Resources for Families

WSGV SELPA will be hosting a Students with Disabilities Resource Fair this Saturday (rain or shine!).  There will be 85 vendors with resources for students aged 0 - 22.  Parking is at Ministero de Belen or New Hope Church.  Please see the flyers below.  
Parent Coffee Reminder 

Guide to the IEP Process


The IEP, Individualized Education Program, is a written document developed for each public school child who is eligible for special education.  The IEP is created through a team effort and reviewed at least once per year. Before an IEP can be written, your child must be determined eligible for special education.  By Federal law, a multidisciplinary team must determine that your child:

  1. Has a disability and 
  2. Requires special education services to benefit from the general education program.


The members of the multidisciplinary team who develop your child's IEP include:

  • You, the parents/guardians
  • General education teacher
  • A special education teacher who has training and experience in educating children with disabilities
  • An individual who can interpret the instructional implications of the assessment results
  • A representative of the school district who know about special education services and has the authority to commit resources
  • Individuals who have knowledge or special expertise about your child who are invited by you and/or the school district
  • Representatives from transition services agencies, when such services are being discussed
  • Your child, when appropriate, and whenever transition is discussed


The IEP guarantees the necessary supports and services that are agreed upon for your child.  The IEP should contain the following information:

  • Present Levels of Educational Performance
  • Goals
  • Special Education and Related Services
  • Other:
    • The extent, if any, to which your child will not participate with non-disabled peers in the regular class and other school activities
    • Whether your child will take state and district-wide tests, with or without accommodations, or have an alternative assessment
    • When services begin, where and how often they'll be provided
    • Necessary transition services (age 16)
  • Special Factors depending on your child's needs:
    • Behavior management supports and strategies
    • Language needs as related to the IEP, if an English Learner
    • Communication needs
    • Assistive technology devices or services required in order to receive FAPE
    • Necessary accommodations in the general education classroom


Parents and guardians are important members of the IEP team. You know your child better than anyone. You understand your child’s strengths and challenges. A great way to start IEP meetings is for parents and guardians to talk about their child's strengths. As equal members of the IEP team, parents of a student being assessed shall be encouraged to participate in developing, reviewing and revising the student’s Individualized Education Program.

Here are some ideas that may help you reduce your anxiety, increase your participation and facilitate the process:

  • Communicate regularly with school staff so you all have a mutual understanding of your child's needs
  • Prepare your thoughts before the meeting by writing down the important points you want to make about your child.
  • Take someone with you to serve as your support system.  If you decide to bring a friend or advocate, inform the school so they are aware of whom you're bringing
  • Ask questions if you don't understand the terms being used.  If necessary, arrange to meet with individuals after the meeting to review their reports
  • Try to stay focused and positive
  • Remember you can sign in attendance, but you don't have to agree to the goals or services at the meeting.  You can take the IEP documents home to review, get input, and return later.

Parents must give consent before any special education service may be provided. Interpreters for the deaf or for parents whose primary language is not English will be provided when necessary. A meeting may be held by teleconference upon mutual agreement of all parties.



Written parent permission is required before the IEP can be implemented.  If you agree with only parts of the IEP, let the Team know so services can begin for your child.
The IEP is reviewed at least once a year. However, if you or the teacher believe that your child isn't making progress or has achieved the goals sooner than expected, a meeting may be scheduled to revise the IEP.  If you believe an IEP meeting is needed, put your request in writing and send it to your student's Case Manager or teacher.
Work collaboratively with the staff responsible for your child's IEP and ask what you can do to reinforce skills at home.


Parent Education Opportunities


Families of students with IEPs will be invited to opportunities to learn more about your child's disability, strategies to support your child and ways that we can partner together to ensure positive outcomes for each student.

It is a wonderful opportunity to join a community of positive and supportive parents.


Community Advisory Committee (CAC)  Meetings (Open to the Public)


* Childcare will be provided at all meetings.

For information regarding how, to whom, and when a request for disability-related modification or accommodation, including auxiliary aids or services, may be made by a person with a disability who requires a modification or accommodation to participate in the public meeting, please contact Elizabeth Pau at 626-262-6257.

Any materials required by law to be made available to the public prior to a meeting of the West San Gabriel Valley Superintendents’ Council can be inspected at the following address during normal business hours: 11204 Asher St. El Monte, California 91731.


"Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success." ~Henry Ford


The Arcadia Unified School District anticipates a collaborative, positive and mutually respectful relationship with each family. We recognize that there are times that disagreements may arise that are not resolved at the school level. Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) provides an opportunity for individuals to resolve disagreements in a safe, efficient way.
The fist step is to contact your Special Education Director, Katherine Mahoney at (626) 821-8371 or at [email protected].
Click here if you'd like to learn more about ADR.
The Community Advisory Committee (CAC) is an advisory committee made up of parents, professionals and community members from the 14 member school districts.

Role of the CAC 
The CAC serves as an advisory board to review and help develop the Local Plan for Special Education required under EC Sec 56190. The CAC recommends annual priorities to be addressed by the SELPA, encourages community involvement, assists in parent education and provides support to families with children in special education. 

Participating in the CAC 
All CAC meetings are open to the public. Parents and other caregivers are encouraged to attend these meetings where they can learn about what is happening in their school district, around the state and receive other important information about special education. Voting members are appointed and approved by the school board of each district. The majority of voting membership must be comprised of parents of children with disabilities enrolled in public or private schools within the SELPA. Everyone concerned with the education of children with special needs are welcome to attend.
The West San Gabriel Valley Special Education Local Plan Area (SELPA) is a multi district SELPA located within the Los Angeles County. They are a consortium of fourteen Local Education Agencies (LEAs). 

Our Mission
The West San Gabriel Valley SELPA supports Students, Families and Member Districts by providing quality trainings, special events and the essential information necessary to encourage Students to reach their greatest potential.
In support of their commitment they will provide a well-trained staff dedicated to:
Working in partnership with schools, families and the community
Helping all students become successful members of society
Create a welcoming SELPA environment

For additional information, contact their office at (626) 262-6257.
Contact Bernice Carrasco at [email protected] to request translation of Special Education documents.  You can also call the Special Education department at (626) 821-8371.

BrightLife Kids No-Cost Resource

No costs attached. No insurance required. No referrals needed.

“BrightLife Kids is a program that is entirely paid for by the Children and Youth Behavioral Health Initiative (CYBHI). The CYBHI is a $4.7B package of investments initiated by Governor Gavin Newsom to support California’s kids.”

What does BrightLife Kids help parents and caregivers with?

“We are here to help you become the parents/caregivers you want to be. How?  With a dedicated coach who communicates directly with you and your child to provide expert behavioral health guidance (along with on-demand resources).  It’s all yours — anytime and from anywhere.” 

Check out these trainings created by Tim Crosby, our ERICS School Psychologist MFT.  They help students Cope with COVID-19 Concerns and Separating from Family to return to in-person learning at school.