Sonoma County Office of Education

Special Education

About

This department offers specialized instructional services for children ages 3 to 22 who have physical, emotional, cognitive, or developmental disabilities. It runs several programs funded by school districts and state/federal grants:

  • Countywide early childhood education program
  • Daily classroom instruction for the county’s most severely disabled school-age students
  • Transition Program to help students, age 18-22, meet the challenges of the adult world

It also supports students at district schools who have hearing or vision impairments. The Non-Public Schools Program runs and funds educational services for special education students placed in licensed children’s institutions by governmental agencies.

Special Education Student

Special Education Programs (8:06) | Updated May 2016
Learn about our Special Education programs in this video.

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Programs

About 280 specially trained staff members serve about 80 school and community sites in Sonoma County with the following services:

  • Special day classes
  • Speech and language therapy
  • Occupational and physical therapy
  • Support for visually impaired and deaf/hard of hearing students
  • Orientation and mobility training
  • Vocational training
  • Counseling
  • Positive behavioral support
  • Assessments.

A high-quality education

Each student receives an education that is:

  • High-quality
  • In the least-restrictive environment
  • Standards-based
  • Preparation for a successful transition to the highest possible level of independence.