Parents who suspect their child has a disability are advised to contact their local school district or the Ventura County Special Education Local Plan Area (SELPA). Federal and state laws require public schools to provide free and appropriate education for children with disabilities that are impacting educational performance. From birth through age 21, children and young adults with disabilities may qualify for special education programs in public schools. The first step is assessment, to determine if the student is eligible for Special Education. If eligible, a team will work with the parents to determine the appropriate services and supports to meet the student's needs.
To request assessment for your child, put your request in writing, indicating the area(s) of concern.
Be sure to sign it and date it and give it to school staff- the principal or school psychologist is a good bet.
The SELPA is a regional consortium that includes all public school districts in Ventura County, the Las Virgenes Unified School District, and schools operated by the Ventura County Office of Education. If you have questions, please call the SELPA Office, at (805) 437-1560.
TO REFER A CHILD PRIOR TO THEIR THIRD BIRTHDAY, CALL:
TO REFER A CHILD OVER THREE YEARS OLD:
In order to qualify for Special Education, a student must have one or more of the following disabilities that is impacting educational performance:
See the Special Education Eligibility Guidelines for more information about each disability