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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, Vanessa Horeis, 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

Non-Discrimination Statement

San Ramon Valley Unified School District programs, activities, and practices shall be free from unlawful discrimination, harassment, intimidation, and bullying based on actual or perceived race, color, ancestry, national origin, ethnic group identification, age, religion, marital or parental status, physical or mental disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, or gender expression; or on the basis of a person’s association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics.

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