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SPECIAL EDUCATION DEPARTMENT

What is Special Education?

Special Education programs are designed for those students who are mentally, physically, socially and/or emotionally delayed. This aspect of “delay,” broadly categorized as a developmental delay, signify an aspect of the child's overall development (physical, cognitive, scholastic skills) which place them behind their peers. Due to these special requirements, students’ needs cannot be met within the traditional classroom environment. Special Education programs and services adapt content, teaching methodology and delivery instruction to meet the appropriate needs of each child. These services are of no cost to the family and are available to children until they reach 21 years of age. (States have services set in place for adults who are in need of specialized services after age 21.)

The Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA)defines Special Education as “specially designed instruction, at no cost to the parents, to meet the unique needs of a child with a disability,” but still, what exactly is Special Education? Often met with an ambiguous definition, the umbrella term of Special Education broadly identifies the academic, physical, cognitive and social-emotional instruction offered to children who are faced with one or more disabilities.

Resources for Transition and Community Agency

Bill Wilson Center

408-850-6125 

www.billwilsoncenter.org

Description:

The Bill Wilson Center is a nonprofit community based organization serving youth and families through counseling, housing, education and advocacy.

California Children Services

916-445 4171

www.dhcs.ca.gov

Child Care and Development Description:

California Childrens service is a state program for children with certain diseases and health problems.  Children up to 21 years old can get the health care and services they need. 

Dept. of Rehabilitation

Aaron Lott - 408-254-5750 www.rehab.cahwnet.gov

Description:

Vocational rehabilitation, mobility evaluation, specialized services for the blind, visually impaired, deaf, or hard of hearing, Assistive technology, Social Security incentives and the ticket to work program, independent living, BEP Enterprise program, Schedule A, LEAP.  Services for employers-Workforce Development, Employment today video, Boost your business, Trainings

Families First

408-354-0149

www.emqff.org 

Description:

EMQ is one of the largest mental health treatment programs in the county. The agency takes the state of the art approach to helping children; youth, adults and family deal with behavioral challenges.  They help families thrive.

Disability.gov www.disability.gov

Description:

Access to benefits, civil rights, community life, education, emergency preparedness, employment, health, housing, technology and transportation for individuals with disabilities.

Lighthouse of Hopewww.lbcsj.com

Description:

Lighthouse of hope offers counseling for youth with and without disabilities that are in crisis.  Individual and support groups offered.

San Jose Mental Health Department                                     

1-800-885-5673                 www.sccgov.org

Description:

Santa Clara County Mental Health Department partners with family, clients and communities for Hope, Wellness and Recovery.  Support for individuals and families.  Services are in a variety of languages.

Metro Ed 408-723-6400 www.metroed.net

Regional Vocational Center

Description:

It is the mission of the Silicon Valley Career Technical Education to educate eligible high school and adult students for success in careers and college in a professional, hands-on environment.  Juniors and Seniors in high school with and without IEPs are offered courses within 13 industries ranging from food service, to car mechanics and animation.

San Andreas Regional Center  1-408-374-9960www.sarc.org

Description:

Community based non-profit corporation funded by the State of California to serve people with developmental disabilities.  They provide diagnostic and prevention services to people under the age of 18.  Services such as respite day care, community living arrangements care and supported living, and advocacy to access in Home Support Service.

Santa Clara County Office of Education 408-453-6503 www.sccoe.org

Resources for students and families

Description:

The SCCOE serves the general public in the Santa Clara County, Information on the County Board Of Education, SCCOE branches, Resources for administrators, family, and teachers.  Public School Directory, and Job opportunities.  The website includes resources for programs in students and families with IEP services.

Second Harvest Food Bank  408-266-8866 www.shfb.org

Description:

Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties is a non-profit agency dedicated to end hunger. The Food bank provides food to low-income people.

Silicon Valley Independent Living Center 408-894-9012 www.svil.org

Description:

Silicon Valley Independent Living Center is a non-profit, non residential organization which serves all people with all types of disabilities in Santa Clara County with support tools and resources needed to live interdependently, and advocates for policies that ensure equal access and opportunity for all.

Social Security Administration  1 800-772-1213 www.ssa.gov

Individuals with Disabilities Description:

Programs such as selective Placement and Ticket to work. SSA selects qualified Individuals with Disabilities for positions that maximize their talents.  Social Security provides reasonable accommodations to people with disabilities.

VTA Transportation  408-321-2300 www.vta.org

Description:

Santa Clara Transportation Authority is an independent district that provides sustainable transportation options such as busses, light rails, trains services to individuals within Santa Clara County.   Services given to physically handicap.

United Way San Jose (no contact) 408-345-4300 www.unitedway.org

Description

United Way is a non-profit organization throughout the world that improves lives of individuals and families and helps them to achieve human potential through education, income stability and healthy lives.

Local Junior Colleges

DeAnza College Rose Angelo www.deanza.edu.org

DSP Services Kim 408-864-8838

Description

Services for students with learning and physical handicaps can access the Disability Support Programs and services, which provide services such as note taking, test taking, accommodations, and modifications.  Students must have written verification of an eligible disability

Evergreen College Robin Salak 408-270-6447

www.evc.edu.org

Gavilan College - Tamara Merrill & Cheryl Brown 408-848-4800www.gavilan.edu

Mission College (no contact) www.missioncollege.org

San Jose City College 408-288-3746 www.sjcc.edu.org

West Valley College Mike Scaleta 408-471-2010 www.westvalley.edu

San Jose Conservation Corps Natalie Mendoza

408-639-9486 www.sjccharterschool.org

Youth Build Program

Description

The San Jose Conservation corp provides disadvantaged youth with academic challenges.  They provide education, hands on learning and development of basic skills such as leadership, communication, computer skills, and employment training.

Contact Yusuf Alam  Yusuf Alam (408) 347-6887 BIOLOGY
Contact Felicia Arnold  Felicia Arnold (408) 729-2505 Teacher
Contact Rachel Avila  Rachel Avila Paraeducator
Contact Estevan Carrillo  Estevan Carrillo Paraeducator
Contact Sara Chong  Sara Chong (408) 347-6671 Psychologist
Contact Ashley Debaun  Ashley Debaun (408) 307-9489 ED Program Social Worker
Contact Mariana Hernandez  Mariana Hernandez (408) 347-6947 Teacher
Contact Poe Hiep  Poe Hiep (408) 347-6639 Teacher
Contact Hyon Kim  Hyon Kim (408) 347-6895 Teacher
Contact Debra Leschyn  Debra Leschyn (408) 347-6971 Teacher
Contact Lily Mwangi  Lily Mwangi (408) 347-6960 Teacher
Contact Elizabeth Nadal  Elizabeth Nadal Paraeducator
Contact Kristi Ryan  Kristi Ryan (408) 347-6890 Teacher
Contact Edith Tayaba  Edith Tayaba (408) 347-6982 Teacher