• Community Advisory Committee (CAC)


    The Community Advisory Committee (CAC) is a group of parents, agencies, and school representatives who advise the Special Education Local Plan Area (SELPA) on matters related to special education.  The purpose of the CAC is to inform and educate members of the community so that a broad base of community support and participation is developed. This enables the committee to advise the SELPA in all matters concerning the identification and educational management of individuals with exceptional needs.

    Authority and responsibilities of the Community Advisory Committee include, but are not limited to:

    1. Advising the administration of SAUSD and the Special Education Department in the development of the local comprehensive plan.
    2. Making recommendations on annual priorities addressed by the plan.
    3. Assisting in parent education and recruitment of other volunteers.
    4. Encouraging public involvement in the development and review of the Local Plan.
    5. Supporting activities on behalf of individuals with exceptional needs.
    6. Assisting in parent awareness of the importance of school attendance.

    From Educational Code-Section 56194(a-f), Article 7

                                             2021-22 CAC Schedule

    September 16, 2021
    Time: 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
    Topic: An Introduction to CAC & SAUSD Programs and Resources
    Location: Zoom
    October 21, 2021
    Time: 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
    Topic: Overview of the Evaluation Process
    Flyer: October 2021
    November  18, 2021
    Time: 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
    Topic: Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP) Feedback Session  
    December 16, 2021
    Time: 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
    Topic: Transitions
    Minutes: Click Here
    January 20, 2022
    Time: 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
    Topic: Overview of the IEP Process
    Agenda: Click Here
    Location: Zoom- Link Coming Soon!
    February 17, 2022
    Time: 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
    Topic: Behavior Support Strategies
    Location: Zoom- Link Coming Soon!
    March 17, 2022
    Time: 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
    Topic: Effective Communication Strategies for IEP Teams to Achieve
    Flyer: March 2022
    Location: Zoom- Link Coming Soon!
    April 21, 2022
    Time: 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
    Topic: Overview of Procedural Safeguards and Parent Rights
    Location: Zoom- Link Coming Soon!
    May  19, 2022
    Time: 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
    Topic: Community Resources/Resource Fair
    Flyer: May 2022
    Location: TBD


        Todas las reuniones de CAC se traducen simultáneamente al español

                                                                          Zoom Interpretation Guide


    Costs for SELPA operations and the Administrative Unit are provided by funding from the state, which may be augmented by local, federal, and state funds.  Each region determines the funds available for regionalized services and the responsibilities of the SELPA office.  The SELPA policy-making body is designated in the Local Plan to make policy decisions, approve the SELPA budget and Allocation Plan, and direct SELPA operations. Responsibilities of the SELPA include such things as:

    • Ensuring program availability for all students with disabilities
    • Governance Committees, including Community Advisory Committee (CAC)
    • Assistance with understanding compliance requirements
    • Transition Planning
    • Program Coordination
    • Fiscal Management
    • Staff Development
    • Curriculum Development and Support
    • California Longitudinal Pupil Achievement Data System (CALPADS) Reporting to State
    • Regionalized Services and Program Specialists
    • Interagency Coordination
    • Program Evaluation
    • Budget Planning and Review
    • Community Awareness

                       Santa Ana Unified SELPA Local Plan

                              2021-2022 Santa Ana Unified SELPA Local Plan

                              2020-2021 Santa Ana Unified SELPA Local Plan