News & Announcements

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.

New SELPA Podcast Series and Website Redesign

California SELPAs are refreshing their communication systems! First, please the click link above to see Episode 1 in the new podcast series produced by the SELPA Administrators of California and the Coalition for Adequate Funding for Special Education. The series will explore key aspects of behind-the-scenes work special education local plan areas (SELPAs) do across every California region to improve student outcomes. The first segment, “Making It Count: The Role of SELPAs in Special Education Finance,” features three extremely talented special education finance experts.

Additionally, the link above will take you to the SELPA Administrators of California redesigned website with more information about SELPAs and the work SELPAs do to facilitate equitable services and improved outcomes for students with disabilities across California.

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.

Positive Behavior Intervention Plans

Teaching students what to do instead of the challenging behavior and making sure there are supports in place for the new, appropriate behavior can lead to improvements.

National Occupational Therapy Month

During the month of April, Occupational Therapy Month recognizes all the benefits this specialized healthcare provides. They know the therapies to help improve weakened muscles and alternatives when others fail us. For every age and ability, occupational therapists provide care to improve the quality of life for each patient. Throughout the month, recognize an occupational therapist you know.
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