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ESGV SELPA Community Advisory Committee

Message from the Chair

October marks the 75th Anniversary of Disability Employment Awareness Month (DEAM), and this year marks the 35th Anniversary of the American Disabilities Act. Along with these milestones are other important causes for us to learn. These include Down syndrome, Dyslexia, Learning Disabilities, Bullying Prevention, Domestic Violence Prevention Month, National Protect Your Hearing Month, and National Teachers Day. This month’s newsletter will include resources on all these causes and introduce you to our Publications Chair, Leslie Castellanos.   
The ESGV SELPA CAC extends a thank you to all the teachers for National Teacher’s Day. Thank you for working hard and making a difference in the lives of our students. We also extend a great big thank you for distributing the flyers for our last Parent In-Service about How to Prepare for Your Individual Transition Plan Meeting. The ESGV SELPA CAC would like to recognize the winners from our last Teacher Incentive Drawing, Ms. Carmen Garcia from Claremont Unified School District, and Ms. Adriana Garibay and Mrs. Brito from Walnut Valley Unified School District. We greatly appreciate your support.

Families have requested that we continue to provide resources for parents, students. and teachers.  Please make sure to scroll down for all available resources and workshops. We look forward to continuing to serve you.

Tavia L. Lawson, ESGV SELPA CAC Chair

Leslie Castellanos

What activities have you done with your daughter to get through the pandemic?
My daughter Iris and I enjoy swimming a lot. We have a pool at home and that has allowed us to stay cool, exercise, and have fun outdoors.  We also love walking our dogs, reading stories, playing board games, and watching baseball and basketball. My daughter loves the movie Frozen so we also did Frozen Yoga through Cosmic Kids, an awesome online resource for parents and children.
What have you learned so far going through this situation?
I learned that prior to the pandemic I lived a life that was very fast-paced, busy, and at times so stressful that it was negatively impacting my physical and mental health. During the pandemic I made exercising a priority and when I did that my mental health automatically received a positive boost. I also learned to be happy with just being and appreciating the simple things in life.
What does Disability Awareness Month mean to you?
Disability Awareness Month is an opportunity to remind others of the beauty that lies within differences. It is a month to celebrate the abilities of individuals and dismantle stereotypes. I like to use the word Acceptance instead of Awareness. The world is aware of individuals with disabilities. The problem is a lack of respect, understanding, and acceptance.
This year marks the 75th Year of National Disability Employment Awareness Month. The theme this year is "Access and Opportunity " what does this mean for you and your daughter?
My hope is that my daughter will one day have a job, be independent, and be a productive member of her community. Access and opportunity begin with Inclusion and Acceptance. Inclusion is a right and not a privilege.  In order for individuals with disabilities to be successful and have meaningful employment in the future, they need to have access to an education that will allow them to thrive as adults. When we go to Target there isn't a line to pay for people with Down syndrome and a separate line for neurotypical people.  Access and opportunity begin in elementary school. If students with disabilities are segregated from their peers who don't have a disability, how can they live and work together in the future? 
Anything you would like to share with families?
I just want to remind families that our current situation, which includes distance learning, is temporary. We are all doing the best we can given our country’s current circumstances. Our children’s teachers are working very hard and so are our kids. Be patient, be kind, and remember that your child’s mental health is more important than their grades.
What do you like about being the Publication Chair and why did you decide to join? 
I believe that parent participation in schools and school districts is very important. Parents are more valuable to their child’s success in school than they realize. I volunteered for the SELPA CAC and the Publications Committee because I enjoy advocating for my daughter, the Down syndrome community, and for parents. As the Publications Chair, I distribute valuable resources to parents, educators, and students. Many parents have difficulty-accessing resources and I feel our SELPA CAC Newsletter makes information readily available and accessible.


Dates and Events
CAC Business Meetings:

Parent In Services

ESGV SELPA CAC Virtual Family Game Night

Parents' Place FRC
Birth to 5 Seminar


Distance Learning & the IEP

Department of Rehabilitation

National Disability Awareness Month

Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Transitioning to Life After High School


ESGV SELPA Local Education Agencies

Azusa USD

Baldwin Park USD

Bassett USD

Bonita USD

Charter Oak USD

Claremont USD

Covina-Valley USD

Glendora USD

West Covina USD

San Jose Charter Academy

California Virtual Academy at Los Angeles

IQ Academy

Opportunities for Learning Baldwin Park

Options for Youth-San Bernadino

Walnut Valley
Walnut Valley Unified School District hosted a Virtual Parent Symposium on Saturday, September 26th. Click on their link above to view.


Birth to 5 Seminar Flyer

Virtual Autumn Bingo Night

Facilitating your Child's Education during Distance Learning 

REACH Support Group

Young Adult Social Group

Family Webinar Series

Special Education Online Trainings

Psycho-Educational Assessment and UnderstandingTest Scores

For Families of Young Children with Visual Impairments

Behavior Trainings-Distance Learning for Caregivers

Bonita HealthTips

Azusa Unified School District-Free Meal Schedule

CUSD Wellness Webinar Series

PIQE Level 1

There's an App for That

Protect Your Hearing Month

Competitive Integrative Employment

Employment Resource Map


Distance Learning

System Improvement Leads



International Dyslexia Association

Learning Disabilities of America


Math Anxiety vs. Dyscalculia

A Day in The Life of a Teenager with Dyscalculia


Los Angeles County Consumer and Business Affairs Webinars (Landlord/Tenant Rights)

Housing Rights Webinars
Los Angeles County Consumer and Business Affairs Webinars (Landlord/Tenant Rights

Sesame Street Health Emergencies

Video on Health Emergencies



Office of Clients' Rights Advocacy Workshop on Social Security-

October 23rd Parents’ Place in collaboration with the Office of Clients’ Rights Advocacy will be hosting a workshop on SSI.

The workshop will be from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. 

Click the Link Below to register in advance:


Digital Library Card

Free Printing
No printer? No problem! You can now use our wireless printing service and pick up your documents at any pick-up location.  Click Here for more information.


Free Webinars for Dual Language Programs:

Part I: Partnering with Families in the First Month of Dual Language Programs,
Kindergarten/Grade One
(September 3, 2020)

Webinar recording available at:

Presentation slides available at:

Part II: Planning for Biliteracy in Distance Learning: Spanish Dual Language Programs, Kindergarten/Grade One (September 10, 2020)

Webinar recording available at:

Presentation Slides at:



Local CAC Information:

Hacienda LaPuente




West San Gabriel Valley

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