Special Education Links and Resources for the Community

The following two documents are the rights that parents/guardians/adult students (from 18 to 22 years of age) are entitled to under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).


SW SELPA Parents' rights and procedural safeguards (English)

SW SELPA Derechos de los padres y garantías procesales (Spanish)



Transition Services links


Download the Career Surfer App developed by the CEDR Systems in your iPhone (from Apple Store) or Android.


You can take your career exploration tools with you by downloading the Career Surfer mobile application for iPhone or Android. Information on 900 occupations will be at your fingertips. Occupational profiles contain:

  • jobs and job titles
  • the tasks (what you would be expected to do)
  • training, education, and experience generally required
  • the average salary


California Career Resource Network


The California Career Planning Guide



Higher Education - Resources


El Camino College - Special Resource Center (SRC) 


UCLA – Office for Students with Disabilities


USC – Disability Services and Programs


California State University Long Beach – Students with disabilities support services


California State University Dominguez Hills – Student with Disabilities Support Services



For Parents:


Southwest Special Education Local Plan (SELPA).

It is a consortium of 12 school districts, including Centinela Valley Union High School District. The SW SELPA develops a local plan that describes how it would provide special education services to all students with special needs in the Southwest. The SELPA serves as an advisory body to all school districts members.


SW SELPA website


SW SELPA Family Resource Center.

It is a public, non-profit organization that supports families of children with special needs. Families can obtain information, and resources.


SW SELPA Family Resource Center


SW SELPA Community Advisory Committee.

It provides parent education through topical presentations and informational meetings. It provides an opportunity to learn and share with other parents who have similar experiences. Enrich advocacy skills. Build communication between schools, parents and related agencies. Promote community awareness.


SW SELPA Community Advisory Committee


Parents Helping Parents (PHP).

PHP helps families who have children of any age with special needs. PHP's family resource and service staff field calls from families having children from infancy through their child's adulthood into their 50's and 60's! It is never too late to call PHP!


Parents Helping Parents


Easter Seals.

Easter Seals has been helping individuals with disabilities and special needs, and their families, live better lives for nearly 100 years. From child development centers to physical rehabilitation and job training for people with disabilities, Easter Seals offers a variety of services to help people with disabilities address life's challenges and achieve personal goals.


Easter Seals


Emergency Contact Information and Mental Health Support in Our Community.


Emergency Outreach Bureau (EOB) – Los Angeles County/Department of Mental Health.

EOB is responsible for the administration and coordination of all mobile response services.


EOB Brochure



Assist families or individuals with different services available in the community.


211 LA County


Richstone Family Center.

Assist parents and children to build strong families.

Phone: (310) 970-1921


Richstone Family Center


Didi Hirsch.

Provides quality mental health care and substance use disorder services in our communities.

Phone: (888) 807-7250


Didi Hirsch



 Special Needs Network






Autism Parent Support Group