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Special Needs Liaison

A support for families of children with special needs and the staff who serve them.


‚ÄčThe Special Needs Liaison is a neutral and confidential resource for families and staff in SRVUSD, providing information, training and advice on special needs issues and topics, and supporting relationships between families and staff. 


The Special Needs Liaison works to help children succeed by fostering collaborative and productive partnerships between the District and families of children with special needs. 

Services are available to families and staff at any point in the special education process, whether the need is information, guidance, support, facilitation or dispute resolution.  No referral is necessary to contact the Special Needs Liaison.  All communications are confidential unless you agree otherwise. 

Services Provided by the Special Needs Liaison

Information, Assistance and Resources:

The Special Needs Liaison can provide information, resources and assistance regarding both special and general education, including:

  •   Eligibility for special education
  •   Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)
  •   Individualized Education Programs (IEP’s)
  •   504 Plans
  •  Accommodations / Modifications
  •  Student Success Teams (SST’s)
  •  Procedural rights & safeguards
  •  District and community resources for children with special needs, families and staff

Facilitation and Support:

The Special Needs Liaison can facilitate and support relationships between families of children with special needs and the District.  As the Special Needs Liaison, I will use a neutral approach, focused on fostering the child’s success through partnership and collaboration between families and staff.  I can help by...

  •  Having confidential discussions with families and staff
  •  Conducting site observations, home visits, or facilitating potential placement observations
  •  Attending IEP or SST meetings
  •  Attending staff meetings
  •  Facilitating creative solutions

Alternative Dispute Resolution:

The Special Needs Liaison can provide a level of local Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR), employing:

  • Confidential discussions with families and staff
  • IEP participation, consultation and facilitation
  • Facilitation and informal dispute resolution, or help in local resolution sessions

Education and Training:

The Special Needs Liaison gives recurring training and educational seminars to both families and staff, including workshops on:

  • SST and IEP processes
  • Special Education
  • Effective Collaboration
  • Effective Communication

Parent Support Network

The Special Needs Liaison facilitates and makes referrals to the District’s Parent Support Network.  The Parent Support Network is a parent-to-parent network of parents of children with special needs.  Volunteers undergo extensive SELPA training in supporting families of children with special needs, and empowering parents to help their children succeed through special education.

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Special Needs Liaison

Christine Koehne

Educational Services/SRVUSD

Phone: (925) 552-5072

Email: ckoehne@srvusd.net

Special Education Informational Series

The Special Needs Liaison plans informational discussions throughout the 2017-2018 school year for parents and the community to learn more about processes and programs available within the San Ramon ...more