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Each Special Education Local Plan Area (SELPA) develops a Local Plan that describes how it provides special education services.  Updates to the North Region SELPA Local Plan are currently under review to align with recent Education Code requirements.
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The CAC serves in an advisory capacity regarding community opinions, concerns, and suggestions pertaining to special education and related services for students with disabilities residing within the North Region SELPA. Meetings are public and anyone interested in children with special needs is welcome to attend.

Recent news & Upcoming events

National Braille Literacy Month

January is Braille Literacy Month, in honor of the birthday of Louis Braille, who was born on January 4th, 1809. Braille Literacy can be a vital component to independence and employment for people who are blind or visually impaired. Children who are blind or who have low vision have the option to learn Braille at an early age.

Decline in Early Start Referrals Due to Pandemic

The Early Start program, which provides early intervention services, has experienced a decline in referrals since the beginning of the pandemic. Because early intervention is critical for children to achieve the best possible developmental outcomes, the Department of Developmental Services and partners are working together to share information and resources.

We CAN Do Better

The North Region SELPA staff and all member Districts stand united with students, staff, local communities, and everyone across the U.S. who has experienced racial bias, violence, or discrimination. I challenge myself and those around me to go further with our actions to stand up to bigotry, hatred, and intolerance. I hope when we look back on 2020 we see how the focus on two viruses (that of Covid-19 and that of systemic racism) caused a tipping point toward making our society a healthier one. In the meantime, we take action as individuals, schools, districts, and communities to refuse (and support others to refuse) racism in our educational mission, because it starts with the words and actions we use to support children. Our influence and responsibility are huge because children look to us for models on "how to be." -- Katy Babcock, North Region SELPA Director. See North Region SELPA District and School Board messages through link.

May 21, 2020 Public Hearing: SELPA Annual Budget and Service Plans

In accordance with CA Code Section 56205[b][1] and 56205[b][2], this serves a public notice that the Policy Board of the North Region Special Education Plan Area (SELPA) at its next regularly scheduled meeting, will be reviewing and adopting • The 2020-21 North Region SELPA Annual Service Plan, and • The 2020-21 North Region SELPA Annual Budget Plan. The Meeting will be held on May 21, 2020, from 10:00am to 12:00pm via Zoom link (see attached notice).

North Region SELPA Annual Budget Plan and Annual Service Plan

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act 20 United States Code (20 USC) Section 1400 et seq. and related federal regulations, require each special education local plan area (SELPA) to ensure a continuum of program options are available to meet the needs of students with disabilities for special education and related services.  Specific requirements are contained in the Local Plan which includes an Annual Budget Plan, Annual Service Plan, and Attachments.

Child Find

Child Find activities are the responsibility of each Local Education Agency (LEA) and occur prior to a referral for special education services. These activities are designed to locate individuals, birth through 21 years of age, including children not enrolled in public school programs as well as children who are homeless or wards of the state and reside in the district and may be eligible for and in need of special education and/or related services.
Child find activities also foster awareness and understanding on the part of educators, parents and other community members of the referral procedures for special education, the eligibility criteria, and the continuum of special education programs and services available. Child find activities inform educators, community agencies, and parents/guardians of their right to refer their child for a special education assessment to determine eligibility and the need for special education services.
(E.C. § 56300 and 56301)

Member Districts

Pamela Kazee, Director
2060 Challenger Drive, Alameda, CA 94501
(510) 337-7075
Cynthia Ortiz Front, Director
1200 Solano Ave, Albany, CA 94706
(510) 559-6536
Shawn Mansager, Director
2020 Bonar Street, Berkeley, CA 94704
(510) 644-7733
Dr. Karen Steele, Director
1275 61st Street, Emeryville, Ca 94608
(510) 601-4907
Hillary Crissinger, Director
760 Magnolia Avenue, Piedmont, CA 94611
(510) 594-2733