Overview

  • About The Antelope Valley SELPA  

     

    The Antelope Valley (AV) Special Education Local Plan Area (SELPA) is composed of ten school districts in the Antelope Valley region of northern Los Angeles County.  The Antelope Valley SELPA extends from the border of San Bernardino County on the east to the boundary of Gorman School District on the west and the border of Kern County on the North and the boundary of Acton-Agua Dulce School District on the south.

    The overall purpose of the SELPA is to ensure that quality special education programs and services are available throughout the region to meet the individual needs of special education students.

    The SELPA is governed by the Antelope Valley Superintendents’ Council, which is comprised of the superintendents’ of the ten school districts in the SELPA.  Palmdale School District serves as the Administrative Unit of the SELPA.  The District employs the SELPA staff and is the legal entity which receives the special education funds.  The SELPA Office distributes the funds to its member districts in accordance with the SELPA’s Funding Allocation Plan.

    The Antelope Valley SELPA is a support service office.  Its primary goal is to promote success for all learners by providing quality services and support in a professional and timely manner.  Support services provided by the SELPA Office include:

     


    California Special Education Management Information System (CASEMIS)

    Community Advisory Committee (CAC)

    Desired Results access Project

    Early Start/Infant Program

    Fiscal Management:  Special Education Funding

    Information Dissemination

    Low Incidence Equipment and Services

    Non-Violent Crisis Intervention (NCI) Training Certification

    Professional Development and Parent Education

    Program Compliance/Quality Monitoring and Support

    Special Education Local Plan and Policies Development

     

    The following is a general overview of services:

     

      

    California Special Education Management Information System (CASEMIS)

     

    The SELPA provides technical assistance and support for personnel responsible for the SELPA-wide pupil count management information functions.  The SELPA Office also coordinates the submittal of required CASEMIS data to the State Department.

     

    Community Advisory Committee (CAC)

     

    As required by law, the CAC is a group of parents, educators and agency representatives who advise the SELPA in the development, review, and implementation of its local plan for special education.  The SELPA provides technical assistance, resources and staff to support the activities of the CAC.  Sponsoring the annual area special education conference is a major activity of the CAC.  The CAC meeting schedule can be obtained by contacting the SELPA Office.

     

    Desired Results access Project

     

    The Desired Results project is an accountability program to evaluate the effectiveness of early childhood special education programs and services.  The project addresses the provisions of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) related to child progress outcomes and the participation of infants through preschool children with IEPs in statewide assessment activities.  The SELPA provides training and coordination activities to support the SELPA districts implementation of the project.

     

    Early Start/Infant Program

     

    This is a free, federally funded program that provides assessment and intervention services to children from birth through two years of age with vision, hearing, or orthopedic impairments. 

     

    Through grant dollars administered by the SELPA, the Lancaster School District coordinates the intake, assessment and the multidisciplinary team activities to determine eligibility for services.

     

    Services to the baby and family may include:  vision services, audiological services, assistive technology service and referral and coordination, special home instruction, speech and language services, and respite services.

     

    Fiscal Management:  Special Education Funding

     

    The SELPA is responsible for the management, distribution, and accounting of funds which are allocated to the districts of the AV-SELPA.  The SELPA’s Finance Committee coordinates the ongoing review of the SELPA’s Funding Allocation Plan.

     

    Information Dissemination

     

    The SELPA provides information to educators and parents pertaining to special education services, programs, and resources.  The following information is available at the SELPA Office:

     

    ·        School District Contact Directory

    ·        Complaint Procedures

    ·        Free & Low Cost Legal Services Directory

    ·        Special Education Programs within the SELPA

    ·        Parent Rights Information

    ·        Special Education Law Summaries

    ·        Community Agencies and Support Groups:  Directory and Information

    ·        SELPA Local Plan and Policies

     

    Low Incidence Equipment and Services

     

    California provides funds to purchase specialized books, materials, and equipment as required under the individualized education program for each student with low incidence disabilities.  Low incidence disabilities are defined as hearing impairments, vision impairments, severe orthopedic impairments, or a combination of these impairments.  The SELPA’s Low Incidence Review Committee is responsible for managing low incidence funds and equipment.  The SELPA orders and inventories all equipment.

     

    Non-Violent Crisis Intervention (NCI) Training Certification

     

    NCI is a nationally recognized behavior management approach used in special education programs for behaviorally disordered and emotionally disturbed children.  The Crisis Prevention Institute certifies trainers to train personnel within the SELPA to use NCI.  The SELPA funds trainer certification training and coordinates an NCI training program conducted periodically throughout the year.

     

    Professional Development and Parent Education

     

    Professional development is available for general and special education teachers, administrators,  paraeducators, and support staff is provided throughout the calendar year. Parent Education is provided through our CAC meetings.  Some of the topics addressed in the SELPA’s total staff development program include:

     

    ·        PREPare Training for Schools

    ·       Teaching Social Skills

    ·       Behavioral Intervention

    ·       Topics for Speech and Language Pathologists

    ·       Mental Health

    ·       Classroom Management

    ·       Evidence Based Practices for Students with Autism

    ·       Inclusion/Accommodations/Modifications

    ·       Special Education Information System (SEIS) (the SELPA’s computerized IEP software program)

     

    Program Compliance/Quality Monitoring and Support

     

    The SELPA is responsible for monitoring the Local Plan to verify that member districts are complying with their legal responsibilities to ensure program compliance and quality.  SELPA staff periodically visit member districts and meet with Program Directors to monitor and support the district’s special education program.

     

    Special Education Local Plan and Policies Development

     

    The SELPA coordinates the development and implementation of the Local Plan and policies relating to the provision of special education services within the Antelope Valley.  Activities also include the development of procedures, guidelines, and required forms and documents.

     

     

Last Modified on October 11, 2017