Welcome to the Pleasanton PTA Council 
Special Needs Committee 

The Pleasanton PTA Council Special Needs Committee (SNC) is made up of dedicated parent volunteers committed to making a difference in the lives of our special needs students and their families. Our members include administrators from Parent Liaison, PBIS, and Special Education. SNC recognizes that all students possess great abilities and all face different challenges. We foster positive relationships between parents and PUSD, and spreading awareness and acceptance of the ALL abilities within our community. 

SNC sponsors free evening speaker events with well-known local authorities on topics such as learning and behavioral challenges, anxiety in children and teens, ADHD, understanding the Individual Education Plan (IEP) process, and building blocks to a successful collaboration between parents and schools. We also sponsor the Ability Awareness Week program with participating schools throughout the district. Students learn about the challenges a student with special needs face on a daily basis. 

SNC defines “special needs” as a term that applies to children who are gifted learners, and any child with a learning or processing difference, physical disability, cognitive delay, speech & language delay, behavioral challenges, social or emotional difficulty, and food allergies. 

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If you would like to provide feedback regarding these listings, please email the Special Needs Committe.

PUSD 2017 Volunteer of the Year

Rashmi Prasad

SNC Ability Awareness Lead



The Pleasanton Special Needs Committee Ability Awareness program was featured in a February 10 article in the East Bay Times! Read the article and quotes from our Ability Awareness Lead, Rashmi Prasad, and our Chair, Regina Stoops.

To all the parent and district volunteers, THANK YOU from the bottom

of our hearts for all that you do to make this incredible program a success!

A special THANK YOU to all the team leaders for their hard work, dedication and invaluable support:

Stephanie Rausher – Donlon

Katie Moe – Alisal

Regina Stoops – Vintage Hills

Michelle Hughes – Lydiksen

 Cary Fukada – Valley View

Pam Wallace – Walnut Grove

Jennifer Oakley – Mohr

Cary Fukada – Fairlands

Regina Stoops

SNC Chair

Hmmm.....I wonder if I should thank myself, 
and if Belle will leave my name on the thank you list?

Rashmi Prasad, You Have Made A Difference! 

We Can't be More Honored to Have 

You Represent SNC!



Please contact Robin Dias, PTA Council President
if you are interested in the SNC Chair position.

The Tri-Valley SELPA is Seeking New Members for Our Community Advisory Council (CAC)

The Tri-Valley Special Education Local Plan Area (SELPA) addresses the needs of students with disabilities in Dublin, Pleasanton, Livermore, Sunol Glen and Mountain House school districts and the Alameda County Office of Education.

The Community Advisory Council (CAC) is a body of parents, educational staff members and community members that advises the SELPA’s governance council and director’s council on issues of interest to parents, school staff and the community. Members of the CAC provide input on the implementation of the SELPA’s local plan.

The CAC meets 3-4 times/year with the director’s council, and CAC members may also choose to attend quarterly public meetings of the governance council. Typically these meetings are held at 6:00 p.m. and are hosted by one of the districts.

During the 2015-2016 school year the Tri-Valley SELPA will be updating its Local Plan for the provision of services to students with disabilities.  One or more CAC members will participate in the working group to rewrite sections of the Local Plan.

Members of the CAC are appointed by the districts they represent. If you are interested in joining the CAC please contact the special education director or designee for the district at the number below.

Alameda County Office of Education Robert Stout 510-670-7623
Dublin Unified School District Blaine Cowick 925-828-2551
Livermore Joint Union School District MaryAnn Frates 925-606-3286
Mountain House Elementary School District Gay Costa 209-835-2283
Pleasanton Unified School District Marla Silversmith 925-426-4293
Sunol Glen Unified School District Molleen Barnes 925-862-2026

For general information about the SELPA or the CAC, contact Sara Woolverton, director of the Tri-Valley SELPA, at 925-426-9144

Click Here for a copy of the flyer.

Contact the Special Needs Committee:

     SNC Events   

General Meeting 
September 6

Parent Mixer & Overview of Special Ed
September 14

General Meeting 
October 4

Parenting for Positive Behavior
October 26

Donlon Elementary
Ability Awareness Week
December 5-9

General Meeting 
November 1

Growing Up with a Sibling with Special Needs Panel Discussion
December 7

General Meeting 
December 13

General Meeting 
January 10

Alisal Elementary
Ability Awareness
January 17-20

Vintage Hills Elementary 
Ability Awareness Week
January 23-27

Keeping Your "I" on the IEP
February 2

Lydiksen Elementary
Ability Awareness Week
February 6-10

General Meeting 
February 14

Learning Disabilities Simulation
March 1

General Meeting 
March 7

Hart Middle
Diversity Week
March 21

Pleasanton Middle
Diversity Week
March 24

Valley View Elementary
Ability Awareness Week
March 27-31

General Meeting 
April 11

Walnut Grove Elementary
Ability Awareness Week
April 24-28

General Meeting
May 2

Fairlands Elementary
Ability Awareness Week
May 16-18

Mohr Elementary
Ability Awareness Week
May 24-26

Join SNC!


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