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Last updated 5/24/19

 

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2019-2020 events and registration will be posted soon!

Click the link below for our Event Calendar and Registration website!

https://ccselpa.k12oms.org/

 

Staff, parents and community members are welcome to attend most Contra Costa SELPA sponsored trainings. Other sponsors have their own criteria; check with the event contact person for details.

Need assistance? Contact our Professional Development Staff here.

 

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2019-2020 CAC parent meeting dates will be posted here.

To register, visit our event calendar at https://ccselpa.k12oms.org/

   
   
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The Contra Costa SELPA believes in offering professional development activities that are of the highest quality; however, if you should have a complaint regarding any workshop that you have participated in, please click the following link to contact the Contra Costa SELPA Professional Development staff.

Visit our event websitehttps://ccselpa.k12oms.org/ for currently available CCSELPA professional development events.
More training opportunities and details are posted as they are scheduled;
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Parent Education and Events
 

COMING SOON!

CLICK HERE to register for the 2019-20 Contra Costa SELPA CAC parent meetings

 
 

CARE Parent Network
1340 Arnold Drive, Suite 115,
Martinez (925) 313-0999 or (800) 281-3023
CARE's workshops are funded through DDS, FACT and private donations. CAREofARC@aol.com

CARE Parent Network offers various support groups; to attend a support group, please contact CARE Parent Network at 800-281-3023 or visit their website for more information.

 
CHADD offers support group meetings for both Adults with ADD and Parents of Children with ADD. An ADD topic is covered followed by a group chat.
Meetings are free, open to the public and confidential. To register or for further information, contact Dana Hemmingsen at dana@addvantagecoaching.com or 925-362-4113 or Liz Culley at liz@addvantagecoaching.com or 925-648-4985 or visit their website for more information.
 

C.O.P.E. Family Support Center presents...Stepping Stones Classes

The Triple P - Positive Parenting Program knows all parents have different needs. That's why Triple P offers a number of specialized programs tailored to suit parents with specific needs or circumstances. Stepping Stones Triple P is one of them.

Call Vi Ibarra at 925-671-0777 x 14.

 
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ACCESSIBLE & ADAPTIVE GARDENS

Garden Tours, Tea in the Garden and Garden Crafts are available at the Diablo Valley College on-campus garden that is cared for by the Adaptive Horticulture students. Off-site visits are available for those unable to visit the campus.

For questions or further information contact Karen Talbot, instructor at 925-376-1157 or email at ktalbot@dvc.edu.

ADAPTIVE HORTICULTURE PROGRAM

Diablo Valley College, Pleasant Hill, has a garden on the DVC campus where students learn all aspects of plant propagation and nursery plant care; they offer training in landscape maintenance, greenhouse/nursery skills, basic gardening and related job performance skills. The purpose of the class is to meet the specific needs of each student in a prevocational and vocational training setting. The class meets year round.
For questions or further information contact Karen Talbot, instructor at 925-376-1157 or email at ktalbot@dvc.edu or Michael Land-Moreland, director at 925-685-1230, ext. 2443/2478 or email mlangmore@dvc.edu.

For Diablo Valley College admissions assistance call 925-685-1230 or visit their website at www.dvc.edu.

ADULTS WITH DISABILITIES CLASSES

The Mt. Diablo Adult Education Program offers classes for adults with developmental and/or learning disabilities, limited vision and acquired brain injury. Classes that emphasize community living skills, readjustment skills after injury, leisure time skills, physical fitness and computer education may be offered. Preregistration is required. For more information call 925-685-7340, ext. 2741.

Mt. Diablo Adult Education also offers classes at a variety of facilities that serve adults with developmental, emotional and physical disabilities. Classes may include: Communication skills, Leisure Time skills, Community Living skills, Functional Academics and Nutrition. For information, contact the facility directly.

For Adults with Developmental Disabilities contact: ALIVE: 925-825-0263; CAP Antioch: 925-706-1921; CAP Concord: 925-685-9742; George Miller East: 925-646-5710.

For Adults with Mental Health Needs contact: Phoenix Center: 925-680-0222.

ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY CERTIFICATE PROGRAM

Assistive Technology is a growing part of special education. This online program is designed to prepare educators, administrators and special education personnel for state and federal mandates in Assistive Technology.

California State University Dominguez Hills and the Orange County Office of Education offer the first online Certificate program in the area of Assistive Technology.

For information go to http://www.csudh.edu/at/ or contact Paul Richard at Paul_richard@ocde.k12.ca.us.

CalSTAT

CalSTAT is a project of the California Dept. of Education, Special Education Division located at the Napa County Office of Education to provide families and professionals with training, customized technical assistance, leadership and web-based informational resources.

Visit their website for related training information or listen and subscribe to The Special EDge podcasts here.

CONTRA COSTA COMMUNITY COLLEGE

The Disabled Students’ Programs and Services (DSPS) office at Contra Costa College is committed to providing programs and support services to students with learning, physical, and/or psychological disabilities, to help increase their access to vocational and educational programs and opportunities at Contra Costa College.

CONTRA COSTA CRISIS CENTER

The Contra Costa Crisis Center operates five countywide programs for youth and adults: 24-hour crisis lines, grief counseling, homeless services, youth violence prevention and 211 information and referral. Visit their website for phone numbers and more information on the services they provide: www.crisis-center.org

CRISIS PREVENTION INSTITUTE (CPI) TRAININGS

CPI is the world's leading training organization specializing in the safe management of disruptive and assaultive behavior. Choose from 1-day seminar, 2-day workshop or 4-day instructor certification programs. Contact Crisis Prevention Institute, Inc. for training program dates and locations. On-site training is also available. Call 800-558-8976 or visit their website at www.crisisprevention.com for more information.

DIABLO VALLEY COMMUNITY COLLEGE

Diablo Valley College's Disability Support Services (DSS) is a program that is designed to ensure that students with disabilities have equal access to all of the educational offerings at DVC. We facilitate equal opportunity through the provision of appropriate support services, curriculum, instruction and adaptive technology.

DIAGNOSTIC CENTER-NORTH PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT TRAININGS

The Diagnostic Centers are recognized as leaders in professional development. Professional development opportunities are developed by the Diagnostic Centers in response to local and state identified needs. Trainings are available in a variety of formats, including one-day workshops, special projects (in-depth assistance, including demonstration teaching), web-based learning opportunities and via video-conferencing. The three Diagnostic Centers disseminate a syllabus annually describing training opportunities available throughout their region. Visit their website at http://www.dcn-cde.ca.gov for a list of training opportunities.

DON'T LAUGH AT ME PROJECT

DON'T LAUGH AT ME PROJECT (DLAM) is working to transform schools, camps and other youth organizations into more compassionate, safe and respectful environments for children. Founded by Peter Yarrow of the folk group Peter, Paul & Mary, the project disseminates educational resources that are designed to establish a climate that reduces the emotional and physical cruelty some children inflict upon each other by behaviors such as ridicule, bullying and - in extreme cases - violence. Curricula and information is available through the Operation Respect website.

Families for Early Autism Treatment (FEAT)

FEAT is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing world class Education, Advocacy, and Support for the Northern California Autism Community. FEAT sponsors many workshops, conferences and events throughout the year. Visit their website at www.feat.org.

Fast ForWord TRAINING

To become a Fast ForWord provider or attend a free parent workshop visit their website at www.ScientificLearning.com or call toll-free at 888-665-9707.

LIMITED EXAMINATION & APPOINTMENT PROGRAM (LEAP)-AN EMPLOYMENT PROGRAM FOR QUALIFIED INDIVIDUALS WITH A DISABILITY

LEAP is a state of California employment program for individuals with a disability. For more information on LEAP, pamphlets are available for download at the website of the State Personnel Board at www.spb.ca.gov or Department of Rehabilitation website at www.rehab.cahwnet.gov and through the Employment Development Department website at www.edd.ca.gov.

LOS MEDANOS COMMUNITY COLLEGE
Los Medanos College’s Disabled Students Programs & Services program provides specialized classes and support services to students with disabilities to allow them to fully participate in and benefit from courses at the college. Classes include reading, writing, spelling, arithmetic and computer skills. Services and accommodations include, but are not limited to, priority registration, alternative testing, adaptive computer technology, sign language interpreters, textbooks recorded onto a audio file and Braille. Visit the DSPS website page for more information.

MIND INSTITUTE DISTINGUISHED LECTURER SERIES

The MIND Institute's Distinguished Lecturer Series features nationally known researchers in autism. The workshops are held on the 2nd Wednesday of each month, November - June in Sacramento. All workshops are free and open to the public. Visit their website to download a flyer at www.mindinstitute.org, click on "Events", "Distinguished Lecturer Series", or call the MIND Institute at 916-703-0285.

PROFESSIONAL ASSAULT CRISIS TRAINING (PRO-ACT)

Formerly the Professional Assault Response Training (PART), it has been renamed, revised and and improved. The Pro-ACTprogram was designed to provide professionals with the opportunity to develop necessary understanding and skills to avoid or reduce the need for restraint. Pro-ACT principles focus on maintaining the safety and dignity of the client, while keeping staff safe. The ultimate goal is to help clients learn alternative methods for meeting their needs and developing internal self-control. The principles used in Professional Assault Crisis Training have been in continuous development since 1968. These principles are research based and have proven effective for over 30 years. The latest revisions, new name, and new choices of certification options reflect our long-standing emphasis on avoidance in the use of restraint.

Contact PRO-ACT for information and training dates at 949-498-3529 or visit their website at http://www.proacttraining.com/pro-act-training/.

PROMOTING LEARNING THROUGH ACTIVE INTERACTION: COMMUNICATION STRATEGIES FOR INFANTS WHO HAVE MULTIPLE DISABILITIES

Online distance education course designed for service providers who are working directly with infants (birth to 30 months) who have multiple disabilities.

  • This training is supported by awards to California State University, Northridge from the US Department of Education in collaboration with the California Early Intervention Technical Assistance Network (CEITAN) and California School for the Blind, Fremont.
  • Materials and 3 units of semester credit are provided at no cost to participants.
  • Visit their website at www.csun.edu for course information and application.
SCHOLARSHIPS FOR TEACHER TRAINING

Scholarships for Teacher Training for educators interested in learning multi-sensory structured language approaches for the teaching of reading, writing and spelling.

Teacher training sites are available in various locations all over Northern California.

For more information contact Mia Callahan Russell at 925-934-5008 or via email at miacal3@attbi.com.

SOUTH BAY AUTISM SERVICES

Schedule of trainings is available. To apply for one or more trainings contact William O'Connell at 408-286-9341 or e-mail to wocdoc@jps.net.

SPECIAL EDUCATION INTERN PROGRAM

West Contra Costa School Unified District Special Education Department in partnership with Sonoma State University is presenting a program for special education professional preparation.

Contact Dr. Steven Cederborg at 510-741-2873 for more information.

SPECIAL EDUCATION STAFF TRAINING

Mt. Diablo Adult Education is offering free classes designed especially for new, substitute and regular special education staff. Classes are open to all who are interested. Contact Mt. Diablo Adult Education Department for more information at 925-685-7340, ext. 2731. Fall 2015-16 Flyer

TRANSITION AND FUTURE PLANNING WORKSHOPS

Free workshops on various transition and future planning topics for families of children with disabilities.

Presented by Stephen W. Dale and Associates, Attorneys & Counselors at Law, Walnut Creek, CA.
Call 925-280-0172 or visit their website at www.achievingindependence.com.

WCCUSD WORKABILITY I & TRANSITION PARTNERSHIP PROGRAM

West Contra Costa School Unified District Special Education Department in partnership with WorkAbility I, School to Career and Department of Rehabilitation offers an array of services for special education students ages 14-22. The programs are designed to promote career awareness and exploration, job shadowing, paid and non-paid work experience, support, guidance and employment assistance.
Special Education teachers may complete and submit an application for student services to the Employment Specialist at your school site.

Contact WorkAbility I/TPP Coordinator at 510-307-5340 for more information.

 
 
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SPECIAL OLYMPICS - CONTRA COSTA COUNTY PARTNERSHIP PROGRAM

The Contra Costa County Office of Education and Special Olympics Northern California first partnered in 2007 to bring Special Olympics to Contra Costa County schools. The program has expanded exponentially providing inclusive opportunities in all three sports for athletes and their peers. Soccer, Basketball and Track & Field are some of the sport offered. Contract Sherri Roberti: sroberti@cccoe.k12.ca.us; 925-837-6007 x 2128.


ANNUAL TRANSITION RESOURCE FAIR

  • A unique opportunity for students, parents and school staff to explore a variety of adult services offered in Contra Costa County.
  • Sponsored by Contra Costa County Transition Task Force; CCCOE; CCSELPA; DDC of Contra Costa; MDUSD & RCEB
  • Date and information coming soon.
  • Willow Creek Center, 1026 Mohr Lane, Concord
  • For more information call 925-691-2307 or 925-348-5170


PROGRAMS FOR ADULTS WITH DISABILITIES

  • Sponsored by the Pittsburg Unified School District/Pittsburg Adult Education Center.
  • Courses are offered for visually impaired, developmentally, mentally and/or vocationally disabled adults in the areas of physical fitness, leisure time skills, music appreciation, nutrition, work improvement, job preparation, independent living and basic academic skills.
  • Call 473-4460 for registration information or visit their website at www.pittsburg.k12.ca.us/paec

 
 
Regional Events and Information

You can visit the websites of the other SELPAs in Contra Costa County for training opportunities:

Mt Diablo Unified School District/SELPA: http://www.mdusd.org

San Ramon Valley Unified School District/SELPA: http://www.srvusd.k12.ca.us

West Contra Costa Unified School District/SELPA: http://www.wccusd.net

 
 

THE INTERNATIONAL DYSLEXIA ASSOCIATION, NORTHERN CALIFORNIA

SF BAY AREA STRUCTURED LITERACY TRAINING - SUMMER 2019

Visit their website for details on workshops in the 2019 Summer Training series: https://norcal.dyslexiaida.org/events/

More details, registration and information on teacher training scholarship availability can be found at: http://bit.ly/2019StructuredLiteracy