Special Education

Special education ensures that the unique needs of students with an IEP are met through additional services, supports, programs, specialized placements, or environments. Special education services are provided to eligible students at no cost to families. The core purpose of special education is to provide specialized academic instruction and intervention, as well as to give students with an IEP access to the same educational programs and/or activities that are available to their nondisabled peers to the maximum extent possible. Special Education provides a full continuum of program options to meet the educational and service needs of individuals with exceptional needs in the Least Restrictive Environment.

Special Education is specialized instruction provided for children from birth to age 22 who qualify according to the laws and regulations outlined by the state and federal government. A student may qualify for special education services as an individual with special needs in one of thirteen areas identified by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).

Click on this link to learn more: Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)

The Special Education Department is aligned with the Irvine USD Guiding Principles that support the learning of all students.

Click on the links below for Special Education information:


Autism Specific Programs and Behavior Support

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Special Education Community Advisory Committee (CAC)

Are you a parent of a student with an IEP or 504 plan? If so, join the CAC to get resources and parent education presentations while having the opportunity to meet and collaborate with other parents.   Follow this link for the membership application:   IUSD CAC Membership Application [link]
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Early Intervention Services

The Early Childhood Learning Center (ECLC) serves IUSD preschoolers and their families through a
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Educationally Related Mental Health Services (ERMHS)

Educationally Related Mental Health Services (ERMHS) are provided to students receiving special e
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Facilitated Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR)

Working together to resolve differences about the IEP
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Facilitated IEP

IUSD is in year 2 of a 5 year implementation plan to implement the use of the Facilitated IEP Pro
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Irvine Adult Transition Program (IATP)

The Irvine Adult Transition Program (IATP) is a community based program designed for individuals

Special Education - Contact Us

A list of Special Education Staff by title and location of support