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 Programs (8:06) | Updated May 2016
Learn about our Special Education programs in this video.
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
- Positive behavioral support
A high-quality education
Each student receives an education that is:
- In the least-restrictive environment
- Preparation for a successful transition to the highest possible level of independence.