Resources for Parents

Here are some resources we hope will help you. We are always here to support you!

Visit New Haven’s Family Learning Portal

Upcoming Events:

Getting the Right Support: Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) Strategies for Implementation

Click here for flyer and Zoom Link

2022-2023 Special Education Recognition Awards (SERA) – May 8th at 4:00pm

Has someone made a difference this year has someone made a difference this year in your child’s school life? Has your child been supported by a particular staff person? We are seeking nominations from PARENTS for our annual Special Education Recognition Awards (SERA), honoring staff from New Haven Unified, Fremont Unified and Newark School Districts. Nominees should be individuals who have gone the extra steps to support our students: bus drivers, para-educators, teachers, volunteers, a principal, speech pathologist, crossing guards, maybe even a program specialist! You may submit your nomination by clicking on this link.

New Haven Coffee Talk Meet and Greet 2022-2023 ~ Click here for presentation

Mission Valley Community Community Advisory Committee Newsletter
The MV SELPA CAC is launching a monthly newsletter! Each edition will have highlights from the previous months events and heads up about upcoming CAC events and other Bay Area events that may be of interest to special needs families. We promise to only send follow-up emails if there is a correction to be made or the schedule has changed.

Click here to subscribe to the CAC Advisory Committee Newsletter


Who do I call for help?

Although you can find many resources on your own, we encourage families to contact their teacher, case manager if you have any questions or concerns. If they are unable to answer your questions, principals or program specialists are here to assist you.

Alexis Perry, Program Specialist for K-12
Mary Rios, Program Specialist for PreK and private school students

Parent Handbook – this is a valuable resource for parents

Connecting with other Parents in Mission Valley SELPA

SELPA Information

Community Advisory Committee Application

Health Care Resources for People with Developmental Disabilities, UCSF

Office of Developmental Primary Care Improving outcomes for people with developmental disabilities

Occupational Therapy

Have a question? Contact Nathania McNally at

Getting Ready for my first IEP

A Parent’s Guide by

Acronym list

Helping Children with Special Needs Learn Communication Skills Through Social Media – click here for presentation.

Tips and Tricks for using social media with children and adolescents with disabilities.

Internet Resources:

California Department of Education
California Department of Education – Special Education via Specialized Programs
Clearinghouse for Specialized Media and Technology
Council for Exceptional Children
Information on Assistive Technology and Disability Issues
Learning Disabilities Association of California
National Information Center for Children and Youth with Disabilities
Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) – Home Pages
Office of Special Education Programs
PHP (Parents Helping Parents)
Resources in Special Education (RISE)
Tuck Research – Advancing better sleep for people with disabilities
The OSEP Spanish Glossary Project