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Special Education

Parent Support Groups

Parent Rights/Disability Information

Parent and Family Resources

The following organizations offer information and guidance for families of children with disabilities.

American Association on Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities - Formerly AAMR - American ...more

Special Education in AUSD

"Special education" is instruction designed to address the educational, physical, social, and emotional needs of children with disabilities.

 

AUSD offers a wide range of educational services for young people aged 0-22 who have disabilities.  

If you have or believe you have a child with special needs, please read our AUSD FAQ on Special Education (below) to learn more about how to work with our department to help your child receive the most supportive services possible.

 

Families are encouraged to learn more about Special Education:

For the most extensive information regarding the Special Education services Alameda Unified School District provides, a clear definition of Special Education, process and procedures, please open one of the following PDFs:
For more specific questions regarding AUSD's Special Education services, please contact our office by phone (510) 337-7194, via email at vforrester@alameda.k12.ca.us or in person at our district office located at 2060 Challenger Drive, Alameda, CA 94501.

Special Education Services Offered

Alameda Unified School District (AUSD) and the North Region SELPA provide a full continuum of services for students eligible for special education and related services. The continuum of options ...more

Special Education FAQ

The following FAQ provides answers to commonly asked questions about special education services.

What is "special education"?

As defined by California Education Code (section 56031), special ...more

Special Education Strategic Planning Group

AUSD's Special Education Department has formed a Special Education Strategic Planning Group comprised of parent/guardians, teachers, administrators, paraprofessionals, and community members. The goal of the planning group is to create a comprehensive, three- to five-year plan for the delivery of special education services in the district.

You can find materials related to the meetings on this page.

You can read more about the group in the press release sent out on February 24, 2017.

 

 

ASPED Families Presentation (09/2017)

On September 21, 2017, Chief Student Support Officer Kirsten Zazo and Director of Special Education Victoria Forrester gave this presentation on AUSD's special education services to the Alameda Special Education Families Support Group. You can find more information about ASPED Families on the group's website.

Special Education Contacts

Phone: (510) 337-7194

Fax: (510) 864-2309

 

Victoria Forrester

Special Education Director

vforrester@alameda.k12.ca.us 

 

Hillary Crissinger

Coordinator of Secondary Mild/Moderate and Adult Transition Programs

hcrissinger@alameda.k12.ca.us

 

Sheri Jepperson

Coordinator of Moderate to Severe programs, preschool and ALL autism programs

sjepperson@alameda.k12.ca.us

 

Joanne Murphy

Coordinator of Mild/Moderate Elementary for the following schools: Haight, Edison, Maya Lin, Paden and Bay Farm

jmurphy@alameda.k12.ca.us

 

Jodi McCarthy

Coordinator of Elementary Mild/Moderate for the following schools: Earhart, Otis, Ruby Bridges and Franklin

jmccarthy@alameda.k12.ca.us