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Special Education

What is Special Education?

Special Education is specialized instruction provided for children from birth to age 22 who qualify according to the laws and regulations outlined by the state and federal government. A student may qualify for special education services as an individual with special needs in one of twelve areas identified by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA 2004). These are:

  • Deaf/Hard of Hearing
  • Deaf-Blind
  • Visually Impaired
  • Speech-Language Impaired
  • Specific Learning Disability
  • Multiple Handicapped
  • Orthopedically Impaired
  • Other Health Impaired
  • Intellectual Disability
  • Emotionally Disturbed
  • Autism
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
Special Education/SELPA Office
MaryAnn Frates, SELPA  Executive Director
Tanya Meyers, Asst to MaryAnn Frates
Linda Rowley Thom, Director of Special Education 
Tanya Meyers, Asst to Linda Rowley Thom
Stephanie Sawyer, Asst. Director of Special Education/Infant, Toddler & Preschool
Program Supervisors:  Stephanie Caporusso, David Futterman, Jenn Malakoff, Michelle Leavitt, Kari Straface, Rhonda Taft
Secretaries: Lisa Grover, Gwen Larriega and Jenny Olden
Special Needs Support Liaison:  Christine Koehne
Other Support Staff: Alma Ordaz, Lan Lau
699 Old Orchard Drive, Danville CA 94526
Phone: (925) 820-6815 Fax: (925) 820-5277