Tassajara Hills Elementary School

Parent Advocacy





“We have no special needs children. 

Just children…with special needs.” ~ Uwe Maurer


Welcome to Tassajara Hills Elementary’s Parent Advocacy page. YOU are the BEST advocate for your child and special education terminology, evaluation, implementation, and legal rights can be a very overwhelming experience for both you and your child.

If you are concerned or suspect your child is demonstrating a pattern of serious difficulty in school and frequently exhibits learning problems, please use the following information and available resources provided.


Special Education. What is it? How does my child qualify? http://www.srvusd.k12.ca.us/main http://www.srvusd.k12.ca.us/eligibility


The Special Education Process- Referral, Assessment, and Placement http://www.srvusd.k12.ca.us/spedprocess http://www.srvusd.k12.ca.us/ref_assess_place


SRVUSD Programs and Services



What is that? Common Special Education Terminology




 “My mother would say to me,     ‘Look for the helpers.

You will always find people who are helping.’ ” ~Mister Rogers




Did you know that there are several local and online resources available to to help both you and your child?

You are NOT alone. Don’t be afraid to ask for help.


San Ramon Valley Council of PTA’s Special Needs Community



Care Parent Network

A one-stop family resource center serving families of children with disabilities and special health care needs that helps families meet the unique challenges of parenting a child with special needs.

They provide Family Support and Mentoring, Early Start, Special Education and Individualized Education Program (IEP) planning, Resource and Referral, Health Care and Mental Health Care Information and Resources, Teen Transition to Adult Life, Early Education Council (Resource for Professionals), Community Involvement, and Advocacy Information.


    Regional Center of the East Bay

Works in partnership with many individuals and agencies to plan and coordinate services and supports for people with developmental disabilities, family members and community leaders in the Alameda and Contra Costa counties. http://www.rceb.org


Understood .org https://www.understood.org/en/about


"Y o u  c a n o n l y understand people if you feel them in yourself.”

~John Steinbeck



One of the BEST ways to advocate for your child is to understand and experience first-hand what they are going through, both in and out of the classroom.

Take a moment to experience the most common developmental and learning disabilities.



ADHD/Attention Issues (11% of American children, ages 4 to 17, have the attention disorder)

https://www.understood.org/en/tools/through-your-childs-eyes/player?simq=66dc223a-29e3-4956-ae1e- e7b1beff3584&standalone=true&simulation=true


Autism (On average, 1 in 42 boys and 1 in 189 girls are diagnosed with autism) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lr4_dOorquQ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M20DIK1Yt3A


Dyscalculia (Affects 6% of the population)

https://www.understood.org/en/tools/through-your-childs-eyes/player?simq=d7e339d7-7c55-4fd0- bef6-94b1a640d9dc&gradeId=d6b26d19-313c-49d9-8594-912c0e5be6a3&standalone=true


Dysgraphia (Affects 5-20% of students in any given population)

https://www.understood.org/en/tools/through-your-childs-eyes/player?simq=a06af01c-0a60-45c0- b306-2e8714d05bb4&standalone=true&simulation=true


Dyslexia (Affects One in five students, or 15-20%)

https://www.understood.org/en/tools/through-your-childs-eyes/player?simq=c07181bd-05a5-466c-aaa0- f54146a9d844&gradeId=d6b26d19-313c-49d9-8594-912c0e5be6a3&standalone=true


Executive Functioning, Organization, and Time Management

https://www.understood.org/en/tools/through-your-childs-eyes/player?simq=a06af01c-0a60-45c0- b306-2e8714d05bb4&standalone=true&simulation=true


Sensory Processing Disorder (Affects 1 in 20) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K2P4Ed6G3gw



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