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. Committee members include PUSD administrators from Special Education and PBIS as well as Parent Liaison. Our goal is to foster and maintain positive relationships between parents and PUSD, and spread awareness as well as acceptance of 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) and 504 processes, 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 child with special needs faces on a daily basis, and learn how to ACCEPT–UNDERSTAND–SUPPORT everyone and their differences.

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

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Thank you for the amazing turnout and participation in the Q&A. You can view or download the slides our district leadership shared here


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Carolyn Dobel
Kate Berglund
Christina Gold
Kiara Lanza
Crystal Evernden
Leah Perez
Donna Rodriquez
Lisa Libert
Ellen Bernie
Mimi Davis 
Erin Dorff 
Monica Knapp
Idalia Castaneda-Casillas
Nicole Lodato
Jennifer Buchanan
Rachael Kron
Jessica Nelson
Ruth Dessouky
Joan Apalis
Ruth Kaler
Joyce Pokorny
Sherry Doyle
Julie Rushing
Smrutha Udupa
Kamala Ravichandran
Stacey Leal






The Livermore Special Needs Parent Group is made up of parents and guardians in the Tri-Valley area whose children have various special needs. It was established by parents, for parents. Our group has monthly meetings on the 3rd Wednesday of each month (except for December, June and July) from 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm. Due to COVID-19, meetings will be conducted via Zoom.

Livermore Valley Tennis Club
2000 Arroyo Road 
Livermore, CA 94550





WorkAbilityI is a PUSD Sponsored Progam
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 WorkAbilityI is a PUSD Sponsored Progam
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ASD Reading is the reading program for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). The online program teaches kids to read, write and comprehend.

ASD Reading offers unique instruction methods not found in other programs:

  • It requires no prerequisite skills - all children can use the program-even those who are non-verbal.
  • It uses graphics, audio and animation extensively to reinforce 
  • It links written and spoken language so that one mirrors and reinforces the other.
  • It provides customized instruction that adapts to each child's specific skills and needs.
  • It systematically assesses a child's skills and overcomes error patterns and difficulties.



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NAA’s Personal Emergency Profile

National Autism Association


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A school nurse emailed...

Does a child with a life threatening food allergy need a 504 Plan or a Medical 504 Plan?

Thirteen percent of students have food allergies. That's about two kids per class - not a small problem!

Concerns about episodic conditions such as allergies, anaphylaxis, asthma, epilepsy, do not have "one size fits all" solutions.

Does your school have an appropriate plan in place to meet your child's unique needs?

In this issue of the Special Ed Advocate learn about the school's responsibility to provide your child with an education tailored to her unique needs. You'll find information, articles, and caselaw relating to episodic conditions.


E-Learning Library


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The Complete List of Free Things and Grants for Kids with Special Needs


The Battle Fatigue of 

Special Needs Parenting

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SNC Receives PUSD Champion of Change Award

SNC executive team in the bottom row from left to right: Rashmi Prasad-Chair, Belle Musfeldt-Communications, Michele Plunge-Events, 
Regina Stoop-Ability Awareness
Cary Fucada-Treasurer, Linda Fazzio-Membership 

An Update from The 
Director of Special Education

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The Key to Improving How IEP Teams Support Children’s

Social and Emotional Needs

by Mona Delahooke, Ph.D.

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There’s a Big Difference Between “Bad   Behavior” and “Sensory Overload”





PUSD Facilitated 
Individualized Education Plan (IEP) Training for District Staff

Two half-day IEP Facilitated Stakeholder Trainings were offered on Tuesday, August 21st. The Kottinger training room was filled both sessions with teachers, administrators, district leaders, psychologist, speech pathologists, occupational therapists, and other support staff. Dr. Joyce Little, from www.Key2Ed.com  presented on the rationale and process of a Facilitated IEP; how to be an effective participant and team member; how to set a meeting up for success from the onset; roles and responsibilities of all team members; preventative measures; effective communication strategies; as well as, pre-and post-meeting success strategies. A survey is being conducted of attendees for more specific feedback; however, initial responses from many staff leaving the training were positive with some staff seeking additional more in-depth training.



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'Every child deserves the chance to achieve literacy and become fully educated. Competence must be presumed. Whenever possible, autistic children should be included in regular classes and not, as DJ has put it, in "segregated classes of easy lessons."'

“Deej is the best film on autism I’ve ever seen. So much of DJ’s experience resonates deeply with me; it feels authentic from start to finish. Deej is an important film for anyone who wants to understand autistic lives.”
Brent White

Brent White
Adult Transition Program Director,
Ala Costa Centers, Berkeley, CA



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Ryan's Poem

Just because I have Autism, please don’t stereotype me.

I have Autism and that makes me different.

It does not make me stupid.

It does not make me weird.

Because I have Autism, I have Superpowers.

I can memorize TV and movie lines.

I can remember lots of things like the name of every kid at my Middle School.

I have great eyesight.

I can tell the difference between a Cessna and Beechcraft airplane 
when they are high in the sky. 

I can also tell the difference just by hearing the engine.

Autism makes it hard for me to keep track of things like homework.

It makes it hard for me to talk to other kids and 
sometimes I don’t know what to say.

I am a regular guy who wants to make friends.

I am just a regular guy who has Autism.


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      SNC Events      

January 30, 2020
Charting a Course for Successful IEPs/504s

August 20, 2018
General Meeting
Kottinger Room

September 5, 2018
Welcome Back Families of Students with IEPs and 504 Plans

September 13, 2018
General Meeting
Bernal Room

September 24-28, 2018
Donlon Elementary
Ability Awareness Week

October 3, 2018
IEPs and 504s–The Basics and Beyond

October 11, 2018
General Meeting
District Board Room

November 5-9, 2018
Vintage Hills Elementary
Ability Awareness Week

November  8   7 , 2018
General Meeting
9:30-11:30 a.m.
Kottinger Room

December 5, 2018 
SNC FREE Parent Event
Sibling Panel

December 13, 2018
General Meeting
Kottinger Room

January 10, 2019
General Meeting
Kottinger Room

January 23, 2019 
Do You Have Concerns About ESY? Seeking Parent Feedback & Suggestions

January 28-February 1, 2019
Walnut Grove Elementary
Ability Awareness Week

February 14, 2019
General Meeting
Kottinger Room

February 20, 2019 
SNC FREE Parent Event
Las Positas College Disabled Student Programs & Services

February 21, 2019 
SNC FREE Parent Event for 

March 13, 2019 
Pleasanton Middle School
Ability Awareness Week

March 13, 2019 
SNC FREE Parent Event 
Financial Planning for Families of Students with Special Needs

March 14, 2019
General Meeting
Kottinger Room

April 9, 2019 (Tuesday)
General Meeting
Kottinger Room

April 22-26, 2019 
Hearst Elementary School
Ability Awareness Week

May 9, 2019
Celebrate a Great Year!
Bernal Room

May Special Ed Staff  Appreciation Month


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