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"Let us think of education as the means of developing our greatest abilities, because in each of us there is a private hope and dream which, fulfilled, can be translated into benefit for everyone and greater strength for our nation."

- John F. Kennedy


Parents are their child's first teacher. This critical role does not stop as children enter the school setting and begin to interact with students and teachers. Student achievement, both academic and social, is most effective when parents and teachers build strong, lasting partnerships that will promote continuous growth along the students' individualized learning path.

The VUSD Special Education Department Parent Involvement webpage was designed to cultivate partnerships with parents through parent education workshops, ongoing communication, participation in the IEP Team meeting process, classroom volunteering, and links to publications and resources that equip parents to play an active role in their child's success in school and career.



North County Consortium

The North County Consortium for Special Education (NCCSE) is a Special Education Local Planning Area (SELPA) that is composed of 14 school districts in the North County. Vista Unified is a member of NCCSE. Through this partnership, Vista Unified students, parents, and staff have access to a comprehensive array of services and resources. One of the most useful aspects of the NCCSE services is the parent and community support and resources website.





It is important to ensure that educators design lessons and learning environments that are accessible to students with exceptional needs. Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is an approach to designing learning environments that eliminates barriers that are normally present in a one-size-fits-all curriculum. UDL focuses on creating instructional environments that are flexible enough to provide for the individual needs of all students, including students with exceptional needs.

Parents can take an active role in learning about Universal Design and discussing this concept with teachers at school. Check out the the Parent Guide developed by The Advocacy Institute .


UDL at a Glance:




UDL Three Principles:


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UDL Guidelines:


UDL Guidelines




North Coastal Consortium for Special Education SELPA is proud to partner with the California Autism Professional Training and Information Network, (CAPTAIN) by promoting the use of evidence- based practices for students with Autism.
CAPTAIN is part of the California Department of Education Statewide System of Support in collaboration with Marin County SELPA.

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