• Frequently Asked Questions

    Community Advisory Committee (CAC)

    CAC Mission

    The CAC's ultimate goal is to ensure that students succeed in maximizing their potential, receive the best possible education, and have equal access to all services. The CAC collaborates with the local SELPA to ensure that the educational requirements of special education students are met. The CAC serves as a liaison between SELPA, the Sonoma County Office of Education (SCOE), local districts, families, community members, students, and teachers, so that all voices are heard. The organization also provides consumer education, information, and referral to resources.

    The Sonoma County Community Advisory Committee (CAC) advises the local Special Education Local Plan Area (SELPA) as specified by the State Education Code Part 30, Sections 56001, 56190-56194, 56195.7, 56195.9, 56200, 56205, 56240, 56728.7, and 56780.

    More information about the CAC and its operations can be found in the CAC Bylaws.

    CAC Meetings

    All CAC meetings are open to the public and held at Santa Rosa School District, 211 Ridgway Avenue, Santa Rosa from 6:00-7:30pm. Each meeting will have a topic and guest speaker. Be sure to get on the email list to receive an agenda prior to the meeting. Please contact the SELPA office at (707) 524-2750 with inquiries. This committee is co-chaired by Kristie Anderson and Mia Tamayo, cacsonomacounty@yahoo.com.

    The CAC informational brochure includes the meeting dates and topics planned for the Community Advisory Committee. It is available in Spanish.

    See the CAC Meetings and Agendas page for the most up-to-date information and agendas. Meetings for 2018-19 are scheduled for:


    Other Workshops and Meetings

    Workshops and other meetings of interest to parents are listed in the Workshop section of this site.


    Diagnostic Center, Northern California

    Diagnostic Center services are provided by expert, interdisciplinary teams of diagnostic professionals, including educational specialists, speech and language specialists, transition/secondary specialists, school psychologists, clinical psychologists, and pediatricians who address the unique educational needs of Northern California's most difficult-to-serve students enrolled in special education programs.


    Early Start and Preschool Services: for Parents of Children Ages 0 - 5

    Find out where to get help if you have developmental concerns or areas of suspected disability for your infant, toddler, or preschooler in Sonoma County.


    Organizations for Specific Disabilities

    Council for Exceptional Children

    The Council for Exceptional Children is the largest professional organization devoted to children with disabilities. The website provides a wealth of information regarding IDEA, national and state conferences and workshops, federal legislation and policy issues, publications and products, career connections, and the ERIC Clearinghouse on Disabilities and Gifted Education.

    Council for Learning Disabilities

    CLD is one of the largest professional support and advocacy organizations for learning disabilities in the country.

    International Dyslexia Association (IDA)

    IDA is the largest organization devoted to reading disabilities (dyslexia). The site provides many useful documents, links, and related information for parents and professionals.

    LD Online

    This specialized site is devoted to issues related to Learning Disabilities. Very current information, updated daily, with links to every major learning disabilities organization in the country.

    Learning Disabilities Association of California

    LDA-CA is a 501(c)(3) non-profit volunteer organization of parents, professionals, and adults with learning disabilities. Its purpose is to promote and support the education and general welfare of children and adults of potentially normal intelligence who manifest learning, perceptual, and/or behavioral handicaps.

    National Information Center for Children and Youth with Disabilities

    The National Information Center is a clearinghouse for information regarding programs for children with disabilities. Over 400 overheads regarding IDEA implementation are available for training purposes.

    National Institute of Child Health and Human Development

    NICHD is part of the National Institute of Health and sponsors research related to learning disabilities and other reading/literacy related issues. The site includes excellent summaries of research findings, publications for parents and professionals, and conference information.

    Schwab Foundation for Learning

    The site of the largest learning disabilities-related support organization in California is loaded with useful information. Links, documents, and more.


    Parent Guide to Achievement Testing

    Parent Guide available in English and Spanish

    A document entitled, "Parent Guide to Achievement Testing," is now available in PDF format in both English and Spanish. This document, in a question and answer format, addresses the basic information regarding statewide testing requirements for students with disabilities.


    Parents Helping Parents (PHP)

    PHP is a comprehensive, not-for-profit family resource center run for and by parents of children with special needs.


    Parent Publications

    The following publications are available in PDF format from the Sonoma County SELPA:

    • Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) brochure,
      in English and Spanish
    • Special Education Rights of Parents and Children,
      in English and Spanish

    For more information about these documents, contact the Sonoma County SELPA at (707) 524-2750.


    Resources for Parents

    Matrix Parent Network and Resource Center

    Matrix Parent Network and Resource Center is a non-profit organization for families of children with disabilities. Founded in 1983, it serves families in northern California, primarily in Marin, Napa, Solano, and Sonoma counties. Recognizing that parents are the best advocates for their children, Matrix strives to strengthen the supportive and advocacy roles of parents by offering support, information and training. For more information, go to http://www.matrixparents.org.

    California Family Empowerment Centers on Disability


    Secondary Transition Planning

    Get Resources and guidelines to assist youth with disabilities as they transition from school to adult life, including education and training, employment and independent living.

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