CAC for Special Education

Community Advisory Committee for Special Education


Welcome Back!

We hope the school year has been off to a good start for you and your family and are excited to share a new format for our monthly updates.

On August 25th, the CAC hosted our first meeting of the year which provided lots of updates about Special education programs and services, including special education transportation and translation services. If you missed the meeting you can see the slides and the recording on the meeting page of our website:

Read the rest of the September update here

2021-2022 CAC Updates -

August, September, October, November, December, January, February, March, April, May June


CAC GENERAL MEETINGS - September 22:  Mental Health Register Here

Meeting Flier:   English |Español | 中文 | Tiếng Việt | عربي | Tagalog

Our main presentation this month is on Mental Health and will begin at 6:30pm. Scott Ostendorf and Cynthia Ortiz-Front, SFUSD Supervisors of School Psychologists, will be joining us to share their knowledge and experience supporting students with mental health needs. Representatives from SFUSD will also be joining to provide information about school counselors, social workers and wellness center resources. Andrew Tuttle from the National Alliance for Mental Health (NAMI) will share information on their free community programs.

CAC General Meetings are hybrid and open to the public and held on the 4th Thursday of the month. The public can participate via Zoom or view the meeting live on the CAC Facebook page or attend in person at Support for Families located at 1663 Mission St., Suite 700. Support for Families asks all visitors to wear a mask indoors.

All are invited to participate in an informal community meet and greet from 6:00 pm until 6:30 pm. A light dinner will be provided.

Visit the CAC meetings page for more details, including how to reserve interpretation. 


CAC 2022-2023 Meeting Calendar   (Translated versions coming soon!)  

August 25, 2022 - Back to School - SFUSD Special Education

Please join us as we learn more about the SFUSD Special Education Department and special education services in SFUSD for the 2022-2023 school year

September 22, 2022 - Mental Health Supports

October 27, 2022 - Board of Education Town Hall

November 17, 2022 - Early Literacy

December 5-9, 2022 - Inclusive Schools Week

January 26, 2023 - Special Education for Families of Color

February 23, 2023 - Community Conversation on SFUSD Budget + LCAP

March 23, 2023 - Behavior Best Practices

April 27, 2023 - Advocates Worthy of Excellence (AWE) Awards

May 25, 2023 - SFUSD Special Education Budget & Local Plan

June 22, 2023 - Sensory Processing



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. 

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.

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 September 14, 2022