What is Special Education?
As defined by the California Education code (section 56031), special education is:
Specifically designed instruction to meet the unique needs of individuals with exceptional needs, whose educational needs cannot be met with modification of the general instruction program; and Related Services that help individuals with special needs to benefit from specially designed instruction. Special Education is an integral part of the total public education system. Other features of Special Education are:
Who is Eligible for Special Education Services?
Special Education is specialized instruction provided for children from birth to age 22 who qualify according to the laws and regulations outlined by the state and federal government. A student may qualify for special education services as an individual with special needs in one of thirteen areas identified by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA 2004). These are:
For more information, please contact:
Lydia Colvig, Director of Special Education
Lori Schiele, Secretary
Mendocino County SELPA Local Plan
The California Department of Education (CDE) requires that each Special Education Local Plan Area (SELPA) obtain approval for its Local Plan, Annual Budget, and Service Plans following a public hearing by its governing board.
Ukiah Unified School District is part of the Mendocino County Special Education Local Plan Area (SELPA), a collaborative of 12 school districts and public agencies in Mendocino County. Through the District and SELPA, we offer a continuum of services for students with disabilities. Learn more here.