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Community Advisory Committee
The Community Advisory Committee, (CAC), is a parent-run group established by the state to give parents a voice in Special Education implementation. This vibrant group of parents and professionals gathers monthly to share and learn about how special education is making a difference in the educational lives of its students!

Whether you are a parent of a special needs child, teach someone with special needs, or if you are a community member who desires to make a difference, join us!

The general meetings are attended by representatives from local regional centers, school district departments and city departments.

Come share your views on
Special Education, receive training in topics related to Special Education and network with other families and District personnel.

It is the tone that we set, 
the expectations we communicate,
and the accountability we hold educators to 
that will determine the outcome our students achieve.

If you are not receiving phone messages regarding the CAC meetings, please check that your school site has your correct phone number. Before every meeting a phone message is sent to every Special Ed. family in the district, to the phone number held by their school site.

If you are not receiving email messages from the CAC, send an email to joycac1@gmail.com to be put on the distribution list or to update with your latest email address.

Upcoming CAC Events:

Presenting 2012-2013, 2013-2014 
Board Report

Board General Meeting
Thursday, July 24, 2014


PUSD Education Center
Hickambottom Board Room – Room # 236,

351 South Hudson Avenue, Pasadena CA 91101

Board Report available here
CAC Powerpoint here.


Questions regarding 2012-2014 Board Report?  
Contact Joy Costello, Immediate Past CAC Chair,
joycac1@gmail.com, 626.797.9697

Community News:
(Email items to post to Colleen Thomas at PasadenaCACchair@gmail.com)

Summer Programs - 

Camp Splash -
Designed to meet the growing needs of our special needs community.  It offers not only swim lessons taught by Water safety instructors but also a variety of sensory activitie including arts and crafts, games, nature walks, therapeutic dance classes as well as a field trip once a week to local attractions.  July 7 - August 1 - 8am to 3pm.  Check out www.rosebowlaquatics.org for more info.

Children's Social Skills Program
, A 12 week evidence-based social skills intervention for children age 7-12 years old.  Children's Social Skills Program is modeled from UCLA's Children's Friendship Program to help elementary school children gain the skills necessary to make and/or keep friends.  Classes have began but Contact Oren R. Boxer, Ph.D. clinicical Neuropsychologist at 626-765-4482 or email at oren@orenboxerphd.com.  

Recreational support group for siblings ages 6 to 12 of individuals
with developmental disabilities.
[in English]
Friends at Play ~ Burbank First United Methodist Church
700 N. Glenoaks Blvd., Burbank, CA 91502
Monthly – Third Thursday, 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Edward Perez, 213.252.4986

Fathers' support group -
San Gabriel/ Pomona PARENTS' Place invites fathers' support group meetings.  Located at 1500 S. Hyacinth Ave., Suite B, West Covina, CA, 91791 if interested please call (626)919-1091, childcare is also available.

Regular Meetings:

We Meet:  Every third Monday of the month with new morning meeting times 9:15 A.M. –  11:30 A.M.
**There are some exceptions so please check the schedule below**

9:15am - Review of previous minutes
9:30am - Main presentation

Where: PUSD Education Center
Hickambottom Board Room - Room #236,
351 South Hudson Avenue, Pasadena, CA 91101

** Free childcare and translation services provided **

Our Mission:

The Community Advisory Committee is a collaborative partnership between parents of children with disabilities and PUSD staff to promote positive educational experiences. We support the acceptance of all students with diverse needs through advocacy, education, and community involvement.

Our Vision:
  • We envision that the CAC will have an influence on the decisions that PUSD makes regarding Special Education students.
  • We envision by 2015, there will be 300 active members participating in CAC monthly meetings.
  • We envision that the CAC will be actively involved in every PUSD school.
  • We envision being self-supportive through grants and fundraising.
  • We envision having an interactive CAC website for consistent delivery of information.
  • We envision being the central resource network for parents, PUSD staff, and community.
  • We envision a seamless community meeting the diverse needs of all students in PUSD.
  • We envision that all Special Education students will be serviced properly by PUSD in their home schools.
Our Purpose:

Advise and assist in the development, revision and review of the Local Plan for Special Education.
Recommend annual priorities to be addressed by the Local plan.
Encourage parent and community involvement in the development, revision and review of the Local Plan and in the implementation of related duties.
Have a basic understanding of and familiarity with the laws and regulations, which impact programs for students with special education needs.
Advocate for or lobby against legislation and issues related to special education.
Promote parent and community education programs and services including a parent handbook and newsletter.
Support school and community activities on behalf of students with exceptional needs.
Prepare a periodic reports of CAC activities for the School Board and Superintendent.
Support activities on behalf of individuals with exceptional needs.

Executive Board
+ 1 Garcia-Diaz, Karla - CoChair
+ 2 Thomas, Colleen - CoChair
+ 3 Ashley, Carol - Vice Chair
+ 4 Bell, Louise - Acting Secretary
+ 5 Negran, Nikki - Community Liaison 1
+ 6 Bautista, Begonia - Community Liaison
+ 7 Costello, Mike - Acting Parliamentarian
+ 8 Costello, Joy, Immed Past Chair/Parent Resource 626.797.9697
Click on name to see details.
Upcoming Meetings and other information:
2013 - 2014 General Meeting Schedule
August 19th - Back To School Checklist for Parents
Speaker: Edward Brostoff

September 16th - Common Core: What It Means for Our Students
Speaker: Dr. Ragusa (University of Southern California)

October 21st - Special Education Funding: A Parent-Friendly Explanation
Speaker: Kim Kenne, PUSD Board of Education Member

November 18th - School Transitions After PUSD
Speakers: Heidi Paul (Cal State LA), Bianca Richards (Pasadena Community College), Carmen Varela (Disability Rights CA)

December 9th - The Benefits of Inclusion
Speakers: USC and Children's Hospital Los Angeles Educators

January 27th - Nutrition & Obesity
Speaker: Anet Piridzhanyan- CHLA Nutritionist
*NOTE: January 27th will be our first MORNING meeting

February 24th - Affordable Care Act & Your Family: What You Need to Know
Speaker: Whitney Harrison, Pasadena Public Health Department

March 24th - Summer Resource Fair
Presenters: Community Programs & Service Providers

April 21st - Local Control Funding Formula
Speaker: Dr. Meg Abrahamson

May 19th - CAC Executive Board Elections
Group Files
 2014 Summer Programs
March meeting- Summer programs and opportunities
 Adopted Archived Minutes
CAC Meeting Minutes
 Archived Agendas / Agendas Archivadas
CAC Meeting Agendas - English and Spanish
 Archived Meeting Flyers - Boletines de Juntas Archivadas
CAC Meeting Flyers - English and Spanish
 PUSD Special Education Task Force documents
Documents produced or discussed by the Task Force.
 Recognition Awards Forms
Procedure and Nomination Forms available for May recognition event!
 Spanish Minutes /Minutos Espanolas
CAC minutes translated
 Special Ed. Dept. files
Various files including inventory of services, local plan, organization chart, etc.
 Special Education Task Force - Final Recommendations 5/8/12
The Special Education Task Force submitted to the PUSD Board of Education final recommendations for improving the academic achievement of students served by Special Education.

These recommendations covered six broad categories:
* Every Student, Every School
* Collaboration, Core Curriculum, Classroom & Evidence Based Assessments
* Transitions & Extended School Year
* Professional Development
* Compliance & Monitoring
* Administration & Qualified Staffing/Retention

At the May 8, 2012 Board of Education meeting, the BOE directed the District to review the recommendations and come back to the Board with a formal presentation regarding its thoughts and an implementation plan
 Unadopted Minutes
Minutes from previous meeting that have not been accepted.
Group Web Pages
Group Tasks
No "Group Tasks" exist(s)

351 South Hudson Avenue Pasadena, California 91109 - Phone: (626) 396-3600 - Email: pusd@pusd.us

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