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Special Services

Section 504 and Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) are civil rights laws that guarantee that “no otherwise qualified person shall be excluded solely on the basis of a disability.” This means schools must identify students who have disabilities and provide supports and services to ensure these students have the same opportunity to access all programs and activities at the school they are qualified for despite the disabilities.

To qualify for a 504 plan, your child must have a documented disability (physical or mental impairment) that substantially limits one or more major life activities in school.  Examples of disabilities which may be addressed by 504 plans include ADHD, diabetes, asthma, depression and health-related issues.

Speak to your child’s Teacher, School Counselor or site administrator to request help and determine if evaluation for a 504 should be considered.

If you would like a copy of your Parent Rights under the 504 Section of the Rehabilitation Act, please contact your school administrator or go to the Resources section below.

Special Education Assessment

If you and your child's school have tried a variety of changes in general education and they have not been effective, the Student Assistance Team will make a referral for special education assessment. Parents can also request an assessment at any time. You should submit your request in writing, date it and note all areas of concern. Return the request to the school administrator or counselor. Special education is guided by legislation called the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).

Within 15 days of your request, you will receive either:

  • An Assessment Plan noting areas in which your child will be assessed; or
  • A notice that the district declines to assess, with reasons given. You have the right to appeal this decision.

If you receive the Assessment Plan, you must sign it and return to the school.

Within 60 days of receipt of the signed Assessment Plan, all assessments will be completed and an Individual Education Program (IEP) meeting will be held to discuss your child’s eligibility. If your child is eligible, an IEP will be developed. An IEP will include specific goals to address your child’s needs, and services to support those goals.

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FUHSD is proud to partner with the California Autism Professional Training and Information Network (CAPTAIN), by promoting the use of evidence-based practices for individuals with Autism and related developmental disabilities. CAPTAIN is part of the California Department of Education Statewide System of Support.

Contact Information

Nancy Sullivan
Director of Educational & Special Services
(408) 522-2232

Roxy Machuca
Coordinator of Special Services
(408) 366-7771

Michael Martinez
Coordinator of Special Services
(408) 522-2250

Cathleen Rodriguez
Coordinator of Special Services
(408) 522-2285

Renee Olivarez
Executive Assistant, Special Services
(408) 522-2240