center for Autism in the county and offers clinical and educational services to special education students. These include behavior, occupational, and speech and language therapy, social groups and a school for K-6 students that focuses on behavior management and social skills development.

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The Greater Orange County CHADD (Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder) holds general meetings in Irvine. These monthly meetings are intended for parents and teachers of students with AD/HD; meeting topics have ranged from therapy techniques to collaborative strategies.

For legal support, special needs families can turn to the California Special Needs Law Group (CSNLG), which is based in Pasadena but serves areas throughout the state. CSNLG’s services include mediating conflicts between special needs families and school systems and assisting parents with IEP development.

Spotlight on Special Education San Bernadino: Resources for Students, Teachers, and Parents

Raising and educating special needs children are not often tasks one can do alone. Fortunately, there are many resources available to parents and special education teachers.

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For those in San Bernardino, California, these resources are offered through schools, nonprofit organizations and mental health centers. Professionals and parents can find information and support through meetings, service programs and online articles. Programs are also available that are designed to help special education students build social and other skills.

In some cases, those seeking resources may need to venture outside of San Bernardino.

Educational Resources for Special Education in San Bernardino

The San Bernardino Unified School District provides online information for parents and staff. This includes downloadable files concerning intervention processes and parents’ rights. The school’s website also provides information about the Community Advisory Committee, types of academic instruction programs and psychological services.

The East Valley SELPA (Special Education Local Plan Area) is located in San Bernardino and is overseen by the San Bernardino Superintendent of Schools. The SELPA’s website provides links to IEP forms and parents’ rights information.

Hope, Inc. Academy and Institute in Rancho Cucamonga, located about 20 miles west of San Bernardino, is a combined non-public school and mental health institute providing various services to special education students.  The Academy provides specialized classroom learning, while the Institute offers clinical programs for children with autism, AD/HD and other disorders. These programs include behavioral, speech and occupational therapy, memory training, neurofeedback and behavior analysis.

Support and Development Resources for Special Education Parents and Students

The Institute for Child Development & Family Relations at California State University – San Bernardino offers behavioral intervention programs. Parent support groups are also found at the Institute.

The Inland Regional Center serves adults and children with developmental disabilities in San Bernardino County. It offers an Early Start program as well as services for school age special needs children.

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San Bernardino Parents of Asperger Kids Meetup Group provides links and information about social activities and meetings in the area.

Beyond San Bernardino’s city limits, meetings of the Pomona Valley/Inland affiliate of the Learning Disabilities Association (LDA) of California are held in Rancho Cucamonga the third Thursday of each month. While these meetings provide an opportunity for face-to-face interaction with special education parents and professionals, the association offers many online resources as well.

Its website provides links to articles and books as well as other helpful websites. Updated information about special education laws and a quarterly newsletter addressing such topics as instructional strategies for teachers and current research and legislation are also available on the LDA site.

Based in Pasadena, California Special Needs Law Group (CSNLG) offers its services throughout California. These services include conflict mediation and assistance with IEP development.

Spotlight on Special Education in Santa Ana: Resources for Students, Teachers, and Parents

One of the most populous cities in Orange County, California, Santa Ana offers various online and on-site resources for special education families and professionals.

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From public schools to nonprofit organizations, special education teachers, parents and students in Santa Ana can find support, educational and therapeutic services within and near the city. These services range from clinical programs to online articles.

Educational Resources for Special Education Students, Parents and Teachers

Many resources in special education are found in public and nonprofit school settings in or within a few miles of Santa Ana.

The Santa Ana Unified School District offers occupational, physical, and language and speech therapy services to its special needs students.

The website of the Orange County Department of Education offers a link to an Early Education program for children with special needs up to five years of age. Links to information about assistive technology, parent rights and special classes in areas of language and behavior are also provided.

In addition, the department provides extensive training programs for special education teachers through its System of Support (SOS). This program allows teachers to receive training in instructional strategies, classroom management and intervention methods through classes and guest speakers.

Serving special education students in Orange County, The Prentice School in nearby North Tustin, about five miles northeast of Santa Ana, offers specialized education programs for elementary, junior high and high school students. The school utilizes a specific language arts approach for elementary and junior high students with dyslexia. The high school program utilizes active collaboration, community service and individualized support.

The school’s resources include parent support workshops, online publications about dyslexia and assistive technology, links to local, national and international special needs organizations, and information about assistive technology tools.

Services and Resources for Special Education Students and Parents in Santa Ana

The Center for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders is based in Santa Ana. The center offers evaluation and treatment services and online resources for parents, which include recommended book listings and links to online articles. It also has a monthly family support group and advocacy services.

Easter Seals Southern California in Santa Ana offers behavior analysis and therapeutic services for autistic children. These services include speech, language and physical therapy.

The Greater Orange County C.H.A.D.D. (Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder) holds monthly support meetings in Santa Ana as well as in nearby Irvine and Orange. These meetings provide information about AD/HD as well as networking opportunities for families.

Based just several miles outside of Santa Ana, in Irvine, the nonprofit Talk About Curing Autism (TACA) offers learning seminars and social events for autistic children and families. The organization’s website provides links to helpful articles about therapies, medical interventions, parent support, parents’ rights and more. Books, DVDs and CDs on autism are available to members through TACA’s resource library.

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KiDA (Kids Institute for Development and Advancement) is also based in Irvine and serves Orange County. It is the largest Center for Autism in the county and offers clinical and educational services. These include behavior, occupational, and speech and language therapy, social groups and a school for K-6 students that focuses on behavior management and social skills development.

For legal support and advice, Santa Ana residents can turn to California Special Needs Law Group (CSNLG), which serves clients throughout the state. CSNLG can assist parents with Individual Education Plan (IEP) development and help to mediate disputes between special education parents and school systems.