CAC for Special Education

Community Advisory Committee for Special Education


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May CAC Update:

Hello CAC Community,

It has been a busy time for our community and members. Last Thursday we were excited to welcome our members back to Support for Families of Children and Disabilities for our first in person meeting in 2 years!! It was wonderful to be back and to celebrate this year's amazing Advocates Worthy of Excellence: 

  • The Best Buddies Team at Lowell High School (Eliana Brown, President, Sydney Ko, Vice-President, Heather Liu, Vice-President, Curtis Chen, Treasurer, Alexandra Chiao, Secretary, Kali Lew, Publicity Manager, Ms. Chelsea Keenan, Teacher Sponsor, Ms. Jennifer Nickless, Teacher Sponsor)
  • Chris Clauss, Special Education Teacher at George Washington High School
  • Joseph Feldman, Founder and Executive Director 1979-2022 at CASE / the Community Alliance for Special Education
  • Lori Chambers, Academic Response to Intervention Facilitator (ARTIF) & Special Day Class Educator (Substitute) at Hillcrest Elementary School
  • Rebecca Fall, 8th Grade Resource Specialist Teacher at Presidio Middle School
  • Wendy McSpadden, Paraeducator at Hillcrest Elementary School

You can read about the winners and see pictures of this event on our website -

Saturday, April 30th was the Support for Families, Information and Resource Conference. The CAC was proud to partner with the district and Support for Families in planning this event. Click here if you still need to fill out an evaluation and Watch the Recap VideoIf you would like to participate on the planning team next year, please contact 

This past Wednesday members of the CAC, SFUSD and Support for Families participated in SELPA (Special Education Local Plan Area) Legislative Sharing Day. We heard from Senator Ochoa Bogh who authored Senate Bill 1113 which would establish statewide Inclusion and Universal Design for Learning (UDL) standards and training for ALL teachers and administrators. CAC members also spoke to staff in Senator Weiner's office and shared CAC legislative priorities of funding, staffing, mental health and literacy. Our CAC "Leg Day" team has learned a lot about the legislative process and will continue lobbying throughout the month. If you'd like to learn more or join us, send an email to

May is when the CAC focuses on planning for the next school year. At our May CAC meeting, we will review the special education department budget and service plan which are part of SFUSD's Local Plan for Special Education. The CAC hopes to hear from many families and community members about the special education topics and issues that are most important to them. The information gathered at this meeting will inform SFUSD Special Education and CAC priorities and meeting topics for the coming year. Register for this meeting on our website.

Call for CAC Board Nominations! Have you been thinking of joining the 2022-23 CAC Board? We are looking for nominations to our 2022-2023 executive board and will be voting in our new executive board officers at our May CAC meeting. CAC Board members coordinate monthly meetings, events and advocacy at the district and state level. For more information visit or email

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CAC 2021-2022 Meeting Calendar   Español | 中文 | Tiếng Việt | عربي | Tagalog | Gagana Sāmoa

August 26:  Re-Opening/SpEd 101
September 23:  Mental Health Supports
October 28:  Dyslexia Instruction featuring Kareem Weaver of the Oakland NAACP
November 18:  Student Assignment Workshop
December 6-10:  Inclusive Schools Week
January 27:  IEP / 504 / RTI
February 24:  Community Conversation on SFUSD Budget and Local Control Accountability Plan
March 24:  Understanding Twice Exceptional Students (high-ability students with learning disabilities)
April 28:
  CAC Advocates Worthy of Excellence Awards

May 26:  SFUSD Local Plan: Special Education Department Budget and Service Plan Register Here | Español | 中文 | عربي | Tagalog | Tiếng Việt

The public hearing for the San Francisco Unified School District SELPA Annual Budget Plan and Annual Service Plan will be held during the Community Advisory Committee for Special Education meeting scheduled for May 26, 2022 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm. The public can participate via Zoom or attend in person at Support for Families,1663 Mission St., Suite 700.

June 23:  Autism Social Skills


CAC meetings are held on the fourth Thursday of each month (except July, November, and December) from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. via Zoom and recorded live on the CAC Facebook page. CAC Meetings are hosted by Support for Families of Children with Disabilities. Visit the CAC meetings page for more details, including how to reserve interpretation.

Meetings are open to the public and everyone is welcome to attend.  Joining the CAC gives community members an opportunity to have their opinions heard and make a difference in the way special education is conducted in our area. Find out more on the CAC membership page.



The purpose of the Community Advisory Committee (CAC) for Special Education is to champion effective special education programs and services and advise the Board of Education on priorities in the Special Education Local Plan Area (SELPA).

The State Education Code mandates that each SELPA have a CAC and that a majority of CAC members are parents of students with disabilities. 

For more information about the Community Advisory Committee for Special Education read the article: Making Special Education Work for All Students by Disability Rights of CA or visit

This page was last updated on May 16, 2022