Community Advisory Committee
The Community Advisory Committee (CAC) is a group of parents, educators and community members who provide input to the administration and school boards of Special Education Local Planning Area (SELPA) II. CAC sponsors educational and training programs related to special education at local schools (in CUSD), with business meetings held monthly. By getting involved in the CAC, you make a difference to your child as well as to our community. We welcome all community members to both our presentations and business meetings.
Each SELPA is mandated by law to:
- Advise the administration of the development, amendment, and review of the Local Plan;
- Recommend annual priorities to be addressed;
- Assist in parent education and request their input;
- Encourage community involvement in the development and review of the Local Plan;
- Support activities for students with special needs; and
- Educate by offering informative meetings and support.
The Community Advisory Committee (CAC) unites parents and educators in the effort to inform parents on issues related to raising Special Needs children, as well as to foster a nurturing and understanding environment in our schools through disability training (Abilities Awareness Program), so that students of all abilities may learn and thrive.
2018-19 Speaker Series
What Happens When Your Child Turns 18?
Feb. 28, 2019, Location: FUHSD District Office; 7 p.m.
Presenter: Johanna Thai Van Dat, Santa Clara County Superior Court's Self Help Center attorney. Join us to learn more about the options for limited conservatorship, and find out possible education impacts when your student becomes an adult.
Low Incidence Disability Information: Vision, Hearing and Orthopedic Impairment
March 28, 2019, Location: Sedgwick Elementary; 7 p.m.
Presenters: Pat Leader and Dimitry Neronov – CUSD, Kathy Mastrini – CUSD, Leslie Haverstock, OT and Rachel Okazaki, RPT, SCCOE. Families will have an opportunity to learn more about the educational supports for each of these disability areas. Professionals will share information on eligibility for services, and an outline of the services provided. We will also discuss some specific types of low incidence disabilities that are covered, and how these influences students in their classroom curriculum. We will cover the method for making referrals, and the process following a referral. Please bring your questions.
Evidence Based Practices to Support Students with Autism
April 25, 2019, Location: FUHSD District Office; 7 p.m.
Presenters: Representatives of the SELPAII CAPTAIN Team. CA Autism Professional Training and Information Network (CAPTAIN) is a multiagency network developed to support the understanding and use of Evidence Based Practices for individuals affected by Autism Spectrum Disorder across the state. Special Education Local Planning Area II (SELPA II) is a Special Education consortiu
Meet the Directors PRESENTATION
If you were unable to attend the special session earlier this year to meet the special education directors of FUHSD, CUSD and SSD, you can still view the Meet the Directors presentation. This event provided an opportunity for parents to participate in a panel discussion with the Special Education Directors, Coordinators and Program Specialists from Cupertino Union School District, Sunnyvale School District and Fremont Union High School District.
- Karen Cary, Chairperson
- Donna Dillard, Secretary
- Agnes Haymore, Operations Liaison
CAC BOARD MEMBERS-AT-LARGE
- Sumathi Balaji
- Sabeen Sattar
- Jana Weaver
- Supriya Sabne
- JinHee Sun,
- Cynthia Smyth
SELPA II STAFF
Anna Marie Villalabos, SELPA Director
- Debbie Textor, Executive Director of Pupil Services
- Shelly Ota, Director of Special Education
- Cathy Welply, Coordinator
- Kate Adams, Program Specialist
- Jenn Wang, Program Specialist
- Nancy Sullivan, Director of Educational and Special Services
- Cathleen Rodriguez, Coordinator of Special Services
- Roxy Machuca, Coordinator of Special Services
- Linda Van Mouwerik, Director of Special Education
- Jhuma Kanungo, Coordinator of Special Education
- Dianne Holcomb, Program Specialist
- Jana Parker, Program Specialist
- Wendy Sharp, Program Specialist
Education Resource Organizations
- Santa Clara County Office of Education (SCCOE)
- Santa Clara County Office of Education (SCCOE) SELPA
- Special Education Division, California Department of Education (CDE)
- Organization of Special Needs Families (OSF)