Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR)
North Santa Cruz County SELPA Alternative Dispute Resolution process in place. ADR is an informal process for resolving conflicts. It is a process that respects the dignity of individuals while using communication, collaboration, negotiation and mediation to the meet the interests of the parties involved.
North Santa Cruz County SELPA has the following ADR Options:
- Expanded IEP: Parties come back together to an IEP with additional information to discuss issues that remain unresolved. A SELPA representative may be invited to attend.
- Facilitated IEP: A trained, neutral third party, usually a SELPA staff member, works with disputing parties to structure the IEP and facilitates the meeting.
If you are interested in the ADR process contact your local school district and tell them that you would like to participate in the SELPA ADR process. If you would like more information on the process you may contact the SELPA office at (831)466-5700
The North Santa Cruz County SELPA is seeking young people from birth to age 21 who may need special education services, including highly mobile (such as migrant or homeless) children with disabilities and children who are suspected of having a disability and in need of special education. If you believe your child may have any of these special needs, please contact your local school district or the SELPA Office at (831)466-5700.
How to prepare for an IEP
California Department of Education
For General Assistance or Information
regarding Special Education Programs
Parental Rights and Procedural Safeguards for Special Education
NOTE: In order to meet the requirements of the Reauthorized IDEA (Individuals with Disabilities Education ACT) and the California Federal Corrective Action Plan, new statements of parents rights regarding Special Education have been drafted.
Parents, legal guardians, persons authorized to make educational decisions, and surrogate parents of children with disabilities from three years of age through age 21 have rights with respect to getting the appropriate services for their children in need of special education services.
These rights, also called Procedural Safeguards, are discussed in detail in the below Adobe PDF files.
To access information from the California Department of Education on Parents’ Rights and Procedural Safeguards, please go to https://www.cde.ca.gov/sp/se/qa/
Additional languages available here: http://inet2.cde.ca.gov/cmd/translatedparentaldoc.aspx?docid=759-768
Special Education Spanish Glossary
Transition Planning Information
Special Education Websites
- California Autism Professional Training and Information Network
The California Autism Professional Training and Information Network (CAPTAIN) is a cross agency network developed to support the understanding and use of evidence based practices (EBPs) for individuals affected by Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) across the state of California.
- California Department of Education
- California Department of Education – Special Education via Specialized Programs
- California Early Start
- California Services for Technical Training and Assistance
- Clearinghouse for Specialized Media and Technology
- Council for Exceptional Children
- Evidence-based Practice and Autism
- National Alliance on Mental Illness, Local Support Groups
- National Information Center for Children and Youth with Disabilities
- Office of Special Education Programs
- PHP (Parents Helping Parents)
- Resources in Special Education (RISE)
- Special Parents Information Network
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